Read the Downtown Master Plan draft

Read the Downtown Master Plan draft-attachment0

The draft of Asheville’s Downtown Master Plan is now available in The Xpress Files. This long-awaited document lays out various strategies for preserving downtown’s character and promoting its growth, including shifting the day-to-day running of downtown to an independent entity known as the Asheville Development District.

Developed by Massachusetts-based consulting firm Goody Clancy, the plan has been controversial throughout its development. Originally due to be released in October, rifts in the Downtown Master Plan Advisory Committee forced the city to bring in a mediator and push back its roll-out four months.

This plan will be officially unveiled on Jan. 12 at a meeting of the advisory committee. Asheville City Council will vote on the plan in March.

An appendix, also available in The Xpress Files, details the reference materials, public feedback and multiple maps that went along with the plan’s development.

— David Forbes, staff writer

SHARE

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.

2 thoughts on “Read the Downtown Master Plan draft

  1. AvlResident

    I remember hearing a similar “master plan” for downtown presented in the 1980s, dividing the downtown into zones, etc. It wasn’t implemented – which perhaps goes without saying. Perhaps Mountain Express could do a short history of downtown master plans developed, paid for, and never implemented to help us keep this new one in perspective.

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 Your e-mail address will not be published.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.