Asheville City Council preview: Going public

On the agenda for tomorrow’s Asheville City Council meeting: a proposal to back publicly financed elections, tinkering with development rules and a plethora of reports.

Council will take up a proposal to back a state bill allowing localities the option of publicly financed elections. The bill, currently winding its way through the General Assembly, would set up a pilot program for publicly financed elections at the municipal level, though it would leave it up to individual municipalities to decide whether or not to publicly finance their elections. Currently, Chapel Hill has such a system in place.

On more nuts and bolts matters, Council will take up an array of modifications and corrections to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance aimed at reducing contradictions in the set of rules. Also on the agenda is a public hearing on modifications to the stormwater ordinance, including new environmental provisions and enforcement procedures.

And then there’s the reports—seven of them—on trees, electrical examiners, aging, a memorial for the Asheville Motor Speedway, stimulus dollars, drought management and the city’s Strategic Operating Plan.

Asheville City Council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, on the second floor of City Hall.

— David Forbes, senior reporter


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