Asheville City Council held a couple public hearings on the planning penalty tonight. One was a request to allow more and smaller homes in a foreclosed conditional zoning in order to give a new developer a chance to meet his price point.

Another pertained to difficulties neighbors are having with cottage developments. Two of four developments failed, and neighbors aren’t liking what they’re seeing. Setbacks, square footage, height, gabling, parking, grading, etc. were already regulated, but staff and council thought it would help to draft a purpose statement for future developments.