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Aspen City Council recently paused residential development to explore solutions to better clarify the Land Use Code and development regulations that contribute to the pace and scale of development in Aspen.

As part of this effort, City staff and a team of consultants are conducting a deep dive into:

  • The pace and scale of free-market development including reviews of current development allotments, demolition standards, and zoning and calculations to understand the impacts of residential development on community infrastructure and the environment.
  • The promotion of affordable housing options through reviews of the existing credits program, residential generation and mitigation, zoning opportunities, and review procedures to understand what barriers may exist in the existing Land Use Code.
  • Overarching Development Procedures within the Land Use Code including definitions for demolition and non-conformities, zoning standards alignment with Aspen Area Community Plan goals, and review procedures to highlight additional updates needed to the Land Use Code in response to any proposed Code Language changes.

Engagement is focused on aspirational conversations with the community and targeted discussions with technical stakeholders - consisting of interviews, focus groups, and neighborhood meetings.

We concluded our formal public participation around residential building and presented our Short-Term Rental Community Engagement Summary to City Council on Monday, May 9, 2022. You can watch the update online as well as download the summary report located under the "Key Documents" on this page.

Our next steps in the process include drafting ordinance language to present to Council. Upcoming key dates are listed under "Key Dates" on this page.



Aspen City Council recently paused residential development to explore solutions to better clarify the Land Use Code and development regulations that contribute to the pace and scale of development in Aspen.

As part of this effort, City staff and a team of consultants are conducting a deep dive into:

  • The pace and scale of free-market development including reviews of current development allotments, demolition standards, and zoning and calculations to understand the impacts of residential development on community infrastructure and the environment.
  • The promotion of affordable housing options through reviews of the existing credits program, residential generation and mitigation, zoning opportunities, and review procedures to understand what barriers may exist in the existing Land Use Code.
  • Overarching Development Procedures within the Land Use Code including definitions for demolition and non-conformities, zoning standards alignment with Aspen Area Community Plan goals, and review procedures to highlight additional updates needed to the Land Use Code in response to any proposed Code Language changes.

Engagement is focused on aspirational conversations with the community and targeted discussions with technical stakeholders - consisting of interviews, focus groups, and neighborhood meetings.

We concluded our formal public participation around residential building and presented our Short-Term Rental Community Engagement Summary to City Council on Monday, May 9, 2022. You can watch the update online as well as download the summary report located under the "Key Documents" on this page.

Our next steps in the process include drafting ordinance language to present to Council. Upcoming key dates are listed under "Key Dates" on this page.



What does the moratorium affect?

There is a temporary moratorium on the acceptance of any new land use application seeking a development order or notice of approval, on the acceptance of certain building permit applications for all residential uses in all zone districts within the city of Aspen, and on the issuance of new vacation rental (short-term rental) permits. 

The moratorium applies to residential properties within Aspen city limits. It does not apply if:

  1. A land-use application for a Development Order or Notice of Approval was submitted to the Community Development Department prior to the final passage of the ordinance and was deemed to be complete by the Community Development Department Director.
  2. A land-use application is seeking a Development Order or Notice of Approval for a project consisting of 100% affordable housing as that term is defined at §26.104.100 of the Aspen Municipal Code, or as may be deemed necessary for the issuance of Certificates of Affordable Housing for a 100% affordable housing project, or as determined by the Community Development Director.
  3. The land use application involves Voluntary Aspen Modern designation processes (has a historic designation) that meet the requirements of § 26.415.025.C and 26.415.030.
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