Asheville has boards and commissions vacancies

Press release from the City of Asheville

The City of Asheville has various openings on various committees. Have you wondered, “Can the City benefit from my experience and knowledge?” Do you want to have a voice in the City’s growth and future? If yes, take that initial step forward and put your perspective, leadership and knowledge to task by serving on one of the many committees the City has to offer.

Please visit the City’s Boards and Commissions webpage for a Boards and Commissions Application or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5839 or by email to


Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for applications for these openings is Monday, January 30, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Consideration of appointments with a January 30 deadline are scheduled for the February 14, 2023 Council meeting

ASHEVILLE AREA RIVERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION – Openings are for one at-large seat and one property/business owner within the riverfront district.) APPLICANTS MUST NOTE ON APPLICATION IF THEY ARE A PROPERTY OR BUSINESS OWNER IN THE RIVERFRONT DISTRICT AND IF SO, PROVIDE BUSINESS NAME AND ADDRESS. – The Commission shall (1) recommend to the City and County an overall policy for the continued development and sustainability of the regional riverfront; (2) provide recommendations to the City and County for effective management of the public resources for the districts; (3) actively pursue and assist private sector investment in the districts; and (4) cooperate with, evaluate and represent the recommendations of other organizations, including, but not limited to, property owners, merchants, residents, businesses, tenants, non-profits, institutions and other members of the riverfront and regional riverfront district communities.

AUDIT COMMITTEE – (Openings for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Please note certification on application). The committee: 1) Reviews internal audits reports; 2) Reviews with management and the external auditors the results of the financial statements audit; 3) Reports to City Council about committee activities, issues, and related recommendations as needed, but at a minimum, one time a year; and 4) Provides an open avenue of communication between internal audit, the external auditors, and City Council.

DOWNTOWN COMMISSION – The Commission was established for the sustainability and continued development of downtown, a vital urban  center of western North Carolina’s economic, cultural and visitor activity. The Commission’s purposes include: (1) recommend to City Council an
overall policy for the continued development and sustainability of downtown; (2) provide recommendations for effective management of the public resources for downtown and actively pursue and assist private sector investment in the downtown area for the welfare of the citizens of Asheville; (3) carry out the powers and duties assigned to the Commission regarding downtown design review; and (4) cooperate with and evaluate and represent the recommendations of other organizations.

HOMELESS INITIATIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE – This board is looking for people currently serving or with experience with Agencies that serve survivors of human trafficking, Victim service providers, Corrections, and School administrators/homeless liaisons. The purpose of the Committee is to: 1) Serve as an advisory body, in collaboration with the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition, to the Asheville City Council or its designated subcommittee for the NC 501 Continuum of Care; 2) Address homelessness through a coordinated community‐based  process of identifying needs and building a system of housing and services that meet those needs; 3) Foster a community‐wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; 4) Secure funding and make recommendations for allocations to support efforts to quickly re‐house individuals and families who are homeless, which minimizes the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; 5) Ensure access to and effective use of mainstream programs; and Promote self‐sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness; 6) Collect data and conduct research and investigation into issues around homelessness, including local causes and effects; 7) Formulate and make recommendations to local governmental entities and social service agencies to reduce the incidence of homelessness; and 8) Act as a clearinghouse for information on local homelessness issues

MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION – Members shall represent various modes of transportation to include, but not be limited  to: transit, greenways, automobiles, bikes, pedestrians, etc. This seat is for someone with interest especially in bikes and pedestrians. Members shall possess expertise and interest in the sustainability and development of multimodal transportation and demonstrate willingness to participate  actively. Duties of the commission include, but are not limited to: (1) recommend policies for the development/ integration of multimodal transportation planning and education to the City; (2) assist with the development of a multimodal transportation system; (3) assist the City with the implementation of best management practices for educating the public on the benefits of multimodal transportation; (4) assist in the sustainability, development and implementation of the multimodal transportation plan; and (5) assist in the prioritization of the Capital Improvement Plan as it relates to multimodal transportation projects.

NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE – There are two current vacancies. One for a representative that resides in the 28801 zip code and one for at-large representation. Please indicate zip code on application. The committee was established to advise City Council on neighborhood needs within the City of Asheville’s zoning and planning jurisdiction. The committee works to strengthen neighborhood identity and resilience by facilitating communication and cooperation between Asheville’s neighborhoods and City offices. The committee also works on special projects as assigned or directed by City Council.

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