Aspen P&Z’s Lift One Lodge review postponed
ASPEN – A presentation on the Lift One Lodge project that was scheduled Tuesday has been postponed until June 7, after the city elections, officials said Tuesday.Project representative Bob Daniel had previously said that the orientation for the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission might be rescheduled because of a potential conflict involving two P&Z members, Cliff Weiss and L.J. Erspamer, who are running for City Council. The election for two open council seats will be held May 3. In all, six people are running.The implication was that a conflict could exist because both the P&Z and the council will be weighing in on the approval. In theory, the P&Z could vote before the election to move the process forward to the council, or to recommend its denial, only to have one or both of the P&Z members who are running for City Council vote on the matter again as councilmen following the election.The final application for the Lift One Lodge project requests approval of a 27-unit timeshare project near the base of Aspen Mountain just north of Lift 1A.The project has been moving through the city’s planning process since 2006. It has undergone several changes since the council gave it conceptual approval in late 2009. Plans have been scaled down and the application today asks for approval of 22 timeshare units and five free-market units.The project also includes a restaurant, parking garage, affordable housing, public park improvements and a museum to be operated by the Aspen Historical Society. The total square footage under the current plan is about 40,000 square feet less than what was proposed when the project won conceptual approval.Roaring Fork Mountain Lodge has committed $600,000 for a new surface-tow ski lift running through the area to the Lift 1A terminal.The project is expected to generate about 38 jobs.
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