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Category Archives: Meetings and Events
Come be a part of the planning process for the Haywood Road Corridor!
Design Charrette: September 14-18, 2013
These five days are the most important part of developing a new type of zoning code for buildings on Haywood Road, and how they relate to the street and the neighborhoods directly behind the road. Your input is needed!
Please see schedule below (download pdf of schedule here).
If you can only come to one event, come to the Saturday Public Workshop. The Monday Open House would be the next most important event to get to if your time is limited. Of course, we would love to see all of you at every event.
Saturday, September 14, 8:30 am -12:30 pm
278 Haywood Road at “The HUB”, next to Villagers and Bari Salon
OPEN HOUSE (drop-in format)
Monday, September 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Come see what the design team has been working on and give feedback.
West Asheville Community Center, below the fire house, 970 Haywood Road
Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 – 8:00
Hall Fletcher Elementary School, Little Theater, 60 Ridgelawn Rd.
Public input will directly impact the draft code to be developed this fall, which come before Asheville City Council this winter. For more information see: www.haywoodroad.code-studio.com.
If you want to see the design team at work implementing our community’s input, please stop by during Open Studio times.
Located in the West Asheville Community Center. Please feel free to stop by the studio at any of these times and see what the Design Team is up to.
- Sunday, September 15: 8 am – 12 pm, 1- 6 pm, 7 – 10 pm
- Monday, September 16: 8 am – 12 pm, 1- 5 pm, 9 – 10 pm
- Tuesday, September 17: 8 am – 12 pm, 1-6 pm, 7 – 10 pm
WABA will be hosting a City Council Candidate forum:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
West Asheville Library Community Room, 942 Haywood Road
This is a great time to hear what candidates stand for and want to do for Asheville and also a chance to meet your council candidates in person. We will start with a meet and greet at 6:00 pm with the forum starting at 7:00 pm.
Please submit questions for the candidates to John Schuske at email@example.com
The West Asheville Business Association invites businesses and community members to the WABA End of Summer Picnic. We encourage West Asheville business owners, employees, families and community members to come out for a casual evening at the Carrier Park Picnic Shelter on Thursday, August 15 from 5:00-8:00pm.
What: WABA End of Summer Community Picnic
Where: Carrier Park Picnic Shelter
When: Thursday, August 15, 2013 • 5:00-8:00pm
- WABA will be grilling up hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie options and will provide paper plates, napkins, plasticware, lemonade and soda.
An RSVP is appreciated so we can ensure having enough food for all. RSVP to Secretary@west-asheville.com
- Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
- If any businesses want to provide additional food items, please let our Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Treasurer (email@example.com) know.
There is plenty of parking, walking and biking trails, a large playground, swings and more at Carrier Park! Come on out, it’ll be fun.
(Please note that Asheville City Parks do not allow alcoholic beverages.)
What: WABA and Asheville GreenWorks Haywood Road Clean Up Day
When: Sunday, August 18, 2013 • 8:30am Start Time
Where: Meet in Ingles parking lot on Haywood Road
The West Asheville Business Association and Asheville GreenWorks are teaming up for a cleanup day on Haywood Road in West Asheville on Sunday, August 18th starting at 8:30 am. The two longstanding Asheville organizations are joining forces up to pick up trash, clean gutters and storm drains and remove street side weeds and debris along Haywood Road through West Asheville.
Heavily used by cars, bicyclists and pedestrians, Haywood Road has become a destination for both tourists and locals alike. The cleanup will make our historic West Asheville main street look better as well as improve safety and storm water runoff quality. Volunteers are needed to help make the day a success. Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time. Many hands will make for a fun and effective clean up.
Local West Asheville businesses will be providing snacks at the beginning of the work day for volunteers. Asheville GreenWorks will be providing cleanup tools, safety vests, gloves, trash bags and recycling bags. Volunteers are encouraged to wear work clothes and sturdy shoes. Shovels and extra buckets with handles would be welcome.
The West Asheville Business Association (WABA) is a membership organization for businesses located in the portion of the City of Asheville west of the French Broad River. WABA provides a voice for the business interests of West Asheville, helps West Asheville businesses stay informed about public issues that may affect them, promotes West Asheville businesses, and contributes to community organizations in support of beautification, recreation and business development.
Asheville GreenWorks is a volunteer-based, environmental organization working to achieve a clean and green Asheville & Buncombe County through community organizing, educating and environmental stewardship. Read more about their work on their website: www.ashevillegreenworks.org
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 • 6:30 pm
Hall Fletcher Elementary School in the Little Theater
60 Ridgelawn Avenue
The City of Asheville will kickoff the form based code process for Haywood Road in west Asheville, with a community meeting to be held on Tuesday, August 13 at Hall Fletcher Elementary School in the Little Theater, 60 Ridgelawn Avenue at 6:30 pm. Asheville has recognized since the adoption of the 2025 Comprehensive Plan that the city needs to grow more efficiently and sustainably. That vision requires higher densities and multi-story structures along corridors like Haywood Road that have sufficient roadway infrastructure and lot sizes to handle new growth, and design standards that reflect community goals. With that recognition there is a parallel need to move towards a regulatory framework for development that provides support for growth and business and the walkable, pedestrian-friendly street environment desired by residents and many business owners.
The City Council funded this project because a form based code is an increasingly popular tool being implemented in many cities that produces clear expectations for new development so that developers, property owners, and the community know in advance what the community wants and will accept. The City Council intends the Haywood Road form based code to be a pilot project that will be extended to other corridors in the City in the future.
Form based codes have been discussed for a number of years in Asheville as a planning tool that can replace traditional zoning with its focus on land uses, building setbacks and heights; with more effective development tools designed to enliven the streetscape and make neighborhoods more walkable and economically viable. This is an important tradeoff where additional density is anticipated and desired. In the City’s current zoning ordinance, form based “type” codes are not entirely new. Some zoning districts adopted over the past ten years such as Urban Village and Urban Place zones are examples of a ‘hybrid’ code incorporating form based elements governing placement and development for new buildings along with land uses and other parcel regulations. This emerging hybrid code approach is best represented by the recently adopted Downtown Master Plan and the zoning code created to integrate the plan with zoning requirements for the Central Business District.
“The downtown hybrid code is working well and the opportunity to create a more pure version of form based code was something staff and City Council members were interested in pursuing. Haywood Road was selected because there has been a lot of community planning for this area over the past few years to develop a community vision through the efforts of residents and property owners”, said Judy Daniel, Director of the Planning and Development Department.
The primary focus of the Haywood Road form based code will be the size and some specific details of new buildings and their relationship to the sidewalk and street to help create a welcoming pedestrian oriented public space while encouraging new buildings in scale with the local community and neighborhood. By requiring these standards, new development along the road will help create a “front porch” for Haywood Road that will be an improved asset to the surrounding neighborhoods, while providing increased density and better pedestrian connections.
“This planning process is going to be exciting for West Asheville,” said West Asheville business owner and resident Alice io Oglesby, of io design & illustration. “The community has been working towards a comprehensive planning model for the Haywood Road corridor for some time now and it’s terrific to see this next step getting underway.” The Haywood Road Corridor process is expected to continue through 2013, with a draft form based code being presented before the end of the year.
The City of Asheville has secured the professional assistance of the Code Studio planning firm from Austin, Texas; a national leader in the creation of form based codes for this project. The Code Studio team was selected after a review of proposals from planning consultants across the country. Sasha Vrtunski, a local planner, is partnering with Code Studio to assist with the project. As the project progresses, other team members will step in and provide expertise in transportation and parking solutions (Nelson-Nygaard Associates), building and streetscape design (Third Coast Design Studio) and economic analysis and viability (Noell Consulting Group).
At this first public meeting for the Form Based Code project on Tuesday, August 13, the principal of Code Studio, Lee Einsweiler, will present the form based code process and explain how the community will be involved in the Haywood Road study. For more information email Alan Glines, lead planner for this project, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-259-5556.