RAD Form-Based Code heading to go before City Council in July

The City of Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD) Form-Based Code is currently in the final review and approval stage of the adoption process. As opposed to traditional zoning code, which keeps uses (like residential and commercial) separate from one another, form-based code focuses more on the look and placement of new buildings to help maintain the character of the area.


The Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the RAD Form-Based Code at its regular June 7 meeting, 5 p.m. in the First Floor Conference Room in City Hall. The agenda is posted here.


The code is currently scheduled to go before City Council at their July 25 meeting. Council agendas are posted City of Asheville website on the Friday before the meeting.


On May 11, the Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission held a work session on the code, and voted to recommend approval of the code to Asheville City Council.


Since April 24, staff has made several small adjustments to the code. These include corrections, and added language to clarify the intent of the code. You can find the most recent draft of the code as well as more information on the public engagement process that helped shape this draft here.