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Upcoming Hearings Regarding Historic Preservation Benefits

City Council adopted a preservation ordinance in 1972, creating the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). Within two years the historic districts were established and designation, primarily of publicly owned properties, began. With the guidance of HPC, in 1980 the Planning Office developed the “City of Aspen Inventory of Historic Landmark Sites and Structures” listing significant historic resources that met criteria for designation and protection.
Today the Inventory contains 300 properties from both Victorian and Modern eras, which are subject to design for any proposed alterations. The mission of the historic preservation program, as stated in the Municipal Code (Section 26.415.010), is to promote the health, safety and welfare through the protection, enhancement and preservation of those properties, areas and sites, which represent the distinctive elements of Aspen’s cultural, educational, social, economic, political and architectural history.
To balance the restrictions that may be associated with the historic preservation and encourage good preservation practices, HPC and City Council can grant certain benefits. The benefits have allowed the City to act as a partner in preservation, providing support to property owners responsible for stewardship of the community’s heritage. Since the adoption of the benefits in 1987, no significant changes have been made. With the participation of the community, City Council and HPC would like to update and improve the Historic Preservation Benefits to better serve the community. 

To participate in the evaluation of changes to the benefits, please attend upcoming City Council meetings, all at Aspen City Hall, 130 S. Galena Street, 5:00 p.m.

Policy Resolution:  Monday, September 17th
First Reading: Monday, September 24th
Second Reading: Monday, October 8th

Or Contact Amy Simon, Historic Preservation Officer at

Sandwich Board Signs

In 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Reed vs. Town of Gilbert that municipal governments could no longer regulate signs based on content. The Court found that the content of signs is protected under the First Amendment as freedom of speech.   This means that governments nationwide must amend their sign codes.  Based on public input in 2017, the City amended its sign code. 
As a result of the Supreme County ruling, sandwich board signs in Aspen are scheduled to be phased out on September 28th, 2018.  In response to public comment from the business community regarding Council’s 2017 decision to eliminate sandwich board signs from downtown, Council will consider possible amendments to the sign code on September 17th and 24th based on your feedback. 
The City is now seeking your input regarding the best way to regulate sandwich board signs for commercial businesses.  Please take a minute to fill out this brief survey:
You may also contact Phillip Supino, Principal Long-Range Planner, with any questions:
970.429.2767  |

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