Mayor gives State of the City address

City of Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer delivered her third annual State of the City Address Oct. 4 at the US Cellular Center. The Mayor highlighted the City Council Strategic Vision with an emphasis on equity and diversity and what city is doing in these areas.  “What we can do is focus on our service delivery, our [...]

Asheville City Council approves putting bond referendums to voters

Package would pay for transportation and recreation infrastructure as well as affordable housing projects   Asheville City Council voted to put three bond referendums totaling $74 million before Asheville voters in the November general election. At their Aug. 9 meeting, councilmembers voted unanimously to take the next step in getting the bond referendums on the ballot. The three bond referendums [...]

City seeks proposals from developers for affordable housing on City land

The City of Asheville is seeking submittals from qualified developers to develop a City-owned parcel located at 338 Hilliard Avenue, currently in use but due to be vacated by the City’s Parks Maintenance Facility  by Jan. 1, 2017. The City is making this site available for a development of affordable multifamily rental housing. The Asheville City [...]

No action planned by Asheville City Council on existing nondiscrimination ordinance

Mayor Esther Manheimer speaking at the March 8, 2016, City Council meeting.   On March 8, the City of Asheville received many calls related to misinformation that City Council was voting on measures to address bathroom use as it relates to gender identity. While there was discussion at Tuesday’s Governance Committee and an update from Mayor Esther Manheimer [...]

I26 connector proposal

Asheville City Council I-26 Connector resolution endorses specific alternatives, calls for collaboration

At its Dec. 8 meeting, Asheville City Council passed a resolution calling for the NCDOT to minimize proposed I-26 Connector impacts on the Burton Street, Emma, West Asheville and Montford communities. And the City called on the NCDOT to “partner with the City in creating a collaborative working group of City appointees and NCDOT design [...]

Column: Lack of affordable housing a crisis for Asheville

In a guest column in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville City Councilman Gordon Smith writes about how the City is working to address affordable housing: The lack of affordable housing in Asheville is truly a community crisis. While Asheville City Council is taking unprecedented steps to address it, we need more community partners to help provide affordable [...]

City Council to discuss short-term rentals

Asheville City Council will discuss short-term rentals during its upcoming meeting, 5 p.m. May 12 in the Council Chamber on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Tune in on Asheville City Government’s Livestream channel if you’d like to listen to the discussion live during the meeting. No action will be taken, there will [...]

Asheville City Council to host community conversation concerning short term rentals

There is a growing conversation in Asheville regarding short term rentals and Asheville City Council wants to hear what the community thinks. City Council will host a community conversation Wednesday, March 25 in the banquet room of the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. The event begins at 5 p.m. with an informal opportunity to converse [...]

City Council and WNC Delegates talk legislative priorities

Members of Asheville City Council and members of the Western North Carolina delegation met Monday December 1 to have breakfast and discuss Council’s legislative agenda for the 2014 long session. Council will approve this year’s legislative agenda at its Dec. 9 formal session. Photo from left to right: Senator Terry Van Duyn, Council Member Gwen Wisler, [...]

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