AARRC Expands; Form Based Code to Expand; No Property Tax Increases

Last week we met with the City of Asheville staff to ask questions about the RADTIP project. We asked questions our local media, the Citizen-Times fails to ask and we found out the following:

1) The commission in charge of the River Arts District development plan (the massive $60 million RADTIP construction project) wishes to expand it's scope. They feel their work with the River Arts District is coming to a close as the construction project is almost underway.  They told us they wish to start looking at development areas along the rest of the Swannanoa River Road (i.e., Sweeten Creek area, Biltmore Village area) and the French Broad River areas.  What does that mean? We don't know but it does mean more control and regulations and probably taxes.

2) We asked about the Form Based Code being presented in the River Arts District and asked if they are going to present the same thing in other parts of the City.  They confirmed that they do wish to expand form based code in other areas. Look out. Form based code is probably coming to downtown and South Asheville.

3) On a side note, they did confirm that they do not plan on increasing property taxes for this year's budget but that they do plan on increasing program fees and parking fees and other fees.

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