Basalt meeting will summarize ‘Our Town’ planning process
Basalt will hold a community meeting today to discuss preliminary results of its Our Town community planning process.
The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Basalt Regional Library. It will include some of the findings, both general and specific, that emerged when more than 300 community members submitted their vision of how key parcels downtown should be used or developed. The presentations will range from first-graders to architects. The meeting will be moderated by Paul Andersen.
The town provided participants in the process with an aerial picture of Basalt with some key parcels whited out. People were asked to put on their thinking caps as community planners and show what they want added to Basalt.
Town Manager Mike Scanlon said four common themes emerged: green spaces and gathering areas; hotel and housing; arts spaces; and preserving the qualities that already make Basalt special.
Those themes will be condensed into three plans, which the community will help winnow to two. The Town Council will select a final plan next month. It will be a guide for developers.
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Basalt mayoral candidates Bill Kane and Rob Leavitt said at a Feb. 10 forum they endorsed the town government’s $1.34 million expenditure to expand a riverfront park. Candidate and councilman Bill Infante said not so fast and provided an alternative view.