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Complete the Census to preserve federal funds for Asheville, Buncombe County

  Currently, North Carolina is severely undercounted in the 2020 Census. We are on track to lose $7.4 billion in federal funding annually. These are our tax dollars — hard earned and rightfully ours — and this funding is critical. The only way to access that money is to be fully counted. Here’s what it will affect: Roads [...]

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Asheville City Council continues remote meetings with advance sign up for public comment 

    Due to the State and locally declared States of Emergency, there will be no public attendance at City Council meetings.  While we are Staying Safer at Home, City Council still wants you to have the opportunity to participate in the decisions of your government. There are three options for providing public comment. [...]

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APD: Keep school bus safety in mind, as some students are still attending classes

  A new mode of school is now in session for Asheville students, but officers with the Asheville Police Department Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) say the same safety measures apply.   “Students and school buses on the roads haven’t just been gone for the summer — it has been even longer,” said APD Traffic Safety Unit Sergeant Scott [...]

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City of Asheville remains committed to providing safe bus service during COVID-19

  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Asheville implemented a physical distancing strategy to ensure the safety and health of Asheville Rides Transit (ART) riders and staff.  The physical distancing policy allows only 10 people to ride at one time, including nine (9) passengers and the driver, making it 10 for each [...]

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Asheville student reflects on back to school in an era of Black Lives Matter, a Generation Z perspective 

As we return to school during these unprecedented times, I can't help but reflect on the life-changing events of 2020. As a young person witnessing history, I think about how this moment will be taught to future generations. I also think about how my generation has been taught about history.

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Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer signs Climate Mayors letter urging Congressional leadership to advance a sustainable economic recovery

  The City of Asheville has a strong record and long-standing commitment to sustainability. That’s why Mayor Esther Manheimer signed on to a letter sent  by Climate Mayors to Congressional leaders urging bold action to protect our planet and build a more just economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.    “Because only bold action can tackle [...]

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Following I-26 Aesthetics Committee report, City of Asheville opens survey for residents to weigh in on project

  The City of Asheville is looking for input from the community on a report prepared by  the I-26 Aesthetics Committee.   City Council established the Aesthetics Committee on April 24, 2018, to make recommendations for aesthetic treatments for all aspects of the I-26 Connector project including, but not limited to, shoulders, medians, bridges, retaining walls, signing, and [...]

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Asheville Police share tips for safer digital learning, at-home Internet use

    As students, parents, caregivers, and teachers prepare to dive into a new school year that looks quite different from any other, the Asheville Police Department Computer Crimes Unit detectives want to offer safety reminders to students and families.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social interaction opportunities for kids, teens and adults are a bit thinner than [...]

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City of Asheville provides virtual presentation about completion of the North Fork Dam Improvement Project

After more than two years of construction, the North Fork Dam Improvement Project is nearing completion. This will deliver to our community a safer dam with more capacity to hold water from the reservoir and one that is better enforced against potential seismic activity. It is scheduled to be fully operational as of Oct. 31. As this [...]

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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 selected to join other Southeastern cities to reduce food waste

  The City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability will begin working alongside other innovative cities in the Southeast to develop and implement  food waste initiatives. The City was selected as a participant in the Natural Resources Defense Council  Food Matters Project. The Food Matters project partners with cities [...]

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Asheville Fire Department joins Buncombe County search and rescue team on standby for Tropical Storm Isaias

  The Asheville Fire Department assembled a team of eight firefighters to join the Buncombe County Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team (BCTF2 USAR) on a deployment assignment to Kinston, N.C., for standby to assist in emergency support due to probable effects of Tropical Storm Isaias. Isaias is projected to make landfall off the [...]

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Bike skills park to be built at Richmond Hill Park

  Construction will soon begin on a new bike skills park located within Richmond Hill Park (see concept map and skills board below).   The project is a collaboration between the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department and Pisgah Area Southern Offroad Biking Association (Pisgah Area SORBA). This addition to the park is a natural surface [...]

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Asheville parking garages to resume fee collection with a modified system

   While parking has been free in City of Asheville parking garages since March 18, a modified fee system will resume Aug. 1.   On March 18, following the State and Local State of Emergency declarations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City waived all parking fees in order to support convenient access to goods and [...]

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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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