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Asheville’s Urban Center zoning initiative moves forward to Planning & Zoning Commission

    The Urban Place Form Code District heads to the Planning & Zoning Commission on July 7 as part of the Urban Centers rezoning proposal, initiated by the Asheville Department of Planning & Urban Design.   Urban Centers are a component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Living Asheville. They are intended to foster [...]

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City of Asheville releases StoryMap about City-owned property and Urban Renewal 

  The City of Asheville has released a new StoryMap explaining which City-owned properties came from Urban Renewal.   With assistance from UNC Asheville faculty, City staff researched, identified, and mapped existing City-owned properties acquired through three Urban Renewal projects in Asheville. The Urban Renewal and City-owned Property StoryMap shows which City-owned properties came from [...]

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Historic Resources Commission honors two volunteers for restoring and caring for the South Asheville Cemetery

    Each year, the Historic Resources Commission awards an individual or individuals in the community who by word or deed has kindled among the citizenry of Asheville and Buncombe County an appreciation for the history or historic resources of the area. The Historic Resources Commission is pleased to honor this year’s recipients, George Taylor and George [...]

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Community invited to Wilma Dykeman’s 101st birthday anniversary as part of River Arts District celebration

    Hey Asheville! Bring your friends to 8 River Arts Place at 3 pm Thursday (May 20) and help the community honor author Wilma Dykeman.  Dykeman, who has meant so much to the development of the French Broad Riverfront that the community named the new greenway after her, would have been 101 years old [...]

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City of Asheville to identify and document architectural history and character of Burton Street neighborhood

  The Department of Planning and Urban Design is excited to be working with the leadership of the Burton Street Neighborhood Association to identify, document and share information about the history and character defining architecture and streetscapes of the Burton Street neighborhood.    The idea for this project emerged from the I-26 Connector Burton Street Mitigation Working Group, [...]

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New Asheville hotel development ‘Public Benefits Table’ designed to meet community needs

    New hotel development in the City of Asheville should have less impact on nearby neighborhoods and provide more benefits to the community under new regulations approved by City Council Feb. 23.    Prior to adoption of the new regulations, City Attorney Brad Branham explained to Council that North Carolina law does not allow municipalities to outright ban [...]

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City of Asheville staff to present updated hotel development ordinance to Planning and Zoning Commission

    Following two City Council work sessions, the City of Asheville Department of Planning and Urban Design has further analyzed the proposed hotel development regulations and will be holding a public hearing to present the revised regulations at 5 p.m. Feb. 3 the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.    At the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting , City [...]

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Asheville City Council adopts Haywood-Page properties Master Concept Plan

  After more than three years of community engagement around the future use of City-owned properties on Haywood Street and Page Avenue downtown, a master concept plan for the properties went before Asheville City Council Oct. 27.   The plan by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects incorporates a mix of uses, including:  A central plaza for community gatherings and [...]

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 Concept plan for Haywood Street and Page Avenue properties headed to Asheville City Council 

 For a narrated video of the Haywood Street and Page Avenue Master Concept Plan, visit this link.     Following a series of community input and engagement activities this spring, the City of Asheville Department of Planning and Urban Design is pleased to release the Haywood Street and Page Avenue Master Concept Plan. The plan [...]

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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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City of Asheville releases revised hotel overlay map as part of updated development standards

Visit the revised Asheville hotel overlay map at this link: https://bit.ly/3abB4zn.   Over the last year, the City of Asheville Department of Planning and Urban Design has been developing revisions to the City’s hotel development standards, based upon recommendations from the Urban Land Institute and public input. This week, staff will begin presenting [...]

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City of Asheville shares FAQ about hotel development revisions

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the Hotel Development Survey.  We appreciate your Input!  Here are the answers to many of the questions that were  raised in the survey. Frequently Asked Questions Can the city ban hotels permanently? If someone does not like a particular land use or perceives a use to have negative impacts this does [...]

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City of Asheville launches online survey to guide drafting of hotel development regulations

    The City of Asheville Department of Planning & Urban Design is in the process of drafting a new ordinance to regulate hotel development, based on recommendations from the Urban Land Institute through a technical assistance panel public process and ongoing analysis.    As part of the public process, the City is conducting an online survey to engage [...]

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Asheville City Council to hold a work session on hotel moratorium

  Archived stream of the work session:   Original post: In September, Asheville City Council approved a temporary moratorium on the approval of new hotels, which means that no hotel development applications will be approved for a year. The purpose of the moratorium is to allow the City time to further study the issues surrounding tourism and assess the [...]

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2020 City of Asheville initiatives: What to look for in the new year

With a new year comes new programs, facility improvements and projects to improve our community. Here’s a look ahead at 10 Asheville City government initiatives as we ring in not only a new year, but a new decade  in 2020.     Civic Center gets Harrah’s Cherokee name  The year 2020 will start with excitement for the newly named Harrah’s Cherokee Center — [...]

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City of Asheville to host a community conversation on hotel development

  In September, Asheville City Council approved a temporary moratorium on the approval of new hotels, which means that no hotel development applications will be approved for a year. The purpose of the moratorium is to allow the City time to further study the issues surrounding tourism and assess the impacts of hotel development, both real [...]

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City Council approves 1-year Asheville hotel moratorium 

    No hotel approval applications will go before City Council for a year, under a hotel moratorium approved by Council at their Sept. 24 meeting.   City staff will use this time to work with the Urban Land Institute Charlotte on a planning process to include two community engagement sessions, analysis of the hotel industry, assessment of impacts, [...]