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.
City Council will hold two meetings on Tuesday, June 28: at 10 a.m., a work session on the proposed city bond referendum and, at 5 p.m., its regular bi-weekly meeting.
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.
“The fact is the City Council is divided on the how much and what direction growth should take in the Land of Sky.”
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.
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.
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.
“Eminent domain as a legal concept is one of the last remaining vestiges of European feudal societies. Despite its popularity with the likes of Donald Trump, it has no place in the 21st century.”
“Did any of them actually get inside the mansion to express their concerns about HB2 to the governor?”
“Can someone explain to me how it changes the complexion of my neighborhood if a tourist parks in my gravel lot and enters the rear ADU building instead of entering my home?”
“There must be other avenues City Council could consider that allow responsible property owners with STRs a much-needed income.”
Asheville’s last comprehensive city plan was completed in 2003. Since then, the city has gained 16,000 residents and embarked on a wide range of revitalization, infrastructure and multimodal transportation projects. Now it’s time to begin a new planning process that will span a year and a half and involve a broad cross-section of the city’s residents.
Short-term rental issues returned to Council chambers as the city’s elected officials considered allowing the use of accessory units for homestays. While Council decided not to approve the proposed expansion of the homestay program, it will appoint a task force to study the issue and make recommendations.
In December last year, City Council directed city staff to analyze the potential impact of expanding the city’s homestay program for short-term rentals to separate living units known as ADUs. Six months later, much more information is available, but little if any consensus has emerged from the process. On May 17, Council will vote on a measure to allow homestays in ADUs, but the outcome of that vote is up in the air, meaning that another long night of testimony on the issue seems inevitable.
The march toward a city budget for the upcoming year continues with a financial update on the third quarter and a presentation of the proposed fiscal year 2016-2017 budget by Asheville CFO Barbara Whitehorn.
“Now the housing market is really booming and — surprise! — they want to do another reassessment.”
“Asheville should no longer tolerate our historic trees being mowed down like summer weeds.”
At its April 26 meeting, City Council approved a rezoning request and committed $4.2 million in city funds to allow the Lee Walker Heights redevelopment project to move forward. Council also approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Duke Energy which gives the city the option to purchase the former Matthews Ford property adjacent to Lee Walker Heights at any time over the next eight years.
From horse carriages to multi-million dollar capital projects, City Council will consider a wide range of issues at its April 26 regular meeting.