At the Tuesday, Oct. 6 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board went into a mid-meeting closed session prior to discussing a resolution to allow the county to solicit bids for a $6.8 million Bent Creek property, which the county purchased from Henderson County this April.
At the Tuesday, Oct. 6 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will discuss a resolution of intent to solicit bids for the $6.8 million Bent Creek property purchased from Henderson County this April.
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 […]
By Thursday, the city must either announce its intent to issue a Request for Proposals for the management contract that runs Asheville’s bus service — or extend the existing contract with the current entity, First Transit, for another year.
In a press conference across the street from the so-called “Pit of Despair,” Asheville City Councilman and Buncombe County Board of Commissioners candidate Cecil Bothwell said this morning that a poll conducted by his campaign shows that 86 percent of likely Asheville voters favor a park on the city-owned parcel opposite the Basilica of St. Lawrence and the U.S. Cellular Center.
With an upcoming forum for Asheville City Council candidates, the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council hopes to make food insecurity one of the front-and-center campaign issues.
Asheville City Council discussed the city’s new AAA rating, a land use revision, extending the living wage and zoning changes for affordable housing at the Tuesday, Sept. 22 regular meeting.
While the number of women in politics has definitely grown over the last few decades, “Politics is still a gendered space,” says Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics. “Women see these institutions and don’t see a lot of people that look like them in charge, and that may lead to a reluctance to run for office.”
From the reuse of the historic Patton-Parker House on Charlotte Street to the city’s acquisition of 30 new “conducted electrical weapons” — you may know them better by the brand name “Taser” — Tuesday’s City Council meeting will cover diverse territory.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 19, The City of Asheville and the Land of the Sky Association of Realtors hosts a free public workshop for homeowners and renters.
“Asheville on Bikes has always been about people,” says director Mike Sule, calling the organization’s events friendly and festive. Upcoming fundraiser Beers for Gears will fund more advocacy efforts at city and state levels.
Power giant Duke Energy’s proposal for a 45-mile transmission line through Western North Carolina, part of the company’s multifaceted Western Carolinas Modernization project to upgrade and integrate the mountains with a larger regional power grid, is meeting staunch opposition from residents since the company announced its intentions in mid-July.
Seven meows in favor (and no “arfs” against) carried the motion to approve a new zoning use in Asheville’s Central Business District — the cat café. The proposed cat adoption center and café will expand Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s efforts into the heart of downtown. In view of the many dog-centric businesses in the city, cat owner and Councilman Cecil Bothwell said this cat-oriented attraction is “long overdue.”
At its Tuesday, Sept. 8 meeting, Asheville City Council is set to consider plenty of real estate development projects — including one of the warm, fuzzy variety.
On Thursday, Sept. 17, at the 16th annual Asheville Metro Economy Outlook, the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville Buncombe County will present their next iteration of the AVL 5×5 initiative, the EDC’s job creation strategy.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved an increase in room occupancy tax increase for visitors to the area at its Tuesday, Sept. 1 meeting.
The increase, from 4 to 6 percent, applies only to those paying for rooms in county hotels and does not affect residents. This rate coincides with rates currently implemented in 31 other North Carolina counties, including Durham and Catawba.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ Sept. 1 meeting seems to cover all of the bases, from taxes to zoning to county services and a possible Vietnam memorial wall. The meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Commissioner Chambers on the third floor of the county building at 200 College St.
From real estate investors to neighborhood advocates to homeowners trying to make ends meet, just about everyone in Asheville has a dog in the ongoing fight over short-term vacation rentals. At the Tuesday, Aug. 25 Asheville City Council meeting, citizens representing a variety of viewpoints crowded City Hall.
Political campaign signs pop up earlier this year due to a change in the city ordinance, though some candidates say they’ll still stick to the 30-day-out rule.
Figuring out ways to preserve, repair and enhance decades-old — or even century-old — water systems provides a flood of challenges for cities, towns and communities across North Carolina’s mountains. And, experts say, ownership structures of those water systems may influence infrastructure upgrades, service quality and the ultimate price water users pay.
City Council packed its chamber and then some on Tuesday, Aug. 25 as it heard public comment on two hot topics: proposed changes to the rules for Homestay guest accommodations and increased fines for violations of the city’s existing prohibition on short-term housing rentals (STRs).