Every few blocks on Haywood Road in West Asheville, a red-and-white sign with the big letter “Z” has been planted in the ground. Z’s for “zoning,” and the signs announce that on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 21, Asheville’s Planning & Zoning commission will review a new plan for the corridor.
Here’s an excerpt from an Aug. 11 Asheville Citizen-Times article by Mark Barrett:
If city government approves a new type of zoning now under consideration, people who want to put a new structure on West Asheville’s traditional commercial corridor will get a very different set of instructions.
New “form-based” zoning proposed for property along Haywood Road would require that new buildings be pushed up close to the street, have windows or other features to attract pedestrians and that parking go in the back or along the side.
But they would contain fewer restrictions on how a building could be used. The same structure might be permitted to house anything from a small manufacturing plant to a restaurant, toy store, office or home.
The city Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss new zoning for Haywood Road during a meeting that begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 21 on the first floor of City Hall.