City of Asheville to launch new Streetscape Plan requirement for Urban Projects

New process added to reviews for improved plans  To improve the City’s review process and ultimately improve outcomes in the public realm, the City is launching a new initiative to ensure complete and detailed Streetscape Plans are submitted for development projects in urban/mixed-use areas.  Public spaces are one of the most important public assets the city manages. [...]

City Manager Development Forum returns in remote format November 19 

  The City Manager’s Development Forum returns — in a remote format — from noon to 1 p.m. November 19. During the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction and development has continued in Asheville. While the Development Forum will be held virtually with no in-person components, it offers an opportunity to learn about trends [...]

Updated City of Asheville Noise Ordinance goes into effect September 15

  At their July 27 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to update the City’s Noise Ordinance with an aim to identify and prioritize noise concerns and develop clear and enforceable thresholds for noise generation. As the newly revised ordinance will go into effect September 15, we wanted to let residents know where to find [...]

Major disaster declaration granted for Western North Carolina counties damaged by Tropical Storm Fred, including Buncombe

From the Office of Governor Roy Cooper: The White House and FEMA have granted Governor Roy Cooper’s Aug. 27 request for a major disaster declaration for seven North Carolina counties that were hit hard by floods after Tropical Storm Fred. “This federal disaster declaration will help provide assistance for Western North Carolina communities to rebuild stronger and [...]

Flood damages? Info on dedicated call center and local resources

  As our local leaders are assessing the damage to Buncombe County in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Fred, Buncombe County Emergency Services is standing up a call center to connect residents to resources and information. To assist with disaster recovery, Buncombe County has activated a dedicated line for those impacted.   An Emergency Services Call Center is [...]

Asheville City Council approves updates to Noise Ordinance

  At their July 27 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to update the City’s Noise Ordinance with an aim to identify and prioritize noise concerns and develop clear and enforceable thresholds for noise generation.   The vote followed a year-long engagement, then a year delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As COVID gathering restrictions were [...]

Proposed Noise Ordinance revisions get closer to vote with an update to Asheville City Council 

    While the pandemic put a pause on the Noise Ordinance revisions it also allowed City staff to further engage Asheville’s music community and downtown residents and be part of the City’s Reimagining Public Safety conversation.   And because this initiative began under a previous City Council, Development Services Director Ben Woody gave an update to the current [...]

Asheville to waive some fees to help support local businesses during State of Emergency

  To help reduce economic hardship posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Asheville will continue to waive or suspend collection of fees on a case-by-case basis. Asheville City Council approved this action during their Jan. 12 meeting. The fees that may be waived include temporary uses, outdoor dining, a-frame signage, push carts, and associated trade permits. Many [...]

City of Asheville releases draft Noise Ordinance revisions, launches survey 

Update: The survey deadline has been extended to Dec. 11.   The City of Asheville’s Noise Ordinance revisions are getting closer to Council consideration. But before staff brings them to Council, we want to bring them to you, our residents.   Visit the City’s informational webpage about the Noise Ordinance to review the draft revisions and take a survey [...]

Asheville City Council hears tree canopy protection amendment

    At Asheville City Council’s Aug. 25 meeting, City staff presented an ordinance focused on the preservation, enhancement and expansion of the City’s tree canopy as it relates to private land development activity.    The proposed changes will ask developers to consider the tree canopy and require that they keep a portion of the trees in place, plant [...]

City of Asheville expands flexibility for business use of sidewalks in addition to private lots

    The City of Asheville is committed to advancing ways of using space to support economic recovery and community needs while prioritizing public health and safety, and recognizes the importance of being flexible and nimble as needs and priorities evolve. In response to stakeholder input and public health guidance, the City is launching new initiatives to [...]

City of Asheville resumes parking meter fees and enforcement

  Beginning Monday, June 1, the City of Asheville will resume collecting regular parking fees for on-street, metered parking.  Enforcement of fee payment will also resume.     Garage parking in City and County garages will remain free until further notice.  City monthly parking permit fees will also continue to be suspended until further notice.  Buncombe county monthly parking [...]