Aspen council sets priorities for next 12 months |

Aspen council sets priorities for next 12 months

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – The Aspen City Council on Tuesday completed its two-day goals-setting retreat at the Aspen Alps resort by choosing its top 10 priorities for the next 12 months.

The goals, according to assistant city manager Barry Crook and community relations director Mitzi Rapkin, encompass the following:

• Aid to small businesses, including sign-code revisions, a field guide to doing business in Aspen and possible mitigation waivers.

• The second phase of a lodging study to accurately categorize the current room inventory and to determine needs.

• Moving forward with whatever priorities arise from a community employee-housing summit that will be held in September.

• Land-use code revisions that will bring development regulations in line with the intent of the recently revised Aspen Area Community Plan.

• Giving the under-40 demographic the resources to be trustees of the community.

• Developing a specific definition of “small-town character.”

• Working with Aspen Valley Hospital to develop community health care initiatives.

• Addressing pedestrian and parking issues, including a drive to make the city more bicycle-friendly.

• Continuing with environmental initiatives that aim to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

• Encouraging local businesses and business organizations to focus on improved customer service.

Councilman Adam Frisch, who was first elected last year and therefore has attended fewer council retreats than his peers, said the Monday and Tuesday gatherings was productive and necessary.

“On Monday we talked about what worked and didn’t work (over the last year) and I think we all agreed that we’re all getting along well,” he said. “While it’s important that we all don’t have the same view – if we did we’d probably be wasting our time – I think we get along well and everyone thinks everyone’s being sincere and looking out for the best interest of the community in the long term.”

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