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  1. #1
    Sep 2003
    The East

    Asheville, NC planning director?

    Does anyone know why the Asheville, NC planning director is resigning? I used to live there, and even interned with the planning department, so I'm curious what's going on up there. I know there's been some issues with the Wal-Mart, student housing near UNCA and downtown redevelopment pressures ...

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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003
    Beyond what was in this article ?

    Planning chief to step down
    Shuford oversaw Asheville's development boom
    published March 23, 2007


    The planning director was not specific about what prompted the move but said after 25 years in planning, it was time to “reflect on my career.”

    Joe Minicozzi, who helped lead the fight over zoning rules and who was later elected president of the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods, downplayed criticism of Shuford.

    Minicozzi said CAN applied pressure to elected city officials, who hire and fire the city manager, who in turn manages the planning director.

    Shuford said the conflicts did not lead to his resignation, and that if they had, he would not have given more than three months’ notice.

    “Public service is not for the thin-of-skin,” he said.

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