Leniency, an extension of permits a question for commissioner…The department has begun to receive inquiries about the fate of permits on projects that aren’t moving forward, according to Tony Fusaro, chief building official.“We’ve had some anonymous questions — what would happen if …? We’ve noticed it could be an issue,” he said.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Stalled home construction in unincorporated Pitkin County has led to the expiration of 19 building permits and the pending lapse of 11 more. With thousands of dollars in fees tied up in the permits, the county is pondering whether to extend the approvals or make owners start over again.The economic climate apparently gets the blame for the slowdown, according to staffers in the county’s community development department. The county has a policy regarding reapplication for an expired permit — one that forces the applicant to pay some or all of the fees anew, plus a reapplication fee — but county commissioners are being asked if they’d like to take a more lenient approach, under the circumstances.According to a summary of affected permits, 14 have expired on already-started projects because construction has stalled for six months or more, and five permits have expired over the past year because construction didn’t begin within the required year after the permit was issued. In addition, 11 permits are poised to expire between May 1 and Sept. 1, and 17 permits that were issued before May 1 may expire at some point after Sept. 1 if construction does not commence.
By Janet Urquhart, May 31, 2010 Aspen Times

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