Asheville City Council Nov. 9 meeting “Transformational development” incentives narrowly approved Enka Center rezoning OK’d For a proposal to allow cell-phone towers in residential areas under certain conditions, the third time was not the charm. An amendment to the city’s cell-tower ordinance, coming before the Asheville City Council for the third time Nov. 9, once […]
Back in October, Asheville City Council members voted to toughen ordinances that require property owners to keep sidewalks clean. Here’s a video — shared with city Council at the Nov. 9 meeting — of volunteer clean-up efforts, led by Z-Link and such government officials as Council member Cecil Bothwell, who narrates. (an Asheville PARC & Z-Links Presentation). Z-Links is planning a Nov. 20, city-wide clean-up.
Asheville City Council members voted unanimously to continue a ban on cell-phone towers in residential areas, although cell-phone companies may consider legal action. Publicly owned properties are an exception to the ban. For a summary of other actions and a round-up of Twitter dispatches from Reporter David Forbes, read on.
Asheville City Council has a busy agenda for its Nov. 9 meeting, including a bevy of zoning decisions, updates on everything from the city’s carbon to economic stimulus spending, development policies, and considering (for the third time) new rules on cellphone towers. For live updates, follow Senior News Reporter David Forbes (@DavidForbes) via Twitter (#avlgov).
From sidewalk clearing to sustainability incentives, Asheville City Council tackled a variety of issues — including continued discussion of how to handle handicapped parking issues downtown.
Asheville City Council meets tonight at 5 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall — and our senior reporter, David Forbes, will be there in the front row bringing it to you live as it happens on the Twitter. Get all the latest goings-on by following @DavidForbes, by using the hashtag #avlgov, or by clicking through to the next page where you’ll see a live Twitter feed.
One might be forgiven for feeling like they’ve been here before when looking at the agenda for Asheville City Council’s Oct. 26 meeting. The major items — new rules for cellphone towers, an annexation, incentives for Montford Commons and incentives for sustainable and affordable housing — have all been before Council during the last few months.
Asheville City Council Oct. 12 meeting Development-review changes on hold Sustainability incentives narrowly approved Handicapped-parking exemption ends By the time Asheville City Council members reached the final item on their Oct. 12 agenda — appointments to assorted local boards — they were visibly drained. No trace remained of the engaged, highly attentive and seemingly enthusiastic […]
In a marathon meeting that started with a 3 p.m. work session and wound through several public hearings that didn’t wrap up till about 11:30 p.m., Asheville City Council members voted 5-2 to table annexation decisions for the next 12 months. That puts the Royal Pines annexation on hold. For more meeting highlights, read on…
Photo by Jonathan Welch
At the Tuesday, Sept. 28, Asheville City Council meeting, members voted unanimously against approving the 100-unit Caledonia Apartments in Kenilworth.
This post includes Xpress Senior Reporter David Forbes’ live Twitter-based coverage of tonight’s Sept. 28 Asheville City Council meeting. Council is set to take up two matters that involve the ongoing debate over how the city should develop: the 100-unit Caledonia Apartments in Kenilworth and extending incentives for workforce housing.
At its meeting tomorrow, Sept. 28, Asheville City Council is set to take up two matters that involve the ongoing debate over how the city should develop: the 100-unit Caledonia Apartments in Kenilworth and extending incentives for workforce housing.
Xpress staff reporter Michael Muller interviews Sam Powers, General Manager of the Civic Center and Director of Economic Development for the City of Asheville. In this exclusive video, Powers takes Xpress viewers on a guided tour and explains some of the changes coming to the 35-year old downtown institution.
It was a bad week for the Buncombe County Republican Party. The party and its chairman, Chad Nesbitt, were harshly criticized for a 9/11 fundraiser and an associated video; the Board of Elections found their highly publicized complaints over an early voting site to be based on faulty information; and Asheville City Councilman Bill Russell left the party, citing its “antics that demonize people” and “political games.”
Asheville City Councilman Bill Russell changed his party affiliation from Republican to Unaffiliated this afternoon at the offices of the Buncombe County Board of Elections. “My job on council is non-partisan by nature,” he told Xpress. “Party politics has recently become more of a distraction than anything positive.”
In this week’s edition of the Local Matters podcast, Xpress staffers Jake Frankel and David Forbes discuss the recent police standoff and the special meeting of Asheville City Council to address pedestrian safety concerns.
The reporters recorded the conversation as they huddled at the site of the standoff on Otis Street, between the federal courthouse and the RBC Bank.
At the Aug. 24 Asheville City Council meeting, covered by Mountain Xpress Senior News Reporter David Forbes, members took the following actions:
• Voted 6-1 to ask that the Hillcrest pedestrian bridge at I-240 be re-opened (Davis voted against).
• Approved a discount tire store for Bleachery Blvd (member Jan Davis, who owns a downtown tire store, was recused from the vote).
• Approved, 4-3, an incentives package for Montford Commons; Bothwell, Smith and Russell vote against it.
Asheville City Council members’ Tuesday, Aug. 24, meeting promises to be a doozy: The agenda is long, and some hot topics include the possible reopening of the pedestrian bridge that connects Hillcrest Apartments with the rest of town. Earlier this year, a pedestrian was killed as he tried to dash across I-240. For live coverage by Senior News Reporter David Forbes, click here or tap the title above — and/or follow the Tweet action with #avlgov.