Long-awaited document spurred by proposed Leslie Wexner land trade

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — A long-discussed land exchange policy won unanimous approval Thursday from the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails board of trustees after more than six months of debate and multiple rewrites of the document.The policy will guide the board in its consideration of proposed congressional land exchanges — when someone seeks an act of Congress to swap properties involving federal lands. Board members indicated they will ask county commissioners to adopt the policy, as well.Efforts to draft the policy began last year, after lengthy negotiations between the county and billionaire landowners Leslie and Abigail Wexner broke off. The Wexners sought to fold Bureau of Land Management acreage into their ranch at the base of Mount Sopris, south of Carbondale, in exchange for the Sutey Ranch, north of Carbondale. They purchased the Sutey property with the swap in mind.
By Janet Urquhart, Jan 21, 2011, Aspen Times

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