Help shape Asheville by serving on a City board or commission

    Looking for a way to get involved in local government and play a part in shaping the future of Asheville? Serving on a City of Asheville board or commission is a great place to start.   Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape [...]

City of Asheville opens two surveys for Greenway, ADA Transition and Pedestrian Plans 

  The City of Asheville is in the early stages of a large project to update the City’s Greenway Plan (G), ADA Transition Plan* (A), and Pedestrian Plan (P) (*By ADA transition we are specifically looking at accessibility improvements within the rights-of-way of our street network).   The planning process, known as the “Close the GAP,” will identify [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation Department receives donation for new BuildOut program

    Asheville Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce a donation of $2,000 from the Asheville Homebuilders Association (AHBA) for the development of a new program called BuildOut. The program focuses on teaching youth basic building skills such as learning how to select appropriate materials and tools, best safety practices, and then completing a project [...]

Asheville streets reopen, following flooding from Tropical Storm Zeta

  As rain from Tropical Storm Zeta moves eastward, Asheville Fire Department reports that  flooding is receding in most locations. The Swannanoa River crested around 2 p.m. Thursday, and the French Broad River should crest around 8 p.m. Thursday. So while most roads have reopened there may continue to be road closures until the waters recede, perhaps [...]

City of Asheville advances equity through multiple interconnected initiatives

    Advancing racial equity and social justice consists of many efforts working in concert with each other to promote larger societal change. This is not a one-off effort, nor the sole work of one department. It’s a team effort that has to be blended into all City of Asheville departments, folded into our mission to provide [...]

Asheville City Council adopts Haywood-Page properties Master Concept Plan

  After more than three years of community engagement around the future use of City-owned properties on Haywood Street and Page Avenue downtown, a master concept plan for the properties went before Asheville City Council Oct. 27.   The plan by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects incorporates a mix of uses, including:  A central plaza for community gatherings and [...]

Asheville City Council continues remote meetings, will continue proposed hotel development regulations work session prior to regular meeting

    While the City of Asheville has reopened its public-facing offices in a limited capacity, for safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 meetings will remain virtual at this time. That includes the Oct. 27 City Council meeting. Prior to the 5 p.m. meeting, Council will continue its work session on proposed hotel development regulations.   Here’s [...]

More bus shelters, lighting and other enhancements coming to ART bus system, helped by federal grant

  The City of Asheville will provide about 45 more bus shelters and enhance lighting and other aspects to 70 more under a $1 million Federal Transit Administration grant City Transportation staff applied for and won. During their Oct. 13 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to approve a $1.25 million budget amendment,  which includes matching funds from [...]

Community Development to hold informational meetings about Block Grant program

  The City of Asheville annually awards Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) as part of a federal grant program through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides funding for a variety of projects and programs that serve low- and moderate-income residents.   The City of Asheville Community Development Division administers these funds and has set informational meetings on [...]

Asheville City Council continues remote meetings, will hold proposed hotel development regulations work session prior to regular meeting

    While the City of Asheville will reopen its public-facing offices in a limited capacity Oct. 12, for safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 meetings will remain virtual at this time. That includes the Oct. 13 City Council meeting. Prior to the 5 p.m. meeting, Council will hold a 2:30 p.m. work session on [...]

Asheville Police Department shares information and resources for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Asheville Police Department (APD) is working in partnership with local agencies to bring attention to this issue and remind the community of domestic violence services in the Asheville area.   APD statistics show a climb in domestic violence incidents in recent months. APD officers treat domestic violence calls as [...]

City of Asheville to reopen offices to the public Oct. 12

  On Oct. 12, the City of Asheville will re-open its public-facing offices. This decision is the result of significant planning, consulting with public health officials, and implementing COVID-19 transmission mitigation efforts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, City staff has continued to provide a majority of services, although modified, such as drop boxes for transactions traditionally handled in-person [...]

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