Pitkin County caps size of McMansions

Pitkin County officials clamped down on monster homes Tuesday, agreeing to limit mansions to 15,000 square feet.The decision came at the land-use code revision meeting between the Board of County Commissioners and the Planning and Zoning Commission, and means that the construction of compounds the size of Saudi Arabian Prince Bandar's 55,000-square-foot palace will be forbidden once the new law takes effect later this year.

According to Cindy Houben, the community development director, one to two submittals are made annually for homes exceeding 15,000 square feet, which is roughly the size of the Pitkin County Courthouse.

The maximum square footage permitted for a home in Pitkin County, precluding the purchase of transferable development rights (TDRs) or meeting growth management requirements, is 5,750 square feet. Before the revision adoption, there was no cap on the size of a house.

The land-use code revision is an ongoing process between the BOCC and P in an effort to update current code.

Revision meetings will continue into March, and dates and times can be found on the county Web site at aspenpitkin.com.

Read the full article in the Aspen Daily News

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