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Redevelopment of City-owned Land


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What is Redevelopment of City-owned Land for Affordable Housing?

The City of Asheville owns land and buildings in many areas of the city. The City uses its property for parks, community centers, fire stations, police stations, public works garages, offices and other municipal purposes. Additionally, the City has committed to use its property to develop affordable housing. Asheville, like many other high-cost housing markets, is using vacant or underutilized public land to develop affordable housing options for people at all economic levels and stages of life.

Guiding Principles for Redeveloping City-owned Property for Affordable Housing

  1. To understand and respect the surrounding community and integrate the development into the neighborhood;
  2. To promote and maintain a high standard for design, aesthetics and construction;
  3. To uphold and contribute to the City of Asheville’s long term vision for increased density along transit corridors within city limits;
  4. To incorporate and encourage environmentally sustainable approaches and solutions in every aspect possible;
  5. To provide and contribute to rental and ownership housing opportunities that attract varied ages, incomes, family sizes and overall demographics;
  6. To promote and support walkability and social connections both within the project and to the surrounding community;
  7. To prioritize action items that provide the highest return on investment as measured by number of affordable units, percentage of permanently affordable units, contributions to long-term economic and tax base growth, and sustainability.


Affordable Housing Bond

In November 2016, the public voted for the $25 Million Affordable Housing Bond Referendum to support the implementation of the following priorities and strategies:

  1. Implement Comprehensive Affordable Housing Strategy
  2.  Attain goal of 2,800 new affordable housing units by June 2021
  3.  Expand supply of permanent place-based affordable housing
  4.  Eliminate chronic homelessness
  5.  Leverage City resources 
  6.  Measure effectiveness by per unit cost, amount of subsidy, length of affordability period



10 Principles for Developing Affordable Housing

Public Land and Affordable Housing

Asheville Rental Market Study (2017)

Asheville’s Alternatives to Gentrification Report

Asheville’s Comprehensive Affordable Housing Strategy

Project Team

Stephanie Monson Dahl
Interim Assistant Planning Director

Nikki Reid
Real Estate Program Director

Paul D'Angelo
Housing Specialist

Sasha Vrtunski
Urban Planner II