Asheville Innovation Districts the topic of Leadership Asheville breakfast

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer will participate in a panel discussion on the City’s Innovation Districts at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, as part of Leadership Asheville’s latest Buzz breakfast. The event at Renaissance Asheville Hotel, downtown, will be moderated by Steph Monson Dahl, the City’s Riverfront Redevelopment Office Director. Other panelists will include New Belgium Brewing’s [...]

City of Asheville wins SBA grant to help streamline business start-up process

The City of Asheville is committed to making it easier for every entrepreneur to start a business. A $50,000 grant awarded to the City from the Small Business Administration will go toward helping the City streamline permitting and other necessary paperwork for start-ups. “We believe an entrepreneur’s time is best spent developing innovative products and services, [...]

City of Asheville hires planning director

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Todd Okolichany will serve as the City’s new Planning Director, effective Sept. 8. Okolichany comes to the City of Asheville from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he served as principal planner for the Department of Sustainable Development. A LEED-Green Associate accredited by the Green Building [...]

City of Asheville’s economic development toolbox: Incentives and infrastructure

Sam Powers knows there’s a boom of manufacturing growth going on in Asheville – something on the order of a 100-year flood of it. “We’ve had this wave of catalytic projects that are over $100 million and that’s unheard of,” said Powers, director of Asheville’s Community & Economic Development Department. “Most communities see a project of [...]

Craven Street Project on West Asheville’s Riverfront to hit milestone; more work to come

The City of Asheville is excited to hit an important milestone in the Craven Street Project. And that is the reopening of the street itself, set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5. Because of construction to rebuild the road to current design standards, including the addition of a bicycle lane and sidewalk, the section has been [...]

Development Services Department expands hours

As of August 17, the City of Asheville’s Development Services hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Previously, the department was open to the public Monday through Thursday. As part of the Mayor’s Task Force on Development, along with input from various sectors of the development community, Development Services identified [...]

Everyone invited to Asheville equitable development workshop

You’re invited to a workshop about supporting equitable development in Asheville. The event is set for 6 p.m. July 16 at the Grant Center, 285 Livingston St. This community meeting offers an opportunity for everyone to come and learn more about equitable development and to share their ideas. The focus areas for this workshop are neighborhoods [...]

RAD form-based code process begins; next up is charrette week

With some 180 working artist studios in a formerly industrial district, Asheville’s River Arts District blooms with unique flavor. While that growth has been a vibrant part of Asheville’s allure to locals and tourists alike, it comes with its own challenges. How can the River Arts District, or RAD, evolve in a way that preserves its [...]

Development Services changes timeline for inspection requests

New technology being deployed by the City of Asheville’s Development Services Department will streamline the inspection processes resulting in quicker inspection results for contractors. As part of improved efficiency, the timeline for inspection requests will change. Effective July 1, contractors requesting an inspection will need to get their online request in by 6 p.m. the day prior [...]

Council votes to change regulations for accessory dwelling units (ADUs)

You might call them backyard cottages. The official name is “accessory dwelling units: ADUs.” They are nothing new; you will find existing units dotted around town, sometimes as garage apartments. But ADUs are not as prevalent as you might expect in a city facing a housing shortfall. A few years ago the city’s Affordable Housing Advisory [...]

City of Asheville to kick off River Arts District form-based code process

The City of Asheville will kick off the form-based code process for the River Arts District with a community meeting at 6 p.m. June 17 at the Grant Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street. Since the adoption of its 2025 Comprehensive Plan, the City of Asheville has recognized a need to grow more efficiently and sustainably. That [...]

Building permits, job growth outlined at Asheville’s Development Forum

Large-scale development and Asheville’s fastest-growing industries were among topics discussed during the City’s Development Forum held May 15 at the US Cellular Center. Hosted by City Manager Gary Jackson, the forum included economic updates from City staff on building permit activity as well as planning and zoning permits and employment trends. Information was also presented about [...]

Sized right: Accessory apartments offer affordable options

There’s a nationwide conversation brewing around something called accessory apartments. In the past few years, communities have examined these use by right additions to single-family residences, and are praising them for their contribution to affordable housing. Right here in Asheville, that conversation took place as early as 1948. “Garage” apartments are featured in the City’s first zoning [...]

It’s Official: APD puts longstanding outreach approach to homelessness into policy

An approach developed four years ago by the Ashville Police Department to interacting with people experiencing homelessness has proved so successful it is now official departmental policy. The APD’s homelessness strategy prioritizes connecting people with available services and housing assistance over making arrests, and giving people using illegal camps seven days to vacate. The success of [...]

U.S. Cellular Center prepares for audience of conferences and trade shows

The U.S. Cellular Center continues to evolve and make upgrades to improve downtown Asheville’s largest entertainment venue. Already, the U.S. Cellular Center has made strides in attracting big name acts and sports. Sold out shows like the annual Christmas Jam continue to garner national attention, while the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament recently announced that it [...]

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