BREAKNECK PACE:  Jason Nortz, the city's interim Development Services Department Director, says his office is trying to keep up with the city's "breakneck pace" of development. " We clearly recognize the need to improve  our process, and we're working on that." Photo by Hayley Benton

The paper chase: City permitting process stifles developmen­t, critics say

Developers have long complained about Asheville’s permitting process, and critics say their concerns were underscored this summer when Chris Brown dropped plans for a $2 million indoor trampoline park. City officials say they’re working hard to improve efficiency but have been hampered by a construction boom amid a serious shortage of qualified employees. “With all […]

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer delivers State of the City address on Oct. 1. Photo by Virginia Daffron.

Manheimer: bring all voices to the table

At the annual State of the City luncheon, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer referenced the voices of Asheville citizens “from all walks of life” as frequently as she cited experts and economic studies. Manheimer said, “The job of your City Council is to hear the voice of the people — their words, their views, their vision —and use those to create […]

Solar panels being installed on St. Eugene Catholic Church in north Asheville. Photo provided by St. Eugene Church

St. Eugene Church accepts Pope’s challenge and installs solar

When Pope Francis in his Encyclical Laudato Si told us to care for the earth, St. Eugene Catholic Church took up the challenge. The day before the Pope’s visit St. Eugene in north Asheville began installing 146 solar panels. When completed, this will produce 46,720 watts of power. The project was announced on Solar Sunday, March 8 and fund-raising was completed six months and a day later.