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Planning and Development

Council votes to change regulations for accessory dwelling units (ADUs)

Council votes to change regulations for accessory dwelling units (ADUs)

You might call them backyard cottages. The official name is “accessory dwelling units: ADUs.” They are nothing new; you will find existing units dotted around town, sometimes as garage apartments. But ADUs are not as prevalent as you might expect in a city facing a housing shortfall. A few years ago the city’s Affordable Housing

City of Asheville to kick off River Arts District form-based code process

City of Asheville to kick off River Arts District form-based code process

The City of Asheville will kick off the form-based code process for the River Arts District with a community meeting at 6 p.m. June 17 at the Grant Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street. Since the adoption of its 2025 Comprehensive Plan, the City of Asheville has recognized a need to grow more efficiently and sustainably.

Building permits, job growth outlined at Asheville’s Development Forum

Building permits, job growth outlined at Asheville’s Development Forum

Large-scale development and Asheville’s fastest-growing industries were among topics discussed during the City’s Development Forum held May 15 at the US Cellular Center. Hosted by City Manager Gary Jackson, the forum included economic updates from City staff on building permit activity as well as planning and zoning permits and employment trends. Information was also presented


Sized right: Accessory apartments offer affordable options

Sized right: Accessory apartments offer affordable options

There’s a nationwide conversation brewing around something called accessory apartments. In the past few years, communities have examined these use by right additions to single-family residences, and are praising them for their contribution to affordable housing. Right here in Asheville, that conversation took place as early as 1948. “Garage” apartments are featured in the City’s first

It’s Official: APD puts longstanding outreach approach to homelessness into policy

An approach developed four years ago by the Ashville Police Department to interacting with people experiencing homelessness has proved so successful it is now official departmental policy. The APD’s homelessness strategy prioritizes connecting people with available services and housing assistance over making arrests, and giving people using illegal camps seven days to vacate. The success

U.S. Cellular Center prepares for audience of conferences and trade shows

The U.S. Cellular Center continues to evolve and make upgrades to improve downtown Asheville’s largest entertainment venue. Already, the U.S. Cellular Center has made strides in attracting big name acts and sports. Sold out shows like the annual Christmas Jam continue to garner national attention, while the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament recently announced that it


Reaching Out Together to address homelessness and illegal camping **VIDEO**

As the temperature rises, so do reports of illegal camping in Asheville. Many of these campers are experiencing some level of homelessness. In addressing the problem of illegal camping, the Asheville Police Department and the Asheville/Buncombe Homeless Initiative is partnering with service providers to make sure people in the camps are informed about local options

Development Services builds on positive customer feedback

ASHEVILLE – The Development Services Center is continuing its emphasis on providing excellent customer service by seeking regular feedback from the people it serves. Staff recently issued an online customer service survey to gauge their performance. The goal is to keep doing what customers say is working and to improve in areas that customers felt

City staff among recipients of ‘Excellence in Public Service Awards’

ASHEVILLE – The Greater Asheville Public Service Council recently recognized the most outstanding government public servants with the Excellence in Public Service Awards. The awards were presented to county, city, state and federal employees who went above and beyond their normal job performance in 2010. The City of Asheville honored nearly 70 employees from a


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