At its Jan. 22 meeting, Council will consider prohibiting certain uses from the flood-prone areas surrounding the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers. A staff report advises banning chemical storage, hazardous-waste management and solid-waste facilities from the flood hazard area. It also recommends restrictions for uses like scrap yards and recycling centers. The discussion will include a public hearing.
In 2004, floodwaters swept through the city’s riverside areas, carrying along with them debris and hazardous chemicals. The proposed changes are intended to prevent — or at least lessen — similar impact in future floods.
The River Arts District is also looking at changes, as Council considers a donation of eight acres along Riverside Drive for use as a future park. The nonprofit RiverLink has long been in discussion with Progress Energy, the current owner, for a donation of the property that borders the east side of the French Broad River and runs beneath the RiverLink bridge.
Also, Council member Carl Mumpower will make his argument for switching to elected — versus appointed — school board members.
For the complete agenda of the Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting, go here. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in Council chambers in Asheville City Hall.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer