Infill, or upfill?
November 27, 2006
Dear Editor:Most would agree Aspen’s existing moratorium is to give the city planners and the community the time to figure out why there is a moratorium in the first place. I think the moratorium has something to do with the two definitions of “infill” and “upfill.” What do they really mean?When the City Council of yesteryear approved “infill” legislation for new building development, I think most voters, residents and tourists thought infill meant “to fill in” between buildings already existing.Then the shock came that a protected view plane and integrity of an existing historical building or an historical sunset were gone forever because of this new “infill” legislation. Council realized things were not as they were meant to be.Instead of filling in the spaces between the existing buildings, the buildings were wider, taller and more dense than the existing buildings. Something was amiss and council was determined to figure out what did not go as planned.After much research, there was the stark and not so humorous realization that a “typo” (typographical error) was made and instead of typing in “infill” legislation, someone had typed in “upfill” legislation.Therein lies the problem and the solution.Toni KronbergAspen