Reporting from WLOS on November 13, 2019
Representatives for a massive mixed-used development proposed for West Asheville will have to wait until December to find out if they’ll be given a conditional use permit by the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment.
Residents packed the conference room in the building to listen in or speak up. So many people showed up, some were forced to go upstairs and watch a live stream.
Attorneys representing residents, Malvern Hills Neighborhood Association and the city of Asheville argued the development would cause special damages to their properties nearby, including the Hominy Creek Greenway. Those damages include flooding, erosion, degradation of water quality and traffic impacts, among others. After the board unanimously agreed the attorneys claims did have legal standing, the attorney representing the residents asked for a continuance.
The board ultimately agreed the residents and community needed additional time to review the changes and their potential impacts. The proposed development will be reviewed for its conditional use permit on Dec. 11 in the conference room at 200 College St. New notices will be sent to residents within 1,000 feet of the site, and information will be posted to the Buncombe County website.
Below is a link to their coverage. FOHCG board of trustees president Bryan Tomes is interviewed in the piece: