Plans are afoot to renovate a large, historic building in the River Arts District to create a mixed-use space with lodging, retail and restaurant components.
Asheville’s Planning & Zoning Commission heard the last hotel zoning application submitted under the city’s previous zoning rules, which changed on Feb. 14. The commission approved a 112-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel planned for 26 Meadow Road. Moving forward, any hotel project with more than 20 rooms will have to make its case to City Council as a conditional zoning application. The conditional zoning process gives the elected officials more discretion than P&Z’s guidelines allow.
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.
Asheville’s Planning & Zoning Commission approved all five zoning requests presented at the board’s March meeting, including the Asheville Art Museum’s expansion, a five-story hotel on Hendersonville Road, an apartment complex in South Asheville, expansion of the day care center at the Jewish Community Center and a new use for the Patton-Parker House property on Charlotte Street.
Asheville’s Planning & Zoning Commission voted to approve a 61-room hotel at 68 Patton Ave. and to recommend that City Council reject proposed changes to zoning ordinances that would result in more Council oversight and review of downtown and hotel development.
The debate over short-term rentals continues on May 4 at City Hall. The Planning & Zoning Commission will vote on a proposed zoning amendment to include accessory dwelling units in the city’s homestay ordinance.