Town of Basalt

Sheryl Barto

    Basalt is considering lowering affordable housing requirements for developers. Town officials have taken a step towards reducing the required number of affordable housing units in new developments. Right now the general rule is 35% of a project’s residential square footage has to be affordable housing. If approved, it would drop to 25%.

 

Elise Thatcher

Basalt Town Council members want residents to know they haven’t made up their minds about the Pan and Fork land. Council members passed a formal resolution Tuesday night after residents started gathering signatures about what to do with the land.

Elise Thatcher

There’s two efforts in Basalt to gather support for how to use the Pan and Fork parcel. “We want this one of a kind riverfront property to include a multipurpose event center to reflect the citizen input,” says Doug MacDonald, “which centers on the desire for arts, events, family activities and river orientation, and strengthens our recreation-based economy.”

Elise Thatcher

There are several proposals for development in the mid Roaring Fork Valley, and a little known plan is a key factor as officials decide whether to approve them.

Elise Thatcher

A group of Roaring Fork Valley officials has continued its review of a large development project for the mid valley. For several months the Roaring Fork Regional Planning Commission has been examining the project, which is being proposed by landowner Ace Lane.

Elise Thatcher

  The Basalt Town Council has decided to support a fall funding measure by the Roaring Fork School District. Town Council members voted unanimously last week to endorse the $122 million bond question.

Elise Thatcher

  Basalt officials are considering whether to support a bond measure by the Roaring Fork School District. On Tuesday night, Town Council will discuss the $122 million bond measure that goes before voters this fall. If approved, the measure would mean money for, among other things, the District to buy or build affordable housing for its workers.

We-Cycle could open bike stations in Basalt and Willits next spring. Basalt will pay $17,500 dollars to the bike sharing nonprofit, to review the feasibility of expanding into the midvalley. We-Cycle operates in Aspen now and has been exploring adding locations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

Elise Thatcher

  Basalt’s Town Council has reversed its decision on the Pan and Fork parcel. Officials decided last night to move forward with something called a predevelopment agreement. The majority of council members said they need more details about the range of development options for the land near the Roaring Fork River.

Elise Thatcher

The Town of Basalt has stepped up to temporarily fund a popular recycling center. Waste Management runs the site now, but says the estimated operating cost is unsustainable without outside funding. The company met with Pitkin County and Basalt officials this week, on Monday August 10th.

Elise Thatcher

  Basalt officials hit the pause button Tuesday on a preliminary review of development options for a controversial parcel. How—or whether— to develop the land could go to a public vote.

Flickr/hmclaird

  The Town of Basalt has hired a financial firm to find out how much money a developer could make near downtown. The proposed redevelopment is controversial, and officials have been hashing out what would be a good fit.  Basalt is now working with a Minnesota firm on reviewing four different redevelopment options.

Valley Roundup 7-13-15

Jul 31, 2015

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Andy Stone, columnist and former editor of the Aspen Times and Michael Miracle, editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

Aspen residents continue to take their town back by slowing growth and development in their own grassroots way. It’s anyone’s guess how elected officials will respond.

Officials in the mid valley are continuing to look at a major development proposal near Whole Foods. The controversial Tree Farm plan could mean as many as 400 hundred residential units and more than a 130,000 square feet in commercial development. But if the property was a few football field lengths to the southeast, it would go through a whole different set of requirements.

 

Elise Thatcher

It’s a cloudy summer day, and man named Paul is dropping off some cans and glass bottles at Basalt’s recycling site. He declines to give his last name, but shares a few thoughts about the drop off site. Like, “stay open later so the working man can get here.”

Screenshot/Mike Scanlon

Basalt officials are working with the District Attorney’s office regarding a pending marijuana business deal in that town. Officials are trying to figure out what business arrangements may be behind a Craigslist ad that appeared late last month. It was for marijuana "medical and recreational permits and license for sale."

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork School District has added another new principal to the roster. Jennifer Ellsperman is taking over as Principal for Basalt Middle School. She previously taught fifth grade there, and most recently was assistant principal at Basalt Elementary School.

Marci Krivonen

In the Midvalley, it’s not uncommon for parents to add their child’s name to a waitlist at a childcare center long before the baby’s born. Michelle Oger directs Blue Lake Preschool.

“Several moms calls us once they find out that they’re expecting, to get on the waitlist even before they tell their spouse or extended family. They ask that we keep it a secret until they announce it to everybody else.” 

Joleen Cohen

Finding decent housing in Aspen and parts of the Roaring Fork Valley has always been difficult. But the increasing shortage in rentals, especially in the Mid-Valley, is having a significant impact on residents. In the first in our series about housing in the Valley, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story.

Marci Krivonen

Basalt Town Council met behind closed doors last night to discuss a possible land purchase and go over a new “roadmap” for downtown development. 

The Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation is urging council to consider buying land it owns downtown. The non profit’s 2.3 acres is prime real estate along Two Rivers Road. Board President Michael McVoy says the corporation would like to retrieve its investment. The land was purchased as a partnership with the town in 2011.

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