The Charrette Report has been released, and will be available for comment until November 16, 2015. It is important to remember that these are draft recommendations for future zoning districts and do not represent decisions that have been made.

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  • karen Cragnolin

    says on:
    October 23, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    To City of Asheville Consultant on Form Based Code:

    Many thanks for your focus on the French Broad River in Asheville. Our board and staff have enjoyed attending meetings and presentations describing the new form based code suggested for the river, more specifically the area known as the RAD.

    As you know RiverLink is and has been a big proponent of mixed-use , mixed-income, multi – modal development throughout the French Broad River as described in detail the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay. We envision our river corridors as becoming higher – density multi-modal transportation corridors designed for people to live, learn, work, and play.

    The areas closest to the river are the most expensive to develop due to the large number of issues associated with proximity to the river and the railroad lines and rights of way, former industrial sites and Brownfield issues, floodplain and flooding issues and a host of other issues. Greater density is required to produce the funds to pay for these additional challenges.

    In addition to these and other issues the RAD is located in the most challenged census track area of the city, with some of the oldest infrastructure in the city. In order to achieve mixed-income in the river district or RAD we must create and attract more investment in market rate housing.

    We support new zoning that will invite the right kind of development and be flexible enough to allow property owners to make a profit while offering above standard protection for water quality. Please consider height and density allowances tied to environmental enhancements. So the more environmental the building is the higher the allowed density/ height allowed. For example incentives for density/ height could be allowed for green roofs, solar power and co-generation, use of recycled materials, storm water controls that exceed standard requirements and other types of proven environmental technology that will offer additional protection of the river.

    The consultant from code studios has indicated to our chair that no other comments received thus far about form based code have addressed the need to protect water quality, which is the essence of the Wilma Dykman RiverWay. We don’t have to choose economic development over environmental protection. We can do both if we do it thoughtfully and with an eye towards sustainability and the future.

    RiverLink would be please to meet with you and your staff at any time to discuss and flesh out these ideas. We believe that a great balance can be achieved by working together whereby our river corridors become engines for more economic activity with higher density locations and water quality and quantity protections for everyone to live, learn work and play in a multi modal corridor.

    Sincerely, Karen Cragnolin
    Executive Director, RiverLink

  • Dave Godschalk

    says on:
    December 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Lee,
    Congratulations on your River Arts District Form-Based Code!
    A great analysis and collaborative design project. I just spent a day visiting the artists’ studios there.
    It takes me back to my work with the April 1989 Asheville Riverfront Plan by the NC AIA Design Assistance Team.
    What goes around….
    Dave

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