City Council Committees

Committees review policy matters referred to them, inform and educate Council on existing city programs and issues and review other related matters. City Council Committees will not become involved in city administration but instead are expected to anticipate the full range of considerations and concerns related to various policy questions. When participating on committees, members are expected to temper their role as policy advocates in order to fully evaluate all alternatives.

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Housing & Community Development Committee

The Housing and Community Development Committee will enhance the quality of life in Asheville and the livability of neighborhoods by providing policy recommendations to Council on all matters relating to the creation and maintenance of housing within the city, including public housing and affordable private housing; all matters relating to the alleviation of homelessness and services provided to homeless individuals within the city.

  • Chair: Councilwoman Julie Mayfield
  • Members: Councilwoman Julie Mayfield, Councilwoman Sheneika Smith, Councilman Keith Young
  • Staff liaison:  Assistant City Manager Cathy Ball
  • Meeting schedule: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m., in First Floor North Conference Room of the City Hall Building.

Housing & Community Development Committee meeting details and materials

 

Finance and Human Resources Committee

The Finance Committee’s areas of interest include the annual budget process, capital improvement programming, financial reports, taxes, fees, assessments and infrastructure finance.

  • Chair: Vice-Mayor Gwen Wisler
  • Members: Vice-Mayor Gwen Wisler, Councilwoman Julie Mayfield, Councilman Vijay Kapoor
  • Staff liaison: Assistant City Manager Cathy Ball
  • Meeting schedule: 4th Tuesday of every month, at 1:30 p.m. in First Floor North Conference Room of the City Hall Building.

Finance and Human Resources Committee meeting details and materials

 

Planning & Economic Development Committee

The Planning and Economic Development Committee will recommend policies to support City Council’s long-range vision and comprehensive planning goals. Areas of focus include developing policies to enhance employability of Asheville residents, master planning of land uses, transportation, etc., development policies and processes, building codes and development standards, annexation policies/goals/objectives, economic development strategies and incentive policies (HUB).

  • Chair: Councilwoman Julie Mayfield
  • Members: Councilwoman Julie Mayfield, Councilman Vijay Kapoor, Vice-Mayor Gwen Wisler
  • Staff liaison: Assistant City Manager Cathy Ball
  • Meeting schedule: 2nd Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m., in First Floor North Conference Room of the City Hall Building.

Planning & Economic Development Committee meeting details and materials

 

Public Safety Committee

The Public Safety Committee will recommend public safety policy direction in areas of interest including police, fire, EMS, and emergency management services. The committee will also review matters relating to the illegal use and possession of narcotics and drugs, intergovernmental relations related to public safety issues, cooperation with law enforcement and fire and rescue, and emergency management agencies, as well as educational and research organizations, involved with control and prevention of illegal traffic in and use of narcotics and drugs.

  • Chair: Councilman Brian Haynes
  • Members: Councilman Brian Haynes, Vice-Mayor Gwen Wisler, Councilwoman Sheneika Smith
  • Staff liaison: Interim Assistant City Manager Peggy Rowe
  • Meeting schedule: 4th Thursday of each month at 11:00 a.m., in First Floor North Conference Room of the City Hall Building.

Public Safety Committee meeting details and materials

 

Boards & Commissions Committee

The Boards & Commissions Committee was established to review citizen’s applications to boards and commissions and recommend appointments to City Council. The Committee also provides guidance on establishing new boards and commissions and develops process timelines for appointments to the Asheville City Board of Education and the Planning & Zoning Commission.

  • Chair: Vice-Mayor Gwen Wisler
  • Members: Vice-Mayor Gwen Wisler, Councilman Keith Young, Councilman Brian Haynes
  • Staff liaison: Deputy City Clerk Sarah Terwilliger
  • Meeting schedule: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4:15 p.m., in First Floor North Conference Room of the City Hall Building.

Boards & Commissions Committee meeting details and materials

 

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee will operate as a policy review and discussion arm of the City Council. The Committee will provide an opportunity to explore implications of policy alternatives and the policy development process while serving in an advisory capacity to Council as a whole. The Governance Committee will review policy matters referred to them, inform and educate Council on the existing city programs and issues and review other related matters.

The Rules Committee, City Council’s Rules of Procedures, Retreat Committee and Personnel Committee functions will roll into the Governance Committee.

  • Chair: Mayor Esther Manheimer
  • Members: Mayor Esther Manheimer, Councilman Keith Young, Councilwoman Sheneika Smith
  • Staff liaison: Assistant City Manager Cathy Ball
  • Meeting schedule: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor North Conference Room of City Hall

Governance Committee meeting details and materials