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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

New Kiosk to Dispose of Medications 

Located at Biltmore Forest Police Department

Communities throughout the United States are pitching in to protect children from inadvertent drug ingestion or drug abuse, and to keep citizens safe from contaminated drinking water resulting from flushing, trashing or tossing of expired or unused prescription drugs. 

With the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), the Biltmore Forest Police Department has implemented a collection system that provides a simple way for individuals to safely dispose of unused or expired medications.  Effective July 27, 2017, citizens are now able to bring their expired or unused medications to the Biltmore Forest Police Department and dispose of them in a secure Kiosk in the lobby of the police department.  Citizens should notify the desk officer on duty, who will then unlock the door to “pitch in” the medications. The medications collected will be disposed of on a quarterly basis by the North Carolina SBI. 

For additional information, contact the BFPD at (828) 274-0822 or drop by the Police Department.

What Can Be Accepted?

YES

All expired, unused or unwanted controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter medications, including pet medications. Liquid medications can only be accepted if they are tightly capped.

NO

Regulated Medical Waste, Sharps, Syringes, Thermometers, Hazardous Waste, Aerosols, Illicit Drugs, or Commercial Waste.  

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:20:00 AM

New Ordinances regarding Fences and Walls 

Ordinance Took Effect July 1, 2017

Following a public hearing on June 20, 2017, the Biltmore Forest Board of Commissioners approved amendments to the Town's accessory structure ordinance related to fences and walls.

The ordinance, as amended and approved, is included in its entirety below. Those wishing to make application to the Board of Adjustments for ANY fence should refer to the newly adopted ordinance for guidelines on whether the fence is allowable as a conditional use, or whether it is disallowed specifically by this ordinance. For questions, please contact the Town Hall at (828) 274-0824.

Accessory Structure Ordinance Amendment

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Saturday, July 1, 2017 1:34:00 PM

Fourth of July Festivities 

Parade Registration Begins at 9am

The Town's Fourth of July parade and picnic will occur next Tuesday, July 4th from 9am-12pm. The parade will begin at 9:45 with kids, pets, and families walking from Vanderbilt Road to Rosebank Park. A breakdown of the day's schedule is below, and we hope that all residents and their families can help celebrate the 4th of July with us!

If your child wants to enter the costume or "best wheels"  contest, please have them at Town Hall for registration beginning at 9:00 am, and if you'd like to have your pet registered for "Most Patriotic Pet" please arrive at 9:00 am as well.

9:00 am - Registration begins for contests in front of Town Hall
9:30 am - Judging will begin for contests
9:45 am - Parade will process to Rosebank Park
10:00 am - Festivities begin in Rosebank Park, including inflatables, balloon artists, and other activities for the whole family. As always, hot dogs (with all the trimmings), chips, and watermelon are available, and plenty of ice cream, sno-cones, and cotton candy to satisfy your sweet tooth. 
12:00 pm - Festival concludes

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:09:00 AM

Public Hearing regarding Potential Change to Town Form of Government 

Hearing Set for Tuesday, May 9th

The Board of Commissioners invites citizens to a public hearing at the next regular Board meeting on Tuesday, May 9th, to receive feedback regarding a potential charter amendment. The proposed charter amendment would result in the Town's form of government being changed from a Mayor-Council form to a Council-Manager form of government.

At their April meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution of intent to consider an ordinance amending the charter of the Town in order to adopt the council-manager form of government and setting the date of the public hearing. 

Public Notice

Draft of Approved Resolution

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Wednesday, April 19, 2017 4:30:00 PM

Update on Invasive Species Removal 

Project Continues to Brooklawn Pond Area

The Town is continuing the invasive species removal process throughout the Town. The area along Park Road and Vanderbilt Road, south of Rosebank Park, has been cleared and additional debris and fallen logs will be removed in the coming months.

The landscaping firm, Wilde Acre, will continue working in the Brooklawn Pond area in the coming weeks to clean up and remove invasive species from these woods. The Town is working to remove invasive species, clean this area, and improve the health and safety for residents. Please contact the Town Hall with any additional questions.

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, April 13, 2017 2:32:00 PM

Revisions to Animal Control Ordinance 

Ordinance Effective April 12, 2017

At their regular April meeting, the Town Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted revisions to the animal control ordinance. The full text of the ordinance can be found by clicking the link below.

The ordinance includes enhanced definitions of household pets and an increase in the limit of total household pets on a property from 3 to 6. The revised ordinance does specify that only three dogs may be allowed on a property, and the existing registration requirements for dogs still apply. Additional clarifications  were made related to animals commonly referred to as farm animals, and a new section prohibiting the keeping of designated wild animals was added.

Amended Animal Control Ordinance

 

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Thursday, April 13, 2017 2:02:00 PM

Town to Begin Invasive Plant Removal 

Project Slated for Parks throughout the Town

Beginning next week, the Town of Biltmore Forest will be undertaking a project to remove invasive plant material from town parks and properties. The bulk of this project will take place along Park and Vanderbilt Roads (southwest of Rosebank Park), along Vanderbilt Road near Arboretum Road, and along Hemlock Road. 

The purpose of this project is to remove invasive species, under growth, and underbrush that is clogging and choking out the forest. This material, much of which is invasive, prevents the native and natural plants from growing and thriving in our forest environment. Additionally, the invasive species often climb trees and can prevent them from thriving as they should. 

The Town has contracted this work with Wilde Acre Landscaping, a local contractor, and has reviewed the native species, streams, and wildflowers in the areas of work. All care will be taken to ensure that native species and streams are protected during this beautification and preservation project.

Anyone with questions regarding this project, or invasive species removal in general, is encouraged to contact the Town Hall at (828) 274-0824.

Posted by Jonathan Kanipe Friday, March 3, 2017 10:55:00 AM
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