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First Step Budget Recommendations for Reimagining Public Safety in Asheville will be presented during September 22 City Council Meeting

The information from the Consultant’s Report and information from the online questionnaire was used to inform the first round of budget recommendations to be made at the Tuesday, September 22 City Council meeting.   These recommendations are only the beginning of the effort to re-imagine the delivery of public safety services in Asheville. Year 2 Ideas that [...]

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Asheville holds virtual meetings for City Council candidate interviews and regular Council meeting

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. On September 8, City Council will hold City [...]

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City of Asheville Council to consider extending hotel moratorium 

  In September 2019, the Asheville City Council approved a temporary moratorium on the approval of new hotels, which meant that no hotel development applications would  be approved for a year. Since then, staff and consultants have worked diligently to understand the  issues surrounding hotel development and assess the impacts. In late [...]

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Buncombe County and the City of Asheville align with Gov. Cooper’s Phase 1 Executive Order, City parks to open

The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County, continues to take proactive steps to keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. To bring our community in closer alignment with Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 138, Buncombe County Public Health has issued a superseding Stay Home, Stay Safe [...]

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Asheville City Council takes next step toward reinstating at-large elections and nonpartisan municipal primaries  

    Asheville City Council took a step closer to amending its charter to reinstate at-large elections for all Council members and nonpartisan Council primaries by holding public hearings on the matter during their Sept. 24 meeting. The City’s charter is listed in Chapter 1 of the Municipal Code, posted on the City’s website.   During the [...]

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Asheville City Council approves funding for design phase of Southside Center bond project

   The Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center Phase II bond project will move to the design phase, following approval by City Council to authorize money for a contract with Asheville architect Clark Nexsen for design services.   During their Sept. 24 meeting, Council authorized a contract for the design to proceed on the Phase 2 improvements to [...]

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Asheville City Manager shares timeline and process for hiring new Police Chief

    We want to share with the community an update about the Asheville Police Department interim leadership and the process for selecting a new Police Chief.   As previously announced, APD Chief Chris Bailey has decided to resign for personal reasons. His last day will be Sept. 27.   Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell has named Robert C. White (Retired) [...]