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One week left for public comment on City of Asheville’s draft 5-Year Consolidated Plan 

    After more than a year of community engagement and study, the City of Asheville Department of Community and Economic Development is ready to release the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 5-Year Consolidated Plan. Still in final draft form, the Consolidated Plan is designed to help states and local jurisdictions assess their affordable housing [...]

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Asheville streets reopen, following flooding from Tropical Storm Zeta

  As rain from Tropical Storm Zeta moves eastward, Asheville Fire Department reports that  flooding is receding in most locations. The Swannanoa River crested around 2 p.m. Thursday, and the French Broad River should crest around 8 p.m. Thursday. So while most roads have reopened there may continue to be road closures until the waters recede, perhaps [...]

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Community Development to hold informational meetings about Block Grant program

  The City of Asheville annually awards Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) as part of a federal grant program through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides funding for a variety of projects and programs that serve low- and moderate-income residents.   The City of Asheville Community Development Division administers these funds and has set informational meetings on [...]

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

    While the City of Asheville will reopen its public-facing offices in a limited capacity Oct. 12, for safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 meetings will remain virtual at this time. That includes the Oct. 13 City Council meeting. Prior to the 5 p.m. meeting, Council will hold a 2:30 p.m. work session on [...]

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City of Asheville to reopen offices to the public Oct. 12

  On Oct. 12, the City of Asheville will re-open its public-facing offices. This decision is the result of significant planning, consulting with public health officials, and implementing COVID-19 transmission mitigation efforts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, City staff has continued to provide a majority of services, although modified, such as drop boxes for transactions traditionally handled in-person [...]

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Asheville City Council urges community to stay safe, not engage with outside protesters

  Members of our community,   We are aware of possible protests planned for this weekend by groups who do not live here or support the work we are doing in Asheville.    We, as a Council, want to encourage residents to refrain from planning counter protests. Some protestors will likely be carrying weapons and have stated that they “plan [...]

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Asheville Fire Department joins Buncombe County search and rescue team on standby for Tropical Storm Isaias

  The Asheville Fire Department assembled a team of eight firefighters to join the Buncombe County Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team (BCTF2 USAR) on a deployment assignment to Kinston, N.C., for standby to assist in emergency support due to probable effects of Tropical Storm Isaias. Isaias is projected to make landfall off the [...]

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Asheville City Council continues remote meetings with new public comment procedure

    Due to the State and locally declared States of Emergency, there will be no public attendance at City Council meetings.    While we are Staying Safer at Home, City Council still wants you to have the opportunity to participate in the decisions of your government. There are three options for providing public comment. [...]

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 Asheville Parks & Recreation offers youth football skills training

  Want to keep your young football player sharp during the time of no sports and social distancing?  Want to start developing skills for the future?  Asheville Parks & Recreation is offering a safe way to make that happen while keeping our community healthy.     We’re offering a Youth Football Skills Training program that includes drills and organized [...]