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Asheville council OKs 1-yr. hotel moratorium
Wednesday, 02 October 2019 22:38

From Staff Reports

Asheville City Council on Sept. 24 unanimously approved a one-year hotel moratorium, a period during which city leaders say they will work on land-use practices and policy recommendations for hotel development.

At the moment, eight hotels are under construction in Asheville. What’s more, there are another six hotels that have been approved, but are not yet under construction.

However, after the Sept. 24 vote, there will be no more new hotels — beyond the six in the pipeline — for at least a year in Asheville.

“There was overwhelming support for the moratorium during public comments,” Asheville television station WLOS News 13 reported afterward. “People who spoke said tourism has changed the character of the city.” The meeting also, reportedly, was jammed with attendees.

The moratorium will give city leaders time to create a plan for future hotel development.

“People who spoke at the meeting say they want the city to take it seriously,” WLOS reported.

“The moratorium has two parts. First the city will work with land-use planning professionals. Next, it will hold community forums for public input.

“After that, city staff will bring recommendations to council for consideration.

“In 2017, 11.1 million people visited Buncombe County. City officials and residents said with this moratorium they hope to strike a balance between affordable housing and tourism growth,” WLOS stated.



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