One big question |

One big question

Dear Editor:

Aspen City Council will hold a special meeting today at 5 p.m. to decide whether to approve, deny or approve with conditions the Lift One development application. City Council will judge the land-use application according to PUD, subdivision, timeshare and GMQS standards of review, NOT by the COWOP’s task force goals.

According to the council’s packet, a development application SHALL

1) consist with the Aspen Area Community Plan (AACP) policies and goals of:

– managing growth (limit ultimate population)

– transportation (reduce internal flow of traffic within Aspen)

– affordable housing (appropriately scaled)

– economic sustainability (year round)

– parks, open space and environment (preserve natural beauty of area)

– design quality (ensure character of built environment is maintained)

– historic preservation (preserve irreplaceable historic resources)

2) be consistent with the character of existing land uses in the surrounding area

3) not adversely affect the future development of the surrounding area

4) have GMQS allotments

There are more standards as they relate to timeshare and GMQS.

My biggest question: Do 1,200-plus new cars and trucks daily on Aspen Street, through the S-curves and the “Achilles Tendon” roundabout, a 500-space commercial parking garage, and no transportation plan except for the rubber-wheeled automobile and the skier/boarder-only pladder ground lift, meet the goals and policies of the AACP?

Toni Kronberg


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