A little too late for ACRA
Dear Editor:Is the Aspen Chamber Resort Association trying to debunk the Aspen Area Community Plan based on specious arguments that it is too vague or is being rushed through? The Aspen Area Community Plan has been compiled and reworked now for over two years. Yet, why has ACRA waited until now to insist upon costly feasibility studies, after the completion of the plan? The AACP has sought in put from all our citizens and residents alike to provide a guiding document for our community over the next 10 years. Our city and county planners, P&Z representatives, and city staff have sought feedback from our diverse community including: realtors, bankers, lawyers, land-use planners, teachers, contractors, health-care providers, restaurant owners, business men, developers and retired residents, some of whom have live here for more than 35 years. There have been countless resident and citizen petitions endorsing “Saving Aspen’s Character,” clicker sessions, open hearings at both the Rio Grande and Council Chambers to garner much public feedback. Now is time to get on with it!Our conscientious public P&Z boards and city and county planners have spent endless hours writing and re-writing the plan, incorporating resident, Skico, and public comments from neighborhood caucuses throughout the entire community. ACRA wants costly analysis studies on all regulatory changes called for in the plan. If ACRA really wanted consideration with these studies, why did not they not submit them when staff was working on the plan instead of waiting until now after a two year process? Aspen’s strongest appeal, as a resort community, has always been its feel of community as a town, where people actually live, work, raise their families, and are engaged in the its future. For decades Aspen has appealed to tourists and visitors alike for its unique blend of community and resort. Aspen’s success, as a resort, is because its residents and citizens are engaged and take ownership in having a sustainable town, with sustainable development. The AACP seeks improvements for protecting both the natural and existing built environment, as well as preserving its history and mountain character in its transitional zones along the corridor to our urban environment.The intelligent, hardworking member citizens of our public P&Z boards have written an AACP draft that reflects the needs and desires of residents in this diverse community. Since ACRA has had all this time for these options, during this two-year period , do they have another agenda, or is this a hijack of the process? Now is time to move on!Junee KirkAspen
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