What we do


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.


COVID-19 Information


We’re Working for You!  

City Hall is now open to the public but with certain conditions. The Planning & Urban Design and Community & Economic Development departments (5th floor of City Hall) are at limited staff capacity in the building and most staff continue to work remotely.

We encourage community members to continue to schedule remote meetings with staff, or to contact us via phone or email. Call our main line at (828) 259-5830 or check out the Planning & Urban Design staff directory here.

If you visit us in-person you may experience some delays due to limited staff availability and new safety protocols. We are following best practices and guidelines for the health and safety of our staff and the public.

Employees and the public are expected to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another at all times. Additionally, the capacity in most City elevators has been limited to one rider at a time.

OPEN ONLINE FOR BUSINESS: Click here to access online development-related services, including paying fees, submitting a digital permit application, scheduling an inspection, and reporting a food truck. See other Related Services below for additional development services available to you.

ZONING SERVICES: Click here for zoning-related services, such as zoning enforcement resources and zoning verification letters.

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS: Planning & Urban Design is responsible for several boards and commissions. Click here or the boards and commissions tab at the top of the page for more information. Updated information regarding the operations of all boards and commissions can be found here.

OTHER SERVICES: Check up on other department projects and initiatives by clicking any of the tabs of your interest at the top of this page. 

This is an evolving situation. Our partners in Buncombe County are a great resource for the latest information on our community’s COVID-19 response.  To receive emergency texts directly from Buncombe County for breaking health and safety news text BCALERT on your smartphone to 888-777. Sign up for AVL Alerts online for information from the City of Asheville. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Urban Centers

The City Council adopted the Urban Place Form Code District on September 28, 2021. The new zoning district aims to implement the transit-supportive growth strategy that is identified on the Preferred Growth Scenario Map of Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for Our Future.

Planning and Urban Design News

City and County kick off next steps for the future of Pack Square Plaza

The City of Asheville and Buncombe County are partnering to document the community’s vision for the future of Pack Square Plaza, including the site where the Vance Monument was previously located, and we need a talented Project Manager to help make that happen. The deadline for submitting proposals to the Project Manager RFP is Friday, February 11. Interested parties can find the advertisement on the City’s bid page.

Update: Proposed Open Space zoning updates postponed

Update, January 5 The agenda item, open spaces, has been pulled from the January 5 Planning and Zoning meeting agenda.    Original post, January 3 The City of Asheville Department of Planning and Urban Design is bringing development-related zoning updates to the Planning & Zoning Commission at 5 p.m. January 5 and then to the City [...]

City Manager Development Forum returns in remote format November 19 

  The City Manager’s Development Forum returns — in a remote format — from noon to 1 p.m. November 19. During the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction and development has continued in Asheville. While the Development Forum will be held virtually with no in-person components, it offers an opportunity to learn about trends [...]