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Updated AACP set for review

Aspen Times Staff Report

The long-awaited revisions of the Aspen Area Community Plan will get their first formal public hearing on Aug. 17 before a combined meeting of local elected and appointed officials.The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the City Council chambers in Aspen City Hall.Present at the meeting will be members of the Aspen City Council, the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners and the city and county planning and zoning commissions.The public is welcome to attend the hearing.The AACP, created in 1993 as a guide to future development of the upper Roaring Fork Valley, has been undergoing revisions by various citizen task forces for more than a year.Among the changes to the plan is a proposal to draw a “community growth boundary” around the region that local governments feel is appropriate for future growth in the Aspen area. Areas outside that boundary, according to the plan, are to be preserved as open and agricultural space.The revised plan also represents changes in the way growth is measured, to “capture the impacts” of certain kinds of growth that have not been included in earlier calculations.The new plan also calls for a “population cap or limit of 28,000,” although there is some controversy about this because it is believed that this number was already exceeded on certain peak days last year.The meeting is to include an overview of the planning process, a “refresher” about the contents of the proposed revisions, a presentation by the county P&Z regarding certain problematic aspects of the plan, and a general discussion of the plan.


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