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Pitco creates new zone district

Aspen Times staff report

Pitkin County made an adjustment to the zoning specified in its Fryingpan Master Plan Wednesday and created a new zone district in the process.

Before the county commissioners was an item prepared by the planning staff intended to tidy up some questions left outstanding in the creation of the master plan. The board passed the legislation, limiting houses in the upper Fryingpan area to 4,000 square feet of living area and designating a single 307-acre property as an RS-35 zone district, the first in the county.

Greg Voth, a Fryingpan resident and a planner working in Utah, told the commissioners it was the intent of the Fryingpan Caucus that the land on the North Fork of the Fryingpan should be rezoned RS-35 rather than RS-30. That designation would allow no building lots smaller than 35 acres. The caucus worked to create the master plan with county staff planners.

“RS-35 was the rock bottom the caucus wanted, and it was approved by a 75 percent margin,” Voth said. Minimal density was desired for the remote property, and the designation would allow only 10 houses on the land. The property is adjacent to another parcel recently purchased by Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails program.

The county does not currently have an RS-35 zone district on the books and will have to create it through further legislation.

The commissioners took care of another loose end as well. The caucus, in creating the master plan, specified no houses larger than 4,000 square feet should be permitted. But it was never clear whether that measurement was to include garages and basements.

Without including those, the dimensions of allowable houses could be considerably larger, perhaps to the limit of 5,750 square feet allowed in the new countywide growth-management legislation.

“To find that we might end up with three 5,750-square-foot houses flies in the face of everything we’ve been trying to accomplish in that valley for a number of years,” said Fryingpan resident Fred Smith.

Decisions made by the caucus did not come without a lot of bloodletting, Smith said, and those decisions should be backed up by the county, he said.

Commissioners Patti Clapper, Mick Ireland and Dorothea Farris supported the legislation. Commission Chairwoman Shellie Roy Harper voted against it, citing the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning board against creating a new zone district.

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