Letter: Remember why we live here
Remember why we live here
I have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 29 years and moved to Basalt three years ago because it was the best place for me. Last year, I participated in the Our Town Planning process. The February kickoff allowed out-of-the-box ideas from residents of all ages. The excitement of possibilities escalated to presentations at the May 29 town meeting. I wanted to cry with pride and gratitude to live in a town that shared my values: Nature, recreation and community. From fourth graders and above, there was a resounding theme: Keep buildings away from the river. It was loud and clear: “Purchase more river access,” “preserve scenic and visual,” “keep our small town character,” “less growth” and “keep structures away from flood plain.” I urge you to keep growth where buildings now exist. I understand the need to support the vitality of our town. I have watched with sadness as several businesses moved to Willits or closed their doors, but we have alternatives. Redevelop Clark’s Market space to make it multi-use: hotel, residential, shops and services to provide diversity that will support the activities we love. The decisions you make cannot be reversed. I look forward to Rocky Mountain Institute and Roaring Fork Conservancy moving to the shores of the river, but let’s preserve the remaining Basalt riverfront property. Remember your values and why we live here. Basalt residents, you have received a survey, please complete it and let your voice be heard.
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