City of Asheville launches new small biz development tool

The City of Asheville is proud to announce the launch of Open Counter: Asheville, a web-based tool, designed to help small business owners understand the specific license, permits and requirements for starting their business in Asheville.   Informed by the City’s zoning and land use permits as well as building and public works processes, the [...]

Get building permit, bond updates at Asheville Development Forum Friday

The City of Asheville’s Office of Economic Development hosts the City Manager’s Development Forum twice a year, in May and November. The next forum is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18 at the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall. The Forum — which is free and open to the public — provides members of [...]

City of Asheville planners help host state conference with bike, riverfront and walking tours

At left is Riverfront Office Director Stephanie Monson Dahl. On the right is Asheville Greenways Coordinator Lucy Crown. Both will lead tours during the N.C. Planning Conference in Asheville this week.   When the N.C. Planning Conference comes to Asheville this week, City of Asheville Planning staff will be embedded in the conference, hosting events and [...]

City of Asheville develops Restaurant Startup Guide, announces several Development Services upgrades

Opening a restaurant is no game. It’s a complicated enterprise that includes building permits and health inspections, for one. In fact, it takes multiple steps from concept to completion before a chef/owner can welcome his or her first diners. To help Asheville restaurateurs navigate the ins and outs of needed permits and inspections, the City of [...]

Asheville’s homestay and short-term rental regulation program progressing

  City of Asheville has actively ramped up its enforcement of homestays and short-term rentals   In November 2015 and May 2016, City Council adopted updates to Asheville’s homestay regulations that included clarification of the definitions, a decrease in number of bedrooms that can be rented out in a homestay from three to two, and increased the number of zoning [...]

Get the scoop on projects at City Manager’s Development Forum

Want to learn where the City is on its Comprehensive Plan Update and the Haywood Street visioning process? Find out about these projects and more during the spring edition of the Asheville City Manager’s Development Forum. Set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 17, at the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall the event, free [...]

City extends application deadline for ADU-homestays task force

The City of Asheville is recruiting a community task force to help shape decisions about accessory dwelling unit (ADU)-homestay rentals. The original deadline to apply  has passed but the pool of candidates who applied to the City revealed only one renter. Therefore, members of the City’s Governance Committee requested that the application deadline be extended until 5 [...]

City of Asheville’s Mark Matheny recognized as Code Official of the Year

City of Asheville’s Chief Code Official Mark Matheny contributes to the construction of some of the largest projects built in the city, including most recently the production facility for New Belgium Brewery along the French Broad River in the River Arts District. He not only serves as Chief Code Official, but also as Building Plan Review [...]

City of Asheville names new Development Services Department Director

Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson is pleased to announce that Assistant Development Services Department Director Jason Nortz will become DSD director, effective Jan. 22. Recently appointed Development Services Director Wayne Clark has decided to return Port Orange, Fla., where he served as community development director. Port Orange leaders launched a vigorous campaign for his return, and [...]

Asheville homestays and short-term rentals — why regulate?

The growing share economy has broadened travel accommodation options. Now, when planning a vacation, people may decide they want: A place with a kitchen so we can save money on dining; A local, neighborhood experience; Accommodations in a more affordable price range; A place that allows us bring our four-legged friends along; All of the above.   So they bypass a hotel [...]

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