Check out this ordinance |

Check out this ordinance

Dear Editor:Attention all city of Aspen property owners and citizens!Is your property more than 30 years old? Will it be over 30 years old next year, the year after that, etc.? Do you live in a neighborhood with 30-year-old properties? If you own or live near over 2,000 city of Aspen properties built over 30 years ago, emergency ordinance No. 30 affects you. Even if you have no intention of altering your property, ordinance No. 30 alters your property rights, limits flexibility, impacts your value and may increase maintenance expense. If you are considering ANY exterior modification including many that do not otherwise require a building permit, you must first submit your property to a review of “Potential Historic Resource” or face significant penalties. You do not think your property is “historic”? The criteria are subjective and wide open. Properties that have been identified as “historic” include many Pan-Abodes, mail-order-plan and other structures from the 1960s and ’70s – a period widely considered to be the low point in American architecture. Properties are subject to re-review every five years.Do you live near a 30-year-old property? If so, ordinance No. 30 may increase the pace of development, density, mass, noise and construction impacts in your neighborhood. It will require the growth of city staff.Ordinance No. 30 was passed as an emergency measure without input from the Historic Preservation Committee charged with enforcing the ordinance, input from the public or careful consideration of the implications and impacts of this new ordinance.Look into what ordinance No. 30 means to you and your neighborhood. A group of concerned citizens will be discussing ordinance 30 on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m. at the Pitkin County Library. City Council has scheduled a work session to review the ordinance on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.Protect your community!Mike MapleAspen