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Election looms over Basalt Pan and Fork decision

Feb 24, 2016

A look across the Pan and Fork parcel near downtown Basalt.
Credit Elise Thatcher

  Basalt leaders have chosen to pursue a certain amount of development for part of the Pan and Fork parcel. But the decision is nonbinding and comes less than a month before a pivotal election.

The April 5th election is expected to more clearly define what Basalt residents want. Especially when it comes to building on Pan and Fork land currently owned by a nonprofit, the Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation or CDC. Town Council passed a resolution Tuesday night which would allow up to 55,000 square feet of development and buildings up to two and a half stories high.

Michael McVoy is Board President of the CDC and says that and other decisions before voters go to the polls in April are being taken with a good pinch of salt. “I think it’s going to be a very telling result that comes out of the election,” said McVoy Wednesday, “and we’re really looking forward to that as hopefully putting in place something of a mandate on how to proceed.” Three council seats and the mayor’s post will be on the ballot.

A key leader in the recent petition movement, which called for less development and more park space on the Pan and Fork parcel, said Town Council’s nonbinding resolution on Tuesday night was a good step towards making some kind of decision about the parcel.