Buncombe County Commission­ers preview: Board gains ***UPDATED WITH APPOINTMEN­TS***

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will kick off the month with what looks to be a short meeting. Topping the light Feb. 1 agenda,  commissioners will consider appointing candidates to the Asheville Planning and Zoning Commission, the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee, the Civic Center Commission and the URTV Board.

Asheville City Council raises various fees, gives guidance to WNC state legislator­s

At this evening’s meeting, Asheville City Council voted to raise various construction, planning and transit fees, as well as water fees; decided what to ask our local delegation what to push for in Raleigh; heard a Civic Center report; and held off deciding whether to support a League of Municipalities effort to release local governments from having to bargain collectively with unions.

Filling the holes

City green-lights Civic Center roof replacement Some gated communities can expand City to help fund water hookups for affordable/green housing Through snow and rain and heat and gloom of night … it leaked. Over the years, the Asheville Civic Center’s roof—probably the ailing facility’s No. 1 structural woe—has gotten less than glowing press. Celebrities have […]

Public assets, backroom discussion­s

The Asheville Civic Center—groaning under the weight of age-related maintenance needs and multiple studies that have borne little fruit—has seemed to be making progress recently. The city’s current capital-improvements plan budgets $400,000 a year for repairs; an engineer is researching the feasibility of an innovative-but-controversial green roof; and perhaps most importantly, increased revenues have the […]