ASPEN REAL ESTATE – The Pitkin County commissioners on Monday voted to deny an appeal from a Maroon Creek Valley landowner hoping to build a 15,000-square-foot home on an allegedly landslide-prone hillside.The luxury home had been previously approved at 8,250 square feet, which is a right the owners still hold.Owner David Boehm, through Celestial Land Co., appealed a ruling by hearing officer Jim True that limits the ability to build beyond what’s allowed on the 35-acre rural site near the T Lazy 7 ranch. True also is special counsel for the city of Aspen; he works under contract for the county on land use applications. He ruled on the Celestial project last August after four hearings spanning 11 months.Five neighboring homeowners, at the same time, appealed True’s finding, claiming the approved site is hazardously situated in an active alluvial fan where mountain debris is apt to slide. The neighbors include billionaires Tom and Margot Pritzker, heirs to the Hyatt hotel fortune who control adjacent land through the Roaring Fork Land and Cattle Co.They claimed the development would make catastrophic landslides more likely to head toward their homes.
By Andrew Travers, May 10, 2011, Aspen Daily News

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Views of the Maroon Bells in the Maroon Creek Valley. Photo courtesy of T-Lazy-7 Ranch.