The City of Asheville is seeking public feedback on a second draft of the River Arts District Form Based CodePublic comment will be taken through January 20

Who has weighed in so far?

The first draft of the code was developed after an extensive workshop process in the summer of 2015. Once released, the City solicited feedback on the first draft from both stakeholders and City staff. This second draft is the result of that input, along with input from community discussions and feedback from property and business owners in the area. Now, it’s time for all community members to weigh in once more.

What changes have been made?

The code is a “red-line” version so that readers can see the changes from the previous version.

Edits include changes to height limits, setbacks and uses in each district. The number of districts have been reduced overall to seven and the names have been changed to reflect the character rather than by number.

How to give comment

This draft code is intended for community feedback. Input can be given at the public meeting on Jan. 11 at the Dr. Wesley Grant Senor Center, or to

Following the feedback period, revisions will be made and it will go through an approval process including hearings at the Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission (AARRC), Planning and Zoning Commission and Asheville City Council.

Project timeline (subject to change)

Dec. 12                Revised draft code released – Public comment period through January 20.

Jan. 11                Public meeting on the Draft Code at Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St., 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 18-19         Joint work session of Planning and Zoning Commission and Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission.

Late January     Final draft released .

Feb. 9                 Review of code at Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission.

March 1               Public hearing at the Planning and Zoning Commission (tentative).

March 28             Public hearing at City Council (tentative).


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