With no presentations, hearings or business new or old on its agenda for July 5, City Council seems likely to make quick work of the meeting, which is necessary to keep the city on track for advancing a possible bond referendum for the November 8 general election.
Included in Council’s consent agenda is a resolution setting the proposed bond funding categories and amounts: $32 million for transportation infrastructure, $25 million for affordable housing and $17 million for park facilities. At its next meeting on July 26, Council will set a public hearing on the bond issue for August 9. After that hearing, Council will decide whether to proceed with the referendum process. If Council does move forward, the final form and language of the ballot will be adopted at the same meeting.
Also included in the consent agenda is an item moving a public hearing on possible changes to zoning for utility substations from August 23 to August 9.
Council also will issue a resolution expressing gratitude to the North Carolina Department of Transportation and “other state and federal agencies” for taking public and Council input into consideration in selecting design alternative 4B for the I-26 connector project. 4B will put the interstate on a new location just to the north of the Captain Jeff Bowen Bridge, crossing the French Broad River by a new bridge and connecting with U.S. 19/23/70. 4B also will return Patton Avenue to a surface street carrying local traffic. This change will “create a new gateway into downtown and a truly urban, multimodal boulevard with new, infill development,” the resolution explains, which will spur investment and economic development.
The selected alternative also has the least impact of any of the design alternatives on the Burton Street community, allows a new connection from the Hillcrest public housing development onto Patton Avenue and provides benefits to Asheville residents as well as those traveling through the city, the resolution continues.
Finally, the resolution notes that more work remains to be done to minimize the impact of the project on Asheville neighborhoods.
The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in Council chambers on the second floor of City Hall.