Basalt approves new growth controls |

Basalt approves new growth controls

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” The Basalt Town Council on Tuesday night gave final approval of a growth management system.

The biggest change is the council will grant approval for only 32 free-market development units per year. There was no cap before. The 32 dwelling units would represent an annual growth rate of 2 percent annually.

In earlier discussions, council members said they wanted to reduce the amount of annual allotments because there are so many previously approved units in Basalt which have not been started, plus projects that are currently in the review pipeline and exempt from the new growth controls. In addition, some types of new projects will have exemptions, such as affordable housing projects.

The new growth management rules will also include a scoring system, similar to Pitkin County’s process. Projects must achieve a minimum score. If approvals are sought for more than 32 allotments, projects compete for the highest score by offering community amenities.

The new process was approved unanimously.

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