City of Asheville is planning on voting on the Low Barrier Shelter (Ramada Inn) project on December 14. 

The operator of this project will be announced and voted on at the same time. 

CAN believes that Council and Residents of Asheville do not fully understand the implications of this proposal.

We urge the Board to get up to speed on the proposal, the issues, the strong possibility of failure and the negative effects that will result to the surrounding neighbors and businesses.  The core issue with this project is there is no affordable housing in Asheville and the goal of this project and creating a low barrier shelter is to be able to tranisition shelter recipients to permanent shelter and a better life.  Having people indefinitely in temporary housing while they wait for permanent housing does not help the homeless situation. There is currently no non-profit in the COA with the skill set and experience necessary to successfully run a Low Barrier Shelter.

The City of Asheville has no holistic plan to reduce homelessness in and around the City and the lack of planning, and the significant gaps in this project further support this lack of planning. The homelessness issues in the COA need their urgent attention to address this exploding situation and a low barrier shelter without a plan forward is not a solution to this problem.

Facts and Information Regarding the Low Barrier Shelter

Committee Recommendation to CAN Board

COA RFP for Shelter Operator


Noise Ordinance City Council Vote July 27

75 dBA daytime defeated, original staff decibels and times approved

CAN members and supporters,

CAN supporters were outnumbered by music enthusiasts three to one.  Ultimately the City Council voted against the Public Safety Committee approved increased decibel limits and later day time definitions.  They approved the city staff proposal that was made to the Public Safety Committee, with minor adjustments and an effective date of September 15, 2021.  Once the revised noise ordinance is available, CAN will provide an update.  Here is our understanding of decibels and times:

7 AM - 10 PM Sunday - Thursday - daytime 72 dBA
7 AM - 11 PM Saturday - Sunday - nighttime 72 dBA
10 PM - 2 AM or 11 PM - 2 AM late night 67 dBA
2 AM - 7 AM overnight 62 dBA

7 AM - 10 PM every day - daytime 65 dBA
10 PM - 7 AM  - overnight 57 dBA

7 AM - 10 PM every day - daytime 70 dBA
10 PM - 7 AM - overnight 65 dBA

No specific times or decibel limits.  Residential noise complaints for sound that comes from other districts, will be measured against the maximum decibel limits from those districts.  Residential noise complaints for sound that comes from within the residential district will be handled as a nuisance.  Specific decibel limits are not required.

We expect there will be updates and explanations prior to Septmber 15, 2021.

Chronology of CAN's Noise Ordinance Development


CAN's Recent Initiatives to Protect Neighborhoods