There have been 12 properties that have come through the government process since the controversial Ordinance 48 was first adopted in December 2007. That ordinance established a list of 53 properties that could be historically significant and therefore, development or demolition are limited on them.“Twenty-five percent have attempted to move forward, and the others are waiting it out,” said Amy Guthrie, the city’s historic preservation officer. Property owners on the list have been in limbo for nearly two years — the council passed an emergency ordinance in July 2007 that placed restrictions on all buildings 30 years old or older. Ordinance 48 replaced that five months later, allowing some negotiating room for property owners and city officials.In the meantime, a 22-member citizen task force has been working for a year on how to reshape the law and the city’s historic preservation program. The task force’s work was supposed to take between six months and a year, but now it appears it’ll be this summer before a recommendation will be made to the council.
By Carolyn Sackariason, May 11, 2009, Aspen Times
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