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Staff has reviewed the proposed sites and developed preliminary analysis to inform the direction of rezoning standards. You can watch this short video to learn more about the analysis:





The City’s Comprehensive Plan, Living Asheville, calls for the City to transition in a direction that strengthens urban transit corridors and connects urban centers. The vision calls for land use changes that add value and support reinvestment through denser land use patterns and enhanced multimodal transportation that improves walkability and neighborhood quality of life, as shown in the graphic below.


Less of this and more of this

The transition to a city that strengthens urban form and connects corridors will begin with rezonings at four nodes commercial corridors. The transformation aims for a greater mix of uses, including residential development. The nodes that will be affected in this project have been identified as Urban Centers on the Future Land Use map and Preferred Growth Scenario map and are located along the City’s network of higher frequency transit (bus) routes.


Building upon recent rezonings in Asheville in the River Arts District and on Haywood Road, staff will apply form-based zoning concepts that focus on the physical form as the organizing principle of the code. Form-based codes address the relationships between structures and the public realm to create regulations that are more predictable, particularly because of the greater reliance on visuals and graphics to highlight expected results.


The goal of this rezoning will be to foster higher density, mixed-use development that is economically viable, pedestrian oriented, visually attractive and contributing to the place making character of the city. Acknowledging that these sites are located in areas that are currently primarily auto oriented, in the long-term likely changes along the streets will support land use changes by providing more sidewalks, pedestrian refuge islands, bicycle facilities, street trees, improved transit facilities, and so forth.


The study areas are primarily zoned Regional Business (RB), Highway Business (HB), or River (RIV) zoning district.


For an interactive review of the project sites, click here.


Project Posters


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Urban Center Visual
Urban Centers
Blocks Visual
Intersections Visual
Lots Visual








Buildings Visual
Sidewalks Visual
Trees and Open Space Visual
Trees and Open Space
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(The online survey closed on May 21, 2019)


Survey Results


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Zoning Standards


The draft zoning standards for Urban Centers is available for review. As these are still in draft mode, comments are welcome. Please submit any comments to Vaidila Satvika. 

Please select the image below for a summary of the draft zoning standards:

Urban Place Zoning Standards

Urban Place Zoning District Summary




Not yet scheduled: City Council review and public hearing

Not yet scheduled: Planning & Zoning Commission review and public hearing

Thursday, June 20, 2019: Drop-In sessions to review public comment summaries and draft zoning standards for Urban Centers
87 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Morning Session: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Evening Session: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Friday, May 17, 2019: Open Office Hours. Come by to review concepts and provide input:
City Hall, 5th Floor Design Studio
70 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28802
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. , 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019: Open Office Hours. Come by to review concepts and provide input:
City Hall, 5th Floor Design Studio
70 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28802
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. , 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Monday, May 13, 2019: Open Office Hours. Come by to review concepts and provide input:
City Hall, 5th Floor Design Studio
70 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28802
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. , 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019: Public meeting and review of concepts.
West Asheville Library
942 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019: Public meeting and review of concepts.
Stephens-Lee Center
30 George Washington Carver Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.


January 14, 2019: Presentation to the Planning & Zoning Commission proposing an amended process that the Commission approved


October 29, 2018: Public Meeting. 6:30 p.m. Hall Fletcher Elementary School, 60 Ridgelawn Rd, Asheville, NC 28806


September 5 – November 7, 2018: Meetings with city staff to learn about the proposed changes


September 5, 2018: Informal review of project concept with the Planning & Zoning Commission



Vaidila Satvika, AICP
Department of Planning & Urban Design


Updated 11/13/19

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