Old Armory
Courtesy of the Aspen Historical Society 

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello!

Chief Building Official Transition and Celebration

Join the Community Development Department Thursday February 28th for a celebration of Stephen Kanipe’ s amazing career with the City, and to welcome Mike Metheny as the new Chief Building Official.  This community event will be Feb 28th 3:30-5:30 at the Police Station Community Room.  Light snacks and great memories will be shared. We hope you can join us!
Stephen’s last day as the CBO will be March 1st, with Mike taking on responsibilities on March 2nd.  Mike has worked for the city for the last 13 years, most recently as the Inspections Manager for the Building Department.   
Stephen is retiring after working for local government for over 30 years.  Kanipe started with the City of Aspen in 1989 as an entry level plans examiner when the building department was shared between the City and County, taking over as the Chief Building Official in 1995.  Over the three decades Kanipe served the City of Aspen and the building community, he wrote and reviewed three books on energy code, and under his leadership the City of Aspen won the Harvard Innovations in Government Award in 2007 for the REMP program, which was used as a model for governments around the country that have replicated the program.   


Beta Testing Building Permits

We are happy to report that we are getting ready to beta test building permits in the new permits management system, Salesforce, and are looking for volunteers to use Salesforce to apply for and manage their upcoming permit applications.  The work scope of permits eligible for consideration includes new construction, alterations, and additions.  If you are interested, please email permit coordinators at permitcoordinators@cityofaspen.com and tell us about your project and when you think you will be ready to submit.  We will work with you to ensure that your project is a good fit. 

Additional Training and Support

As we get ready to use Salesforce for more permit types, we are in the process of developing additional support and training opportunities for our customers.  Starting in mid- to late-March, look for more information about in-person and online support as well as Lunch and Learns.


Construction Mitigation Plan Brunch and Learn

Please join the City of Aspen Engineering Department to discuss new updates in the City’s Construction Mitigation Program.  We will discuss updates to the following regulations:
  • Site Screens
  • Construction Signage
  • Exemptions to Noise Modeling Requirements
We will also introduce our new Mandatory Online CMP Certification.

To RSVP, email us at engineeringhelp@cityofaspen.com
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