The Ashville, N.C. City Council recently enacted zoning changes in a vibrant area of the community to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.
Zoning in the city’s River Arts District will be form-based, focusing on the layout and look of new buildings, not how they are used. New buildings will be required to be closer to sidewalks and tailored more toward pedestrians than cars. The new plan also allows for higher rise structures that would increase the city’s density.
The new form-based code came after two years of community input. City lawmakers also enacted a restriction on short-term housing rentals. Rentals of less than 30 days are banned in residential zones that cover most of the city with violators subject to $500 fines
The latter action is meant to help curb an affordable housing shortage in the area. Homeowners will be allowed to ask for waivers to the ban, however.