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Council Unanimously Approves Temporary Ban On New Hotel Construction

Ken Lane
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Asheville City Council last night passed a freeze on new hotel construction for a year. 

The council voted unanimously on the ban, intended to give city officials time to assess the local impact of the $2 billion tourism and hotel industry – to include community listening sessions.  

The ordinance imposing the temporary moratorium on new hotel development says “the City finds that it presently lacks a clear development strategy regarding hotels, and needs to develop a set of review criteria that allows the City to account for the negative impacts of proposed hotel developments.” 

The City says in a news release that following the impact analysis, city staff will present recommendations for development and approval of appropriate land use policies, strategies, and regulations to apply to future hotel projects.

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