Buncombe Commissioners vote to lease soccer fields to ABYSA

This is a short summary of the Oct. 18 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting. Look for a full report in the Oct. 26 issue of Xpress.

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Oct. 18 to lease seven soccer fields at the Buncombe County Sports Park in Enka-Candler to the Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association.

Under the agreement, the nonprofit will be charged with maintenance and scheduling for the seven tournament quality soccer fields, which are located off Sand Hill School Road near U.S. 19-23. The county will provide a five year lease for $1 per year, and will allow ABYSA to use its field maintenance equipment. The county will continue to be responsible for maintenance and scheduling at the rest of the park. County officials estimate the move will cost the county roughly $130,000 per year.

In other actions at the Oct. 18 meeting:

• The board voted unanimously (Commissioner K. Ray Bailey was absent) to make a change in the county’s zoning ordinance that will require developers to submit visual plans of retaining walls. Commissioners said they hope the change will help the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment and the Buncombe County Planning Board make more informed decisions regarding the approval of development projects.

• The board agreed to hold a Nov. 1 hearing on the county’s decision to condemn and demolish the contaminated former CTS of Asheville plant on Mills Gap Road. The hearing had originally been scheduled for Oct. 18 but was rescheduled at the request of the property owner, Mills Gap Road Associates, which is in the process of appealing that decision.


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Jake Frankel
Jake Frankel is an award-winning journalist who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, from politics and government to business, education and entertainment.

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.