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Oct 03

Major vs. Minor: What's the Difference?

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 9:29 AM by Kelly Vaughn

During the October 7 Town Council meeting, community development staff will present their determination classifying the Aspen Skiing Company's proposed application for an amendment to the Base Village planned unit development as a major amendment. Per a Snowmass Sun report, SkiCo representatives will be appealing this decision made in August as the result of a pre-application meeting. More details are available in the staff report (see page 18).

What's the difference between the two? The criteria is defined by the Town's Land-Use Code. Here's a breakdown:

Major PUD
Minor PUD
A major PUD is a project that meets any of the following criteria:
A minor PUD is a project that meets all of the following criteria:
New Development
  • Contains more than four dwelling/hotel/lodge or other residential units
  • Contains more than 4,000 sq. ft. of nonresidential space
New Development
  • Contains no more than four dwelling/hotel/lodge or other residential units
  • Contains no more than 4,000 sq. ft. of nonresidential space
Additions/Redevelopment
  • Adds more than six dwelling/hotel/lodge or other residential units
  • Increases the existing floor area or the footprint of a nonresidential building by more than ten percent
Additions/Redevelopment
  • Adds no more than six dwelling/hotel/lodge or other residential units
  • Increases the existing floor area or footprint of a nonresidential building by no more than ten percent

How does the major or minor classification impact the review process and criteria? This table presented to Council in May, 2013 (see page 40 of the packet) provides a summary of the review process, intent, timing, review criteria, and legal effect/resulting project status/action documentation.

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