Quarterly Meeting: September 19, 2017

Quarterly Meeting: September 19, 2017

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 9:30-11:30am
Place: Isis Music Hall Upstairs Lounge

Join us for our third Quarterly Meeting of the year. WABA members and prospective members are welcome.

9:30am – Coffee and networking
10:00am – Program starts

Topics:

  • Business Support: How to Engage with the Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • WAVL Development: City staff joins us to report on new business permits for our side of the river
  • Haywood Road Zoning: Follow up to our June meeting on the proposed updates to the Form Based Code Zoning for Haywood Road
  • Community Project: Asheville Design Center provides an update on progress for the Haywood Road Gateway project
  • Interactive Discussion: Infrastructure Needs along Haywood Road
  • Holiday Events: Window Decorating Contest and Wrap Party Planning
  • Your Business Announcements: Come with news to share!

Guest speakers and topic details:

Pat Kappes, Director of Public Affairs, Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Pat joins us to give an overview of how to engage with the Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau including what tools they provide for businesses to promote themselves and how they are promoting our region overall to attract visitors.

Alan Glines, Assistant Director, City of Asheville Planning and Urban Design Department
Alan returns to provide follow up info to the report he presented at our June meeting regarding proposed changes to the Form Based Code Zoning for Haywood Road. Currently these changes are set to head to City Council for a vote in October.

Kevin Teater, Project Manager, Asheville Design Center
The Asheville Design Center is working with focus groups, the WABA Board, businesses and neighborhood groups to pull together a plan to spruce up the West Asheville Gateway area. This is the area near the Welcome to West Asheville sign and the site of the proposed new bus shelter at the corner of Haywood Road and Craven Street, just west of the RiverLink Bridge.

Sara Henry, City of Asheville Strategic Development Office, A Division of Community and Economic Development
Sara has been working with the WABA Board to identify infrastructure needs along Haywood Road. In this interactive discussion we’ll be looking for your input regarding placement of trash/recycling cans, bus shelters, crosswalks, bike racks and street parking. The goal is to compile a priority list of lower cost, yet meaningful, infrastructure items that can be addressed quickly to enhance the safety and usability of Haywood Road for all.

 


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