Sweeping changes to Asheville’s zoning code could make it much harder for property owners to rent out whole units for periods of less than a month. City Council will vote on the restrictions on short-term vacation rentals at its Jan. 9 meeting.
Looking back on 2017, Xpress highlights some of the hundreds of stories we covered in our print editions and online over the year.
“Asheville obviously has a housing shortage, and I’m not sure what the apartment protesters think the answer is to that problem.”
“In the world of HIV treatment, we have a saying: ‘Housing is health care.’ What it means is that it is very difficult to link people living with HIV/AIDS to health care if they do not have stable housing.”
“STRs should be crowded out of existence by affordable housing density, not regulated like a bureaucratic scapegoat.”
“It seems to me that the main reason why people are food insecure is that they just do not have enough money, especially since food prices keep increasing. If the food is ‘available’ and they can’t afford to buy it, it won’t help them.”
City Council will shine a spotlight on the River Arts District at its Oct. 24 meeting, with agenda items including a proposed 70-room lodging reuse, parking problems and adoption of a zoning code intended to encourage vibrant mixed use in the area.
“She is a born leader, and her whole life has been a preparation for this opportunity to represent all of the citizens of Asheville.”
“His campaign platform, Back to Basics, will focus on smart growth and building practices, plus increased housing that will be both affordable and accessible to sustain our rapidly growing populace.”
An affordable housing summit on Sept. 29 explored local programs that encourage the development of affordable housing.
“She is a critical thinker and is willing to break problems down to look at the smallest details in order to find a solution.”
Who can afford to live here and how can we all live together? Those questions formed the crux of the conversation among Asheville City Council candidates at a Sept. 18 forum where two issues garnered strong and varying viewpoints: the lack of affordable housing and persistent racial tensions in Asheville.
A proposal to provide more parking prompted a plethora of public comments at the Sept. 12 Asheville City Council meeting. Council also considered a subdivision in the Shiloh community and learned about the possibilities and pitfalls of bond refinancing.
“She understands what has occurred and what kinds of economic and social steps can help Asheville move forward versus being static or moving backward.”
“If you want to make downtown’s grating, gravel Pit of Despair into a pinnacle of pastoral park pleasure, vote for Cecil Bothwell for Asheville City [Council].”
“Dee Williams supports sustainable policies for all the people of Asheville, such as a living-wage minimum and affordable housing.”
“I believe the euphemism I’m looking for is, ‘Are you kidding me right now?’ An Asheville rental at $3,160?”
Asheville City Council passed a resolution condemning the actions of white supremacists and racial violence in Charlottesville earlier this month. Council members also resolved to support the designation of Big Ivy as a wilderness area, and voted to move forward with a phased approach to a greenway along Lyman Street to Amboy Road. A proposal to reduce the minimum width of residential lots by 20 percent citywide was sent back to the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission for further study.