African American Heritage Resource Survey

The City’s Living Asheville Comprehensive Plan calls for identifying strategies to honor the history and contributions of the African American community in Asheville. As a baseline for more fully documenting the rich history of the African American communities that have thrived here for generations, the Planning & Urban Design Department is currently facilitating an architectural survey of the city’s historically African American neighborhoods.

Asheville Skate Park

The City has identified needed improvements to the Asheville Skate Park located at 50 Cherry Street.  These projects include the development of an entry skate plaza, restoration of the amphitheater seating and fencing, and engaging with local artists to enhance the park and re-brand the park through street art.

Azalea Park Pond

The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department has contracted with Wildlands Engineering, Inc. to complete an assessment and provide preliminary design information of improvements to ensure the long term integrity of the pond, enhance public safety and explore recreational and ecological opportunities that may be compatible with proposed improvements.

Burton Street Architectural Survey

In a continuing effort to document and honor the history and contributions of African American communities that have lived and thrived in Asheville for generations, the Department of  Planning and Urban design is assisting the Burton Street Neighborhood Association Leadership in the identification, documentation and dissemination of information pertaining to the history and character defining architectural and streetscape elements of the Burton Street neighborhood.

Climate Justice Initiative

The Climate Justice Initiative explores and defines Climate Equity with the City’s frontline community members; those most directly affected by climate change impacts identified in the City’s Climate Resilience Assessment.

Corridor Studies

Biltmore Avenue, McDowell Street, Asheland Avenue, and Southside Avenue form the primary north-south transportation routes between downtown Asheville (the Central Business District and the South Slope) and Biltmore Village.  The study is looking at possible changes to these streets to better serve all modes of transportation, including motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders.

Food Waste Reduction Initiative

The Food Waste Reduction Initiative aims to provide useful information and tips to residents seeking ways to reduce their household food waste, pilot opportunities for community compost drop sites, elevate the message of food waste reduction, and model food waste reduction initiatives in city facilities.

Greenway Connectors

The Greenway Connectors are on-road improvements in two project areas for bike and pedestrian safety and way-finding. The objective of this project is to connect greenways in the project area and provide safe passage for pedestrians and bicyclists from one greenway trailhead to another.

Lead and Copper Sampling and Testing

The City of Asheville’s Water Resources Department has been proactively preparing for changes to the  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead and Copper Rule since early 2019. Now that the changes have been finalized, the City of Asheville has a strategy in place to meet three key mandates of the revised rule: the creation of a Service Line Inventory, lead testing in elementary schools and daycares, and Lead and Copper Rule sampling. 

Magnolia Park

It is anticipated that the project will include a new entry sidewalk, new play equipment and surfacing, repaving the walking path, new park lighting, removal of the bathroom building, refreshed landscaping, improved ADA accessibility and fencing improvements.

Municipal Climate Action Plan

The Municipal Climate Action Plan will incorporate all new additions of policies and resolutions while creating a roadmap on how to accomplish adopted goals and identify those most impactful at carbon mitigation and climate resiliency.

North Fork Dam Improvement Project

After more than two years of construction, the North Fork Dam Improvement Project is complete! This gives our community a safer dam with more capacity to hold water from the reservoir and one that is better enforced against potential seismic activity.

Onsite Solar for Public Facilities

The City of Asheville and Buncombe County are contracting with M.B. Hayes to install solar photovoltaic power generating systems (“PV Systems”) at 45 sites throughout the county. Construction will occur between March 2021 - February 2022 at several local public agencies, including the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, AB Tech, Buncombe County Schools and Asheville City Schools. The four City sites are Burton Street Community Center, Shiloh Recreation Center, Fire Station 10 and Fire Station 11.

Open Space Task Force

A task force has been created to review the city’s open space zoning regulations and to consider amendments to update the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). These regulations relate to the open spaces that are required primarily for new development projects, not to be confused with larger public open spaces of city parks and greenways.

Reimagining Public Safety

Since June 6, City Council has voted to remove or repurpose the Vance Monument, passed a resolution supporting community reparations, and passed a budget that only funded departments for three months so that City staff could work with the community to reimagine public safety.

Richmond Hill Park Improvements

Construction is complete on a new community picnic shelter and restroom facility at Richmond Hill Park.  Key features of this project include a covered picnic shelter, winterized restrooms, an updated water fountain with bottle fillers and a pet dish, a new disc golf tee box at hole one, an expanded green space, and new walkways connecting park features.

Splasheville

Splasheville, the very popular interactive splash pad located in Pack Square Park went under a major renovation beginning in spring, 2021 including replacing the controls, wiring and plumbing and repairing or replacing many of the surface tiles and their supporting gridwork.

Spring 2019 Discolored Water

Two separate events caused discolored water for Asheville area residents in late March and early April 2019. This page summarizes information shared with the community and addresses frequently asked questions.

Triangle Park

The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department is making improvements to Triangle Park in downtown.  The project includes re-sodding grassed areas, installation of an irrigation system throughout the sod areas, mulching under trees and other areas where grass isn’t feasible, limbing and pruning trees for better visibility and replacing the park furnishings such as trash/recycling cans, benches and picnic tables. 

Urban Centers

The City Council adopted the Urban Place Form Code District on September 28, 2021. The new zoning district aims to implement the transit-supportive growth strategy that is identified on the Preferred Growth Scenario Map of Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for Our Future.

Vermont Avenue Sidewalks

As part of the bond projects initiative, the City of Asheville is preparing to replace sidewalks on Vermont Avenue in West Asheville. This project focuses on pedestrian enhancements, including Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements and crosswalk improvements.