Pace Burk discusses the River Mill Lofts development during Asheville City Council Meeting

City Council postpones Fairview Road plans, approves Hazel Mill, Thompson Street

After lengthy public hearings, Asheville City Council members passed three controversial requests during a long Tuesday evening meeting Dec. 9. They approved apartment plans for Hazel Mill Road in West Asheville and on Thompson Street and Stoner Road near Biltmore Village but postponed a decision for a Fairview Road plan at the developer’s request. They also adopted changes […]

Asheville City Council during Nov. 11 session. (Jesse Farthing // Mountain Xpress)

Asheville City Council reallocates federal grants, passes rezonings

Asheville City Council breezed through a relatively short agenda before retreating into a closed session at the Nov. 11 meeting. With virtually no debate and unanimous approval, Council passed the consent agenda and the three scheduled public hearings. Council voted to follow staff recommendations for reallocating $425,000 of federal HOME grant funds for use in local community projects. The […]

Survey says Asheville unfriendly toward small businesses

If you’re thinking of starting up a small business in North Carolina, Asheville may not be the best choice according to a new Small Business Friendliness Survey from Thumbtack and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The survey, conducted over 38 states and 82 metropolitan areas and including responses from over 12,000 small business owners, ranked Asheville dead […]

Julie Mayfield and Brian Turner talk after the Green Drinks presentation on coal ash legislation. (Mountain Xpress / Jesse Farthing)

Asheville Green Drinks group hears coal-ash legislation update

If adopted, N.C. Senate Bill 729 would require Duke Energy to close its coal-ash dump sites. This week, the proposed legislation inched closer to adoption as it wound its way through various legislative committees, and about a dozen people attended the June 18 social-networking series, Asheville Green Drinks, to learn more and note some of the bill’s shortcomings. Julie Mayfield, co-director […]

Barbara Whitehorn presents the 2014-15 Operating Budget to City Council. (Mountain Xpress/Jesse Farthing)

City Council hears 2014-15 Operating Budget Proposal

Tuesday’s City Council meeting began with a “point of order” raised by Christopher Chiaramonte immediately after the Pledge of Allegiance. Chiaramonte asked why prayer was no longer included at the beginning of Council meetings — a question he has raised to Council in the past during public comment. Chiaramonte alleged that Mayor Esther Manheimer told Council […]

City Council preview: Downtown Police Enhancement, Operating Budget

Next week’s regular meeting of the Asheville City Council will include presentations on the 2014-15 Annual Operating Budget, an update on Asheville Police Department’s Downtown Enhancement Plan and approval affirmation of the Cambria Suites Hotel project at 15 Page Avenue. According to Asheville PD, the downtown area saw a significant increase in violent crime and […]

Attorneys Joe McGuire and Gary Davis  during the hearing on Cambria Suites Hotel project. (Mountain Xpress/Jesse Farthing)

City Council upholds Cambria Hotel Project

During the regular meeting Tuesday evening, May 13, Asheville City Council voted unanimously to uphold a previous recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission that allows development of a 12-story hotel complex at 15 Page Avenue. An otherwise short agenda led into a lengthy quasi-judicial hearing regarding the development project opposed by attorney Gary Davis, who […]

City Council preview: Strategic Operating Plan, Cambria Suites Hotel

Only one public hearing is scheduled for next week’s Asheville City Council — an appeal against a plan to demolish an existing two-story building at 35 Battery Park Ave. and replace it with a 12-story hotel complex with ground floor retail space. Gary Davis, attorney, raised concerns with the review process of the Cambria Suites […]

Throngs of Grove Park area residents cascade out of the meeting room in City Hall. (Mountain Xpress/Jesse Farthing)

Planning and Zoning Commission euthanizes controversial canine center

Dozens of concerned residents of the Grove Park neighborhood, as well as surrounding areas, packed an Asheville City Hall meeting room Wednesday evening, May 7, to voice concerns over a proposed conditional zoning permit that would allow a canine rehabilitation facility / dog day care to occupy the historic building at 1 Sunset Parkway. Residents […]

City Council to unveil 2014-15 Strategic Operating Plan

Asheville City Council and Mayor Esther Manheimer will host a community meeting, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School (305 Overlook Road) to discuss the 2014-15 Strategic Operating Plan with the public. Each year, Council develops a SOP outlining goals for the upcoming fiscal year  and used as a roadmap for policy […]

Assistant City Manager Cathy Ball presents proposed graffiti ordinance to City Council. (Mountain Xpress/Jesse Farthing)

Graffiti ordinance, Henderson County agreement pass City Council

Asheville’s controversial graffiti ordinance passed City Council during the April 22 meeting, with only Council member Cecil Bothwell voting against it. Also during the meeting, City Council voted to authorize Mayor Esther Manheimer to enter into an interlocal agreement with Henderson County regarding a 137-acre lot in the Bent Creek area owned by Henderson County that would otherwise be returned to Asheville ownership on July 15.