Category Archives: Haywood Road Corridor Committee

Haywood Road Form-Based Code Process Update

The Planning and Zoning Commission will be ready to review for a vote the Haywood Road Form-Based Code on August 21, 2014. The form code project should be the only item on the agenda that evening. When Planning and Zoning Commission votes they make a recommendation to City Council, who also will review the code at a later date.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has included the Haywood Road Form-Based Code proposal in work sessions and open meetings, including taking comments, over the last few months. Throughout this time, City staff has been working closely with the community to gather additional comments and feedback on the draft code presented by the consulting firm, Code Studio http://haywoodroad.code-studio.com/2014/04/17/revised-draft-form-based-code/.  A revised draft will be posted on the City web site soon and we will provide a link as soon as that is available.

Prior to the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on August, 21, 2014 City staff will mail a notice to every property owner affected by the zoning change and all properties within 200 feet of those properties as is policy.

Of concern to businesses and community alike is the continued stress of development on transportation and parking along the corridor. WABA voiced strong support for a comprehensive look at these issues and we are happy to say the City is responding and a proposal is in the works for doing such a study and providing recommendations. We will post details as we have them as well as how you can participate.

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Revised Draft of Form-Based Code for Haywood Road

A Revised Draft of the Haywood Road Form-Based Code is available online at http://haywoodroad.code-studio.com/2014/04/17/revised-draft-form-based-code/

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Draft Form-Based Code Comments Still Accepted

Thank you to all that came out to the Haywood Road Form-Based Code Draft presentation and meeting on March 27, 2014.

If you missed the meeting, it isn’t too late, you can still ask questions and send in comments on the draft.

View a pdf of the draft report here.

In fall 2013, several hundred citizens participated in the Design Charrette for the Haywood Road Form-Based Code project. The final presentation can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1872SeU.

For more information on the Haywood Road Corridor Form Based Code process, questions and to submit comments, email Alan Glines at aglines@ashevillenc.gov or call 828-259-5556.

Presentations, pictures and additional information are available at www.haywoodroad.code-studio.com .

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Draft Haywood Road Corridor Form-Based Code Meeting March 27

A Thursday, March 27 meeting will give the public a chance to review and give feedback on the draft form based code for Haywood Road.  The meeting, in the Little Theater of Hall Fletcher Elementary School, will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and offer opportunities to hear presentations on the topic, ask questions and review maps related to the project.  The following is a schedule for the evening’s meeting:

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  First presentation for the Form Based Code

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Questions and opportunity to review the corridor maps

6:00 p.m. ­- 7:00 p.m.  Second presentation for the Form Based Code

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Final questions about the project

Form based code is a newer planning tool and alternative to traditional zoning.  Form based codes help create a predictable public space on the street by guiding the form of the buildings. The Haywood Road project will serve as a pilot for the rest of the City. Asheville City Council funded this project out of recognition of the city’s growth and the desirability of development here. Form based code can be a vehicle to have clear expectations for development so developers know what the community wants and can meet those expectations.

Following the March 27 meeting, the consultants will make adjustments to the draft based on community input and present the code to the Planning and Zoning Commission at a joint work session with City Council on April 24. This meeting will be open to the public with details available closer to the date. After that meeting, the consultants will make final adjustments before delivering the final report and code to the City.

Planning and Development staff expects to bring a final Form-Based Code to the Planning and Zoning Commission for recommendation for adoption with an expectation that it will reach City Council for a public hearing in June, 2014.

“We’re excited to bring this draft code to the community,” said Planning and Development Director Judy Daniel, “It’s important for folks to give their feedback before we move it forward to the Planning and Zoning Commission.”

In fall 2013, several hundred citizens participated in the Design Charrette for the Haywood Road Form-Based Code project. The final presentation can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1872SeU.

For more information on the Haywood Road Corridor Form Based Code process, email Alan Glines ataglines@ashevillenc.gov or call 828-259-5556.  Presentations, pictures and additional information are available atwww.haywoodroad.code-studio.com .

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Haywood Road Vision Plan to City Council for Approval February 25, 2014

A resolution adopting the Haywood Road Vision Plan is on City Council’s agenda for February 25, 2014.

http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Departments/CityClerk/CurrentMeetingAgenda.aspx

WABA and many members of our community have been working with City Planning staff on the Haywood Road Vision Plan since 2002. It has been a long process, but we are proud of our community for sticking with it and working so well with the City staff to develop the plan.

We touched base with the community throughout the process via surveys and public meetings and are extremely pleased with the level of involvement put forth by members of our community and businesses along the corridor.

The final version of the Haywood Road Vision Plan identifies six community priority subject areas:

  • Transportation and Streetscape Issues
  • Historic Preservation
  • Zoning and Land Use Issues
  • Economic Development
  • Safety
  • Neighborhood Issues

Full staff report to City Council can be viewed here: http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Portals/0/city-documents/cityclerk/mayor_and_citycouncil/current%20agenda/New-A%20-%20Haywood%20Rd%20Vision%20Plan.pdf

Because of our community vision and dedication, Haywood Road was selected for the Form-Based Code zoning work initiated last year. This is a new type of zoning for the City of Asheville and Haywood Road is an ideal testing ground for such, especially as it directly addresses items put forth in the Vision Plan. Consulting firm Code Studio was contracted by the City of Asheville to develop a proposal for a form-based code along Haywood Road. They used the draft Haywood Road Vision Plan as a starting point in their process, then conducted many community and stakeholder meetings as well as a charrette to hone in on details for the code. The proposed Form-based Code will be presented back to the community for review this spring. To read more about that process, please visit the Code Studio site: http://haywoodroad.code-studio.com

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