Golf club changes proposal |

Golf club changes proposal

The Roaring Fork Club in Basalt added more cabins to its expansion plan last night but dropped nine additional holes of golf.The club, which is in the middle of a political battle to get its expansion approved, took several steps designed to answer concerns expressed by its current members, town officials and even some critics, according to managing partner Jim Light.Instead of a nine-hole addition to its existing 18-hole course, the club proposed adding a three-hole practice and teaching area. A fly-fishing practice and teaching facility is also a major new component.Light told Basalt government officials Tuesday night that the revision was partially motivated by concerns of some people that Basalt might be basing too much of its economy on golf.In addition, he said, there was a danger that adding nine holes and more members could backfire. If the new holes weren’t well-received, it might have just created more pressure on the existing 18 holes.Project manager Jeff Jones said the number of cabins in the proposal will be increased from 24 to 32. However, they will be placed in two primary clusters and kept off steep slopes. The new site design will enhance the feel of open space and rural density, Jones said.In addition, the new proposal will keep more of the Guido Meyer Ranch intact next to Elk Run subdivision and cluster 10 single-family home lots on the southern portion of the ranch.The Roaring Fork Club team is trying to move those 10 lots as close as possible to what is known as Basalt’s urban growth boundary. That’s the area that was determined by a land-use master plan in 1999 to be appropriate for urban-style development.Critics have said the project violates the town’s master plan by creating too much housing outside the boundary. They want the review of the club’s expansion shelved until residents get a chance to look at all possible land uses at the site.The club’s old and new proposals each included 34 affordable housing residences that are about evenly split in and outside the urban growth boundary.Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission member Bernie Grauer applauded the decision to drop nine holes of golf and create more unused open space. The initial proposal has made an “oppressive” feeling of golf in Basalt, he said.Planning commission member Michael Ernemann also credited the “less aggressive land use” of the new plan. The old proposal seemed to cram too much into the 202 acres between Elk Run and the existing club, he said.It remains to be seen how the change in direction will be received by a handful of residents who vowed to fight the old proposal. No members of the group attended the meeting Tuesday night.The commission’s formal review of the proposal will continue later this summer.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is

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