Builders file project applications to avoid playing by new regulations...A check of the department’s filings show seven development applications have been submitted since March 9, less than two weeks after Councilman Torre attempted to get his fellow councilmen to pass an emergency ordinance that was similar to the one Ireland was able to push through on Monday. Another proposal was submitted Feb. 15.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — At the start of Monday night’s Aspen City Council meeting, Mayor Mick Ireland and others pointed to the many development applications that have streamed into the Community Development Department in recent weeks.They cited the filings as proof that building owners and their hired planners are hoping to get their projects reviewed under existing land-use rules that aren’t as stringent as new ones approved later in the special meeting by a 3-1 vote. The regulations include a maximum height limit of 28 feet for new projects or additions to existing buildings in the downtown area — a 14-foot or 10-foot reduction from existing rules, depending on the location of the property — and take effect one month from now. The new regulations are designed, supporters said, to cut down on the many development projects being driven by lucrative free-market housing components in lieu of commercial projects that encourage businesses that aim to serve the needs of local residents.
By Andre Salvail, April, 4 2012 AT

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