Planning and Zoning member: “Rules put city in weak position…Before you begin the lengthy process of writing concise code, I urge you to simply roll back the land-use code to pre-infill requirements in all the areas identified above. In the interim this will provide you (and the community) a stronger starting position from which to negotiate and avoid irreversible ‘monstrous’ and ‘humongous’ mistakes,” Bert Myrin wrote.
ASPEN REAL ESTATE — It’s a drum that Aspen Planning and Zoning Commissioner Bert Myrin has been beating for years — but he feels the beat is especially relevant in the wake of the City Council’s decision Feb. 13 to approve a huge multi-use development for the empty corner lot at East Hyman Avenue and South Hunter Street. In a letter to Mayor Mick Ireland and Aspen’s four council members, Myrin calls out the city’s elected officials for their failure to address concerns about the land-use code in a timely fashion. He references aspects of the code that were loosened by a different council makeup nearly a decade ago, under the administration of former Mayor Helen Klanderud, that are known as “infill.” Those regulations on height, scale, mass and other aspects of building projects sought to promote development in the downtown commercial core at a time when the economy was humming, speculative development was rampant and developers were aching to start new projects. Today, even with the recent economic downturn, developers still want to get their projects approved under the infill legislation because it’s less restrictive than the code changes the current council is planning to make in the coming months.
By Andre Salvail, February, 20 2012 AT
Source: City of Aspen Zone District Map: Mary Lynne Lackner and the City of Aspen, CO and Pitkin County GIS database…”Incorporated in 1881 as a thriving silver mining town, the City of Aspen is now recognized for its world-class skiing, shopping, and high-priced real estate. With robust real estate sales, land development, land-use planning, and general public inquiry, it’s critical for Aspen to have an easy-to-read zoning map. Every public and private parcel is mapped within one of the twenty-four adopted zone district classifications, which determine the development use, dimensions, and intensity regulations on the property. Eight different zone district overlays are also depicted as certain areas of the city require additional regulations. The underlying aerial image provides reference of existing development and proximity to other locations. In addition to the printed map, zoning information featuring such attributes as description, ordinance number, comments, and general zone classification, is also available online. The map is widely used by city departments and the private sector for land administration, permitting, planning, and analysis. The information in this map comes from enterprise GIS layers that are updated on a daily basis.”