After a closed session of Asheville City Council on March 5, the city released more information on the timeline and investigation into the Asheville Police Department’s use of force against resident Johnnie Jermaine Rush.
State Rep. Chuck McGrady asked Asheville City Council for its cooperation in helping the region’s water and sewer systems work together. But the air was fraught with vestiges of battles between McGrady and Asheville in recent years over the issue.
At its Feb. 27 meeting, Asheville City Council could call for a national assault weapons ban and hear from Rep. Chuck McGrady about his latest plan to regionalize water and sewer systems.
With two newly elected members and an evolving political landscape, Asheville City Council’s annual retreat at The Collider Feb. 15-16 reflected a shifting mindset about what issues the city should tackle in the coming years.
The mayor of Asheville announced the departure of City Manager Gary Jackson at a City Council meeting that also addressed the city’s effort to create a commission focused on racial equity and its opposition to an NCDOT plan to widen Merrimon Avenue.
The city of Asheville is poised to formally express its displeasure with the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to widen Merrimon Avenue. At its Feb. 13 meeting, City Council will consider a resolution to reject the DOT’s plan to widen the street and ask staff to work with DOT to come up with alternatives.
City Council approved a 112-room, five-story hotel project at 390 Airport Road at its Jan. 23 meeting, but not without some reluctance.
At its Jan. 23 meeting, Asheville City Council could formally accept an investment of $4.6 million from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority to help complete the southern section of the the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project.
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.