Kimberlee Archie came on board city staff as Asheville’s first equity and inclusion manager last July. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Xpress asked Archie to share her thoughts on King’s legacy and how it applies to the continuing effort to create equity in Asheville.
Events around Western North Carolina will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and provide opportunity for reflection on how his dreams remain relevant in today’s society.
New rules adopted by the city of Asheville on Jan. 9 will severely limit where short-term vacation rentals are allowed. The decision came relatively swiftly and was not without debate over the best way to balance tourism with a need for housing.
Sweeping changes to Asheville’s zoning code could make it much harder for property owners to rent out whole units for periods of less than a month. City Council will vote on the restrictions on short-term vacation rentals at its Jan. 9 meeting.
Asheville took a big step down the road to limiting short-term rentals after the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of an amendment to the city’s zoning code on Jan. 3.
On Tuesday, Asheville City Council approved the creation of an audit committee, which will review the city’s internal audit reports and financial statements audit. Mayor Esther Manheimer said the move was a response to community interest in local governments improving their financial procedures.
A relatively light agenda for the Dec. 19 Asheville City Council meeting includes items on a proposed audit committee, new rules for food trucks at 68 Haywood St. and guidelines to promote affordable housing at the city’s Cedar Hill property.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is readying its new sanctuary in Leicester to house companion and farmed animals. Halfway through the organization’s transition year, grand plans and fundraising continue at BWAR, while some question what they see as a realignment of the nonprofit’s mission.
Asheville’s a crystal town, and rock shops flourish here. In the Grove Arcade, Enter the Earth sells stickers declaring “Crystal Toting Tree Hugger,” and many locals and tourists alike take pride in that characterization. The city’s rock shops appeal to those seeking healing, geological knowledge — and even just something sparkly.
Asheville welcomed its most diverse City Council in history, as new and re-elected Council members took the oath of office on Dec. 5 at City Hall in front of a packed chamber of family, friends and supporters.
Coming on the heels of the city blocking short-term rentals in the River Arts District, City Council voted against allowing such lodging throughout the Haywood Road corridor. At its Nov. 28 meeting, City Council placed heavy restrictions on lodging along Haywood Road in West Asheville, specifically targeting whole-unit short-term rentals such as those offered through Airbnb.
For the second meeting in a row, City Council will consider whether to allow whole-house, short-term rentals in a neighborhood covered by a form-based zoning code. On Nov. 28, it will take a close look at STRs in the area around Haywood Road.
Buncombe County commissioners agree that more emergency transportation services would benefit the community, but differ on what the process should be for approving a franchise for Arden-based ambulance company.
Residents of Western North Carolina concerned about a proposed hike in their electric bills could have to wait a bit longer to see just how much their bills will go up. A filing on Friday, Nov. 17 with the North Carolina Utilities Commission pushed the final hearing in the case from today to next Monday […]
Asheville finds itself confronting a slew of pressing and interrelated issues — short-term rentals, gentrification, parking, affordable housing — and many of them got hashed out at City Council this week. Council approved a new zoning code for the River Arts District as well as a 133-unit apartment complex.
Asheville City Council could finally make a decision on approving a new form-based zoning code for the River Arts District at its Nov. 14 meeting. It is also slated to hear a proposal for the 133-unit Stoneyard Apartments project.
Asheville voters turned out in relatively high numbers on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to reelect two incumbents and significantly increase the diversity of City Council.
Voters went to the polls on Nov. 7 to fill seats in a number of local municipal races, including Asheville mayor and City Council. Xpress will post updates as election results come in.
In the wake of controversy over early retirement, retention bonuses and discretionary raises paid by and to former Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene and other highly paid county employees, the city of Asheville wants to reassure residents that its compensation practices are on the up-and-up.
Homeowners on Vermont Avenue in West Asheville see their neighborhood as a quiet, special residential pocket of the city — and they intend to keep it that way. Residents implored the Planning and Zoning Commission to stop a property owner from opening an art gallery in a house on the street. That issued tied into a discussion of short-term rentals and whether Asheville wants tourists “in every nook and cranny.”
A City Council candidate forum called into question how progressive Asheville really is when it comes to rights and protections for those in the LGBTQ community. All six candidates said they are in favor of the city of Asheville implementing a nondiscrimination ordinance, which is specifically disallowed under House Bill 142.