Aspen seeks comments on moratorium on short-term rentals and residential development

The City of Aspen is seeking community input to shape the future of residential construction and short-term rental activity in the city as it continues with a six-month moratorium on residential development and a nine-month break from permits for vacation rentals.

The initiative, titled “Shaping Aspen’s Built Environment,” aims to address key challenges by changing land use code related to community, environmental and economic stressors , according to a press release from the city.

Aspen City Council on Dec. 8 approved Ordinance 27, which placed a moratorium on the issuance of new residential and short-term rental permits in Aspen.



This pause allows staff, council and community space to assess current development trends in Aspen and align development regulations with existing city policy, according to the release.

The moratorium for residential construction is in place until June 8 and the break in issuing vacation rental permits is until September 30.



“Through Ordinance 27, City Council has made it clear that it is essential that residential development activities support, not undermine, climate action policies, community sustainability and our shared sense of place” , Community Development Manager Phillip Supino said in the statement. “The moratorium creates space for inclusive community dialogue about the intersection of these issues and to come up with creative solutions. The results sought by the council will influence future development in the community.

While residential construction and short-term rentals are closely linked, the city is conducting two coordinated engagement efforts to solicit input on potential policy changes regarding development impacts and affordable housing and short-term rentals.

The community is invited to participate in this initiative through online storytelling and neighborhood meetings from now until April. The feedback collected by the City will directly inform the development of ideas and solutions proposed to City Council over the coming months.

For more information and a calendar of upcoming events, visit aspencommunityvoice.com/aspens-built-environment or email [email protected].

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