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.   

Upcoming Office Closures

The Community Development Department will close at 3:30 on Thursday February 28th to participate in the CBO transition celebration (see invite in this newsletter).
Beginning on Friday March 1st, the Community Development Department will have limited staffing each 1st Friday in 2019 for staff training and education.  Inspection services will be normal on these days and not interrupted.  If you need to see a staff member on a 1st Friday, please make an appointment in advance, as walk-ins for building and planning will be limited.  Signs will be posted the week leading up to each 1st Friday to remind customers about limited services available.  Mark your calendars to the first 1st Friday, March 1st. (How many ComDevers did it take to come up with that crazy sentence!?!)


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.


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