City of Asheville to hold advisory board restructure pilot workshops

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The City of Asheville is looking to improve its current advisory board system.  Consistent challenges under the current structure have been identified by board members, City staff and City Council.

We have heard that the roles and responsibilities of board members are unclear, there is a disconnect of priorities and work between boards and commissions, there is unclear communication flow to City Council and there are management limitations. 

In response City staff is exploring options for an advisory board structure that is more:



Represent a more diverse cross section of the community and work to eliminate barriers to participation. 


Design a more effective structure with clear communication lines among boards and to City Council. 


Clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the advisory board and its members and align advisory board work with City Council priorities and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. 



Staff will be proposing a pilot to City Council to restructure advisory boards. The proposed system has four standing advisory boards that would be supported by creation of project or issue specific working groups.  

There will be four virtual workshops in early March to discuss the current proposal and gather community input.  Following the workshops, staff will continue to engage with interested stakeholders in co-creating the structure for working groups.


Be a part of the solution, attend a virtual workshop!


  • Thursday, March 3

           5 – 7 p.m. 

  • Monday, March 7

          12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 9

          5 -7 p.m.  

  • Friday, March 11

          9 -11 a.m.


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