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Democracy in action

Dear Editor:

To the Aspen-area community:

Many thanks to the more than 400 people who participated in the large group “clicker” sessions as part of creating a Community Vision for the Aspen area. The afternoon and evening meetings at the St. Regis on Tuesday, Jan. 27, were a successful exercise in democratic citizen participation.

Of the participants, 91 percent either strongly agreed or agreed that they liked the “clicker” form of public engagement, using wireless keypads to vote on nearly 100 questions ranging from affordable housing to the Aspen Idea. We hope participants in Saturday’s large group session at the Commons Area of Aspen High School at 2 p.m. feel similarly.

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The outcome of these large public meetings will generate a draft Community Vision for the Aspen Area, a document that will be reviewed and considered for adoption this spring by the City Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council, as well as the Pitkin County Planning and Zoning Commission and County Commissioners.

The finished product will be a 10-year vision document for the Aspen City Council and the Board of County Commissioners ” providing guidance for future decisions on issues ranging from housing to managing growth to transportation and other important issues.

For more information on the Community Vision for the Aspen Area, or for information on how you can be involved, visit http://www.aspencommunityvision.com.

Chris Bendon,

city of Aspen community development director

Cindy Houben,

Pitkin County community development director


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