Asheville City Council selected as strategic priorities for the next fiscal year: Improve/Expand Core Services, Houselessness Strategies, Equitable and Affordable Housing and Stability, Neighborhood Resilience, Reimagining Public Safety, and Reparations.
Buncombe County is doubling down on subsidizing housing for persons earning as much as 120 percent AMI. Not only economics and date, but ethics suggest this is not going to work.
Staff planners at the City of Asheville discovered existing requirements for residential open space were way out of line with those of comparable cities. So, they are proposing a relaxation of those standards, coupled with new, “kill-the-bill” level standards for commercial properties designed to incentivize stormwater mitigation measures stricter than general statues allow.
Two weeks after rejecting a proposal for a 187-unit apartment building with an affordable housing component, Asheville City Council revoted and approved it.
Spurred by angry neighbors, Asheville’s Mayor Esther Manheimer opened an informal discussion with city council members about vagrancy, trash, obscene behavior, criminal activity, and more around the AHOPE Center.
Asheville City Council, for all its interest in creatively spending public dollars to create affordable housing, rejected a proposal that would have, without subsidy, rent-controlled nine affordable units for 20 years.
Speaking during public comment at the last Asheville City Council meeting, regular Jonathan Wainscott described what was going through his mind. During the previous meeting, he watched what appeared to be a staged power play, but with nobody taking credit or offering an interpretation of the events.
Asheville City Council is in the process of granting entrepreneur Jordan Hrivnak a franchise to operate a pedicycle taxi service downtown. Some members of council are balking because they’re afraid it would support tourists at the expense of locals.
The same crowd that has been agitating Asheville City Council before is pushing for more camping on public lands, sharing drugs and defunding the police since the Black Lives Matter movement has a new talking point. A document leaked and hyped as an impending ban on providing services to Asheville’s campers.
Incidental intel mentioned at an Asheville City Council meeting revealed an epidemic of water billing errors due to equipment to be replaced next year.