Open Space

Under the proposed zoning updates, the city will continue to require open space for residential, as well as for commercial properties.

The City of Asheville Department of Planning and Urban Design is bringing development-related zoning updates to the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

The item will then head to the City Council’s agenda in February.

The updates relate to the City’s development code Section 7-11-4, open space standards.

The open space standards require certain development projects to set aside areas of open land to support a livable city by providing places that can serve a variety of purposes, including promoting an environmental ethic by creating comfortable, welcoming, accessible spaces that provide for refuge, recreation and contemplation in an outdoor environment.

These open spaces may be hardscape plazas with seating and tables or mostly undisturbed natural sites. Unlike public parks that are shared public property, open spaces created through development projects are located on private property and may only be accessible to the residents or employees of a particular parcel of land.

Under the proposed zoning updates, the city will continue to require open space for residential, as well as for commercial properties. Residential projects that build eight or more housing units and most commercial projects are required to provide open space.

To learn more about the proposed code updates, visit ashevillenc.gov/openspace.

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