Community Safety Meeting Follow Up

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you so much for your support of the Community Safety Meeting tonight (Tuesday, June 4). On less than a week’s notice, over 120 of you showed up to learn how we can make our neighborhood safer. We know that many of you were unable to attend tonight, so we wanted to provide an update on the meeting. In addition to our neighbors, we were joined tonight by Asheville Police Department Community Resource Liaison Lt. Tammy Flanigan-Bryson, Community Resource Officer Colby Fox, and Officer Keith McCulloch, and the management team from Spruce Hill apartments. It was clear that all parties are very committed to working together to address safety issues within the neighborhood.

Neighbors were able to ask a lot of important questions about recent crimes and share their observations about things they have seen in the neighborhood. We learned that the Spruce Hill shooting from last week is still under investigation and, therefore, the officers were not able to share many details. There was police presence along Beverly Road at the same time as the shooting because the officers thought a car involved in the shooting might be in the area, but that turned out not to be the case. In the last week, officers have completed over 18 hours of crime prevention work in the Spruce Hill area. This work is not related to calls for service and include things like foot patrols.

You can learn about incidents in Haw Creek through the APD’s Community Crime Map and Simplicity websites:

The management team at Spruce Hills started in February and is committed to making the community safe for all. One challenge they are facing is with non-residents and visitors to the complex. They are working with the company’s senior management team and the APD to implement additional safety measures.

Neighbors and the officers shared a lot of really great ideas for increasing the safety of our neighborhood. They include:
1. Always lock our car and house doors. Remove all valuables from our cars.
2. See something, say something: if you see anything unusual or suspicious, always report it to the police department by calling 911 or 828-252-1110 (non-emergency line). Providing detailed information about what you witnessed helps them to build cases and discover patterns.
3. Sign up for the USPS’ Informed Delivery ( and collect your mail from your mailbox by 6:00 pm each day to help reduce mail theft.
4. Get to know your neighbors and participate in community forums like NextDoor as a way to share important information.
5. Visit the APD’s Crime Prevention website for a lot of good resources:
6. Advocate for additional resources for the police department to City Council members:
7. Establish an active neighborhood watch in your community.

There was great support for establishing an active neighborhood watch in Haw Creek. And that’s where we need your help! Do you want to be a leader for creating a neighborhood watch? Email us today at

The HCCA will be scheduling a meeting with Officer Fox in the coming weeks to begin this process and we want you to be there. Email us today, so we can be sure you get all the info!

Thank you again for attending the meeting tonight and your commitment to making Haw Creek safe. It was clear how much we each value our neighbors and want to be part of a safe and thriving community.

The Haw Creek Community Association has been committed to advocating for the well-being of Haw Creek for over 30 years. Please join us today! For just $12 a year per household, we are able to provide the resources necessary to have these important conversations and build a connected, safe community.

Community Safety Meeting

Tuesday, June 4 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
St John’s Episcopal Church Sanctuary

290 Old Haw Creek Road

Join the Haw Creek Community Association and the Asheville Police Department for an important community-wide meeting on neighborhood safety. APD’s Community Resource Officer Colby Fox and Officer Keith McCulloch with the Crime Prevention Unit will lead this meeting on current crime prevention work within Haw Creek and information on increasing Community Watch efforts.

Haw Creek to Become BearWise

Support the work of the HCCA by renewing your membership! We need your help as we pursue becoming a BearWise community. Your annual $12 membership provides educational opportunities and resources for all our neighbors. Join today!

Haw Creek is the first neighborhood in North Carolina to pursue the BearWise designation. Through the BearWise program, our neighborhood aims to reduce the negative interactions with the native black bear population.

BearWise was developed by bear experts from the Southeastern states and is supported by Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The program shares ways to prevent conflicts, provides resources to resolve problems, and encourages community initiatives to keep bears wild.

Want to help Haw Creek become BearWise? Join the BearWise leadership team today and help implement the six BearWise basics in our neighborhood. Email us today at if you would like to join the leadership team.

The Six BearWise Basics

  • Never Feed or Approach Bears: Intentionally feeding bears or allowing them to find anything that smells or tastes like food teaches bears to approach homes and people looking for more. Bears will defend themselves if a person gets too close, so don’t risk your safety and theirs!
  • Secure Food, Garbage and Recycling: Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily available food, liquids or garbage.
  • Remove Bird Feeders When Bears Are Active: Birdseed and grains have lots of calories, so they’re very attractive to bears. Removing feeders is the best way to avoid creating conflicts with bears.
  • Never Leave Pet Food Outdoors: Feed pets indoors when possible. If you must feed pets outside, feed in single portions and remove food and bowls after feeding. Store pet food where bears can’t see or smell it.
  • Clean & Store Grills: Clean grills after each use and make sure that all grease, fat and food particles are removed. Store clean grills and smokers in a secure area that keeps bears out.
  • Alert Neighbors to Bear Activity: See bears in the area or evidence of bear activity? Tell your neighbors and share information on how to avoid bear confl icts. Bears have adapted to living near people; now it’s up to us to adapt to living near bears.

Join the HCCA Board

There’s currently an opening on the HCCA Board of Directors. Live in Haw Creek and want to help build up your neighborhood? Email us today at

The HCCA Board works to build community through social events, including the summer BBQ and other events throughout the year, and we encourage and help residents in creating local interest groups. We maintain the neighborhood through litter cleanups and augment it by working to create shared spaces such as Haw Creek Park and the Masters Park. We also work closely with the city to improve pedestrian and bike safety with sidewalks, to prevent over-development, and to advocate for Haw Creek homeowners and the neighborhood in general whenever issues arise.

What is involved with being a board member?

  1. Be a member in good standing of the HCCA with annual dues paid.
  2. Attend monthly board meetings, which are approximately 1.5 hours in duration. Some month’s meeting may be shorter if combined with a social event. Be accessible for personal contact in between board meetings.
  3. Attend Association sponsored events.
  4. Be willing to serve on a committee or take on an assignment if needed.
  5. Take responsibility for self-education on the major issues before the board.
  6. Act as an ambassador for HCCA by helping to communicate the mission of our organization with neighbors and Haw Creek organizations through the Association’s various communications and at social events.

Asheville Noise Ordinance Forum

Residents Noise Ordinance Forum Flyer

The City of Asheville is undertaking a Noise Ordinance revision. For this process, they are holding engagement meetings with Asheville’s businesses, organizations, and residents. The goal is to reach as many individuals and groups as possible to inform and guide the revised ordinance.

The City is hosting two Residents Noise Ordinance Forums on May 16, 2019 at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center. One session is scheduled for 8:30am and the other is scheduled for 5:30pm.
For additional information on the Noise Ordinance revision process, below is a link to our Noise Ordinance Revision web page. Attached is a flyer with some basic meeting information. Please let me know if you have any questions.

For additional information on the Noise Ordinance revision process, please visit the Noise Ordinance Revision web page.

Bouchon’s RendezVous is Hiring

Haw Creek’s newest restaurant, Bouchon’s RendezVous is preparing to open in the coming weeks. They are hiring for all front-of-house and back-of-house positions, including dishwashers, servers, server assistants, host, expo, and line cooks. If you’re interested in applying, submit a resume for front-of-house positions to Mary Cassidy ( and for back-of-house positions to Ben Anderson ( Welcome to Haw Creek!