Asheville Downtown Commission


The Asheville Downtown Commission was created by City Council for the sustainability and continued development of downtown, a vital urban center of western North Carolina’s economic, cultural and visitor activity.

In addition to providing City Council with recommendations on Downtown policies and initiatives, the Downtown Commission carries out Downtown Design Review on major development projects within the Central Business District.

 


Special Notice

The Downtown Commission will meet virtually on Friday, October 9 at 9 a.m. The meeting agenda will be posted on Monday, October 5.

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute § 166A-19.24(f) this will be a remote meeting which the public can access by any of the following means:

 

Cancellation notice: The September 15 Design Review Committee meeting is cancelled. 

 

Regular Scheduled Meetings

The Downtown Commission meets on the second Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the First Floor North Conference Room in City Hall, Asheville, N.C. The typical length of the meeting is 1-2 hours.

 

Previous Meeting Recordings

Friday, September 11 – Downtown Commission meeting – video link
Friday, August 14 – Downtown Commission meeting – video link
Friday, July 10 – Downtown Commission meeting – video link
Thursday, July 23 – Joint Riverfront and Downtown Design Review Committee meeting – video link
Tuesday, June 16 – Revisions for Coxe/Asheland Mixed-Use Development – video link

 


Committee Meetings

 

Design Review Committee 

Please call Sasha Vrtunski in the Planning & Urban Design Department at 828-259-5560 with specific questions (such as deadlines) regarding the Downtown Design Review process.

The Design Review Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. in the large conference room on the 5th Floor of City Hall (70 Court Plaza). Meetings are currently being held virtually. 

 

Local Living Economy Working Group

This Committee of the Downtown Commission is chaired by Franzi Charen and meets on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at 29 Haywood Street. Please check for any schedule changes under “special notice” above. Meetings are currently on-hold during COVID-19. 

A general monthly agenda is here.

 

Parking & Transportation Committee

This Committee of the Downtown Commission is chaired by Sage Turner (sagesturner@gmail.com), and meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. in the large conference room on the 5th floor of City Hall (70 Court Plaza). Please check for any schedule changes under “special notice” above.Meetings are currently on-hold during COVID-19. 

Agendas and meeting notes are are available here.

 

Downtown Public Space Management Committee

Downtown Public Space Management is the focus of the first section of Updates to the Downtown Master Plan. More information about the Downtown Master Plan Updates is here. An ad-hoc Public Space Management Committee generally meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. in the large conference room on the 5th floor of City Hall (70 Court Plaza).  Following a workshop with the committee on October 24, staff is in the process of drafting guidelines. The committee will reconvene in spring of 2020 to review and provide feedback on the draft guidelines. The Committee is chaired by Andrew Fletcher. Meetings are currently on-hold during COVID-19. 

 

 


 

Agendas and Documents

Agenda

Documents

October 9, 2020 Agenda October 9, 2020 Documents
September 11, 2020 Agenda  September 11, 2020 Documents
August 14, 2020 Agenda August 14, 2020 Documents
July 10, 2020 Agenda July 10, 2020 Documents
No Meetings May or June 2020
April 2020 April 2020 Update Report
March 13, 2020 Agenda March 13, 2020 Documents
February 12, 2020 Agenda February 14, 2020 Documents
January 10, 2020 Agenda January 10, 2020 Documents
2019 Meeting Materials
2018 Meeting Materials

 

 


Membership and Resource Documents

Member contact: Sage Turner  (Chair)

 


Contact Information

 

Dana Frankel, Downtown Specialist
Office: 828-251-4051
Cell: 828-273-5248