If not illegal, HPC vote was unethical | AspenTimes.com

If not illegal, HPC vote was unethical

Dear Editor: What happens when city officials vote without a public hearing? This recently occurred on the Historic Preservation Committee. According to the city of Aspen, “HPC does not have a formal role in the [Blue Victorian] subdivision application, so there was no public hearing taking place before them.” Yet the HPC appointees still voted with the expectation that their vote would be used in the local press and before City Council as a justification to pave over history?Mailing notices and holding public hearings prior to casting official votes is critical to a healthy community. Perhaps the HPC didn’t want the public involved because they were aware that they would hear the same unanimous opposition from the public as both the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council members heard on the issue of paving a grassy city alley that has never been opened. For HPC to vote on an issue without a mailing a notice to the public or opening a public hearing reflects poorly on the operational character of this board.Bert MyrinAspen

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