Document of the Day: Asheville “place of worship” zoning violation

Today is day four of Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of government openness and public access to public records.

Here at Mountain Xpress, we’re marking Sunshine Week with the debut of The Xpress Files, an online archive of papers from all levels of government. And each day this week, we’ll focus on one extraordinary Document of the Day.

Today’s entry is a Feb. 13, 2008, “notice of zoning violation” from the city of Asheville’s Planning and Zoning Department. The document says that a home on S. French Broad Avenue is in violation of the Unified Development Ordinance.

“The nature of the violation is operating a place of worship,” the notice says. The residence in question is a “house church” operated by Zacchaeus House, a local ministry and support group for the homeless.

See the full story, “A House Without a Home,” in today’s Mountain Xpress.

Click here to read the document in its entirety, and check back tomorrow for another Sunshine Week offering from The Xpress Files.

— Jon Elliston, managing editor

About Jon Elliston
Former Mountain Xpress managing editor Jon Elliston is the senior editor at WNC magazine.

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