A healthy cross-section of Asheville citizens turned out for a July 23 reception introducing the city’s new planning and development director, Judy Daniel. Formerly the planning director in Bethesda, Md., Daneil said she has been studying the city’s Unified Development Ordinance in preparation for taking on a job that gets a great deal of public scrutiny. “Everywhere in America, there is the conflict between those who say ‘It’s my land, and I’ll do what I want with it,’ and what the community would like to see,” she told Xpress. “[City] staff stands in that middle ground.”
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