Listen to the owners
(Editor’s note: This letter was originally addressed to Aspen City Councilman J.E. DeVilbiss.)
I am a new permanent resident of Aspen, but my husband and I have owned a townhouse at the Villas of Aspen for 10 years.
I breathed a sigh of relief that the Villas, which is replacing siding and putting on new roofs, received our permit in May and began construction in June. If we had been forced to keep the T-111 siding (which is grooved plywood) and the cedar shake roofs (which are warped and starting to fall off and will be replaced with 40 year shingles), these 36 owners would have been very unhappy. (The Villas were built in 1972.)
But I am a member of the Aspen Citizens Group because I was appalled at the council for passing an emergency ordinance when there was no emergency. I am a lawyer, I did legislative work with Congress, worked for a senator and am three credits short of a master’s in legislative affairs.
I will continue to work with the group because I believe in good governance, not because I have a property interest at stake.
I am impressed that the council has heard so many comments on Ordinance 30, and I urge you to amend it. The most important amendment would be to require a super majority vote to designate a property historic against the owners’ wishes.
While new restaurants enter the Aspen scene, there are several spaces that will remain empty this winter. Meanwhile, the retail market remains extremely hot.