Three development public-hearings dominate Asheville City Council’s Tuesday, Feb. 10, agenda — two subdivision plans and one mixed-use building.
The first hearing concerns developer Broad Properties’ plans for a 2-story building with office space on the first floor and three residential units on the second floor. The site, at Broad and Charlotte Streets, is less than an acre and currently zoned RM-16 (residential multifamily, 16 units per acre). The developer’s proposal calls for rezoning to a community-business designation that would allow construction of 3,600-square-foot building that would house three 1-bedroom apartments on the second floor.
The site is currently vacant and surrounded by other community-business uses, including offices and a restaurant. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously in January to approve the proposal.
Developer East West Craggy Estate requests conditional zoning that would allow construction of Craggy Park, a 45-lot subdivision on four parcels located off Louisiana Avenue and Craggy Avenue. In January, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved the proposal, which protects some of the site’s environmentally sensitive areas of the site as common or open space, city staff report.
A stream intersects the site, which includes some steep grades. “To reduce the impact to the stream and other natural areas, and to provide a lower impact development,” city staff say, “the development is proposing: smaller sized lots, narrower street pavement and right-of-way widths and reduced building setbacks.” Staff recommend approving the project.
In another subdivision proposal, RPMM Properties requests rezoning a site in Montford to allow construction of a 10-lot project and conversion of three existing homes into multifamily units. Most of the surrounding properties are single-family homes, and the existing homes on the site — designated for use as group homes — have been vacant for some time, city staff report. “All [new and renovated] buildings are proposed to be designed to reflect the character of the surrounding neighborhood,” say city staff, who recommend approving the project.