Chances coming up to comment on AACP |

Chances coming up to comment on AACP

Aspen Times Staff Report

Citizens will have various opportunities to comment on the draft of the revised Aspen Area Community Plan as the document nears the last stages of review by local officials.

The AACP is the major advisory document that guides community development decisions. The official public hearings are tentatively scheduled to begin in mid- to late-September, but the public may also comment as the document is discussed by public officials this month.

City planner Stephanie Millar, who is coordinating the development of the plan, said though the draft has been available for awhile, she hasn’t received any citizen comments on it. Members of the public can review copies of the draft plan update at the Pitkin County Library or the Community Development Department at City Hall.

The Pitkin County Planning and Zoning Commission will focus its discussion on the AACP when it meets tonight. The plan will then be discussed on Aug. 17 at a combined meeting of the Pitkin County commissioners, Aspen City Council, and the county and city planning and zoning boards.

While both meetings are open to the public, Millar said the Aug. 17 session might not be a good bet for public comment because input from members of the four boards in the joint meeting may consume most of the time.

More than 100 citizens participated on committees to draft the AACP update. The updated version of the plan, which will guide Aspen’s future in such areas as growth, housing and open space, has been in the works for about a year and a half.

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