AVLtoday City Guide Live

Have a say in the local landscape

Thanks to City and County engagement hubs + community workshops, there’s no need to keep your opinion to yourself.

pack square park in front of city of asheville buildings

Now’s the time to get engaged with the community.

Photo by AVLtoday

Table of Contents

We posed a question to our readers — What do you want to see for downtown Asheville? In return, we received hundreds of responses that voiced your ideas, concerns, and desires for our city. Many of you expressed a need for green spaces, bike lanes and parking, and affordable housing, including changing the affordable housing definition. Others wanted to see museums and a preservation of the historical buildings + skyline.

But these ideas don’t have to just be answers to our survey. Here are a few ways you can speak up about the present and future of our community.

Getting engaged

The City of Asheville and the Buncombe County Government have community engagement hubs where they make frequent calls for public input and highlight ongoing projects. On the County’s page, you can find surveys on broadband expansion, community board participation, and Board of Commissioners meeting times, and a calendar shows upcoming meetings and events.

The hub for the City also has a calendar, surveys, and City Council meeting agendas, public comment guidelines + a place to submit virtual comments if you can’t attend a meeting. You can also sign up for Your Voice, Your Choice — which asks a couple of questions about experiences and interests then sends you notifications when related projects and initiatives come up.

ferry road project rendering of a street and houses

With updates to the proposal, the County is looking to keep the public informed about the Ferry Road project.

Rendering via Buncombe County

Getting out there

You don’t just have to raise a virtual voice, though — projects often call for in-person feedback during public meetings or community workshops, and there are a few coming up soon.

As the Affordable Housing Plan continues to be developed, the City is hosting an interactive presentation and a chance to offer your thoughts.

  • Wednesday, March 27 | 6 p.m. | Harrah’s Cherokee Center - Asheville

There’s also still a chance for you to give in-person feedback on Asheville Parks & Recreation’s Recreate Asheville plan. Check out the details.

  • Wednesday, March 27 | 6 p.m. | Virtual
  • Thursday, March 28 | 7-11 p.m. | Stephens Lee Community Center
Check out our other Guides
From baseball to soccer, we’re sharing all the details of sports teams in Asheville.
Dining in Asheville is always a fresh experience with new restaurants + bars popping up all the time — and more on the way.
Make the most of good weather by taking your meals al fresco on one of Asheville’s many beautiful patios.
From snacks to sneakers, Asheville’s business scene is truly inspired.
Check out these 24 hiking trails catering to all skill levels in and around Asheville for outdoor adventures.
From roasters and tastings to where to find nitro cold brew.
On the rocks, neat, dirty, frozen, or zero proof — we’re spilling the Long Island iced tea on the best spots to grab a drink after work in Asheville.
Make the most of the warm weather and sunshine with this list of the best local events and activities happening this summer.
Whether you’re a weekend warrior or the next Tiger Woods, these 12+ golf courses in Asheville are sure to make for a good round.
We’re highlighting the 23 best parks that Asheville has to offer — complete with dog parks, sports facilities, and nature trails.
Banner Ad Example
Good news for Asheville.
Get the best local news & events sent to your inbox each morning, for free.