At what price?

A small group of people in the Swannanoa Valley are proposing to form an incorporated township. But after listening to their reasoning, I’ve heard nothing to justify this. I have a personal reason for opposing incorporation. I came to the Swannanoa Valley in 1958 to work at Kearfott in Black Mountain. In 1959, I bought […]

Asheville City Council

Council members air budget gripes Asheville to Raleigh: No annexation moratorium Federal brownfields grants earmarked for River District? It collected only four votes, but that’s all that was needed for Swannanoa’s incorporation bid to advance to the next stage. Supporters and opponents had made their respective cases before the Asheville City Council on several occasions, […]

Leicester incorporation

This January 2008 document explains that a group of Leicester residents have been talking with Asheville City Council about incorporating a town since 2007. To create a town, the group needs City Council’s blessing, then action from state lawmakers. This staff report to City Council outlines the discussion and offers a proposed resolution regarding the […]

Asheville City Council

Despite a less-than-encouraging response by the state Department of Transportation, Asheville is continuing to explore a locally developed plan for the I-26 connector. The big idea: This map, prepared by city staff, illustrates just how large an incorporated Leicester would be. Representatives from the DOT, the Federal Highway Administration and several engineering consulting firms weighed […]