As you may already know, the city held the TRC meeting on August 7th to review the application submitted by Amarx for a proposed 41 unit townhome community called Villas at Pinecroft.
Unfortunately, TRC did approve the plans with conditions. If you were unable to attend the meeting, please see the button below for a copy of the presentation.
It's important to keep in mind that Amarx must still revise the plans to satisfy the TRC conditions as well as resubmit revised plans to the city to obtain a permit for construction. We will continue to closely monitor the development to ensure that all TRC conditions are met and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is strictly followed.
In December of 2020, Amarx Construction purchased an approximately six-acre lot in the Pinecroft neighborhood of the Beaverdam Valley and received approval to build a 28 unit townhome community. They now intend to build a 41 unit townhome community. This development is contradictory to Ordinance 09-08-03 Amendments to Buncombe County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update which states that overdevelopment in Beaverdam Valley would:
The Beaverdam Community Land Use Ordinance permits only low-density single-family development in order to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation and other infrastructure, to protect the value of property and to protect existing development from incompatible uses.”
Beaverdam Valley is a rare gem of well-preserved rural life, as described in the 2009 ordinance cited above. Allowing such a development would compromise an already fragile way of life and set a dangerous precedent for future developers. While growth is inevitable, it must also be handled with responsibility. The Amarx proposal is not responsible growth in that it does not take into consideration the impact on existing homes and residents, nor is it in line with the 2009 ordinance.
The lot in question – 502 Beaverdam Road – is one of three lots recently subdivided from one larger lot. They are inexplicably zoned RM-16, a type of zoning reserved for high-density urban settings and includes limited commercial use. It is absurdly out of place surrounded by single family homes with quarter-acre lots. The infrastructure of Beaverdam Valley is not equipped to handle such development and will surely lead to additional costs of emergency upgrades and repairs as well as significant inconvenience on the residents of the area.
In response, the goals of the Beaverdam Valley Neighborhood Association include:
Asheville City Council, Asheville Planning Department and other government representatives need to hear from Asheville residents that the Beaverdam Valley area is not suitable for high density development. Furthermore, we need to urge city council to please pause any development on those lots until a full review of the zoning can take place. We also need to ask the city to only allow growth and development in a responsible and minimally impactful way.
WHAT’S AT STAKE:
Once the new application is submitted to the city by Amarx, BVNA will work closely with the City's Technical Review Committee (TRC) to ensure that the developer follows all the requirements as per the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).
As we learn more about the proposed development, we will post updates here.
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