EVENTS AND INFORMATION:
Stay Tuned for Fall Events in Oak Forest
We’re planning another Scarecrow Contest for October – rules and details to come. Also watch for info on a Halloween Party in the Oak Forest Park the weekend before Halloween (so kids can wear their costumes at the Party and again to trick-or-treat in the nabe. PLUS, we’re planning another great Oak Forest Craft Bazaar — this year in early December to help you find unique craft items for your holiday gifting (or keeping for yourself!). Oak Forest residents can contact OakForestCraftBazaar@gmail.com for information on vending your homemade crafts.
Oak Forest Property Owners’ Association Annual Meeeting for 2023 – In Person at the Library
This year’s Oak Forest POA Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19th, 2023 6pm at the Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Road. All Oak Forest property owners are welcome – bring your great ideas for the community and hear what the POA has coming up.
~~~ Past Events: 2023 ~~~
Annual Oak Forest Community Picnic in the Park
On Saturday, June 3rd, 2023, neighbors came out for a Community Picnic/Potluck/Party in the Park starting at 4pm. The Oak Forest Property Owners’ Association provided barbeque plus paper plates and cutlery. All were welcome to bring a side, salad or dessert. There was plenty of food and fun for all!
~~~ Past Events: 2022 ~~~
OAK FOREST 3rd ANNUAL CRAFT BAZAAR
The 3rd Annual Oak Forest Craft Bazaar was held in the Oak Forest Park on Sat., November 5th, 2022 from 11am-3pm. Vendor spaces were free for those up-to-date on Oak Forest POA dues for 2022. For more information, guidelines, vendor application and more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNUAL POA MEETING
Oak Forest POA Meeting will be held via Zoom starting at 6pm 9/20/22.
If you need minutes from the meeting, please email email@example.com
THE OAK FOREST PICNIC WAS BACK!
6/5, 4pm in the Oak Forest Community Park
The Oak Forest Property Owners Association Summer Party was on Sunday, June 5th starting at 4pm in our community park on North Oak Forest Drive (by the Hendersonville Rd entrance to Oak Forest). We were not able to do this in two years due to COVID, so this was super exciting! The POA provided the meat and all paper products, and many neighbors brought a delicious side dish or dessert to share.
NEIGHBORHOOD-WIDE YARD SALE
5/7, 8am-noon in each seller’s yard
Many Oak Forest neighbors either sold their unwanted items or found new treasures at their neighbors’ houses at the Community Yard Sale held on May 7th, 2022 from 8am to noon. While the weather was a bit chilly, the rain held off until after the event was over.
[Events in 2021]
Halloween “Spooktacular” collection for Eblen Garners Record Donation
Thanks to our generous and caring Oak Forest neighbors, the 2021 annual collection for Eblen Charities reached a record. We were able to donate $4,035 to Eblen!
Oak Forest 2nd Annual Craft Bazaar
The 2nd Annual Oak Forest Craft Bazaar was held in the Oak Forest Park on Sat., November 6th, 2021 from 11am-3pm. Vendor spaces were free for those up-to-date on Oak Forest POA dues for 2021. We had several neighbors offering their handcrafted wares for sale. We had a delightful day of viewing our community members’ talents, chatting, and enjoying the beautiful weather in our neighborhood park. We are hoping to do this again next year. For more information, guidelines, vendor application and more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s Annual Meeting of the Oak Forest Property Owners Association was held via Zoom on September 21st, 2021. Oak Forest residents received meeting notices in their mailboxes with the Zoom link, postings were put on NextDoor.com and the NextDoor app, and those signed up for email announcements received a reminder there as well. To sign up for email announcements (usually once a month or less), email your name and Oak Forest address to email@example.com
An Oak Forest Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale Was Held on May 22nd
Many Oak Forest neighbors put their unwanted items out for this pandemic-shifted neighborhood-wide yard sale, which found the items new homes and the residents some pocket cash. While this year nearby neighborhoods canceled or postponed their community yard sales, next year we hope to coordinate with them as we have in the past and get even more shoppers.
Halloween Fundraiser for Eblen Charities Moved Online
A pandemic can’t stop Oak Forest from its 18th annual Pumpkin Fundraiser for Eblen Charities! While Covid safety concerns preclude the usual Halloween Spooktacular party on Bevlyn, Steph Grant (iwth Clay taking over as the next generation) has set up a donation portal for Oak Forest residents to make their donations directly to Eblen Charities. Donate to Eblen Charities and keep our community’s Halloween tradition going using this special Oak Forest link: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E158966&id=14&cfifid=78
Trick-or-treaters can again go door-to-door (or driveway-to-driveway for more socially distanced candy collection) — look for porch lights turned on to show that treats are available at the house.
This year’s Annual Meeting of the Oak Forest Property Owners Association was held via Zoom on September 21st, 2021 at 6pm. Oak Forest residents received meeting notices in their mailboxes with the Zoom link as well as supplemental notifications.
Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale, May 22nd, 2021 from 8am-noon
In 2021 we had a fun, safe, helpful neighborhood-wide yard sale. Oak Forest homes participated by putting their items out in their driveway or front yard on Saturday, May 22nd and went shopping at their neighbor’s homes to find new reasures. We encouraged facemasks for safety.
1st OAK FOREST TURKEY TROT 2-MILER/MANNA FOODBANK FUNDRAISER
More than $1,300 was raised for MANNA FoodBank over the November, 2020 Thanksgiving holiday! Oak Forest residents ran or individually or in household groups walked the two-mile suggested path at their own pace – joining together separately to help those in need. This event was envisioned and coordinated by two Oak Forest resident high school students.
OAK FOREST CRAFT BAZAAR, 11/7/20 SAFELY SHOWCASED LOCAL TALENT
More than a dozen Oak Forest residents showed their crafty side at the first pre-holiday Craft Bazaar in the Oak Forest Park. Neighbors were able to shop outdoors in a socially distant, fully masked manner – getting a safe head start on their holiday shopping. We are hoping to bring this event back next year.
HALLOWEEN FUNDRAISER FOR EBLEN CHARITIES MOVES ONLINE
A pandemic can’t stop Oak Forest from its 17th annual Pumpkin Fundraiser for Eblen Charities! While Covid prevents us from having the usual Halloween Spooktacular party on Bevlyn, Steph Grant has set up a donation portal that Oak Forest residents can use to make their donations directly to Eblen Charities.
Please consider making a donation at: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/EblenCharities/EblenCharitiesAnnualPumpkinFundraiser/StephanieGrant
OAK FOREST POA ANNUAL MEETING, Tues., Sept. 15 6pm via Zoom
Property owners in Oak Forest are invited to the Oak Forest Property Owners’ Association, Inc. Annual Meeting, Sept. 15th, 2020, 6pm. Due to Covid-19, this meeting will be held via Zoom. You may join the meeting online using Zoom or call in by phone. For more information and to obtain the link to join the meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Mon., Sept 14th.
OAK FOREST IS PROUD OF OUR GRADS!
The Oak Forest POA coordinated a parade of vehicles – led by an Asheville Police Department fire truck – on Thursday, June 11th, to honor all our community’s 2020 graduates . Whether graduating this Spring from nursery school all the way up to doctorate, we are proud of you! To facilitate social distancing, grads were in front of their homes as neighborhood residents drove by and cheered from their vehicles.
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT ON OVERLOOK
Update: the proposed development has been approved.
- ZPH2020-00002 Overlook Townhomes Conditional Use Permit
LAKE JULIAN COAL ASH DOUBLE-LINED LANDFILL
Update: the NC DEQ granted a permit for a double-lined landfill with leachate collection system and monitoring at Lake Julian. More information and a link to the permit can be found at: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2020/02/10/duke-energy-gets-approval-permit-build-asheville-coal-ash-landfill/4716248002/
Meeting on Proposed Overlook Development
Tues., Feb. 4, 6:30pm at Skyland Fire Dept.
From Carter Webb, Oak Forest Property Owners Association President:
As most of you have heard, the property on Overlook Drive that we dealt with back in the summer of 2017 is now under contract again…. A few months ago, a group of us met with the owners of the property on Overlook Road and George DeLoache (owner of Church Street Partners, the company that has entered into a contract to purchase the property and who will be developer of the property). George DeLoache is from Raleigh and intends to continue to own the property after it is developed.
We met with the developer and the engineer on the property for a site visit yesterday – see the story from WLOS at https://wlos.com/news/local/developer-gives-neighbors-a-look-at-his-plans-for-overlook-road-property. George DeLoache is interested in developing low density townhome style units – no more than 80 units – on the property. It is our understanding that there will be 3-5 units buildings per cluster with attached garages. They plan to rent this at about $2000 or more per month and are targeting those individuals who are downsizing, relocating, own 2nd homes, or are looking to buy a home in the Asheville area.
The current owners, East West Capital, will keep ownership of the six homes that are currently on the property and will not be tearing those down. Moreover, they stated that they will try to keep the trees bordering Overlook Road. It is expected that the development will begin in late 2020 or early 2021 and will last about 15-18 months.
Also, you should notice in the plans that they anticipate moving the entrance to the property further down Overlook Road towards Hendersonville Road – away from Westridge Drive (it may be hard to see this on the attached plans). Please keep in mind that this is a preliminary drawing.
George DeLoache has asked that we put together a neighborhood meeting for him and the engineer, Mark Brooks, to answer any questions that any of the neighbors have. We have scheduled that meeting for Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30 at the Skyland Fire Department. This meeting is different from the meeting that is scheduled for January 28, 2020 at the Skyland/South Buncombe Library. Please try to attend the meeting February 4, 2020 at the Skyland Fire Department.
Thanks, Carter Webb
OAK FOREST NEIGHBORHOOD PARTY!
Thursday, October 31st, 2019 – Halloween Party for Eblen Charities
Dedication of a Bench and Plaque for Bob Thatcher
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 3pm, Oak Forest Park, S. Oak Forest Dr.
Mr. Thatcher and his wife Harriet moved to Oak Forest with their four children in 1986. He held a doctorate from Auburn University in Forestry and worked for the US Forest Service for 35 years. He loved the outdoors and the beauty of nature. He enjoyed walking with a pad and pen in his hand, keeping records of trees and plants that had been planted throughout the neighborhood. He donated many hours of his time to the Oak Forest neighborhood and Park to ensure that the front entrance was clean and free of debris. He enjoyed working in the park with the neighbors during “Clean up Days” on Saturdays and getting to know each of them. He was a dear friend and neighbor to all who knew him. He was loved and will be truly missed.
Note: many thanks to Debra Thornberry for this tribute