ASPEN REAL ESTATE— Pitkin County commissioners expressed a willingness Tuesday to grant an extension for building permits that have expired or are poised to expire as a result of the current economic hard times.“I think this is an unusual circumstance, an unusual time for the country,” said Commissioner George Newman.Commissioners left the details of the proffered grace period up to the county’s planning and building staff, but made it clear any project that would no longer be allowed under the current land-use code will need a special review to address the code changes.All who have expired or expiring permits will have to respond when they are notified of the expiration by the county; the extension won’t be automatic, commissioners agreed A one-year extension was discussed, but Commissioner Rachel Richards suggested the staff choose a length of time that makes the most sense. Fourteen months would get projects through next summer, she noted.
By Janet Urquhart, June 2, 2010, Aspen Times

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