City Council takes a look at land use
As Aspen City Council wraps up one set of marathon meetings to begin another, council members are hoping to put the pieces of the city’s development puzzle together.In addition to a number of public community meetings that wind up this week, the council’s schedule is packed through the end of September with nearly 20 extra meetings devoted solely to land use.Beginning today, City Council is embarking on a series of informational meetings with city staff, former city planning directors and both local and Front Range consultants. Those meetings will cover several decades of land-use code history, planning tools available for controlling development and a number of site visits to discuss residential, commercial and lodging development.Council members hope to use the information to address concerns over the pace and quality of development in Aspen, subjects that spurred council to enact a six-month moratorium on building applications and permits April 25.Some council members have said they’ll wait until the end of all the meetings – the community meetings and those scheduled through September – before saying exactly how they’ll use that information to re-examine the city’s land-use codes.Councilwoman Rachel Richards said she will consider input from all the meetings to inform her decisions in any code changes, as well as citizen comments at regular council meetings and ideas she hears from the public while conducting business in town.Councilman J.E. DeVilbiss said he wants the consultants to be involved in any rewrites of the code to make sure the city’s goals are reflected in legal language.”My concept was to have professionals assist us in writing the legislation so we can have the statutes say what we want them to say so that we can have a minimum of subjectivity in them,” he said.Abigail Eagye’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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It’s hard to fight City Hall and even harder to fight well-funded neighbors who don’t want any development near them, a local man has realized. So he settled for less than what he and his partner bought the property for.