On the Feb. 24 Asheville City Council agenda, there’s a $20,600 budget amendment to fund the purchase of covert surveillance equipment with state drug seizure funds.
It’s the kind of agenda item that grabs attention, but the Carolina Public Press reports that the money is going toward replacing worn out body microphones already in use by police for undercover drug buys. The document can be read here.
Elsewhere on the agenda, there will be a report on the fiscal year 2014 carbon footprint, and a mid-year financial report.
There will also be a number of public hearings considering zoning applications.
A public hearing that was delayed from the Feb. 10 meeting will be heard to consider a major subdivision with conditional zoning on property located at 95 Craggy Ave., 180 Louisiana Ave. and 178 Louisiana Ave., from RS-8 residential single-family high density district to RS-8/CZ residential single-family high density district. The board will also consider on the property conditional zoning that will allow for the creation of 45 lots in two phases and associated infrastructure, with a changed condition request for lot sizes and setbacks, sidewalk standards and pavement and right of way widths.
The board will consider the issuance of a conditional use permit for property located at 40 Coxe Ave. for Buncombe County’s Health and Human Services Building addition and parking structure.
There will also be a hearing to consider rezoning of property near 230 Hilliard St. at 99999 S. French Broad Ave. and at 99999 S. Grove St. from RS-8 residential single family high density district to central business district.