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P&Z endorses study on relocating golf course

Allyn Harvey

A plan to study the possibility of developing affordable housingon Aspen’s municipal golf course won a unanimous endorsement Tuesdayfrom the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission.A resolution adopted by the P&Z calls for the City Council toapprove $7,500 to pay Evergreen Alliance Golf Ltd. to study fouralternatives that range widely in their scope.According to a memo from Evergreen Alliance, the company willcompare a redesign of the course that would dedicate five acresto affordable housing to three other options. Those alternativeswould move part or all of the course to other publicly owned property- the Moore open space and Burlingame Ranch – between the airportand town. The resolution was proposed by P&Z member Tim Mooney, who hasbeen in contact with the Irving, Texas-based firm. His fellowcommissioners agreed that hiring Evergreen was the next logicalstep to determine whether building affordable housing closer toAspen’s urban core makes sense. The city is currently planningto build hundreds of units near the airport.”Although it was a very unpopular proposal when we first broughtit up with the City Council, the mayor did say we should get somemore information,” said P&Z Chairman Bob Blake.The P&Z first proposed building affordable housing on the golfcourse, which abuts the urban core at Cemetery Lane, last Novemberat a joint meeting with the council. It met immediate resistance from council members, who thoughtthat everyone had settled on Burlingame as the easiest place tobuild affordable housing. But the council did agree to look moreclosely at the idea, if the P&Z was able to provide more information.The memo from Evergreen Alliance agrees to fix the price of itsservices at $7,500 as long as no work is added. It will base itscomparisons on a long list of characteristics and regulationsthat affect each configuration. They include topography, vegetation,irrigation, adjoining land uses, archeological issues, habitatprotection, access, and property history.Mooney said a golf course architect from Evergreen who will bevisiting the Roaring Fork Club tomorrow has offered to meet withcity officials. “I think this is a unique opportunity to meetwith a golf course architect first hand and do some on-site fingerpointing,” he said.The P&Z also resolved that the city should look into purchasingthe Maroon Creek Club golf course to replace the municipal course.

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