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Aspen Community Invited to Participate in Engagement Session on City Manager Recruitment

The Aspen community is invited to attend an engagement session with recruitment firm Peckham & McKenney to provide input on desired qualities for the next city manager.  The engagement session input will contribute to shaping a candidate profile for the city manager position.

Discussion points for the public to weigh in on for the engagement session include the current and future challenges Aspen faces, service priorities, communication, management, and leadership style and approach, and community involvement philosophy.

The public may attend any session, which will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, May 13 from 8-9 a.m. at the Pitkin County Library Dunaway Meeting Room;
  • Monday May 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Aspen Police Station Community Room;
  • And Tuesday, May 14 from 12:15-1:45 p.m. at the Aspen Police Station Community Room.

A summary of the feedback will be presented to City Council on Tuesday, May 14 at a 4 p.m. work session, which is open to the public and will be broadcast on CGTV Channel 11 and City of Aspen Facebook page.  

Please contact Alissa Farrell, HR Director/Interim Assistant City Manager, 970-920-5743 or alissa.farrell@cityofaspen.com with questions or concerns.

Updates on the recruitment process can be found on the city manager’s page on www.cityofaspen.com.

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Historic Preservation Benefits Amendments

City Council continues to discuss amendments to the benefits available to historic landmarks.  Second Reading of an ordinance encompassing the proposed changes was held on April 8th.  The Council packet and video of the meeting can be found at City Webcast / Meetings & Agendas | Aspen, CO
Council continued the hearing to May 13th at 5:00 p.m., directing staff to draft additional language to remove Growth Management exemptions/affordable housing mitigation reductions available to historic commercial properties, to change the way that the maximum floor area benefit will be determined according to parcel size, and other minor adjustments.  The agenda and packet for this meeting will be available at As of 4/23/2019 - City Webcast / Meetings & Agendas | Aspen, CO on May 10th.
For more information, please contact Amy Simon, Historic Preservation Officer, at amy.simon@cityofaspen.com.

Land Use Code Amendment: Transportation and Parking Management 

On Monday May 13th Council will hear first reading of Ordinance 13, 2019 amending the Transportation and Parking Management section of the land use code.  The amendments are limited in scope, focused on revising formatting, clarifying terminology and processes, and coordinating between various standards in the section.  The amendments will not change development rights or requirements of development for the provision of mobility improvements and off-street parking. 
Second reading is scheduled for Monday May 20th.  Please direct any questions about these amendments to Phillip Supino, Long-Range Planner, at phillip.supino@cityofaspen.com, 970.429.2767

Land Use Code Amendment: APCHA

The Aspen City Council and the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) are currently considering amendments to the existing Aspen/Pitkin Housing Authority (APCHA) Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) that would change the APCHA Board makeup and place an Aspen City Council member on the APCHA Board.  

The Land Use Code currently requires an APCHA Board recommendation on certain Land Use applications, which could create a potential conflict of interest in the land use process when the City Council makes a final decision on a land use application.  In response, the Community Development Department has initiated the Land Use Code amendment process to eliminate APCHA Board recommendation requirements and replace with language requiring compliance with the adopted APCHA Guidelines. 

A policy discussion with the Aspen City Council regarding this issue and 1st reading of the Land Use Code amendments are scheduled for May 13th, 2019.  If 1st Reading is passed, 2nd Reading (public hearing) for the Land Use Code amendments is scheduled for May 20th, 2019.  

A link to the Staff memo outlining the APCHA issue including the new proposed Land Use Code language can be found here.

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