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The Planning and Urban Design Department provides sound, professional land use planning, zoning, urban design and historic preservation services to achieve livable and sustainable neighborhoods for everyone. The department is committed to collaborating with our community on its vision for equitable growth and development consistent with Asheville’s comprehensive plan.

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City of Asheville releases draft zoning standards for Urban Centers

  The City of Asheville thanks the public for their input on the Urban Centers initiative, which is part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Living Asheville. This plan calls for the City to foster higher density, mixed-use development that is economically viable and pedestrian oriented in a way that contributes to the placemaking [...]

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VIDEO: Urban Centers initiative, plus ways you can still weigh in on this project

  If you missed the May 7-8 public meetings on the City of Asheville’s Urban Centers initiative, we offer our residents a video version of the presentation given at these meetings. Watch the video, then scroll down for more information below this initiative.     About the Urban Centers initiative The City of Asheville is working on a plan for the [...]

City to embark on Urban Centers project and is asking for community input

The City of Asheville is seeking public input on the potential future zoning of properties at/near  Kmart (Patton Avenue), Innsbruck Mall (Tunnel Road), Steinmart (Merrimon Avenue) and Walmart (Bleachery Boulevard). The Urban Centers initiative will examine how the properties may be used in the future and what they could look like if redeveloped. The initiative [...]