Prevent slopeside development |

Prevent slopeside development

When I sat as a member of the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission during the 1990s, I remember a discussion I had with some of my fellow commissioners about wishing we could turn back the clock and correct what we considered real zoning errors by the county and city.No development should have been allowed on any mountainsides or riverbanks. The surrounding slopes should have remained free from buildings and lights, and the river should be visible and accessible to all.Slope and stream-margin reviews for proposed development on platted building parcels were the most difficult task I had to undertake as a P&Z commissioner, because they were against every wise and beneficial planning precept that I believed.I urge our community to prevent any more development from crawling up our slopes and closing off our river and to support the proposed infill regulations for the city of Aspen.And do not deface the profile of the Silver Queen on Shadow Mountain.Sara GartonAspen

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