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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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Asheville Fire Department: Leave Fourth of July fireworks to the professionals, consider safer alternatives

    Each Fourth of July, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks – devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.  That’s why the Asheville Fire Department recommends leaving the fireworks to the professionals.    We are excited to [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation announces fall athletic leagues

    Asheville Parks & Recreation has a great line-up of athletic programs for this fall.  It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or a novice, a kid or an adult, we have something for everyone.  Get off the couch and let’s play!   Register online for all of these programs at www.avlrec.com.   Summer Youth Basketball Tournament A [...]

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An update on how the City of Asheville is addressing homelessness

    Homelessness in Asheville has long been a serious and complex issue. The COVID-19 pandemic has both highlighted and heightened this reality. While the homeless service system we’ve had in Asheville has ended homelessness for a small number of people annually, it’s never had the resources to operate at a scale that will make homelessness truly [...]

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City of Asheville to resume in-person board and commission meetings in August

    In anticipation of the lifting of the Governor’s State of Emergency due to Covid-19, the City of Asheville is preparing to return to in-person board and commission meetings. The State of Emergency is slated to be lifted July 30.   The City acted swiftly last year to find ways to continue serving the community by going to [...]

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Asheville Office of Sustainability shares results of recent food waste audit

  Did you know that in the US nearly 40% of food is wasted, clogging our landfills and costing us over $408 billion annually?! The City of Asheville is working hard to think of solutions to reduce our waste and save our food.   The City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Sanitation and Buncombe County, [...]

Asheville City Council approves budget with key investments in our community

  Coming out of a pandemic with limited resources, the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Budget approved by Asheville City Council June 22 still includes service improvements to our community, such as extended evening transit hours starting in October and expanded evening and weekend hours for youth at City Recreation Centers.   The budget, which goes into effect July 1, [...]

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Proposed Noise Ordinance revisions get closer to vote with an update to Asheville City Council 

    While the pandemic put a pause on the Noise Ordinance revisions it also allowed City staff to further engage Asheville’s music community and downtown residents and be part of the City’s Reimagining Public Safety conversation.   And because this initiative began under a previous City Council, Development Services Director Ben Woody gave an update to the current [...]

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Asheville Water Resources undertakes multi-year process to identify and eliminate any source of lead from system

    In March, the Environmental Protection Agency revised its Lead and Copper Rule that strengthens regulations for eliminating lead from drinking water. The new requirements mandates, among other things, that water utilities nationwide increase tap water testing, and that they create a service line inventory to check for the presence of lead pipes in water systems, [...]

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Asheville City Council adopts revised Alarm Ordinance designed to cut down on false alarms

  With the new fiscal year will come new registration and renewal fees for alarm systems in the City of Asheville. Following an overwhelming number of false alarms coming into the Asheville Police Department — 97% of which were false alarms — City Council adopted a revised Alarm Ordinance at its June 22 meeting.   According to the [...]

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Asheville Fire Department to apply for FEMA funding to increase firefighter safety

  The Asheville Fire Department is requesting the authorization to apply for a FEMA Firefighters Grant of $130,910 to provide funding to purchase two air compressors to allow greater accessibility to fill air bottles used by firefighters during operation at a fire scene.    During their June 22 meeting, Asheville City Council authorized a resolution for the City [...]

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AVL Shares Space outdoor expansion to continue through 2021

    The City of Asheville’s AVL Shares Space temporary outdoor expansion initiatives launched in the spring 2020 to support safe business operations and customer access in alignment with COVID-19 public health guidelines.    In fall 2020, the City extended these temporary initiatives to align with the Local State of NC Emergency issued [...]

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Asheville City Council meetings return to in-person format and will be streamed live online

  Asheville City Council will continue meeting in person June 22 and July 27  at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville Banquet Hall, 87 Haywood St.   This comes on the heels of not only Gov. Roy Cooper’s easing of statewide facemask and social distancing restrictions per Executive Order 209 but also Buncombe County’s action [...]

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French Broad River West Greenway construction gets under way

    Construction for the French Broad River West Greenway is under way! This greenway will extend from the southern end of the French Broad River Park near the dog park to the existing greenway under the Haywood Road bridge.  Current activities include surveying, soil and sedimentation protection and preliminary grading. Part of the preliminary grading work includes [...]

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City of Asheville to observe its first Juneteenth holiday 

    On June 18, Asheville City offices will be closed in observance of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. Technically on June 19, it marks the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were finally  told they were free. These enslaved people learned they were free two years after [...]

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