In a 5-2 vote Tuesday night, Asheville City Council voted to adopt the long-awaited Downtown Master Plan.
Though Council heard a presentation on the plan by consultants Goody-Clancy on May 12, this was the first opportunity for the public and Council members to weigh in.
As to be expected in a process that brought together ideas from both sides of the development coin, comments ranged from supportive to guarded.
“The need for a master plan comes from all sides,” said Jesse Plaster. “No single party got exactly what they wanted. Our feeling is that, if anyone did, it would be a skewed plan.”
Council’s adoption of the plan “in concept” means that city staff will now explore ways to implement parts of the plan and report back to council for approval or direction, while more controversial aspects will warrant further council discussion.
Council members Carl Mumpower and Bill Russell voted against the adoption.
For more coverage of the May 26 meeting, see the June 3 issue of Mountain Xpress.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer