Charlotte Street

North Charlotte Street

What is the City doing on North Charlotte Street?

Updated 7/5/19


The Charlotte Street Road Diet and Spot Safety Improvement follow-up meeting was on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St.

A morning session was be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m., with an evening session set for 5:30 to 7 p.m.

 These were drop-in style public meetings to follow up on the plan for the road diet and spot safety improvements.  During the Charlotte Street Road Diet and Safety Improvements meeting, the team will present the Charlotte Street Road Diet corridor plan.  The corridor plan was developed with consideration of public comments received at the February 19 public input session.

Meeting attendees will be able to walk through each section of the corridor plan with design team members who will explain design decisions and answer questions.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to provide feedback on the design.

The City of Asheville hosted the kick-off public meeting on Tuesday, February 19 at the Jewish Community Center at 236 Charlotte Street. Over 200 people attended the drop-in style public meeting and a zoning workshop to share updates on the Charlotte Street Road Diet and Zoning Evaluation projects.

If you were not able to attend the meeting, you can still see the materials presented in the link below. 

2019 Files and Maps for Review from Public Meeting – Click here to view folder

Important parking notice

While the meetings are being held at the Jewish Community Center, people are asked not to park in their back parking lot as it will be used for their normal programming. Parking for the morning session will be available at Allegra Asheville, 191 Charlotte St., and in the JCC parking lot by the pool on Clyde Street. Parking for the evening session will be available at Allegra Asheville, 191 Charlotte St., and Envision Eyecare, 181 Charlotte St., and HomeSource Design, 172 Charlotte St.

What is the next step for North Charlotte Street?

 From here, the timeline for zoning evaluation and the road diet projects will separate. 

Road Diet and Spot Safety Improvements: The Capital Improvement Project will include milling and repaving Charlotte Street as well as a 4-to-3 lane conversion from approximately Chestnut Street to Edwin Place. Other components of the project include bike access improvements and spot sidewalk safety improvements. This project does not include place making or utility improvements. Council has allocated $1.25 million for the design and construction of this project. The scope of the road diet project and zoning analysis have been directed by the City Council.

The design team will finalize the construction drawings for the road diet project and it will go to bid late summer 2019. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2019 for the road diet project. The City will communicate further construction management plans once the contractor is on board and the schedule determined.

Zoning Evaluation: The City is currently evaluating and may potentially adjust the existing zoning and overlay district along the Charlotte Street corridor to help guide future growth in a way that builds on the neighborhoods identity and aligns with the community’s plans and City goals.

The City is continuing to collect data and community input in regards to the Charlotte Street corridor.  This information will be compiled and analyzed to guide the next steps of the zoning evaluation project to help determine if  zoning adjustments / rezoning is appropriate and if so what the details of the zoning adjustments might look like.

Online survey: The City of Asheville values the opinions of our residents and encourages everyone to take a new online survey. The survey can be found Open City Hall Asheville. It will remain open through May.

it is anticipated a zoning strategy will be determined in late spring / early summer of 2019 and will be presented to the public along with next steps if applicable. 

Charlotte Street Project Scope

 The scope of this project has been designated by City Council. The Capital Improvement project will include a 4 to 3 lane conversion, milling and repaving Charlotte Street from Chestnut to Edwin Street, multimodal bike improvements and spot safety improvements. This project does not include sidewalk, place making, significant stormwater or utility improvements.

Simultaneously, Planning and Urban Design staff will work with the community to review and update the zoning for the corridor. 

Budget: $1.25M is allocated for the design and construction of this project.

Background: This project does not include sidewalk, place making or utility improvements. City Council provided staff with guidance regarding the goals and expected deliverables from the Charlotte Street planning process. The amended adopted resolution from April 24, 2018 can be found here (page 4). 

The PED Committee of Council recommended that the project should focus on transportation improvements that make it a safer place for all. The preferred design goal for the corridor should be a road diet that provides space for bicycle and pedestrian improvements and encourages safer speeds. The design should include other spot improvements to the corridor like crosswalks and curb closings. Through this design process staff should analyze what they can accomplish to meet these goals within the existing budget of $1.25 million.

Staff will also review the current overlay district zoning for the corridor and report back to PED (and Council) with an update regarding the appropriateness of the current zoning, keeping in mind the goals of the upcoming Comprehensive Plan, and the redevelopment potential for parcels in the corridor. Council directed staff to include a consideration of options for addressing any needed amendments to the overlay, keeping in mind the constraints of current and future City budgets.  

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What resources are allocated to this project?*

Staff: Several City departments are supporting this project including the Strategic Development Office in the department of Community and Economic Development, Capital Projects, Planning and Urban Design and Transportation staff.

Financial: $1.25 M is available this project. These allocations may change based on Council priorities. The entire 5 year CIP is listed starting on page G-6 of the budget document here.

*Updated 08-16-18. These resources are subject to change based on Council priorities.

Additional Resources

The staff report produced for the March 12, 2018 meeting can be found here.

Slides from the presentation can be found here.

You can review Council direction here on page 4 for the the Charlotte Street Road Diet and Safety Improvement Project 


What plans and studies have been done for N. Charlotte Street?

1997 Traffic Study
City of Asheville (COA) Public Works and Transportation Engineering prepared the 1997 Traffic Corridor Analysis. Analyzes level of service, existing conditions (in 1997), traffic counts and accident data.

1999 Corridor Plan
COA Planning Department prepared the 2010 Asheville City Plan Charlotte Street Corridor Plan with community input. Plan includes history, existing conditions for pedestrian and vehicular traffic, traffic volumes. Includes recommendations for zoning and land use, multi-modal transportation and placemaking.

2002 Transportation Study
Kubilins Transportation Group, Inc. prepared Charlotte Street Transportation Enhancement Study for the COA. Analyzes level of service, existing conditions (in 2002), traffic counts and accident data. Evaluates current and future traffic volumes with three lane (road diet) and current four lane options.

2013 Transportation Study
VHB Engineering NC, PC prepared the Charlotte Street Corridor Study for the City of Asheville. Comprehensive traffic study assessing trade-offs for three lane (road diet) and current four lane option.

2016 Transportation Plan
Kimley Horn prepared Asheville in Motion (AIM) Plan. Addresses Charlotte Street and recommends improved bike and pedestrian facilities.

2018 Charlotte Street Crash Memo

City of Asheville Transportation Department Director prepared information for City Council and public on Charlotte Street crash data. 

2018 Red Light Camera Memo

City of Asheville Transportation Department Director prepared information for City Council and public on red light cameras in North Carolina.