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Moratorium extension up for debate

Abigail Eagye

Aspen’s development community could be in for a long, cold winter.

The Aspen City Council will hear public comments tonight on a proposal to extend the current moratorium on building applications and permits from Oct. 31 to Feb. 28, 2007.

Community Development Director Chris Bendon wrote in a memo to the council that “the scope and complexity of the issues has increased over that originally expected.

“There is a finite capacity for work sessions and the ability of staff and consultants to provide analysis for each work session,” he continued, and “there’s also an inability to suspend other responsibilities of City Council during this process.”

The council’s new schedule for the remaining land-use meetings allows for budget meetings in October and for holiday breaks in November and December. Bendon scheduled a smattering of meetings in October to discuss the city’s Growth Management Quota System. The council also will meet to give the Community Development Department an overview of policy direction before for the Christmas holiday.

The council’s final wrap-up session on lodging development is Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.