Small Scale Development Workshop coming to Asheville

  A little over a year ago, the City of Asheville updated zoning regulations in order to allow for a greater variety of housing and to encourage more efficient land use patterns. The changes adopted by City Council reduced lot dimensional standards by 20% and gave incentives to allow for more housing units in multi-family zoning districts. [...]

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We’re asking you: What tools would help Asheville residents stay informed about development

The City of Asheville wants to help residents stay informed about development projects by connecting residents to information about proposed projects as well as the review and approval process. The City has several online tools already available to help people find information about development projects, such as the City’s Technical Review Committee project map. To help [...]

Video: New rules address the ‘missing middle’ in Asheville housing options

  Since the 20th century, zoning regulations across America have moved along a path that limited housing diversity. Due to these changes, housing mostly comes in two forms: single-family homes or apartment complexes. Residential infill development seeks to promote additional types of housing options for neighborhoods, such as townhouses, duplexes, triplexes and smaller courtyard apartment buildings. Through zoning changes (also known [...]

Update: Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD) Form-Based Code

  Though it has not yet been adopted, the City of Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD) Form-Based Code project continues to move forward. Here is an update on where it stands.   The RAD Form-Based Code is currently in the final review and approval stage of the adoption process. As opposed to traditional zoning code, which keeps uses [...]

Asheville City Council to consider code changes that support small-scale residential infill housing

    Changes to Asheville’s zoning regulations designed to encourage neighborhood-compatible, small-scale residential infill housing, such as duplexes and triplexes, will go before Asheville City Council during its Aug. 22 meeting.   The initiative to find the right balance for these changes began in early 2016, prompted by Council request.   The rule changes aim to help address the city’s housing supply gap and [...]

Asheville residents invited to comment on draft Comprehensive Plan

  From coffeehouse chats to an online survey, the City of Asheville invites residents to weigh in     It has been over a year in the making.   Meetings, workshops, focus groups, key pads, white boards, photographs, essays, charts, graphics, data, visions, plans, maps, presentations, spreadsheets, interviews, videos, display boards, edits, flyers, logos, surveys, reports, updates, blog posts, press releases, tweets, emails, comment [...]

RAD Form-Based Code heading to go before City Council in July

The City of Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD) Form-Based Code is currently in the final review and approval stage of the adoption process. As opposed to traditional zoning code, which keeps uses (like residential and commercial) separate from one another, form-based code focuses more on the look and placement of new buildings to help maintain [...]

City of Asheville to benefit French Broad River with $60,000 grant from Duke Energy

Left to right are Garrett Artz, Executive Director of RiverLink, Stephanie Monson Dahl, Strategic Development Office Director for the City of Asheville, Peter Sprague, Asheville, Riverfront Commission member, Dawn Chavez, Executive Director of GreenWorks, and Mike Hughes, Duke Energy’s Vice President of Community Relations.     The City of Asheville received a $60,000 grant to continue its commitment [...]

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