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Make your voice heard about development

Dear Editor:

The city invites you to weigh in on development in downtown. Aspen City Council recently lowered the allowable heights for future downtown buildings to 28 feet for two-story buildings. The discussion is not over, however.

City Council is now considering what kind of land uses and heights are appropriate for downtown buildings, and if certain uses should be encouraged or discouraged as part of development.

This is where you come in. Do you care about building heights and land uses downtown? The city wants to hear what you think! There are three ways for you to voice your opinion:

1. Visit and click on “Open City Hall” to participate in the latest Open City Hall forum called “Downtown Heights and Land Uses.”

2. Within the “Downtown Heights and Land Uses” section is also an anonymous online survey.

3. Attend a small group meeting to discuss your thoughts. Meetings are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. today; from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday; and from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Each meeting is in the Sister Cities Meeting Room in City Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.

These three methods provide a quick, easy, and accessible way for you to register your opinion about land uses and heights downtown. Your comments will be used by City Council as they discuss potential changes to the allowed heights and uses downtown.

We hope you’ll participate and make your voice heard.

Chris Bendon, director, Community Development, city of Aspen

Jessica Garrow, long-range planner, city of Aspen

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