Montreat Minute August 6, 2021

Masks at the Town Hall

With MRA reporting six COVID cases last week and an upsurge of cases in Buncombe County, Mayor Helms has asked that all visitors to the Town Hall wear masks. Masks are available in the lobby for those who do not have one.

We will keep a close watch on what happens both here in Montreat and in Buncombe County and will advise of the precautions. Thanks to everyone for understanding and complying with this request.

A Very Special Birthday Party

You may have seen Montreat police officers with blue lights ablaze chasing down speeders on Assembly Drive. But just as often, you can find them cruising our streets, checking homes of vacationers, or passing out stickers and frisbees to kids passing by.  Recently, Officer Mike Dixon was patrolling our streets and saw a group of kids laughing and playing at a birthday party. He stopped his cruiser and got a handful of MPD sticker badges and other “fun” items and passed them out. Then the children wanted to see his patrol car, asking what the different buttons and knobs were. He showed them the blue lights and even briefly sounded the siren. The kids were delighted at this impromptu birthday party entertainment. And, Officer Dixon showed the children what community policing is all about. Thanks to all our officers for their special involvement in our town.

Special Use Permit Application for MRA Lodge Available

The Town has received a number of records requests for the Special Use Permit application for the proposed MRA lodge project. To better facilitate transparency and improve turnaround time, we are posting a link to that application. To view the entire application CLICK HERE.

Town Council Meeting Next Thursday, August 12

The Montreat Town Council will meet Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be live streamed.  Masks will be required to attend the meeting. For streaming instructions, CLICK HERE. A video recording of the meeting will be available afterward. The agenda packet is available by CLICKING HERE.

The Public Forum will precede the meeting at 6:30pm.

Updates and Reminders

  • The Montreat Board of Adjustment will have a special training meeting on August 24 . More details to come.
  • The Montreat Board of Adjustment has tentatively scheduled a public hearing on September 23. More details to come.
  • The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet on September 1 at 10:30am. More details to come.
  • The Tree Board is hosting an Arbor Day celebration on September 4, from 10am to 2pm at the Montreat Town Hall.


Do you have Town-related questions you would like answered? If so, please send them to Angela Murphy at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Have a great weekend!