At its March 25 regular meeting, the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority board unanimously approved a projection that occupancy tax revenue would exceed $27 million for fiscal year 2021-22 — 15% more than projected for the current fiscal year, which ends in June, and 9% more than the year before the pandemic.
Late last month, Asheville City Council passed the Haywood Road Vision Plan, a years-long effort by community members and city staff to outline the future of the corridor. It’s not a one-time event either: Such plans for different areas of the city are a main way city leaders hope to shape the Asheville of tomorrow, and it’s a plan they want to extend to more neighborhoods. Sometimes, however, these plans can also prove controversial.
With prospects of a special tax to fund a downtown Business Improvement District unlikely, the board for Asheville’s Downtown Improvement District is officially going dormant. According to a board representative, the members continue to work to accomplish the BID’s goals through other organizations and methods.
With final approval of the downtown Asheville Business Improvement District pushed back to April 9, and with an early meeting with two members absent, on March 26 Asheville City Council will set fees and charges for the coming year. Increased parking, water, and garbage fees are on the agenda.
The Asheville downtown Business Improvement District has released its proposed budget, as required by Asheville City Council, and revised bylaws in an attempt to address concerns that led to harsh words from some members of the two organizations last week.
At a meeting Thursday morning, March 14, members of the downtown Asheville Business Improvement District board harshly criticized Asheville City Council for delaying approval of the BID’s proposed bylaws and expressing “disappointment” that the board hadn’t also submitted a detailed budget. Many board members said they were almost ready to walk away from the project.
This year’s Bele Chere will be the last — at least, the last run by the city, as Asheville City Council members agreed during a March 12 budget session to end their financial involvement. As part of an overhaul in the way government deals with arts and festivals, city staff are also studying a proposal that sets up a “creative economies” chief, instead of a traditional arts administration staff. Photo by Max Cooper.
While the continuing struggle over the fate of the city of Asheville’s water system was the evening’s main issue, Asheville City Council had plenty of other topics to tackle at last night’s session.
It’s going to be a busy night (and afternoon) at Asheville City Council, as it considers a long-awaited report on a possible merger of the city’s water system, board members for the Business Improvement District, and, of course, the “pub cycle.” Follow all the goings-on with our live Twitter coverage.
Before the Dec. 11 Asheville City Council meeting, staff will present a long-awaited report on a possible merger of the city’s water system. The agenda also has plenty to consider, including the appointment of a board for the downtown Business Improvement District, tougher conservation easement rules for the watershed and a trolley bicycle service.
After months of debate, on Oct. 9 Asheville City Council passed the controversial plan for a downtown Business Improvement District 5-2. Council changed the proposed makeup of the BID’s governing board, and will set a tax rate and other specifics for the district at a later date.
The vote on a Business Improvement District in downtown dominates this evening’s Asheville City Council agenda. Follow live Twitter coverage here.
If the opinions of representatives from two groups of opponents of a Business Improvement District are any indication, the revised proposal revealed by the interim board late last week has failed to win them over. Asheville City Council votes on approval of the BID tonight, Oct. 9.
Asheville City Council will vote on the controversial proposal for a downtown Business Improvement District tomorrow night, Oct. 9. A look at what’s changed — and what hasn’t — in the new proposal, and why the BID’s architects crafted it the way they did.
The Interim BID Board has released its revised proposal for a Business Improvement District in downtown Asheville. The new proposal shortens the borders of the district, delays the controversial ambassador safety program, and changes the composition of the governing board, as well as opening the possibility of a lower tax to fund the district.
Today the city of Asheville released a list of public hearings scheduled for the Sept. 25 Asheville City Council meeting. It notes that a decision on a Business Improvement District for downtown could be delayed until Oct. 9. The interim BID Board has requested the change, as Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer will be absent that night.
The basic idea behind the business-improvement district proposed for downtown Asheville is a good one: people working together to solve shared problems that tend to hamper or impede the conduct of business and peaceful living. Graffiti, vandalism, snow, trash, debris, crimes and misdemeanors are real issues — but solutions to these and other problems can be effected individually or cooperatively.
The proposed downtown Asheville Business Improvement District isn’t just controversial within the city limits: four towns, along with the Buncombe County Fire Chiefs’ Association, oppose the measure because it will reduce the sales-tax revenue they receive from the county.
About 60 people — ranging from condo owners to the homeless — showed up at tonight’s public-input meeting on the proposed Business Improvement District for downtown Asheville. However, critics said they felt the process was slanted towards BID proponents. Photos by Max Cooper.
The BID program proposes a staff of 14 employees to cover the downtown business district. What will these 14 employees be doing the three to four winter months when there are few visitors to Asheville downtown? In addition to the slack time in winter, during the rest of the year downtown is busy from Wednesday […]