Residents invited to virtual meetings on Asheville Greenway and Pedestrian Master Plans this week; investigation also to be opened
The City of Asheville Transportation Department is working on updating master plans for greenways and pedestrians, as well as creating an ADA plan for public rights of way (i.e. – say streets and sidewalks). The planning process is at an intermediate stage in the process. Initial assessments and public comments have been completed and a draft plan is ready for review.
There will be two meetings to discuss plans and outline how to provide feedback with our new online survey. Both meetings will be the same, it is not necessary to attend both. The times for virtual meetings are:
- Wednesday, August 25, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (This meeting will be recorded and posted with the survey on Fill the gap project page for all those who want to listen at their convenience) Meeting link
Additionally, the transportation department would like to meet with neighborhood groups to discuss what GAP plans can do for you and hear your feedback. Please contact Lucy Crown at [email protected] to find out more about the plans and to organize a meeting time with your neighborhood.
“People ask me why it’s so important to provide feedback for a plan that doesn’t go directly to construction,” said Lucy Crown, Greenway Planner for the City of Asheville, “Master plans are documents guidelines that help the staff of the Department organize, prioritize and queue projects for construction. If you want better pedestrian facilities in your neighborhood, it is important to put it on the master plan now. If a project is not in the master plan, it is unlikely to be built. It is really important that the staff know the wants and concerns of the neighborhoods regarding their transportation needs. YOU know more than anyone about the streets and walking in your neighborhood, which is why it is so important that we hear from you!