Initially, next week’s upcoming Asheville City Council meeting, on Jan. 28, promised a showdown over a controversial development near downtown. With that matter withdrawn, however, the remaining items on the agenda are changes to the city’s rules to encourage less light pollution and modifications to development guidelines to bring them in line with new state laws.
Originally, next Tuesday’s meeting included Council’s vote on a 16-unit East Chestnut Street housing development that had become a flashpoint for the debate over the balance between the competing needs for density near the downtown core and neighborhood preservation. However, on Monday the developer withdrew the project, citing neighborhood opposition and problems with the city’s development process.
That leaves the major item on the agenda a change to the city’s lighting ordinance to better fall in line with its “dark skies” initiative; reducing glare as well as moving away from older lights and towards new ones that are more energy efficient.
Council will also take up modifications to its development and Board of Adjustment rules necessitated by changes in state laws last year.
Asheville City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, on the second floor of City Hall.