Strategic Operating Plan


A week from today, your Asheville City Council will come together to review our Strategic Operating Plan in advance of budgetary deliberations. The Strategic Operating Plan is the document that guides staff efforts and reflects Council priorities. Below you can read what we came up with last year. Click here to see recent progress towards the goals.

If you’re so inclined, have a look at the Plan. I’d love to hear your input. I have several ideas that I’d like to see included in next year’s Plan, and I’ll share those here before long.


  1. Dr. Milton Byrd says:

    I would ask the city of Asheville to consider a “smart grid” strategy for energy utilization and management within the city. (This could incorporate USDA ideas around enterprise zones and sustainable energy management for a future smart grid infrastructure).

    The water issue is a good example of how retro-maintenance can not keep up with the city’s need for utilities. A smart grid infrastructure is one that builds toward the future and a number of city’s across the country have begun doing this. Dr Milt

  2. Raven Ravinoff says:

    I think its’s time that City Council Members & the Mayor received a pay raise. The benefits of this would be two-fold.

    1) Would make holding office more viable for those who aren’t wealthy.

    2) Would create an opportunity where a mayor might work full-time for the advancement of Asheville’s interests. As of right now we employ a part-time mayor. Our current mayor works another full-time job. As an internationally known destination city with huge potential moving forward, I think we need to have an ambassador that can solely concentrate on Asheville’s interests.


    Salary: $18,792 = Increase to $35k
    Expense Allowance: $6,195


    Salary: $15,596 = increase to $25k
    Expense Allowance: $4,475

    Rest of Council

    Salary: $13,806 = increase to $25k
    Expense Allowance: $4,475

    That would be an additional cost to the city of $81,582 per year. This can be paid for with the planned increase in parking fees and would represent a relatively insignificant amount of that increased revenue. Right now the city pulls in $3m from parking revenue. I haven’t seen estimates for what the increase will bring to that revenue, but I think it’s safe to say conservatively that $1m per year will be added.

  3. Raven Ravinoff says:

    I’d also like to see an extension of the hugely successful single stream recycling bins implemented for businesses.

  4. Dixiegirlz says:

    Umm, I don’t think EM is going to be willing to give up her day job. Just sayin.