Aspen City Council

Key city of Aspen planners leaving for private practice

Dec 2, 2015

 Two key players in Aspen City Hall who set the development agenda are leaving their posts to go into the private sector. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

  Community development director Chris Bendon and senior planner Sara Adams gave their resignations yesterday. They plan to start their own consulting business, specializing in land use planning and historic preservation.

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In the midst of a housing crunch, the city of Aspen is moving forward with plans to develop three new affordable housing complexes.

Valley Roundup on Morning Edition

Oct 30, 2015

  Here's a short snip it. The full roundtable discussion will air at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and again on 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

A landlord’s attempt to increase rent on an Aspen restaurant was stopped by elected officials Monday night.

Aspen council may change policy on conflicts of interest

Oct 19, 2015
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   The mayor of Aspen is considering asking his colleagues to tweak a city rule that would minimize conflicts of interest among elected officials.

Right now, the city’s rules around ethics only address employees. They’re not allowed under law to work for anyone in the private sector for six months after leaving their job if the move puts them in a situation where they do or appear to have a conflict of interest.

Mountain Edition - September 24th, 2015

Sep 24, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition. Angry businesses have settled out of court over a large-scale power outage.

Garfield County officials are cheering a wildlife decision by the federal government.

Snowmass Village puts off another decision about Base Village.

A controversial mid valley marijuana facility has a chance to keep growing.

Parking garage proposed under Base 2

Sep 21, 2015

  An underground parking garage is the latest iteration of an ever-changing lodge proposal on Main Street in Aspen.

Valley Roundup 9-18-15

Sep 18, 2015

 

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun, Andy Stone, former editor and columnist for the Aspen Times, and Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

Elected officials are considering giving themselves a 10 percent raise; they could go as high as 30 percent if they choose.

Valley Roundup - September 4th, 2015

Sep 4, 2015

On Tuesday, activists against energy development in the Thompson Divide met with the Forest Service at a potential drilling site. The Forest Service is reviewing an exploratory well proposal.

Hunt scraps lodge project on Main Street

Aug 19, 2015

One of Aspen’s gas station will not be torn down for an affordable lodge. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Developer Mark Hunt on Wednesday officially withdrew his Base 2 lodge project, even though it was already approved by Aspen officials. Instead, he will submit a new application for a two-story commercial building. That’s to replace the Conoco on Main Street, across from Carl’s Pharmacy.

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  It’s now more likely that Aspenites will decide the future of a lodge on Main Street. Aspen City Clerk Linda Manning says there are more than enough valid signatures to have a ballot measure in the fall. Petition organizers want Aspen residents to decide whether to allow the “Base 2” project.

Concerns about how Aspen is developing prompted a city councilman Monday to ask for an analysis of development projects already approved. 

Aspen resident Ward Hauenstein told council Monday he’s worried.

"City government has had the vision and courage to limit growth. I fear that our representatives have lost that vision and courage."

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The City of Aspen is in the throes of deciding where to put government offices in the future. Tuesday afternoon (7/14) council narrowed three options to two. 

City departments like police and engineering are currently in leased space that before long, will become unavailable. City council is examining two solutions. Both include building new structures and have price tags above $48 million.

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Aspen City Council is getting behind a national effort to address climate change. On Monday council gave initial support for what’s called a “Carbon Fee and Dividend” proposal. 

In June seven Roaring Fork Valley residents, including an Aspen city staffer, traveled to Washington DC to sway elected officials to support the Carbon Fee and Dividend policy proposal. It would apply a fee to carbon-based fuels. Revenues from the fee would be returned to households across the country.

 

Petitioners are getting signatures in an attempt to stop a hotel from being built in Aspen. As of last week, organizers have beyond the 680 signatures needed to get on the ballot for a public vote later this year. The question would be whether a hotel, called Base 2, should move forward.

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A change to Aspen’s development requirements is not retroactive. That’s the opinion of an attorney hired by the City after a recent charter amendment. Voters decided last month that an election is needed if developers want exceptions for how big a project can be, or how much affordable housing or parking is required.

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Aspen City Council swore in members new and old Monday night. That included a grassroots organizer known for criticizing the group. Newly elected Bert Myrin took an oath with returning councilman Adam Frisch.

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Voters have chosen a winner for Aspen’s last City Council seat. Bert Myrin handily won in a runoff election that ended Tuesday night. In preliminary results, Myrin snagged 65% to Mick Ireland's 34%.

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Last night, Aspen City Council approved a second affordable lodge proposal by prolific land owner Mark Hunt. Councilmembers gave the go-ahead for what’s called Base 2. It would replace a Conoco gas station on Main Street, and off-site parking has been a point of contention.

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The two candidates squaring off for a seat on Aspen city council think change needs to happen in the city department that handles development proposals. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more from Thursday night’s “Squirm Night” forum.

The City’s community development department is made up of more than two dozen staffers. It handles construction plans and ensures developments comply with the city’s building code. It also enforces the land use code.

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