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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Planning and Urban Design News

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Asheville City Council approves rezoning of 130 Charlotte Street

  During their October 12 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to approve a Conditional Zoning Request for property at 130 Charlotte Street (formerly occupied by Fudruckers). This decision aligns with the Council goal of a “well-planned and livable community.”   The approval is for construction of an approximately 166,000-square-foot mixed-use development that includes 186 new [...]

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Asheville City Council passes Urban Center zoning initiative 

  At their September 28 meeting, the Asheville City Council adopted a new Urban Place Form Code District. The rezoning Urban Centers initiative was managed by the Asheville Department of Planning & Urban Design and was developed as a recommendation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Living Asheville. Urban Centers are [...]

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Asheville’s Urban Center zoning initiative moves forward to Planning & Zoning Commission

    The Urban Place Form Code District heads to the Planning & Zoning Commission on July 7 as part of the Urban Centers rezoning proposal, initiated by the Asheville Department of Planning & Urban Design.   Urban Centers are a component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Living Asheville. They are intended to foster [...]