Posts From September, 2017

Town Code of Ordinances Updated 

Supplement S-1 Available Online

Supplement S-1 of the Town's Code of Ordinances is now available online. This Code of Ordinances, which comprises both the general Town Code and Zoning Ordinance, includes ordinance amendments that were passed since the original recodification was completed in August 2016. 

The Town Code of Ordinances and those ordinances passed within the past year are available for review by clicking the link below.

Supplement S-1, Town Code of Ordinances

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:00:00 AM

Hurricane Irma Preparedness 

Editor's Note: This page has been updated as of Friday, September 8th at 11:30a.m.

Town staff continues to watch the forecast for Hurricane Irma and the resulting impact it may have here locally. The latest update from the National Hurricane Center (link below) shows Irma as a tropical depression just northwest of Atlanta at approximately 8am on Tuesday morning. These most recent modelings still have Biltmore Forest and Buncombe County in the cone of uncertainty where the storm may go, but certainly these forecasts are indicating that impacts may be lessened. Please continue to monitor local news agencies and the National Weather Service information systems to stay on top of the storm's movement and progression over the weekend.

An important note: if you have an emergency during this storm event or at any time, please dial 911! The Buncombe County Emergency Operations Center will be fully operational and they will have quicker access to sending out exactly what service may be necessary for your emergency. Calling the local police department number for Biltmore Forest may result in an unintended or unnecessary delay in assistance.

Preparedness Update

Public works crews remain prepared for the storm, and have cleared storm drains, fueled all vehicles and equipment (chainsaws, other small engine apparatuses), and generally are ready to move quickly if needed. Our crews will be available and on-call throughout the event. Similarly, the Police Department is preparing for the event by fueling all vehicles, preparing road blockades/barriers, and having standby reserve officers available during the heaviest portion of the storm. 

Helpful Links

You may find the links below useful as you prepare for the storm as well. The biggest thing to remember is to be prepared. The ReadyNC website below has a guide for emergency kits and proper ways to prepare for the storm. 

National Weather Service (GSP) Severe Weather Briefing Page

ReadyNC Website

National Hurricance Center (Irma Specific Page)

Each of the above websites should update in real time as changes are made to the modeling and forecasts for the storm. It is recommended that you also download the ReadyNC app from the Apple Store or Google Play for your mobile devices. This application will provide updated storm reports as well as road conditions and other emergency information.

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, September 7, 2017 1:06:00 PM

New Alert System for Biltmore Forest Residents 

In the next few weeks, the Town will begin rolling out a new emergency alert system called CodeRed. The CodeRed service provides more precisely targeted information for residents based on their location. By registering with the Town through the CodeRed system, residents will have the ability to receive updates in the manner that is most preferable, such as text messages, emails, or phone calls to your mobile device. You may even opt out of non-emergency notifications if you wish. To register your account, simply click the link below.

Click Here to Register!

CodeRed will work on a GIS based system where alerts are tailored to your area. For example, an alert about a water line break which impacts only 8-10 homes would now only be sent to the impacted area. All residents would still receive alerts which impact the entire Town. 

The Town will continue to utilize the Nixle service until CodeRed is fully integrated and operational. We will send out an All-Call to those using the publicly available data, and then provide more information at that time about how citizens may sign up for enhanced and additional CodeRed notifications.

A mobile application for CodeRed is also available and can be found by utilizing the link below.

Mobile Application

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Tuesday, September 5, 2017 11:36:00 AM