This is important, folks. Here’s the City of Asheville’s blog post about this evening’s meeting regarding neighborhood development and affordable housing issues:

Like many areas of the state, Asheville is experiencing unparalleled growth. This has resulted in increased costs for both rental and for-sale housing units. Up to 43% of renting households are rent burdened, which is defined as spending 30% or more of household income on housing expenses. In addition, there is a 99.1% occupancy rate for rental housing in the city. This means that there is limited rental stock currently available.

The Planning and Urban Design Department is responding to City Council directives to study existing regulations in order to provide opportunities for additional housing. After preliminary review with City Council and subsequent internal research, staff is prepared to share analysis and initial considerations with the public.

Join City staff to discuss City code considerations that seek to allow additional neighborhood-compatible, small-scale infill development within residential zoning districts. We’re looking for your input and your ideas.

The public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. July 14 at the U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St. Doors will open at 5 p.m. This topic will also be listed on Open City Hall for online input in the coming weeks.

Whether you’re a homeowner, renter, builder, or neighborhood representative, we’d like to hear from you!

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