Abigail Emison

Abigail Emison

Age: 30

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wellesely College

Current employment: Planner at Vita Nuova, LLC

Expertise: Technical

Vision of growth and development in Asheville: “I do not think there is a simple rule for growth and development in Asheville; instead, my vision is a measured approach focused on intelligent, continued growth and development. I believe that growth is a natural and necessary part of the City’s development, but it is imperative that the growth be sustainable: creating quality jobs and opportunity for residents, while making the City a more appealing and attractive place to live, work, and play. Development should adhere to “green” principles, not simply in building materials, but through green infrastructure practices (e.g., sidewalks, permeable paving, bioswales) and an emphasis on infill development. Concentrating and clustering development in existing developed areas is important because it helps renew neglected areas, knit communities together, and reduces overall infrastructure costs. In the end, Asheville must continue to grow and encourage new development, but not without restriction— instead, in ways that enhance Asheville’s future.

Professional Affiliations: Member of the American Planning Association, Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Board member of Asheville Design Center

Resources:
Application
Statement of Interest
Resume
Responses
Source PDF at ashevillenc.gov

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