A significant change in the City of Aspen Land Use Code was approved last night by the City Council in 5-0 vote. The new regs will cap variance requests at 2′ above allowable height and 5% above allowable floor area, without the option of subjecting greater requests to a public vote. Additionally, applicants — excepting government entities and historic landmarks — will no longer have the option to request reductions in affordable-housing mitigation. The alteration did not include any changes to parking-request procedures.
Link to article by Karl Herchenroeder, Mar 17, 2015 AT
Link to article by Curtis Wackerle, Mar 17, 2015 ADN
The new regulations seek to further preserve the historic integrity of downtown Aspen. This is Aspen in the 1890’s. Aspen already has some of the strictest zoning regulations in the country and is continually on the vanguard of environmental and historic preservation… It is one of the key reasons for Aspen’s continued desirability and its high real estate prices.