After months of delays, a proposed housing development on East Chestnut makes its way to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission tonight. The plans for a 16-unit development have become a flashpoint about larger development concerns in Asheville. In this case the plans have drawn opposition from some neighborhood residents and preservationists who believe it’s too dense and out of character for the area, while supporters assert the need to alleviate the city’s housing crunch means such projects are necessary.
Asheville City Council will discuss the Harris Teeter developer’s request for zoning changes on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Changes could include the addition of two drive-thru establishments on the property located at the intersection of Merrimon Avenue and Chestnut Street.
Following a lengthy public comment period and debate among its members, the city of Asheville’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-2 to direct staff to draw up new rules increasing setbacks and restricting digital billboards in certain corridors of the city.
At its meeting this evening, the city of Asheville’s Planning and Zoning Commission will consider possible changes to the city’s rules on digital billboards. Follow Live Twitter coverage of the meeting here.
In this edition of Local Matters — the Xpress weekly news podcast — reporter Jake Frankel talks about the recent appointees to the City of Asheville’s Planning & Zoning board, and reporters David Forbes and Mackensy Lunsford talk in depth about the ongoing downtown food truck controversy.
After a contentious public hearing, Asheville’s Planning and Zoning Commission couldn’t come to an agreement about proposed rules allowing food trucks in downtown, splitting 3-3 last night. The new rules still go to City Council (after a stop at Council’s Public Safety Commission), probably on Aug. 23, but with a negative recommendation.
Asheville CIty Council tackles two potentially tough issues at its June 28 meeting tonight: the future of the now-defunct public-access channel and a proposal to rezone property at Sunny Point Cafe from a residential to a business classification.
Crime hasn’t increased since the Hillcrest pedestrian bridge was reopened about six months ago, according to a report Asheville City Council received last night.
A proposed ordinance that would allow considerably more density — and faster approval — for green, affordable development saw a reversal last week when the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted it down 3-2 and recommended a scaled-down version instead. The rules triggered a debate about exactly how Asheville will pursue the oft-touted goal of sustainability.
Planning and Zoning met March 3 and heard from numerous community members before voting to approve the Larchmont Project off Merrimon Avenue, at the site of the former U.S. Navy Reserve office.