ASPEN – Reducing allowable home sizes in Pitkin County in order to increase the market for transferable development rights received plenty of discussion from county commissioners Tuesday, but little support. Only Commissioner George Newman voiced interest in further cutting the existing
home-size caps, both to keep a viable market for transferable development rights, or TDRs, and to discourage mansions that don’t forward the community’s environmental goals.“We should zone it like we mean it,” he said.Commissioner Rachel Richards said she’s willing to have the discussion, but didn’t outright advocate reducing the caps.In general, commissioners lauded the TDR program, initiated in 1994, which allows owners of backcountry lands zoned Rural and Remote to sell the development rights off those parcels for use in areas deemed more appropriate for growth.
By Janet Urquhart, July 9, 2009 Aspen Times

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