Seal_of_Asheville,_North_Carolina

Zoning to be focus of Sept. 6 hearings before Asheville City Council

It’s been nearly four weeks since City Council last met. Five zoning requests dominate the agenda for Council’s Sept. 6 meeting. Notably absent from the proceedings will be a public hearing on proposed standards for screening electrical substations, a zoning ordinance amendment that has already been postponed many times. Council has been asked to advance the hearing date on that matter to Jan. 10.

Seal_of_Asheville,_North_Carolina

Council to hear residents’ input on bond referendum­; take deciding vote

City Council will hear public input on a proposed $74 million bond referendum at its Aug. 9 meeting — but all Council can do in response to those comments is vote for or against including each of the three bond categories on the general election ballot in November. The deadline to adjust the total borrowing amount in each category was July 26.

Ray Mapp asked City Council to ensure that the city's policing policies are appropriate and are being followed. Photo by Virginia Daffron

City Council considers poll results, sets public hearing on bond

Armed with survey results that indicate community support for the proposed $74 million bond referendum, City Council set a public hearing on the issue for its next meeting on August 9. Council also responded to citizen concerns about community policing in the wake of the fatal shooting by police of Jai “Jerry” Williams on July 2, announcing the formation of a task force in cooperation with the Racial Justice Coalition.

Seal_of_Asheville,_North_Carolina

City Council queues up next step on bond referendum

City Council will meet Tuesday, July 26 to discuss the 2016 city bond referendum and hear reports on the city’s Homestay program and the Mayor’s Development Task Force. Public hearings on a land-use incentive grant for an affordable housing development project and a request for special consideration for signage at the Ingles Market at 863 Brevard Rd. are also on the agenda.

Family and friends gathered around Councilman Keith Young to hear a resolution honoring the life of community activist Isaac Coleman. From left, former Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, LaFredia Brown Morris, Keith Young, Gene Bell, Isaac Coleman, Jr. and Wanda Coleman. Photo by Virginia Daffron

City Council remembers Isaac Coleman, approves Mills Gap apartments

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.

Seal_of_Asheville,_North_Carolina

Updated: Apodaca files bill to establish district elections for Asheville City Council

Sen. Tom Apodaca (R) has filed legislation in the North Carolina Senate to establish district elections for Asheville City Council. The bill creates six electoral districts and specifies that each district will elect one representative who lives in that area. The city’s mayor would continue to be elected by a city-wide vote.