At its only July meeting tomorrow, Asheville City Council will consider beginning two annexations, an incentive for a Montford development and handicapped onstreet parking in downtown.
Council will consider starting the process on two sizable annexations, one in the Sweeten Creek Road area and one at the Northwestern corner of the city. The first, of the Royal Pines area, would bring 670 homes on 388 acres into the city limits while the latter, of the Coopers Hawk Drive area, would encompass 16 homes on 41 acres. If Council approves this initial step, the city will hold public informational meetings in September and a public hearing in October.
On the development front, Council will consider about $180,000 in economic development incentives for the Montford Commons project, though the staff report raises a number of concerns, including questions about how much of the development will contain affordable housing.
The agenda also includes a report on onstreet parking in downtown for the handicapped, the appointment of a blue ribbon panel to review the city’s health care plan.
Asheville City Council meets Tuesday, July 27, in the second floor of City Hall at 5 p.m.
— David Forbes, senior reporter