Pitkin County land swap discussion on hold for now
August 6, 2009
ASPEN – Action on a proposed land swap involving two properties in the vicinity of Carbondale was put on hold Thursday, when attorney Gideon Kaufman, representing the landowner who is seeking the exchange, asked the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board to table the matter.
The board had been expected to make a recommendation to county commissioners regarding whether or not to support a proposed swap involving Bureau of Land Management acreage on the north flank of Mount Sopris, which landowner Leslie Wexner wants to acquire in exchange for the Sutey Ranch, located north of the Red Hill area near Carbondale.
It has been inferred that there will be some changes to the proposal, open space director Dale Will told the board.
In requesting that the matter be tabled, Kaufman said representatives of Wexner are trying to organize people to make a presentation to the board. The board next meets Aug. 20, but Kaufman wasn’t sure his group would be ready by then.
The open space board had been slated to take up the land trade in executive session – out of the public eye – Thursday, but board members indicated a desire to hold the discussion in public when it does occur.
Unless there are “hefty negotiations,” the board should deliberate in public, said member Anne Rickenbaugh.
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“It seems to me, it should be public,” she said.
“I would prefer as much as possible that it be a public discussion,” member Tim McFlynn agreed.
Kaufman said he doesn’t care whether it takes place in public or behind closed doors.