Basalt housing project still alive
BASALT Developer David Fiore still has a glimmer of hope to gain approval for a housing project near Basalt High School.The Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission approved a new town land-use master plan Tuesday night that includes a condition that could work to Fiore’s advantage. The master plan gives the Town Council discretion to review any development application outside the town’s urban growth boundary that provides replacement housing for all homes in the Roaring Fork Mobile Home Park, and Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park, according to Basalt Town Manager Bill Efting.The mobile home parks are in the floodway of the Roaring Fork River. One of Basalt town government’s highest priorities has been to find replacement housing for the residents and get them “out of harm’s way.”Fiore and a housing branch of Catholic Charities have proposed building a 115-unit development near the high school that would include a significant amount of replacement housing. The project was never reviewed because it is outside the urban growth boundary – or the area the town deemed appropriate for growth.The site will remain outside the urban growth boundary, but the planning commission’s language would allow the council to still review it in the future – if, perhaps, the board turns over in the next election.
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