At its meeting tomorrow, Asheville City Council is set to vote on the controversial Larchmont affordable-housing development and on renewing URTV’s agreement for one year. The city’s budget woes are (again) another topic that Council will tackle.
After passing 5-1 at the end of a grueling, often contentious five-hour long Planning and Zoning Commission meeting earlier this month, the Larchmont project, a 60-unit affordable-housing apartment complex located just off Merrimon Avenue, comes before Council for final appoval. Some residents of the surrounding neighborhood have asserted that the project is too large and intrusive for the area, though some of the neighbors have also spoken in its favor, citing a need for denser affordable development.
Council will also consider a year-long agreement with public-access station URTV (now known as the WNC Community Media Center). The agreement would turn over $60,000 in cable-fee funds collected by the city to the channel, a step down from the $100,000 the media center had originally requested. Under the agreement, URTV would continue to operate the channel and be required to abide by state public-records and open-meetings laws, while Council would cease appointing members to the channel’s board.
In a pre-meeting worksession Council will continue its deliberations over how best to manage an anticipated $3 to $5 million budget deficit in the next fiscal year.
Council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, on the second floor of City Hall. The worksession begins at 2 p.m. in the North Conference room on the first floor.
— David Forbes, staff writer