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Basalt planners want solution on Pan & Fork

Scott CondonThe Aspen TimesAspen CO, Colorado

BASALT The Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission doesnt want the Town Council to abandon the goal of removing residents of two trailer parks from the flood plain, despite a loss at the polls April 1.P&Z chairman Bill Maron suggested at the commissions meeting Thursday night that the board reaffirm commitment to removing residents of the trailer parks from harms way. Maron said numerous Basalt residents spent countless hours earlier this decade creating a river master plan, which details how to ease Basalts flood threats and envisions how Roaring Fork River frontage should be redeveloped.One of the top priorities of the master plan is relocating residents of the Pan & Fork Mobile Home Park and Roaring Fork Mobile Home Park out of the flood plain.The trailer parks are in the heart of Basalt, along the Roaring Fork River. The Pan & Fork is home to 37 families; the Roaring Fork is home to 50 families. The population at the two parks is estimated at more than 300 people.Both parks are privately owned. The town government proposed buying the Pan & Fork for $5 million, then slowly offering residents a chance to relocate into replacement housing. The portion of the trailer park that is in the flood plain would have been preserved as open space. Land next to Two Rivers Road would have been redeveloped.Voters rejected funding the proposal by a 10-vote margin. Mayor Leroy Duroux said after the election he didnt know how the town will proceed. Councilman Chris Seldin said each individual council member must determine if the issue remains a top priority.The planning commission voted 5-0 to draft a letter later in April to urge the council to continue seeking solutions to the trailer park dilemma. However, no course of possible action was discussed by the commission Thursday night and it was unclear if the boards letter will suggest any potential solutions.The election results left a big unanswered question for the Town Council: Did voters say the issue shouldnt be a priority for the community or did they say taxpayers funds shouldnt be used to solve the problem?scondon@aspentimes.com


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