Buncombe Beat — Comprehensive previews and recaps for city, county meetings

Welcome to Buncombe Beat, Xpress‘ coverage for the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. Here you will find schedules, previews, agendas and recaps for various city and county government meetings. Once an agenda, preview or recap is live it will appear as a link. The “Latest news” section features current stories, previews and recaps, and below you will find City of Asheville and Buncombe County sections with meeting schedules and archives of past reports.

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City of Asheville

cityofashevilleFor agendas, meeting schedules, contact information and more click here.

Contact city reporter Carolyn Morrisroe: cmorrisroe@mountainx.com

February 2018

Feb. 28 — Bridge over troubled water: Asheville hears from McGrady

Feb. 27 — City Council to weigh in on gun violence

Feb. 18 — City Council prioritizes equity, environment, economy at annual retreat

Feb. 14 — Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson to retire this year

Feb. 12 — City Council could reject DOT’s Merrimon plan

January 2018

Jan. 24 — City leaves light on for hotel on Airport Road

Jan. 22 —  Transportation projects roll into City Council

Jan. 10 — Asheville shuts door on short-term rentals

Jan. 8 — Asheville poised to strictly limit vacation rentals

Jan. 4 — City moves toward major crackdown on short-term rentals

December 2017

Dec. 20 — Asheville to get another layer of audit oversight

Dec. 18 — City could create audit committee

Dec. 6 — Asheville’s new City Council takes office

November 2017

Nov. 25 — Rentals in Haywood Road corridor to get review

Nov. 19 — City bans most lodging along Haywood Road

Nov. 15 — Council weighs concerns of gentrification, affordability in RAD

Nov. 13 — RAD lodging, apartment project to take center stage

Nov. 8 — Diversity, experience win Asheville City Council contest

Nov. 5 — City details pay increases, nepotism policy

Nov. 4 — Neighborhood battles against business intrusion

October 2017

Oct. 25 — Council wades into rental fray, looks to future of RAD

Oct. 22 — Council to consider development in the RAD

Oct. 6 — City gets look at proposed 70-room lodging in RAD

Oct. 4 — Council talks tough on short-term lodging

Oct. 2 — Council to re-evaluate Haywood Road development rules

September 2017

Sept. 16 — City passes two hotel projects under new policy

Sept. 13 — City Council paves way for temporary parking lots

Sept. 11 — Asheville City Council to look at Shiloh subdivision

Sept. 8 — P&Z retains short-term lodging in RAD plan

August 2017

Aug. 23 — City stands against white supremacy

Aug. 4 — P&Z sends infill development changes to City Council

July 2017

July 26 — Council: Yes to RAD zoning, no to short-term rentals

July 14 — Edwards rails against Buncombe news coverage

July 10 — Candidates vie to lead Asheville equity and inclusion efforts

July 9 — City Council hears update on comprehensive plan

June 2017

June 28 — Smaller project, bigger budget, approved for RAD

June 28 — Asheville Council passes resolution supporting medical cannabis

June 26 — Asheville Council to vote on spending $6 million more for RAD roadways

June 14 — Asheville sets property tax rate, passes budget

June 12 — Asheville City Council to vote on budget

June 9 — City appoints interim leaders, struggles to fill key positions

June 9 — P&Z votes in favor of new RAD zoning code, 133 apartments

May 2017

May 25 — Activists speak out against proposed police department expansion

May 22 — Public to weigh in on Asheville budget Tuesday, May 23

May 7 — City budget and policing on tap for May 9 session of Asheville Council

May 4 — P&Z approves its final big hotel 

May 3 — Lines in the sand: Fight brews over Asheville districts

April 2017

April 26 — Asheville traffic stop data show racial inequities

April 26 — Asheville voters could choose: Council districts or status quo?

April 12 — City launches district election referendum push

April 9 — Council to puzzle over district election survey results

April 6 — Sweeten Creek LaQuinta Inn & Suites gets in under the wire

March 2017

March 30 — Council approves JCC expansion plans

March 29 — Council vote could mark new phase in struggle over ‘Pit of Despair’

March 27 — Di-vision? City Council to hear report on Haywood Street property on March 28

March 14 — Mayor to Bothwell: don’t interfere in work of Haywood Street task force 

March 14 — Asheville property tax rate down, bills up?

March 14 — Asheville City Council meeting: Preview, recap

March 2 — P&Z says yes to Asheville Art Museum expansion, 117-room hotel in Biltmore Village

February 2017

Feb. 28 — Asheville City Council: Preview, recap

Feb. 24 — Bothwell to seek reelection to Asheville City Council

Feb. 21 — Manheimer to seek second mayoral term

Feb. 18 — City Council gets personal, celebrates successes at retreat

Feb. 15 — Developers to face more scrutiny on hotels, big buildings in Asheville

Feb. 14 — Asheville City Council: Preview, recap

Feb. 10 — CIBO panel explores Asheville City Council district elections

Feb. 9 — Chamber of Commerce opposes downtown development rule changes

Feb. 8 — City Council to study three sites for affordable housing bond funding

Feb. 7 — Rich Lee announces second run for Asheville City Council

Feb. 7 — Asheville City Council and Buncombe County Commissioners joint meeting: Agenda, recap

Feb. 2 — P&Z approves 61-room downtown hotel

Feb. 2 — Parking rates likely to go up on street, in city garages

Feb. 1 — Parks & Rec on the hot seat at Southside Town Hall

Feb. 1 — Hooper gives overview of 2016 crime, police department activities

January 2017

Jan. 26 — Former Asheville City Council member announces push for district elections at CIBO lunch

Jan. 25 — City Council denies 185-room hotel

Jan. 24 — Asheville City Council: Preview, recap

Jan. 22 — Haywood Street hotel back on Council’s agenda for Jan. 24

Jan. 13 — City hosts luncheon for board and commission chairs

Jan. 12 — Asheville events celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 11 — Don’t panic over new Asheville boil water advisories

Jan. 11 — Council approves annexation, hears good news about Housing Authority program

Jan. 10 — Council likely to postpone hearing on Haywood Street hotel

Jan. 10 — Asheville City Council: Preview, recap

Jan. 9 — City lays out what’s next for bonds

Jan. 9 — Asheville’s Development Services Department loses another director

Jan. 8 — 185-room downtown Embassy Suites hotel on Jan. 10 Council agenda

Jan. 3 — New Asheville HR director to start Jan. 4

December 2016

Dec. 21 — N.C. Supreme Court rules taking of Asheville water system unconstitutional

Dec. 13 — Asheville City Council: Preview, recap

Dec. 13 — City of Asheville acknowledges lack of public notice for ADU task force meetings

Dec. 9 — ADU task force recommendations clouded by process concerns

Dec. 8 — City residents weigh in on comprehensive plan

Buncombe County

Buncombe County Commissioners will hear a report from the Mountain Valley Resource, Conservation and Development Council during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3.For agendas, meeting schedules, contact information and more click here.

Contact county reporter David Floyd: dfloyd@mountainx.com

March 2018

March 3 — County looks for tangible ways to accomplish sustainability goals

February 2018

Feb. 22 — McGrady talks regional water systems at County Commission

Feb. 19 — County to consider bonds to pay for school projects

Feb. 7 — County raises fees for ambulance service

Feb. 6 — County to hold hearing on structuring $75M in construction debt

Feb. 5 — County to ask public for input on traffic studies plan

Feb. 3 — Buncombe explores barriers to early childhood education

Feb. 2 — County could require traffic studies for some residential projects

January 2018

Jan. 31 — Opioid abuse takes center stage at town hall

Jan. 29 — New $5.25M bid submitted for Ferry Road property

Jan. 17 — County finances in good shape despite Greene investigation

Jan. 17 — Mission aims to build facility near Swannanoa

Jan. 15 — County Commission steps up internal controls

Jan. 10 — County approves $5M sale of Ferry Road property

Jan. 8 — County could sell Ferry Road property for $5M

December 2017

Dec. 14 — Board approves 296-apartment complex off Aiken Road

Dec. 13 — County receives clean opinion from external auditors

Dec. 6 — Buncombe County sets renewable energy goal

November 2017

Nov. 22 — Ambulance service gets initial thumbs-up from county

Nov. 9 — Stop and go: Apartments stall, townhomes get green light

Nov. 8 — No agenda: Newman stripped of procedural power

Nov. 2 — Developers look to build more than 350 housing units

October 2017

Oct. 20 — Buncombe residents call for brake on traffic growth

Oct. 19 — Commissioners sign off on economic incentive changes, more preschool space and opioid lawsuit

Oct. 18 — Newman proposals stall as Dems split on renewable energy, county pay cuts

Oct. 16 — Newman pushing for changes amid ‘eroding public trust’

Oct. 11 — Buncombe’s female inmate population nearing tipping point

Oct. 6 — Take the money and run: Greene nets $500K payday over 6 months

Oct. 5 — Commissioners take aim at nepotism, workplace retaliation

Oct. 4 — Family Justice Center sees 50% rise in victim intake, commissioners expand preschool offerings

Oct. 3 — DA warns of new opioid danger, announces diversion program

September 2017

Sept. 27 — Buncombe commissioners study preschool expansion

Sept. 21 — Commissioners OK reorganization, put weight behind medical marijuana

Sept. 20 — Buncombe opioid emergency cases rise 173%

Sept. 19 — County moves to give internal auditor autonomy

Sept. 17 — Raising questions: Past pay increases present puzzles

Sept. 14 — Community traffic concerns yield to apartment complexes

Sept. 10 — Nonprofits not making grade still get funding

Sept. 9 — BOA to consider nearly 700 apartment units in South, East Asheville

Sept. 7 — Solar farm moves forward, rezoning stalls out

Sept. 6 — DA tech request sparks jail finance concerns

August 2017

Aug. 30 — County looks at audit protocols in wake of Fed probe

Aug. 25 — Controversial South Asheville project looks to pivot

Aug. 18 — Feds probing former Buncombe County Manager Greene

Aug. 17 — FBI can ‘neither confirm nor deny’ probe of former County Manager Greene

Aug. 16 — Commissioners OK early Sunday alcohol sales, punt on medical marijuana

Aug. 10 — Duke’s no-coal goal moves forward

Aug. 4 — Phoning it in: Commissioners negotiate tax rate in private

Aug. 3 — Unincorporated Sunday alcohol sales on hold; transfer station $1.5M over budget

Aug. 2 — Buncombe OD calls on track to eclipse last year

July 2017

July 26 — Fix it: Commissioners tell Mission, BlueCross to end dispute

July 21 — Buncombe County candidates file for municipal offices

July 14 — Let’s get personnel: How Buncombe County employee salaries and benefits stack up against state averages

July 13 — BOA unanimously denies group home permit amid concerns

July 12 — Commissioners get peek at debt transparency project, unpack budget process

June 2017

June 22 — County pledges $4.2M to Lee Walker Heights, aims for 100% renewable energy

June 21 — Property tax rate up, nonprofit funding down as Buncombe commissioners close out budget

June 15 — Board of Adjustment approves vacation complex, 17-home subdivision

June 10 — Frustration mounts over proposed South Asheville development, construction in general

June 8 — Sales tax, solar farm deal change course; development frustrations arise

June 7 — County manager, commissioner chair: revenue-neutral tax rate unlikely

June 4 — Solar farm redo, sales tax diversion and budget on deck for commissioners

May 2017

May 31 — County nonprofit funding at odds with resolution guidelines

May 30 — County Manager Greene offers letter of resignation

May 17 — Schools may be key to property tax relief

May 17 — Commissioners debate Duke solar farm: ‘smug’ or smart

May 12 — Blunt talk: Medical marijuana takes root

May 11 — Rowdy, marathon BOA meeting highlights development, traffic frustrations

May 3 — Budget talks spark old beef, new tax rate discussion

May 1 — Budget, tax talks and Duke Energy rezoning top commissioners’ agenda

April 2017

April 15 — $7 million in grants, incentives on commissioners’ agenda

April 5 — Commissioners shelve anti-opioid efforts, approve preschool expansion

April 1 — County preschool push likely to get boost

March 2017

March 31 — Records requests shed light on city, county travel reimbursements

March 23 — Overview of nearly $11 million requested by nonprofits

March 23 — A Q&A with Buncombe County’s new sustainability officer

March 22 — 20 recent overdose deaths sparks $750K commitment from Buncombe

March 17 — Nonprofits to request nearly $11 million from Buncombe County

March 8 — Commissioners move to create new sustainability office, solar farm; A-B Tech spending freeze remains

March 5 — Sustainability issues, A-B Tech funding headline Board of Commissioners meeting

March 3 — A-B Tech, Buncombe commissioner diverge on diversity efforts

February 2017

Feb. 24 — Universal preschool access could help next generation thrive: An in-depth look at the organization, logistics & potential costs of universal preschool

Feb. 22 — ‘Come back with answers,’ commissioners tell A-B Tech president, unanimously agree to continue spending moratorium

Feb. 22 — Commissioners unanimously agree to support prison diversion, community investment programs

Feb. 17 — Commissioners ask staff to look at property tax breaks; talk teachers, infrastructure, more at retreat

Feb. 17 — Buncombe County Commissioners retreat: Preview, recap

Feb. 15 — Drugs, teacher pay, budget, preschool and more: County Commissioners to talk priorities during retreat

Feb. 8 — South Asheville vacation rental rallies support, gets unanimous approval

Feb. 8 — Whitesides questions commission, Fryar sees window for criticism at county-city meeting

Feb. 7 — Buncombe County Commissioners and Asheville City Council joint meeting: Preview, recap

Feb. 5 — Contentious vacation complex back on Board of Adjustment agenda

Feb. 3 — County, city to hold joint meeting to discuss partnerships, goals

January 2017

Jan. 25 — Buncombe County property values see $6.8 billion increase

Jan. 18 — Commission­ers hear opioid report, vote along party lines on rezoning requests

Jan. 14 — Planning board asking commission­ers to deny two rezoning requests at Tuesday’s meeting

Jan. 11 — Board of Adjustment gives nod to 232-unit apartment complex, Wicked Weed expansion

Jan. 3 — Fryar officially sworn in as commissioners breeze through 2017’s first meeting

Jan. 3 — Buncombe County Commissioners: Preview, recap

Previous county stories

February 2017 — Universal preschool access could help next generation thrive: An in-depth look at the organization, logistics & potential costs of universal preschool

January 2017 — Cure for pain: Preventing opioid-related deaths in Buncombe County

January 2017 — Buncombe County’s first African-American commissioner talks economic justice

November 2016 — Spending takes off in Buncombe commissioner races; Chair candidates loan campaigns big bucks

October 2016 — Search for documents leads to reform at A-B Tech

September 2016 — Party crashers: A look at ballot access in Buncombe County

July 2016 — Local climate science industry primed for takeoff

June 2016 — The long road home for veterans with PTSD

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