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Full plate for council tonight

Aspen Times Staff

The Aspen City Council will tackle a packed agenda at tonight’s meeting in City Hall.Here are a few of the items that council members are scheduled to discuss: Officials representing Jazz Aspen Snowmass and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association are seeking variances to the city’s noise ordinance.The Jazz Aspen June Festival is set for June 22-25 at Rio Grande Park. The music starts at 9 nightly and can last until 10:30 under the ordinance. Organizers would like an extra half-hour, “which should allow for any encores,” a city memo notes.ACRA’s request is for the July 4 Dancing in the Streets soiree on the Cooper Avenue mall. The requests seeks permission to keep the party rolling until 10:30 p.m. Council members will consider an amendment to the land-use code the Lift One condominium association put forth.The association is seeking to legalize a 1970s-era bandit residence on the property and turn it into a Category 4 affordable housing unit.The request would amend the lot-area-per-dwelling-unit rule in the land-use code. The current code contradicts the city’s infill-housing goals, Lift One representatives have said. City staff and the planning and zoning commission are supporting the amendment. City planners will propose exemptions to the recently implemented, six-month building moratorium.Council members, by a 4-1 vote, decided in late April to halt development applications, saying planners need a break to review critical parts of the land-use code.But the staff “feels that there are a number of potential development projects that could be effectively delayed or stopped by the moratorium [that] are not intended by Council to be impacted,” the memo says.The exemptions fall into two camps: land-use applications and building permits. There are also minor applications, such as for a temporary-use permit, that are not allowed under the current moratorium. The council will review a proposed bicycle event that the city’s special events committee called “frightening.”That committee and city staff have rejected the Spin Sports Festival, and the application now goes to council members on appeal.City planners concluded that the festival, which organizers hope to hold Aug. 3-6, would coincide with the summer’s highest hotel occupancy weekend.Other reasons included the parks department’s reluctance to block off an entire city park; effects on transportation and parking infrastructure; and the fact that the police department cannot devote any officers to the event. “And the [city’s] risk manager has yet to see satisfactory evidence of insurance,” the memo says. Aspenite Toni Kronberg is expected to bring her defense of three trees that were removed as part of a redevelopment at Main and Galena.She is appealing a tree-removal permit the city granted to the developer in May 2005. The trees, which were 25 feet tall, have been removed, and the developer paid the city $13,621 in mitigation costs.The decision came after the city forester determined the Austrian pines were unlikely to survive transplantation.


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