In the days leading up to Asheville City Council’s Aug. 23 vote, Xpress asked readers to weigh in on who they would appoint to the Planning & Zoning Commission, via an online poll. And readers’ picks for the powerful board were notably different from those of Council.
Jane Mathews, Christie Carter, and Jeremy Goldstein are Asheville’s newest Planning and Zoning Commission members.
Before this evening’s regular City Council meeting, members interviewed nine candidates for three open seats on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Here’s a roundup of Twitter dispatches from the interviews.
Council approves $2.2 million in Linamar incentives
At their Aug. 9 meeting, Asheville City Council members approved a $2 million economic-development incentive for Canadian manufacturer Linamar. If the company fulfills construction and job-creation targets, it will get a 90 percent waiver on city taxes for the next five years. Council voted 5-1 to approve the deal, with Council member Cecil Bothwell voting against it and Council member Esther Manheimer absent.
Follow our Xpress live coverge of the July 26 Asheville City Council meeting here beginning at 5 p.m. On Twitter, follow #avlgov or @ChrisDGeorge. To see the Asheville City Council preview and agenda, click here.
In this edition of Local Matters—the Xpress weekly news podcast—reporter David Forbes talks about the recent removal of newspaper boxes by the County and the recent announcement of candidates for Asheville City Council, and reporters Christopher George and Jake Frankel talk about the heated meetings around the new congressional redistricting plan. Hosted by News Editor Margaret Williams.
In this edition of Local Matters—the Xpress weekly news podcast—reporters David Forbes and Jake Frankel discuss the upcoming cover story examining the power struggle between state and local governments.
In this edition of Local Matters—the Xpress weekly news podcast—reporter David Forbes talks about his recent interview with N.C. General Assembly representative Tim Moffitt and the recent Asheville City Council community meeting in West Asheville, and reporter Christopher George talks about a yoga-in-the-park program in Fletcher and a cancer fundraiser involving a doctor on a […]
Asheville City Council May10, 2011 meeting Living wage required on some city contracts Council bumps up recycling fee A Kenilworth rezoning proposed by city planning staff proved to be a microcosm of Asheville’s complex zoning issues. Frustration and contention were the order of the day when the proposed rezoning of the Kenilworth Inn and some […]
In this week’s Local Matters podcast, Xpress News Editor Margaret Williams talks to reporter Jake Frankel about the coming cover story on new perspectives on the “Marion Massacre” union strike, and with reporter David Forbes about Asheville City Council’s recent back-and-forth with the Ingles grocery chain, as well as their recent conversation with NC Treasurer Janet Cowell at a CIBO luncheon.
In 2004, Hurricane Frances hit Asheville and caused significant flooding and widespread damage. Frances caused nearly $200 million worth of destruction in Western North Carolina. In 2011 there is worse weather headed our way, and it isn’t driven by warm waters in the Atlantic, but [by] an unsustainable burden of debt created by the N.C. […]
In a conversation I had with Rep. Susan Fisher at a Blue Ridge Pride event, she agreed that the contraception funding buck can only stop at [the] city hall [level] because it cannot stop in Raleigh or Washington, D.C. The reason for that is because Fisher, Nesbitt and Gantt are answerable to culturally conservative ex-urban […]
In this week’s Local Matters podcast, reporter Jake Frankel talks to David Forbes about the upcoming cover story on the City’s budget problems, and freelance reporter Christopher George gives a run-down of the most recent City Council meeting.
I am a downtown employee who uses an electric wheelchair. I disagreed (and still do) with the decision to require handicapped drivers to pay for parking. The financial hardship that accompanies the most severe disabilities is being ignored. One in three disabled Americans live at or below the poverty line. A few individuals abused parking […]
I am against the proposed deal between the not-so-Public Interest Projects developers and the city of Asheville. The city could more wisely use the revenue generated from our just-paid-off parking decks and other parking facilities by providing sidewalks for neighborhoods and improving public transportation. Safe sidewalks for residents of Asheville should be a priority. Historically, […]
Asheville City Council held its Aug. 10 meeting. Here are a few highlights of actions taken and minute-to-minute coverage by Xpress Senior News Reporter David Forbes:
A trip to Asheville’s Downtown Market nets everything from tempeh to toilet paper. City Council jumps into social media. Shuler fights for re-election (against what odds?). Clouds — all this and more, in the wide world of Xpress’ staff blogs.
Here’s a Twitter-based summary of today’s City Council meeting.