Not such a yes man
After reading Carolyn Sackariason’s “In Focus of Councilman, Dwayne Romero odd man out,” in the Jan. 2 edition of The Aspen Times, I beg to differ from the intent of the article “that he has voted for every development application that has come before him since he took office.” Dwayne did give a nonvote disapproval of the development application on the Weinerstube.
On Dec. 3, when the hearing of the Weinerstube came before City Council, Dwayne, strongly advised the developers of the Weinerstube and their developer planner, Stan Clauson, that their plans did not conform to the Aspen area community plan requirement to fit in with the scale and character of the neighborhood.
The Weinerstube plans, at that time, exhibited a third and fourth story building taking up half a city block, in a neighborhood with one- and two-story buildings within a surrounding area of a two square block radius. All council members, including Dwayne Romero, unanimously turned it down.
Dwayne made an impassioned response to what bothered him most (even more than the plans not fitting in with the Aspen Area Community Plan.) He said that not one single neighbor in the neighborhood was in agreement with such a large, “out of scale” plan of the urban, boxy development presented by planner Stan Clauson.
It was unanimous that all council members wanted a much smaller scaled down version of a Weinerstube, both in height and size. A review of the scaled-back plans is to come before council sometime in late January.
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