Boards & Commissions

Development Related Boards & Commissions

The Boards and Commissions related to development services include the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Technical Review Committee, the Historic Resources Commission and the Board of Adjustment.

Each of these decision-making bodies serves as a step in the review process. Not every Board or Commission will hear every project or development request.

The Technical Review Committee reviews the technical aspects of a development project i.e, traffic flow and impact, infrastructure needs, landscaping, and grading and erosion control.

The Planning & Zoning Commission reviews additions or proposed amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance and makes recommendations to City Council for final action. The Planning & Zoning Commission also reviews development projects, conditional zoning requests, and rezoning requests and makes recommendations to City Council for final action.

The Board of Adjustment hears variance requests from the requirements that are stated in the Unified Development Ordinance for signs and zoning standards. They also hear appeals on interpretations made by staff.

The Historic Resources Commission reviews proposals for projects in Asheville's four local historic districts: Montford, Albemarle Park, St. Dunstan's and Biltmore Village.

The 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 all things Downtown, the Downtown Commission carries out Downtown Design Review on major development projects within the Central Business District.

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