Asheville City Council continues remote meetings, will continue proposed hotel development regulations work session prior to regular meeting

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While the City of Asheville has reopened its public-facing offices in a limited capacity, for safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 meetings will remain virtual at this time. That includes the Oct. 27 City Council meeting. Prior to the 5 p.m. meeting, Council will continue its work session on proposed hotel development regulations.

 

Here’s what you need to know to watch/listen to either meeting and to participate in the Council meeting. Both meetings can be accessed through the City’s Virtual Engagement Hub.

 

Work session

At  at 2:30 p.m., City  Council will continue its work session on proposed hotel development regulations. This is a continuation of the Oct. 13 work session on the same topic. No public comment will be accepted. 

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute § 166A-19.24(f) the work session will be a remote meeting which the public can access by any of the following means: 

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The agenda is posted at this link.

 

To watch: You can watch the meeting live by television on Charter Cable channel 193 and on AT&T U-Verse channel 99 or by live stream through publicinput.com/X2454  or via the City’s YouTube channel.

 

By phone: Listen live by calling 855-925-2801, then enter code 6713.

 

Public comment

Because the upcoming City Council meeting will be a remote participation meeting, and to allow staff time to assist community members in preparing for such a meeting format, persons wishing to speak during the meeting must sign up in advance using this online form, ashevillenc.gov/comments, or call the Clerk’s office at 828-259-5900 no later than noon Oct. 26, to add their names to the list of speakers.
Each speaker will need to listen to the meeting through the live phone application by calling 855-925-2801, meeting code 6713. Callers who have signed up to speak should press “*” and then “3” to join the speaker queue during the meeting. To best ensure staff can support you in the case of technical difficulties, we ask that you join the queue no later than the beginning of the agenda item before the agenda item on which you have signed up to speak. 

 

Additionally, if you have joined the speaker queue and need to disconnect before your time to speak, please hit *4 before hanging up. You can then call back in using the same directions listed above and staff will enter you back into the speaker queue if 1) you signed up to speak for the agenda item and 2) public comment is still being accepted for the agenda item.  Each speaker is allotted 3 minutes to speak for up to one hour for each agenda item. The Mayor or presiding officer may, at his/her discretion, increase or decrease this time allocation depending on the number of speakers. 

To Leave pre-recorded voicemail comments for agenda (including public hearings) by calling 855-925-2801, then entering code 6713.  The deadline to sign up for pre-recorded voicemail comments is 5 p.m. Oct 26.

 

Please submit written comments for the agenda (including public hearings) at AshevilleCityCouncilOct272020@PublicInput.com. The deadline for written comments is 5 p.m. Oct. 26.  

 

Written comments for public hearings only can be submitted to the City Council until 24 hours after the public hearing by sending comments to:  AshevilleCityCouncilOct272020@PublicInput.com.

 

These remote format City Council meetings are a temporary measure for the health and safety of everyone, as we collectively work through social distancing techniques to prevent the spread of COVID-19, taking into consideration guidance from the CDC, N.C. Department of Health and Human Service and Buncombe County Health and Human Services.

 

The top priorities are the safety of our community and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

We continue to coordinate City response with Buncombe County and State officials. These actions are all designed with public health in mind, as we pull together to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.