Due to a “legal advertising error,” the city of Asheville has postponed all five public hearings scheduled for the Jan. 11 City Council meeting, including a vote on the controversial 51 Biltmore project. Four of the hearings are rescheduled for the Jan. 25 meeting, and one for the Feb. 8 meeting.
“The law only allows public hearings with a certain amount of public notice,” City Clerk Maggie Burleson tells Xpress. “None of the legal ads got published by the Citizen-Times in time, so the hearings didn’t meet the legal requirements.”
Burleson says the city submitted ads for the public hearings on Dec. 15, but “the person who handles the legal ads was out of town that week” and they weren’t published in the Dec. 31 and Jan. 7 editions of the Citizen-Times as scheduled.
“Apologies to everyone who was planning to show up for those hearings, and we hope they’ll come back on the new dates,” Burleson adds.
The public hearing on 51 Biltmore is rescheduled for Jan. 25, as are hearings on rezoning 13 acres on Orchard Street from industrial to low-density residential, a conditional zoning request for the Barnes duplex and a sign package for Mission Hospitals. A hearing on closing unopened right-of-ways and city streets within the area of the Montford Commons development is postponed until Feb. 8.
— David Forbes, senior news reporter