The mayor on infill
April 27, 2003
The candidates survey answers regarding infill in the April 25 Aspen Times reported only a portion of my answer. My complete answer follows:
Since 1999, I have supported studying infill as a way to provide some affordable housing within the city, particularly the core, as an alternative to urban sprawl. One-hundred-fifty units might be possible.
I also support the concept of infill to provide mixed-use development to create diversity and vitality in the core and on Main Street. The legislation now before the City Council incorporates recommendations from a citizen Infill Task Force, Community Development Department code revisions, and Planning and Zoning Commission recommendations after extensive review of the proposed code revisions in numerous meetings throughout its public hearing process.
With tremendous respect and appreciation for the time, work and energy that all put into this project, the City Council is not required to pass this legislation as written.
In fact, during the current ongoing public hearing process, council has given direction for amendments based upon what it finds acceptable, e.g., preservation of historic view planes with the addition of two new ones; city control of open space mitigation; and no rezoning to prohibit offices on the first floor in the core. I support these proposed amendments.
Before adoption of any proposed code revision, council needs to carefully review the community’s goals for what our community should look like. I will support only those infill elements that are consistent with those goals.
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Council should adopt only those elements that better achieve those goals than existing regulations. The public hearing process continues. There have been no formal approvals for any infill element.
Mayor of Aspen