Remembering a true visionary |

Remembering a true visionary

Dear Editor:

Dwight Shellman Jr. has been one of the most brilliant land-use attorneys and public servants Pitkin County has ever known. He and his fellow commissioners, Joe Edwards and Michael Kinsley, in the ’70s managed to prevent high-density subdivisions and strip-mall development up and down this valley by rezoning to low density and preserving the rural character this valley still enjoys today.

Much of the land-use decisions served as a template for other mountain communities in preserving Pitkin County’s valuable rural character, its open space and its trails. Additionally, Dwight helped form Pitkin County’s transit system, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, and he realized a need for employee housing. Dwight was a visionary who acknowledged that good governance “flows from the bottom up and not from the top down.”

Today at 6 p.m. at the Wheeler will be Dwight Shellman Jr.’s memorial service in celebrating his life. It is an opportunity for all us to remember a man who gave so much back to this community.

Junee Kirk


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User