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Basalt holds hearing on master plan BASALT The Basalt Town Council has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday to discuss a new land-use master plan. The town has worked for more than one year to update the 1999 master plan. The document is essentially a blueprint for where the town wants to grow and what types of projects it wants from developers. It covers everything from affordable housing policies to goals for trail networks and parks. The plan has big implications for developers. It defines a boundary that the town considers appropriate for growth and sets the bar on amenities like affordable housing. The Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission approved the master plan on Aug. 30. Now the council will consider adopting that plan. The discussion, which includes a public hearing, is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. at Basalt Town Hall. Another major item on the agenda is due to be continued without discussion. The councils agenda said it will continue a public hearing on the expansion proposal for the Willits Town Center until Nov. 13.Meeting set on new midvalley rec center EL JEBEL Proponents of a midvalley recreation center will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the El Jebel Community Center. Organizers said in an e-mail that they hope to form a committee called Friends of the Recreation Center that formally can take over study of the idea and its promotion. The Mid Valley Metropolitan District, which concentrates on water and sanitation service but is also legally able to delve into recreation issues, has led the effort so far. A public meeting last month drew scores of midvalley residents who supported the concept of a recreation center in the El Jebel area. Organizers are looking at the feasibility of acquiring a site from Eagle County next to the new Crown Mountain Park. Proponents of the recreation center believe it would require a property-tax increase to build and maintain a facility. Voter approval would be required. Tuesdays meeting will include information on what it would cost homeowners in property taxes to pursue a $15 million bond issue for the facility.Beaver Creek man to run for state Senate EAGLE COUNTY A Beaver Creek man has announced that he will run for a state Senate seat representing Eagle County. Republican Muhammad Ali Hasan filed his paperwork with the secretary of state last week for the November 2008 election. But he will meet with Eagle County party members before he makes his final decision, he said. I want to make sure theyre open-minded about my idea of running, Hasan said, adding that he is not looking for their endorsement. Hasans activist work with the Eagle County School District on its Teacher Advancement Program and his opposition to home rule motivated him to run, he said. Hasan would like to improve education in public schools without spending taxpayer dollars, increase Colorados severance tax and help the Republican Party to interact more closely with residents by holding town hall meetings. Hasan says Eagle County should have a legislator who lives in Eagle County. We havent had a legislator from Eagle County in a very long time in either the House or Senate, he said. The 27-year-old Hasan owns Ravia, a film production company, and Sangre De Cristo Capital, a land-development company. He owns a home in Beaver Creek. (Vail Daily)
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Local fire officials in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties are heightening their fire concerns, and starting this week Stage 1 fire restrictions will be enacted. Stage 1 means no campfires in undeveloped sites, no fireworks and no smoking outside unless it’s in an area cleared of all combustible materials.