City Council approved four rezoning requests at its regular meeting on June 28, including a 272-unit apartment complex on Mills Gap Road that generated considerable public opposition when it was first proposed. Developer Rusty Pulliam appeared to have won over many members of the community by adding traffic mitigation measures at the intersection of Mills Gap and Sweeten Creek roads, delaying construction until 2018 and by committing 15 percent of the units as affordable housing for 15 years.
The total price tag of the rough draft for the proposed Asheville bond referendum stands at $74 million after a bond work session on Tuesday, June 28, though several Council members said they were hoping to trim that figure to an eventual bond amount of $40 to $60 million.
Asheville city staffers, downtown stakeholders and local buskers turned out in force for the city’s monthly Public Safety Committee meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss a city proposal for a pilot program regulating downtown public space. The meeting, which was preceded by a community forum with downtown stakeholders, came amid tensions over pilot program, which would add regulations to several […]
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners wrapped up the budget season during its Tuesday, June 21, meeting by approving a $413,574,951 spending plan for fiscal year 2017. During a more than five hour meeting Commissioner Tim Moffitt proposed an alternate budget, that would lower the property tax rate, but it was shoot down, via party lines, in favor of the approved budget.
Regulations intended to provide more city control over street musicians and performers are once again on the Public Safety Committee’s agenda. The committee will host a Downtown Public Space Management Forum on Wednesday, June 22 at 3 p.m. in the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall.
Buncombe County Democrats have selected David King to run for the two-year term on the Board of Commissioners created when Miranda DeBruhl resigned. Republicans have yet to nominate a candidate for the November election and have until 90 days before the election to do so.
Kirk Ross of Carolina Public Press spoke with Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville about the retiring seven-term lawmaker’s plans to propose legislation that would change the way Asheville city officials are elected.
UPDATE [6/24/16]: Madison County Commissioners voted to accept the $99,800 bid for the old jailhouse property Thursday, June 23, at their monthly meeting by unanimous decision. Josh Copus, a local potter and founder of Clayspace Co-op, announced he and several partners are the purchasers on Facebook. Initial indications are the building will be utilized as […]
Asheville is asking the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority for a $20 million grant to fund street improvements and a new parking deck in the city’s fast-growing South Slope.
At its June 14 meeting, City Council approved a conditional zoning request for a 290-unit apartment complex off Long Shoals Road that will displace 55 low-income families from a mobile home park located on part of the project site.
The Governance Committee of City Council voted on Monday, June 13 to move forward with exploring a potential city bond referendum that would appear on November’s general election ballot.
At its June 14 meeting, City Council will vote on Asheville’s municipal budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. Council will also hear an update on the I-26 Connector project and will consider a rezoning request related to a proposed 290-unit apartment development off of Long Shoals Road.
Military service is difficult enough, but for many, life gets even harder once they’re done. Over half of the 2.5 million soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan during America’s longest continuous period of war have returned with mental health conditions directly related to their time in uniform. Twenty percent have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress […]
A controversial development that failed to meet requirements for a variance is moving forward with a conditional use permit. The development, known as County Walk, is located at 223 Williams Road in Fletcher and is about 16.52 acres.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is back to seven members after Tim Moffitt was officially sworn in to replace Miranda DeBruhl, who abruptly resigned last month. Commissioner Moffitt said, “It’s and honor to serve with you and I look forward to contributing where I can.” The Tuesday, June 7, meeting also featured members of the public expressing concerns about rezoning a parcel of land in east Asheville and continued budget talks ahead of a June 30 deadline to approve a spending plan for fiscal year 2017.
Republican Incumbent Patrick McHenry will defend his 10th district congressional seat against Democrat Andy Millard in November while Republican Incumbent Mark Meadows will take on Democrat Rick Bryson in the general election.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will swear-in Tim Moffitt as an interim member and also take comment on the county’s proposed budget during its Tuesday, June 7 meeting.
Former State Representative Tim Moffitt has been selected by Buncombe County Republican leadership to fill the District 3 seat vacated by Miranda DeBruhl. He is set to be sworn-in on Tuesday, June 7.