About the AARRC


Geography:  What "Area" does the AARRC cover?

The Riverfront district is defined as the area within the City of Asheville's corporate boundary or extraterritorial jurisdiction adjacent to the French Broad River or Swannanoa Rivers.

In short, this means the entire area in the River Arts District along the French Broad River PLUS any development along the Sweeten Creek Road area which is adjacent to the Swannanoa Rivers.

Membership:  This is an appointed commission by the City of Asheville and our City Manager, Gary Jackson, that was created in 2009 and has been meeting regularly since May 2010

The Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission consists of 14 members - 2 members appointed by the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, with one being a County Commissioner; 5 members appointed by City Council, with one being a City Council member; 2 members appointed by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce; 2 members appointed by RiverLink; 2 members appointed by the Council of Independent Business Owners; and 1 member appointed by the Woodfin Town of Aldermen. Each appointing body shall ensure that at least one half of their appointees are an owner of real property or an owner of a business in the Regional Riverfront. The Town of Woodfin, having only 1 appointee, is exempted from the ownership requirement.

The Commission shall 
(1) recommend to the City and County an overall policy for the continued development and sustainability of the regional riverfront; 

(2) provide recommendations to the City and County for effective management of the public resources for the districts; 

(3) actively pursue and assist private sector investment in the districts; and 

(4) cooperate with, evaluate and represent the recommendations of other organizations, including, but not limited to, property owners, merchants, residents, businesses, tenants, non-profits, institutions and other members of the riverfront and regional riverfront district communities.

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