Jane Gianvito Matthews
Education: Yale University, University of Colorado, Asheville-Buncombe Technical College
Current employment: president, Matthews Architecture, P.A.
Expertise: Technical, community contacts, public speaking, business management (financial), and business management (operational)
Vision for growth and development in Asheville: “In my thirty years as an Asheville resident, I have seen our city prosper and grow and I want it to do so in thoughtful and sustainable ways. To that end, my vision has been to find opportunities to encourage development and growth, particularly mixed-use, in areas that are best suited for the types of change that can serve and enhance established neighborhoods as well as create new neighborhoods. I have long been a proponent of encouraging this type of development along our city’s major transit corridors at scales that are appropriate to the land resources, existing infrastructure, and adjacent, typically since-family residences. Many of these transit corridors, lined with older singe-use strip developments and large, often underutilized, parking lots, hold prime land resources where new mixed-use developments can be encouraged that provide services, employment and resources to surrounding residents as well as homes for those who cannot afford to own or who desire a more urban lifestyle. Encouraging this type of growth, together with improvements in pedestrian and alternative transportation can further enhance the livability of our community. To this end, I have worked to encourage incentives for developers to utilize both sustainable and affordable growth and I look forward to seeing these utilized to promote development that can enrich our community.”
Professional affiliations: member of American Institute of Architects, member of US Green Building Council, platinum member of WNC Green Building Council, affiliate member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, member of the American Planning Association, member of the Urban Land Institute, member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, member of Preservation/NC, member of the Preservation Society of Asheville Buncombe County, member of the Junior Leauge of Asheville, and member of the League of Women Voters