Basalt is making the right move
The Basalt Town Council should be commended for reaffirming the rapidly growing town’s urban growth boundary this week. We think it’s in the town’s best interest to stem suburban sprawl and to concentrate density in already developed areas. This strategy will, of course, take political backbone and support from the public – especially if council members are to achieve their stated goal of providing affordable housing in and around the town core.We would urge officials and residents to remember and honor this commitment to density in the heart of town – because there is bound to be screaming when bigger, taller development proposals start to appear. We would also urge Basalt to focus its energy on some emerging traffic-flow issues at the Willits development, where the eventual arrival of a Whole Foods grocery store is bound to create more congestion. It seems that nearly everyone in the midvalley is excited that a specialty grocer is coming to town, but everyone must remember that a 44,000-square-foot supermarket will generate a lot of traffic, and that something must be done to ease vehicle movement where Willits Lane meets Valley Road, just off Highway 82 and upvalley from the existing City Market.From a planning standpoint, it’s good news that Whole Foods won’t actually open for another two or three years. This will give town officials time to consider their options and prepare for the thousands of cars and trucks that will pour off of Highway 82 at Willits Lane and either turn left into the Willits commercial area or right toward Orchard Plaza and City Market.We’re optimistic about Basalt’s phenomenal economic development and the cautious approach that town officials are taking. But they must stay focused and keep on their toes if they hope to handle the inevitable impacts.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
A new online platform for Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority’s residents and future customers is now available, and replaced an outdated paper-system.