Land-use attorneys, planners lobby Pitkin County to shelve proposed growth revisions during pandemic

The Aspen Times: Aspen-area land-use attorneys and planners are pressing Pitkin County commissioners to table proposed changes to growth control rules until after the pandemic threat eases and the public can attend official meetings again.

Representatives of more than 20 law or planning firms signed onto a letter to the commissioners to express concerns about a public hearing and second reading of the rule changes set for Wednesday. The commissioners have started holding their meetings via video conferencing, though at least one commissioner is in chambers at the time. The public watches the meetings live and calls or writes with comments.

“Debating and voting on this ordinance with no members of the public present and in person on account of state and local ‘shelter-in-place’ restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic is unfair and inconsistent with Colorado’s open meetings and Sunshine law requirements,” said the letter from the land-use planning and legal industry. “Allowing the public to simply call in via Zoom or other teleconference technology does not allow for meaningful public input.”

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