Downtown Commission

The Asheville Downtown Commission was created by City Council "...for the sustainability and continued development of downtown, a vital urban center of western North Carolina's economic, cultural and visitor activity."

In addition to providing City Council with recommendations on Downtown policies and initiatives, the Downtown Commission carries out Downtown Design Review on major development projects within the Central Business District.

Regular Meeting Schedule

The Commission meets on the second Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the First Floor North Conference Room in City Hall, Asheville, N.C. The normal length of the meeting is 1-2 hours.

Inclement Weather: please note that if Asheville City Schools are closed, all City board, commission and committee meetings are CANCELLED.

The Downtown Commission will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 at the US Cellular Center Banquet Hall (87 Haywood Street) to discuss Civic Center naming rights. 

Contact Information 

Chair - Sage Turner,

Downtown Design Review Information

Please call Sasha Vrtunski in the Planning & Urban Design Department at (828) 259-5560 with specific questions (such as deadlines) regarding the Downtown Design Review process.

The Design Review Committee will meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. in City Hall, 5th Floor Conference Room.

Local Living Economy Working Group

This Committee of the Downtown Commission is chaired by Franzi Charen (, and meets on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at 29 Haywood Street. (Check notice above for changes.)

A general monthly agenda is here.

Parking & Transportation Committee

This Committee of the Downtown Commission is chaired by Sage Turner (, and meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 11 p.m. in the large conference room on the 5th floor of City Hall. (Check notice above for changes.)

Agendas and meeting notes are are available here.

Downtown Master Plan Updates / Public Space Management

More information about the project is here. The first section of the Updates focuses on Public Space Management. A Public Space Management Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. (in the large conference room on the 5th Floor of City Hall). The Committee will continue to meet at this time and location until the Public Space Management section of the Updates is complete (estimated 6-9 months). The Committee is chaired by Andrew Fletcher, (

Downtown Commission Documents: 

Meeting Documents: 

2019 Meetings Agenda & Documents Minutes
 June 14, 2019  Agenda  
May 23, 2019 (special mtg)  Agenda  
 May 10, 2019  Agenda   Minutes
 April 12, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
March 8, 2019 Agenda  Minutes
February 15, 2019 (Retreat) Agenda    Notes 
February 8, 2019 Agenda  Minutes
 January 11, 2019 Agenda  Minutes

2017 & 2018 Meetings Agenda Documents
January 13, 2017 Agenda Annual Report
February 10, 2017 Agenda Minutes
March 10, 2017 Agenda Minutes
April 21, 2017 Agenda Haywood Street Advisory Team Final Report
May 12, 2017 Agenda Minutes
June 9, 2017 Agenda Minutes 
July 14, 2017 Agenda Minutes 
 August 11, 2017 CANCELLED  Updates 
September 8, 2017  Agenda  Minutes
October 20, 2017 Agenda   Minutes
November 10, 2017  Agenda  Minutes

December 8

December 15, 2017

 Agenda Minutes
 January 4, 2018 Special Meeting  Agenda Notes
 January 12, 2018  Agenda Minutes
 February 9, 2018  Agenda Minutes
 March 9, 2018 Agenda Minutes
 April 13, 2018  Agenda Minutes
 May 11, 2018  CANCELLED N/A 
 June 8, 2018  Agenda Minutes
 July 13, 2018  Agenda Minutes
 August 10, 2018 Agenda Minutes
 September 14, 2018  Agenda Minutes
 October 12, 2018  Agenda Minutes
 November 9, 2018  Agenda Minutes
 December 14, 2018  CANCELLED  N/A

More information about Downtown Asheville

Available at the City's website here. News and updates are available here

Contact Information

Dana Frankel, Downtown Specialist
Office: 828-251-4051
Cell: 828-273-5248
Fax: 828-250-8928