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UPDATE: September 21, 2020

Asheville City Council to hold a work session on hotel moratorium from 2:30-4:30 pm on October 13.

UPDATE: September 4, 2020

On Tuesday, September 8, City of Asheville Council will need to vote to extend hotel moratorium. More information is available here. 

UPDATE: August 28, 2020


Based on the findings of a hotel development study, which included an analysis of hotel impacts, recommendations by the Urban Land Institute and extensive public engagement, following the adoption of a temporary moratorium on hotel development in September, 2019, city staff have released a proposal for new hotel development standards. This proposal includes three primary components, outlined below:

  • New hotel development requirements, restricting hotels to appropriate areas with zoning standards designed to offset impacts and meet key community goals;

  • A strong incentive to incorporate high priority public benefits, such as affordable housing, living wages and green building elements into a hotel project; and,

  • design review process that promotes (or preserves) quality architecture and building design, and enhances placemaking.

The proposed ordinances will be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission at their meeting at 5:00 pm. September 2, 2020.  For more information following this link: Planning and Zoning Commission

To review the revised map follow this link: Hotel Districts Map

To review the proposed ordinances and supporting documents following these links.

Hotel Standards

Map Amendments

Survey Background: In September 2019, the Asheville City Council approved a hotel moratorium, pausing hotel development to allow the city time to rethink hotel policy and regulations in the city. Based on recommendations from the Urban Land Institute through the Technical Assistance Panel process, the Department of Planning & Urban Design is in the process of drafting a new ordinance to guide hotel development. This survey is being conducted to engage the community in this process.


The survey is now closed. Thank you for your input.