“I wouldn’t even call this a hotel project. I mean, yes, it is leaning more towards hotel than residential, but we are getting affordable housing downtown,” said commission member Joe Archibald. The project as approved includes 137 hotel rooms and 37 residential units, 11 of which are reserved for low-income households or local artists.
On July 19, the Asheville Planning and Zoning Commission approved a rezoning request against the recommendation of city staff that would allow two properties on Maxwell Street to serve as short-term vacation rental properties.
Asheville took a big step down the road to limiting short-term rentals after the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of an amendment to the city’s zoning code on Jan. 3.
Homeowners on Vermont Avenue in West Asheville see their neighborhood as a quiet, special residential pocket of the city — and they intend to keep it that way. Residents implored the Planning and Zoning Commission to stop a property owner from opening an art gallery in a house on the street. That issued tied into a discussion of short-term rentals and whether Asheville wants tourists “in every nook and cranny.”
“In the past half decade, residents of Asheville have seen their little city transformed — and not in a good way — by seemingly unregulated development, which the present City Council says is beyond their ability to control.”
“No other candidate combines Jeremy’s expertise in land use and urban planning; his experience in starting and growing a small business in Asheville; and his civic leadership experience.”
In the seven months since the city of Asheville altered its regulations to give City Council more oversight over large building and hotel projects, Council has approved two proposed hotels. Xpress takes a closer look to see what it looks like when hotels try to pass muster before Council.
A new code that would guide development in the River Arts District will head back to Asheville City Council after the Planning and Zoning Commission upheld its original draft at its Sept. 6 meeting. One major sticking point is whether short-term rentals would be permitted in the RAD.
Proposed changes to Asheville’s zoning code discussed at the Aug. 2 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission aim to ease the city’s shortage of housing, especially affordable housing, by increasing the density allowed in residential areas. The Commission recommended that the city adopt the changes.
Asheville’s Planning and Zoning Commission met on July 20 to consider a Shiloh subdivision and a 103-room hotel proposed for 49 Tunnel Road. The Commission voted to recommend City Council approve both zoning requests.
A proposed form-based zoning code for the River Arts District passed its final hurdle before moving on to Asheville City Council for consideration. At a well-attended meeting of Asheville’s Planning & Zoning Commission on June 7, a 133-unit apartment complex on Lyman Street, a self-storage building on Gerber Road and a zoning change on Forsythe Street also got the commission’s nod.
Asheville’s Planning & Zoning Commission approved a 74-room hotel on Sweeten Creek Road, an increase in the number of units included in the proposed redevelopment of Lee Walker Heights, changes to the cottage development ordinance and upgrades to a county waste transfer station on Hominy Creek Road. The commission met on April 5.
“We could ensure the socially and environmentally sustainable mix of imaginatively postmodern and respectfully retro new building designs most Ashevilleans say they want — but only if we require it, by making compliance with our current Downtown Design Guidelines mandatory instead of voluntary. “
In a brief session, city council appointed Guillermo Rodriguez and Tony Hauser to vacant seats on the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission. Council’s next meeting will be Nov. 10.
Council members may get home at a reasonable hour after their regular formal meeting on Oct. 27. No public hearings are scheduled, and the list of presentations and business items is short. Those interested in the resumption of council’s deliberations on changes to the Homestay ordinance will want to mark their calendars for the next […]
“The French Broad River already has a documented turbidity problem, among other issues, and it will be impacted by this atrocity.”