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The Pitkin Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing this afternoon about the possible rezoning of Smuggler Mountain.

The front side of the mountain, which flanks Aspen’s southeast side, is currently zoned AFR-10, which means that one home up to 5,750 square feet can be built on 10 acres. Landowners are able to undergo a special review process to expand that square footage up to 15,000.

After working on a master plan for that area of Pitkin County, the community development department came up with a “transitional residential” zone that would pare down the size of homes built in that area, making a transition zone between the rural and remote cabins on the back side of Smuggler and the urban area that runs into Aspen city limits.

At their Jan. 12 meeting, the commissioners approved the first reading of an ordinance to cap homes built in the new zone at 2,000 square feet on 35-acre parcels, with the ability to go up to 3,000 square feet if a landowner owns two parcels and agrees not to build on one of them.

The county commissioner meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. today in the Plaza One Conference Room.

Families seeking financial aid to help with child-care expenses must submit an application by Feb. 1. The assistance begins March 1.

Kids First and the city of Aspen provide financial aid to help defray the cost of child care for working families. To qualify, applicants must: reside in Pitkin County; have a child enrolled in a licensed program in the county; provide a fully completed application that includes all required income and tax-return information; have an income that falls within the guidelines established by Kids First and the city.

Anyone who currently receives the aid does not need to reapply at this time.

Applications are available from licensed child-care providers in Pitkin County, from Kids First or at For more information, contact Kids First at or call 920-5769.

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