Asheville City Council Agenda 2.28.12


Your Asheville City Council, on the heels of a whole lot of battling for a stable future for our water system, reconvenes this Tuesday to do the people’s work.

Use the comment thread to ask questions, offer suggestions, make requests, shower praise, or tell folks about your dog’s favorite foods. Mostly, though, it’s for discussing the City Council agenda. Not that your dog’s diet isn’t important. And interesting. Very interesting.

You can click here to see the agenda with all supporting documentation, or just click Read More to get a glimpse. This week’s items include: Getting the latest update on those 95-gallon recycling bins (hint: they’re coming to a curb near you next month); Rezoning to allow for a new graduate school to open above the Chamber of Commerce; Amendments to the sign ordinance; and a Resolution regarding participation in a great local food campaign.

City Council Regular Meeting – February 28, 2012 – 5:00 p.m.
City Hall Building
Council Chamber

Pledge of Allegiance

Invocation to be given by Councilman Davis.



A. Approval of the minutes of the formal meeting held on February 14, 2012.

B. Resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply for the Fiscal Year 2012-13 Urban Advanced Technology Grant and if approved, enter into an agreement with the N.C. Dept. of Transportation for said grant.

C. Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with T & K Utilities Inc. for the project known as Sardis Road Annexation Area Sewer System Improvements.

D. Ordinance amending the Downtown Commission’s membership to have the Asheville Downtown Association seat on the Commission be a seated Board member and not specifically the President.

E. Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Buncombe County regarding recombination of Courthouse property.

F. Budget amendments:
1. In the amount of 2,353, from the Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation, for the Hanging Flower Basket Program.
2. In the amount of $194,296, from the Civic Center Fund Balance, for Civic Center renovations.


A. Recycling Program Update


A. Public hearing to consider permanently closing a portion of South Pack Square.

B. Public hearing to consider a proposed amendment to the 2011-2012 Consolidated Action Plan for CDBG and HOME Partnership Act funds to fund Partners Unlimited Inc. for their At-Risk Student Program.

C. Public hearing to consider a conditional zoning for the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 36 Montford Avenue, from Community Business I District to Institutional District/Conditional Zoning to allow for a satellite graduate school campus.

D. Public hearing to consider an amendment to the conditional zoning for Weirbridge Village located at 1709 Hendersonville Road for the addition of a right-in, right-out entrance drive for a commercial outparcel.

E. Public hearing to consider an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance to clarify and expand current sign code standards.



A. Consideration of a resolution promoting participatin in the 10% local food campaign.

B. Resolution appointing a member to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

C. Resolution appointing a member to the Asheville-Buncombe Historic Resources Commission.



BOARD/COMMISSION VACANCIES: Board of Adjustment (Alternates); Community Relations Council; and Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee. Deadline is Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. Call 259-5601 for an application form


  1. Bridget says:

    Sorry I can never attend council meetings – class on Tuesdays.

    I would like to see (or help with) discovery regarding a re-negotiation of CTNC’s easement on the North Fork/Beetree watersheds to prohibit any commercial logging. I interpret NCGS 121-38 so an easement may be designated into perpetuity and any future owner would have to get CTNC to release the easement before prohibited uses would be legal. We could probably get some written assurance that they (CTNC) would not. I think this should happen now.

  2. Gordon Smith says:


    This is an excellent point. The current easement agreement doesn’t give the watershed the protections it needs to remain a pristine resource. This is a matter that’s already generated discussion among Council members, and you can count on further protections moving forward.

  3. Dixiegirlz says:

    Here are links to video of the Mountain Voices Alliance meeting at Jubilee on Feb 20th and the League of Women Voters meeting on 2.13. I also videotaped yesterdays meeting (2.23), but the audio was so poor in the room that it’s almost painful to try to sit through the 4.5 hours of video on Youtube. One would think that a panel set up to listen to public comment would provide adequate audio to hear the public comments.

    Both forums (MVA & LWV) provide excellent information on the history and reasoning behind many decisions regarding our water system.

    Links to Jubilee Forum
    Part 1 http://youtu.be/HMErBYkM4iY
    Part 2 http://youtu.be/DjH_p4Ar634
    Part 3 http://youtu.be/A2mxoBOYcyU

    Here’s the link to the LWV forum…

  4. Gordon Smith says:

    “Staff would like to pursue the subject grant to be able to procure an automated vehicle location
    (AVL) system that focuses on real time passenger information. The system would produce
    operational information in real time including vehicle location, speed, fuel usage, on-time
    performance, and historical records. This information would be a powerful tool to help staff
    manage the overall transit system and to identify areas needing improvement. It would also
    enhance the customer experience by providing next bus arrival information in real time, via
    personal cell phones, Smartphones, and through the system’s website. This type of technology
    is identified in the Transit Master Plan capital investment scenario as a vital project to improve
    the system’s operation in the short-term.”