City of Asheville releases draft zoning standards for Urban Centers

Illustration of an urban centers planning concept
Illustration of an urban centers planning concept


The City of Asheville thanks the public for their input on the Urban Centers initiative, which is part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Living Asheville. This plan calls for the City to foster higher density, mixed-use development that is economically viable and pedestrian oriented in a way that contributes to the placemaking character of the city.


The vision is to support reinvestment through denser land use patterns and enhanced multimodal transportation. It aims to improve walkability and neighborhood quality of life. Another goal is to bring housing closer to jobs by incentivizing housing to be added to property located on high-frequency transit corridors to help the city grow in a smart way.


The locations being reviewed for rezoning include properties at/near Kmart (Patton Avenue), Innsbruck Mall (Tunnel Road), Steinmart (Merrimon Avenue) and Walmart (Bleachery Boulevard).


The Department of Planning and Urban Design will hold two June 20 drop-in sessions to allow the public to review the draft zoning standards:


Thursday, June 20: Drop-in sessions to review draft zoning for Urban Centers

Where: US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801

Go to the Press Room within the center.

Morning session: 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Evening session: 5-7 p.m.


To learn more and/or to stay up-to-date with the Urban Centers initiative, please visit The webpage features an interactive review of proposed project sites and a 13-minute video that explains the initiative.

For more information, please contact Urban Planner Vaidila Satvika at 828-251-4036 or