Transit Dominating Budget Discussion

Asheville City Councilwoman Kim Roney dominated the budget discussion with demands for more funding for transit and reparations and a request to freeze ten positions in the police department.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits: Who Benefits?

At least according to one analysis, which follows logic, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, like most government programs for building affordable housing, increase construction costs.

Reimagine Deaverview Tugs City Budget

David Nash, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, made three appearances before city council in one night. Most significantly, he wanted the city to make up for the county’s shortfall and contribute a total of $1.465 million in affordable housing bond revenues to leverage 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.

Council Adds to a Packed Budget

Possibly softened by recent windfalls like the sale of Mission Hospital, COVID relief funds, and the opioid settlement, the majority on Asheville City Council wanted to spend their final budget worksession of the year adding more expenses.

Second Forum Held on Housing Issues in Asheville

Leadership Asheville Forum held the second of their educational forums on affordable housing in Asheville and Buncombe County.

Council Prioritizes Housing, Reparations, Reimagining

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. 

Asheville Floats Surreal Stormwater Workaround

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.

Council Does 180 with 19(i)

Two weeks after rejecting a proposal for a 187-unit apartment building with an affordable housing component, Asheville City Council revoted and approved it.

Council Discusses Policing, Sanitation

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.

Council Rejects Hilliard & Clingman Housing Project

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.