Asheville Residents Invited to Comment on Draft Comprehensive Plan Update

From coffeehouse chats to an online survey, the City of Asheville invites residents to weigh in.

After a year in the making, the City of Asheville is ready to release a draft of Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for our Future (the Plan).

A comprehensive plan is a community’s vision for its future, and once adopted, it will be used as an important guiding document for city staff and decision-makers for the next 15-20 years. To reach this point, the community has weighed in through meetings, workshops, focus groups, white boards, photographs, essays, charts, graphics, data, visions, plans, maps, presentations, spreadsheets, interviews, videos, display boards, edits, flyers, logos, surveys, reports, updates, blog posts, press releases, tweets, emails, comment cards, and post-it notes. And now it is finally coming together.

And though many have already been involved, final input and ideas are needed more than ever.

Meetings and coffeehouse chats

A public meeting and reception will be held at the Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center on Wednesday, June 28 from 6-8 p.m. Join the Department of Planning and Urban Design staff, and the Skidmore Owings and Merrill Planning Team as they present the “Draft of Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for our Future.” This will be an opportunity to learn more about the process and offer additional input, so that the plan accurately reflects the collective voice of Asheville. Light refreshments will be provided.

Join staff from the Department of Planning and Urban Design on Friday, June 16, and Friday, June 23, from 1-3 p.m. at the newly renovated Arts and Culture Dispensary (located at 14 Riverside Drive) in the River Arts District to chat about the plan. City staff will be available to meet with interested citizens to share information about the planning process, answer questions, and discuss how the comprehensive plan will affect the public.

Coffeehouse Chats are another opportunity to give feedback to City staff. The public is invited to participate at the following times and locations:

June 20

9-10 a.m. at West End Bakery, 757 Haywood Road

11 a.m.-noon at Edna’s of Asheville, 870 Merrimon Avenue

June 21

11 a.m.-noon at Filos, 1155 Tunnel Rd.

2-3 p.m. at Green Sage, 1800 Hendersonville Road

June 22

5:30-7 p.m. at the Edington Center Community Room, 133 Livingston St.


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