Former Pitkin County Board of Commissioners Michale Kinsley credited Dwight Shellman and Joe Edwards for the lack of condo complexes and strip malls on the outskirts of Aspen today, as did Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland, also a former county commissioner. “People often remark that they can tell they’re entering Pitkin County without seeing a sign at the border,” Ireland said.
ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Dwight K. Shellman Jr., a land-use attorney and former Pitkin County commissioner who helped enact groundbreaking rules to keep development in check, died Wednesday at his home of 40 years near Woody Creek. Shellman, 77, had suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. He was remembered Thursday by friends and colleagues as an outspoken, unwavering and visionary county commissioner who, along with fellow Commissioner Joe Edwards and, later, Commissioner Michael Kinsley, in the early 1970’s drove through national precedent setting growth-control legislation that prevented the sort of sprawl that is typical of many municipalities.
By Janet Urquhart, March, 23 2012 AT
Dwight in the ’70’s. Photo Courtesy: Aspen Hall of Fame 2010 Inductee Bio