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The project logo Asheville Downtown Commission


The Asheville Downtown Commission was created by City Council for the sustainability and continued development of downtown - a vital urban center of western North Carolina's economic, cultural and visitor activity. 

The Downtown Commission provides City Council with recommendations on Downtown policies and programs. In addition, Downtown Commissioners fill 3 out of 9 seats on the City’s Design Review Committee, which reviews development projects within the Central Business District, the River Arts District and hotel projects outside of those areas. The Downtown Commission provides input on development projects outside of the scope of Design Review, including impacts related to land-use, economic development, parking, public space, safety, sustainability, etc. 

More information about the the Downtown Commission is available here.

More information about the Design Review Committee is available here

Scheduled Meetings & Participation 

*Updates as of August 2023*

The Downtown Commission meets in-person on the *Fourth Friday of each month at *9:00 a.m. The typical length of a meeting is 1.5 to 2 hours. Agendas and meeting materials can be found on the Asheville Downtown Commission webpage.

The public can access meetings and provide comment in the following ways: 

  • Watch the live stream on this page or the City’s YouTube Channel at
  • Call toll-free to listen to the meeting live on your phone: 855-925-2801 and enter code 9272.
  • Leave pre-recorded voicemail comments by calling 855-925-2801 and enter code 9272 (closes at 5:00 p.m. the day before the meeting).
  • Submit written public comments by email to: (closes at 5:00 p.m. the day before the meeting).
  • Attend the meeting in-person and speak during the Public Comment portion of the agenda
  • Note: Pre-recorded and written comments will be provided to commissioners prior to the meeting. Only comments made in-person during the meeting will be aired during the meeting. 


The Downtown Commission's Public Space Management Committee meets on an ad-hoc basis. Updates can be found on the Asheville Downtown Commission webpage


Please contact staff liaison Dana Frankel, Downtown Planning Manager, with any questions,

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