Asheville City Council to Continue Using Remote Meeting Format

American flag in front of Asheville City Hall.

For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings remain in remote format and accessible to the public in accordance with N.C. General Statute § 166A-19.24(f). This includes the September 14 meeting.

Here’s what you need to know to watch/listen and/or to participate in this meeting, which can be accessed through the City of Asheville’s Virtual Engagement Hub.

The agenda is posted at this link.

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To watch: You can watch the meeting live through the city’s Virtual Engagement Hub or via the city’s YouTube channel.

By phone: Listen live by calling 855-925-2801, then enter code 4956.

Public comment

Because the upcoming City Council meeting will be a remote participation meeting, and to allow staff time to assist community members in preparing for such a meeting format, persons wishing to speak during the meeting must sign up in advance using an online form, ashevillenc.gov/comments, or call the Clerk’s office at 828-259-5900 no later than 9 a.m. September 14 to add their names to the list of speakers.

Each speaker will need to listen to the meeting through the live phone application by calling 855-925-2801, meeting code 4956. Callers who have signed up to speak should press “*” and then “3” to join the speaker queue during the meeting. To best ensure staff can support you in the case of technical difficulties, we ask that you join the queue no later than the beginning of the agenda item before the agenda item on which you have signed up to speak.

Additionally, if you have joined the speaker queue and need to disconnect before your time to speak, please hit *4 before hanging up. You can then call back in using the same directions listed above and staff will enter you back into the speaker queue if 1) you signed up to speak for the agenda item and 2) public comment is still being accepted for the agenda item.  Each speaker is allotted 3 minutes to speak for up to one hour for each agenda item. The Mayor or presiding officer may, at his/her discretion, increase or decrease this time allocation depending on the number of speakers.

To leave pre-recorded voicemail comments for the agenda (including public hearings) by calling 855-925-2801, enter code 4956.  The deadline to sign up for pre-recorded voicemail comments is 9 a.m. September 14.

Email: Please submit written comments for the agenda (including public hearings) by emailing [email protected] (*If your email message includes an attachment, please send to this address: [email protected] and also copy [email protected]).

Prior to the formal meeting, City Council will be holding pre-arranged interviews for the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority and the Planning & Zoning Commission starting at 2:30 p.m. These interviews will be remote. You may watch and/or listen to the interviews live on:

https://publicinput.com/Q5525 or the city’s YouTube channel.

These remote format city council meetings are a temporary measure for the health and safety of everyone, as we collectively work through social distancing techniques to prevent the spread of COVID-19, taking into consideration guidance from the CDC, N.C. Department of Health and Human Service and Buncombe County Health and Human Services.

Visit the City of Asheville website for additional information.

Prepared by the City of Asheville.