Aspen variance control question will appear on May ballot |

Aspen variance control question will appear on May ballot

Resident Bert Myrin’s proposed Home Rule Charter Amendment is headed to the polls.

On Tuesday, Aspen City Clerk Linda Manning confirmed that Myrin collected the 304 voter signatures required to advance the issue to May’s election. She counted 381 verified signatures before setting aside the more than 1,000 names Myrin and co-signers submitted.

In May, a ballot question will ask if Aspen City Council-granted variances on height, floor area, affordable housing and parking should be subject to public voting. If approved, the charter amendment would make voters the final authority on major land-use applications involving variances.

Meanwhile, city planners are crafting their own language that would address variance control. Instead of preparing a charter amendment, the city is exploring a code amendment, which would not be subject to a vote. Senior planner Jessica Garrow said they are still working through the language and should have a recommendation to the council by next week. An official vote could occur as early as March 9.

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