West Asheville homes move to council without council approval

Asheville – The third time wasn’t the charm of a proposed 72-unit condominium development for West Asheville and it wasn’t the fourth – the project failed to gain approval from the city’s planning and zoning commission on September 21.

The meeting was the project’s fourth visit to the Board of Directors and the penultimate hurdle for the conditional zoning of the 9.12-acre property off Patton Street on Woodland Drive.

The vote of approval for the project resulted in a 2-2 tie, with President Joe Archibald and Commissioner Robert Hooke voting against. A tie results in failure, and without the council passing a motion for approval or rejection, the project will move to the city council on October 11 without a recommendation. There are seven members of the committee but there were only four, which represents a quorum.

The city council will have the final say in approving the project.

Archibald said that while more housing is badly needed, there are a lot of variables stacked against the proposed project.

“This is probably, in the last five years, one of the most difficult things I’ve had,” he said.

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“We need more density, we need construction work, we need more affordable housing…I’m not sure this piece of land is the right place for that. I’ll leave it at that.”

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