P&Z chair sets record straight on AAM | AspenTimes.com

P&Z chair sets record straight on AAM

Dear Editor:As chairman of the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), I have been asked by my colleagues to write this letter in an attempt to set the record straight as to the actions, or non-actions, of our commission with respect to the Wienerstube settlement and the proposed Aspen Art Museum.Several letters to the editor have appeared recently in the local papers that incorrectly assert that the P&Z “declined to review” the art museum proposal. The statement “declined to review” implies that there was a development application for the museum that the P&Z would have the responsibility to review, which is certainly not the case.At a recent meeting on other business, the P&Z did discuss whether its members felt that sending a resolution of some kind to the City Council regarding the art museum was appropriate. The consensus of the commission was not to do so (this may be the source of the “decline to review” statement). The predominant reasons for not sending such a resolution were 1) that the P&Z, as an appointed board, has no standing in this legal matter, which is entirely the responsibility of the City Council, and 2) that individual commission members are certainly free to attend any City Council hearings on the museum proposal and express their personal opinions.I believe that the members of the P&Z would welcome an opportunity to participate in a review process for the art museum proposal, should City Council decide to create one.The P&Z hopes that the misconception of the actions of our commission can now be put to rest, and that those writing letters and expressing opinions on the museum proposal can improve the strength of their arguments with accurate facts.Thanks for your consideration.Stan Gibbschairman, Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission

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