Seeking input for AACP
Dear Editor:We are excited to announce that the preliminary draft of the joint City-County 2010 Aspen Area Community Plan (AACP) was released last week and is available on http://www.aspencommunityvision.com. The document is the culmination of more than 20 months and 140 hours of work by the city and county Planning and Zoning commissions. In addition, the initial public feedback phase of the 2010 AACP was held from October 2008 through February 2009; it included focus groups, a community survey, a blog, a Facebook page and instant voting sessions. We used this feedback while working on the preliminary draft.The AACP is a document of critical importance to both the city and the county. It is incorporated in the land-use codes by reference, and is used to set annual budgeting and work program priorities. We want to invite you to attend a series of upcoming public feedback sessions. The first opportunity is at a series of small group meetings starting on Oct. 12 and running through Oct. 22. These meetings will cover all nine chapters in the draft AACP:• Oct. 12: Planning for a Lifelong Aspenite, 12-1:30 p.m., in the Sister Cities Room at Aspen City Hall, 130 S. Galena St.;• Oct. 13: Historic Preservation and Sustaining the Aspen Idea, 12-1:30 in Sister Cities Room;• Oct. 14: Transportation, 12-1:30 in Council Chambers at Aspen City Hall, 130 S. Galena St.;• Oct. 15: Managing Growth & Economic Sustainability, 12-1:30 in Council Chambers;• Oct. 18: West of Castle Creek Corridor, 12-1:30 in Council Chambers;• Oct. 18: Managing Growth & Economic Sustainability, 5-6:30 in Sister Cities Room;• Oct. 19: Environmental Quality and Parks, Recreation, Open Space & Trails, 12-1:30 in the Fire Station Meeting Room (third floor) at the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department, 420 E. Hopkins Ave.;• Oct. 20: Housing, 12-1:30 in Sister Cities Room;• Oct. 21: Managing Growth & Economic Sustainability, 12-1:30 in Sister Cities Room;• Oct. 21: Housing, 5-6:30 in Sister Cities Room;• Oct. 22: Transportation, 12-1:30 in Sister Cities Room;Can’t attend a small group meeting? Please provide your comments on our blog (http://aspencommunityvision.blogspot.com/) or on our Facebook page (join the Aspen Area Community Plan Update group). Each of these can be accessed from the “Adoption” page on http://www.aspencommunityvision.com. Following the small group meetings, a series of large group meetings will be held Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at the Wheeler Opera House. Following those meetings, the joint City and County Planning and Zoning Commissions, the City Council and the Board of County Commissioners will hold traditional public hearings, providing another opportunity for public feedback. We look forward to hearing from you on this important document. City Planning and Zoning Commission: Stan Gibbs, chair; LJ Erspamer, vice chair; Bert Myrin, Jasmine Tygre, Mike Wampler and Cliff WeissCounty Planning & Zoning Commission: Joe Krabacher, chair; Marcella Larson, vice chair; Ben Genshaft, John Howard, Jack Johnson, Mirte Mallory and Jay Murphy
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Pitkin County administrators are proposing a more than $142 million budget for 2020, which is about $6 million less than this year because of fewer construction projects and capital improvements.