If passed, AspenModern would divide the 53 properties on the Ordinance 48 list into three classes. A property would be classified based on how high it scores on a historic value scale and what criteria it meets. Only properties in class I would be eligible for involuntary historic designation, and all classifications would be eligible for voluntary designation.Higher-tiered properties would be eligible for more incentives for designation, such as development bonuses, potential fee waivers and free legal advice from the city.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE – Aspen’s Community Development Department has proposed a new historic preservation policy for post-World War II properties that includes the potential involuntary designations for “super priority” buildings.Titled “AspenModern,” the new proposal seeks to put to rest a debate over modern-era preservation that has vexed Aspen in various ways for more than 10 years. The preservation debate has been especially acute since the summer of 2007, when Aspen City Council passed an emergency ordinance that required all properties 30 years or older to be reviewed for potential historic significance before they could be demolished or altered.
By Curtis Wackerle, August 31, 2010 Aspen Daily News

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