Basalt council alters marijuana laws |

Basalt council alters marijuana laws

Staff report

The Basalt Town Council again tweaked its regulations Tuesday on determining where marijuana stores are prohibited.

The council voted 5-0 to approve an ordinance that changes how distances from various public facilities and areas are calculated. The town code creates pot shop-free buffers around major parks, schools and day cares. However, now the distance will be calculated by “using a route of direct pedestrian access.”

Using pedestrian access routes makes the marijuana buffer consistent with the liquor code buffer.

This was the third time the council has taken action on the buffer.

The council also voted 5-0 to allow marijuana sales on Sundays, and it extended the hours of operation to 8 a.m. to midnight. Marijuana stores previously couldn’t be open on Sundays, and the hours were limited to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In other council action Tuesday night:

The council directed its staff to work with the Roaring Fork Community Development Corp. and Lowe Enterprises on a fiscal-viability plan for development on the portion of the former Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park site closest to Two Rivers Road. The town is working on a master plan for what size and type of development will be allowed on the property. Now there also will be work performed to determine if the contemplated level of development is fiscally viable.

Roaring Fork Community Development Corp. made the request for the fiscal study in conjunction with Lowe Enterprises. The development corporation is a nonprofit organization that owns about 2.4 acres of land at the site. Lowe Enterprises has an agreement to purchase the property.

The council approved a special-event activity permit that allows closure of a portion of Midland Spur in front of Town Hall for an All-in Community Country Dance and Feed on July 31. The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. It will feature music by the Caleb Dean Band, a popular country and western dance group. Food and alcohol will be for sale.

The council also approved closure of the Midland Avenue loading zone and a portion of Midland Spur on the morning of Aug. 15 for the Basalt Half Marathon.

The council directed its staff to negotiate the purchase of unit 322 at 355 Gold Rivers Court for $305,000. The town has been buying units there for employee housing.

The council also directed its staff to negotiate the purchase of unit 6101 at the Villas at Elk Run condominiums for $321,000.

The council directed the town manager to hire the town’s financial consultant to develop financing strategies to expedite construction of the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s River Center. The center is proposed for west of the Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center that is under construction.


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