While some Pitkin County commissioners questioned whether much in the way of true agriculture — growing food — takes place in the county, the new rules are expected to help foster the county’s goal of preserving its rural character, even if that merely means horses and hay on many properties.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — For rural property owners in unincorporated Pitkin County, the new rules generally grant additional square footage that can be devoted to agricultural buildings, based on acreage. The building space is in addition to what is allowed for a home on a property — a key consideration.The amended code also increases the allowed height for a barn from 20 feet, measured midway up a sloping roof, to 28 feet in most rural zone districts — a provision that pleases Clark. Some of the county’s classic old barns would not have been permitted, given their height, under present-day rules before the latest amendments, county planners noted.While some of the code changes are geared to better accommodate functional agricultural buildings, the height issue was largely aesthetic.
By Janet Urquhart, August, 13 2011, AT

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