In a 5-2 vote Tuesday night, Asheville City Council voted to adopt the long-awaited Downtown Master Plan.
Consultants will present the long-awaited Downtown Master Plan at Asheville City Council’s May 12 meeting.
The draft Downtown Master Plan will not appear before Asheville City Council in March as planned, says the city’s project manager.
Last week, development activist Steve Rasmussen released a report blasting the proposed Downtown Master Plan. Now Goody Clancy, the consultants behind the master plan, have fired back with their own report, asserting that the plan provides more public input, promotes smarter, greener growth and has substantial “teeth” to control development.
A Jan. 15 forum attended by 200 people was intended to be the unveiling of the long-awaited Asheville Downtown Master Plan draft. But with that document made public 10 days earlier and objections already being raised in the community, the plan’s designers found themselves defending rather than introducing their recommendations.
In the future, Asheville’s downtown might be managed by a powerful independent board, with different types of development for each neighborhood “core,” better support for the arts, more green building, a shuttle system and police cameras on street corners. Those are some of the many initiatives presented in the draft of the long-awaited Downtown Master Plan. The city will hold a Jan. 15 forum on the plan.
A rough draft of the Downtown Master Plan drawn up by consultants Goody-Clancy won’t be presented to the public on Sept. 18, as was originally planned.
An expert is a person from more than 50 miles away with a briefcase. Recently the city of Asheville hired a group of experts called Goody Clancy all the way from Boston, Mass., to tell us what we should do with our downtown in order to appease our no-growth activists. It seems like we go […]
“We do work with cities all over the country, and we have to think of every community as very distinct, and at the same time shaped by shared sets of opportunities and challenges,” says David Dixon, leader of the team picked to create a new Downtown Master Plan for “growth and sustainability” over the next […]