City Council hosted chairs of the city’s boards and commissions at a luncheon at the U.S. Cellular Center on Jan. 10.
On Jan. 10., Asheville City Council approved the free downtown shuttle service offered by Slidr, a request to voluntarily annex a 4.8-acre parcel in South Asheville and an amendment to the zoning approval for the RAD Lofts housing development on Roberts Street. Council also agreed to move forward with a study of voters’ attitudes about district elections for positions on City Council.
“Many people believe, as I do, that the majority of City Council members have been influenced by the hotel lobby — the elephant standing in the city’s living room.”
The public hearing scheduled for Council’s Tuesday, Jan. 10 meeting on the zoning request for a 185-room Embassy Suites Hotel at 192 Haywood St. has a “100 percent chance” of being continued until a later Council meeting, according to Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer earlier today. No alternate date has been identified for the hearing yet, said City Clerk Maggie Burleson.
New year, new hotel. Asheville City Council will review its first zoning request for 2017, and it’s a big one: the proposed 185-room Embassy Suites hotel on Haywood Street, across the street from the Hotel Indigo and the Hyatt Place and next door to the Carolina Apartments.
City Council postponed a decision on Pritchard Park improvements, approved affordable housing grants of over $500,000 for a controversial South Asheville apartment complex, retained the city’s existing ban on homestays in accessory dwelling units and pitched in to support a planning collaboration that aims to expand access to preschool to all children in Buncombe County.
The city of Asheville acknowledged today in an email that it had not provided public notice of meeting dates, times and locations for the Accessory Dwelling Unit Task Force, but that it plans to do so for all similar City Council-appointed advisory committees in the future.
Asheville City Council will tackle a long agenda in its final meeting of 2016 on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Council will consider rezoning parts of Asheland Avenue and awarding affordable housing grants to an apartment complex in South Asheville, while hearing reports on finances, fires, the Haywood Street visioning process and the use of accessory dwelling units as homestay short-term rentals.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners said goodbye to three of its members during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
“Recently, I called Mayor [Esther] Manheimer’s office and suggested that the mayor and City Council needed to be aware of all this and think about Asheville’s readiness for a nuclear strike on the U.S.”
At the 11-minute public portion of its meeting on Election Day, Nov. 8, Asheville City Council approved its consent agenda and made new appointments to city boards and commissions. The next meeting of Council will be Dec. 13.
Asheville City Council will meet at 5 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8, but the gathering is likely to be a brief one. Council will consider items on its consent agenda and hear public comment.
City staff were called to account for a communication failure that led to the removal of mature fruit trees at George Washington Carver Edible Park last month. City Council approved a land use incentive grant for affordable housing on Simpson Street, amended the process for requesting a variance from the city’s signage ordinance and approved modest changes to the rules that govern downtown street performances.
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Asheville City Council will consider new rules that would limit acoustic performances in two of the city’s most popular busking areas, the sidewalk on Haywood Street in front of Woolworth Walk and the Flat Iron at Battery Park Avenue and Wall Street. Also: a grant to support affordable housing development on Simpson Street and a change to the city’s signage ordinance.
Asheville City Council set itself up for a heavier workload with its decision to move forward on changing city ordinances to reduce the size of development projects Council will review. If the current pace of development continues, more projects will come before Council for approval. Council also signaled its intent to review all but the smallest hotel projects in response to concerns that hotel development has gotten out of hand.
On Sept. 27, Asheville City Council will consider downtown development review standards, a zoning request from the Greater Works Church of God, a zoning amendment limiting the height of buildings in the navigable airspace of the Asheville Regional Airport and a resolution in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.