Looking for a way to get involved in local government and play a part in shaping the future of Asheville? Serving on an Asheville City Council board or commission is a great place to start. More than 250 people serve on 35 advisory boards and help guide policy decisions for the City of Asheville.
Here’s a look at current openings on various City of Asheville boards and commissions.
Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 828-259-5601 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form. For more information, visit ashevillenc.gov/BoardsCommissions.
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee: The Committee works in conjunction with City leadership and staff to implement the 2008 Affordable Housing Plan. The specific functions will be (1) to consider affordable housing policy issues and advise City leadership about those policies; (2) to develop concrete action steps to implement the highest priorities of the Affordable Housing Plan, and to update that plan as appropriate over time; and (3) to advise City leadership and staff regarding affordable housing priorities for the investment of City-controlled funds. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Oct. 7.
Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee: The purpose of the Committee is to implement the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, and its duties and responsibilities shall include (1) conduct research and investigation into issues about homelessness, including causes and effects within Asheville and the surrounding area; (2) formulate and make recommendations to local governmental entities and social service agencies to reduce the incidence of homelessness; (3) act as a clearinghouse for information on local homelessness issues; and (4) other duties as requested by the City Council, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, or as the Committee deems appropriate. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Oct. 7.
Planning & Zoning Commission: The Commission is an advisory board to City Council and shall (1) review all new text for proposed amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and proposals to zone or change the zoning of all property regulated under the UDO and to make recommendations to City Council for final action thereon; (2) perform studies and surveys of the present conditions and probable future development of the City and its environs, including, but not limited to, studies and surveys of land uses, population, traffic, parking, and redevelopment needs; (3) formulate and recommend to City Council the adoption or amendment of a comprehensive plan and other plans, as necessary, for the City and its environs ; (4) review the terms of the UDO from time to time, as it deems appropriate, and to recommend to City Council any changes that the Commission considers necessary to regulate properly the development and use of land, buildings and structures; (5) review applications for planned unit development designation and the preliminary plans for such planned unit developments and to make recommendations to City Council for final action thereon; and (6) review and decide on approval of all proposed preliminary plats of major subdivisions. The deadline to apply has been extended to 5 p.m. Sept. 29.
Tourism Development Authority: This vacancy is for an individual who is an owner or operator of a hotel, motel or other taxable tourist accommodation with more than 100 rental units. The purpose of the Authority is to further the development of travel, tourism and conventions in the county through state, national and international advertising and promotion. The deadline to apply is noon Sept. 21.
Transit Committee: The Committee functions as an advisory board to the Multimodal Transportation Commission and to the City staff on matters affecting the transit system and its operation. The Transit Committees consists of at least seven members and up to 11 members. All are appointed by the Multimodal Transportation Commission. The terms of office are three years. The Asheville Transit Committee will meet the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The meetings will be held at City Hall in the first floor conference room. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Sept. 23.