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Dear Editor: I am sorry Councilman Jack Johnson was miffed when the “We love Aspen” contingent did not stay for the remainder of the Aspen City Council meeting to offer public comment on agenda items, after asking Council to: impose a six-month building permit moratorium in historic districts, repeal the infill ordinance, repeal historic lot splits on historic landmark properties, adopt small lodges incentive zoning, no more delisting of historic properties, and no new city employees for one year.Well, I did stay. I was curious about the required land use public hearings for a proposed city building in Rio Grande Park for a recycle center. It really was a waste of time and an insult to Aspen’s land use development process. We all know before any developer can construct a building, they are required by law to go through the land use public hearing process. Well, I guess the city does not have to follow its own rules and the law, because the mayor and council concurred that “it’s a done deal,” “No public comment will be allowed on the proposed land use.” Jack, with attitudes like that, why would anyone want to stay to offer their opinion? Toni KronbergAspen


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