Asheville Planning & Urban Design Director accepts new position with Metro Nashville Government

Asheville Planning & Urban Design Director Todd Okolichany has accepted a position as Deputy Executive Director of the Planning Department in Metro Nashville, TN government and will leave the City of Asheville January 27, 2023. During his tenure with the City of Asheville, Todd was instrumental in managing several projects that will have long lasting impacts [...]

City of Asheville and Buncombe County announce public engagement opportunities and events to inform the Pack Square Plaza Visioning Project

The public is invited to learn more about the Pack Square Plaza Visioning Project and to provide input that helps create a shared vision for the future of the area.  The public is invited to help shape the future of Western North Carolina’s most central civic space by attending one or more special engagement events for [...]

Who’s up this week on What’s Up AVL! City of Asheville Urban Planner and Historic Preservation Manager – Alexandra Cole

What’s Up AVL! The City of Asheville’s bi-monthly radio show gives the community the chance to take a deep dive with City of Asheville staff and departments. Learn about different departments and what projects are taking place in your community. This week, the City of Asheville host Sam Parada will sit down with City of Asheville Urban Planner [...]

City of Asheville announces projects funded by BCTDA Tourism Product Development Fund

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce projects that have received funding from the BCTDA Tourism Product Development Fund. Funding was announced at the Tourism Development Authority Board meeting on October 26. All four of the city’s applications received funding, with the top three priorities receiving funding at 100% of the requested amount. [...]

The City announces November and December artist schedule of Art in the Heart and opportunities to engage

  A new line up of Art in the Heart artworks and experiences will be in Pack Square Plaza for November and December 2022. A final schedule for January-March artists will be released subsequently. To learn more about the artists and their projects, please visit ashevillenc.gov/artintheheart.    Images and videos of completed projects have been, and will [...]

Department of Planning and Urban Design releases Burton Street Architectural Survey

Over the past several years, City staff has been working closely with the Burton Street Community Association to aid in implementation of the Burton Street Neighborhood Plan, which was approved by City Council in 2018. The plan outlines goals and strategies aimed at preserving neighborhood character, among other priorities for the neighborhood. [...]

The City’s Planning and Urban Design Department publishes the African American Heritage Resource Survey

The City of Asheville’s Planning & Urban Design Department, which oversees the joint City/County Historic Preservation Program, identified in recent years the imperative need for documentation of African American heritage resources within the city, and as a result initiated an architectural survey of historic resources specifically related to Asheville’s historically Black neighborhoods. After [...]

City of Asheville invites you to experience the latest art installation for Art in the Heart

Art in the Heart is a way to unite, heal, and strengthen the community. The goal is to use art to spark conversation and ideas on how to make Pack Square Plaza –a central gathering place and hub of activity for the region– a place that reflects Asheville’s diverse community. The program [...]

City of Asheville and Buncombe County postpone Art in Heart kick off due to weather

Pardon our Delay! Due to weather conditions this weekend, the kick off for Art in the Heart will be delayed. But don't worry, you'll still get a chance to see all the exciting art and local artists participating in the program.  Please keep checking our website, as we will update it with the new schedule.  

Who’s up this week on What’s up AVL! – Planning and Urban Design Staff

What’s Up AVL! The City of Asheville’s bi-monthly radio show gives the community the chance to take a deep dive with City of Asheville staff and departments. Learn about different departments and what projects are taking place in your community. This week, the City of Asheville sits down with Stephanie Dahl and Karli Stephenson from the Planning and [...]

“Art in the Heart” : Call for Artists Application Deadline Extended until August 1, 2022

Updated Deadline for applications The deadline for applications for Art in the Heart has been extended to August 1, 2022. Existing applications will be reviewed and notified of the change in dates.   Call for applications  In partnership with the Friends of Buncombe County Special Collections and Asheville’s Public Art and Cultural Commission, the City is kicking off [...]

Update on the City of Asheville’s recommendation for the NCDOT’s planned Merrimon Avenue resurfacing project.

  The Asheville City Council will consider entering into an agreement with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) that supports the Department’s vision for the future of sections of Merrimon Avenue.  The multi-modal alternative was developed through a collaborative partnership between the City of Asheville and NCDOT, and began with a request from the City to study [...]

City of Asheville to extend opportunity to provide public input on  the South Slope Vision Plan to April 8

The City of Asheville Planning and Urban Design Department has decided to extend to April 8th the period to participate in the South Slope Visioning Plan.   Staff want to hear from the community if there’s something missing from the plan, so the draft is available for the public to review and provide comments. [...]

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