Envisioning The Future of Downtown Basalt

Community input remains at the heart of reshaping downtown Basalt. People of all ages and from all walks of life have contributed their ideas of how Basalt should look in the future. The results of this public input process are being used to create an action plan reflecting the community’s vision.

Next Meeting – July 28th Work Session

The Basalt Town Council will have a work session July 28th regarding Our Town Planning.  Planning and Zoning commissioners and the Parks, Open Space & Trails (POST) members are invited to attend.  The Town Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting after the work session.

Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Place: Town Hall Council Room

June 30th P&Z Meeting

Basalt P&Z had a work session on June 30th regarding the Master Plan Amendment to include the DAAC Concept Map and Report as well as a presentation by DHM regarding park options for River Park.

View the entire P&Z information packet on the Town of Basalt website
Download P&Z meeting agenda only here

Two Rivers Road Greenway Master Plan Update

Click on the “Two Rivers Road” button on the right to see the Power Point presentation by Loris & Associates for the Two Rivers Road Greenway Master Plan update.  The PP presentation was associated with a survey conducted during the meeting.

Staking the Park and the Big “V”

Sopris Engineering has staked the park, building line, and the Big “V”; see the Staking Plan map.

We have put red “V”s on the View Line, blue pennants on the property line and red pennants on the building line.

NOTE – Please view the staking on the Pan and Fork from the road. Citizens cannot enter the site without a hard hat, vest, and a staff member.

Click on the “Next Steps” button on the right to find more information on current thinking, upcoming meetings and how to provide input.

Next Steps
Information on Current Ideas and Public Comment from May 14th to Current

Two Rivers Road
Two Rivers Road Greenway Master Plan Update

Lowe Proposal
Information on Lowe Enterprises Initial Proposal
and Comments from the Public about that Proposal up through May 13th

Park Drawings
Midland Park, Old Pond Park and River Park

Setting Expectations

The idea was to listen, learn, and share ideas, concerns and visions – all through a constructive, civil dialogue. See the Chat Session Meeting Notes.

Starting with the End in Mind

Self-discover and clarify Basalt’s important character values and goals. Envision the ideal characteristics. See current “Our Town” Drawings.

Creating The Capacity For Change

View video from the Summary Findings Meeting.


Our Town Planning Process Continues

Ideas about Basalt’s future were gathered in 18 chat sessions, numerous stakeholder group and public meetings, and through 300+ maps and drawings submitted to the Town earlier this year. This process generated around 3,000 ideas which were subsequently synthesized into three different options. A vote was conducted and Option Two of the proposed site plan scenarios was chosen by the majority of voters in a June survey. Option Two was used as the basis for further discussions regarding specific uses on the Pan and Fork, Clark’s Market, and Lions Park properties. You can read how Basalt’s informal networks contributed to this initial effort in the Our Town Planning Report generated by JKA Group.

This ongoing process moved from the “visioning” stage to “narrowing down the possibilities” with the appointment of members to the Downtown Area Advisory Committee (DAAC) and the commissioning of a town-wide survey, findings of which are available via a link in the footer.  The DAAC members met from October to December 2014 to refine the community’s earlier work.  The result is presented in the final DAAC Report and the concept map seen below.

Town of Basalt DAAC Concept Map

“Our Town” Process:
The Next Steps

The 3,000 ideas generated by the community were synthesized into three Site Plan alternatives. The community then voted for the site plan that most represented what they would like to see in Downtown Basalt. See the Ballot Results.

The next step was for DAAC to hold meetings in order to prepare their recommendations to the Basalt Town Council.  Click here to review DAAC’s report to the Town Council (3.57 MB download).

DAAC Meetings
DAAC : Downtown Area Advisory Committee

The Town conducted a second survey to clarify the findings of the June 2014 Our Town Planning survey.  At the bottom of the website there is a link to the survey report.

Now, in Spring 2015, the Planning and Zoning Committee is reviewing the DAAC concept map and is focusing its efforts on downtown redevelopment planning.  This entails revising some zoning language and amending the Town’s Master Plan to include redevelopment goals.  Other considerations are revisions to the Town’s Housing Guidelines and the Two Rivers Road Greenway Master Plan.  The revisions and amendments will be forwarded to the Town Council for final action sometime this coming summer.  Between now and then public hearings will be held so watch the Town’s website for these upcoming agenda items.