Save Asheville Trees
Stop the Proposed Crossroads at West Asheville Development Plan
Charlotte-based developer, Catalyst Capital Partners, is proposing the largest apartment complex in all of WNC. The project will be two to three times larger than a typical multi-family development, is not in the central business district, is not connected to a main transportation corridor, and will remove one of the few remaining groves of trees left in or near Asheville. In terms of tree loss, this one will be massive and will further deplete Buncombe County's tree canopy.
The plan includes 660 residential units with approximately 1200 parking spaces. It would be built on a 55 acres of undeveloped land in a bend of the Hominy with build-out scheduled to begin Spring 2021. This land is surrounded on three sides by the City of Asheville but is not within City limits. It is zoned PS for Public Service. The developers require only a Conditional Use permit from the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment to proceed. Because of the current zoning ordinances, no elected officials accountable to citizens will be involved in approving or denying the largest proposed apartment development in the county to date.
City Council Approved the Zero Net Loss Resolution!
Building upon the approval of the Tree Canopy Protection Ordinance in September, City Council approved a decision establishing a Zero-Net Loss Tree Canopy Resolution at its October 26th session. The aim of the Zero Net Loss Amendment is to establish tree canopy coverage of 50% by 2040 in order to fight canopy loss and ensuing “heat islands,” which can disproportionately affect minority communities. The resolution was drafted and proposed by the Urban Forestry Commission and recommends establishing city policy and programmatic goals to supplement the Tree Canopy Protection. The 2018 Urban Tree Canopy Study determined existing coverage to be 44.5%.
City Council Approved an Amendment for a Tree Canopy Protection Ordinance!
On Tuesday, September 8th 2020, Asheville City Council unanimously approved an Amendment for a Tree Canopy Protection Ordinance. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Asheville's tree-advocates, we are one-stop closer to protecting our city's dwindling tree canopy. But our work is far from over! Each year we continue to lose acres of Asheville trees while new plantings fail to keep pace with development and disease. Over 200 Asheville residents reached out to City Council via our letter campaign to call on them to vote YES for a Tree Canopy Protection Ordinance and the measure has strong support among Council.