Basalt Forward 2030

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Implementing Basalt's 2020 Master Plan
by identifying and prioritizing capital projects



This spring, Town Council created Basalt Forward 2030, an initiative that seeks to identify and prioritize capital projects for funding through a potential property tax extension, including recommended projects from the 2020 Basalt Master Plan and a town-wide Facility Needs Study. Council is requesting community feedback to help prioritize capital improvements that will address current and future needs.

As part of this project, the Town may ask voters in November 2021 to approve a property tax extension to help finance projects that are identified through the process and supported by the community.

Town of Basalt Master Plan

Read the Basalt Master Plan here.

Basalt Forward 2030 will allow the Town to put its recently completed Master Plan into motion. Community members worked together in 2019 and 2020 to create the plan, which set a vision for growth and development for Basalt. The plan is now the primary guide for land use decisions and overall town-wide policies for the community’s future. Included in that plan were 13 projects that would enhance the quality of life for Basalt residents and visitors. Those projects are included in the Basalt Forward 2030 process and may be part of a future bond for voter approval. More information about the Master Plan projects is contained in this mailer.

Facility Needs Study

To begin the project, the Town worked with Cushing Terrell, the same firm that helped with the 2020 Master Plan, to identify the most pressing needs for the Town’s buildings and infrastructure. The Facility Needs Study made several recommendations that are highlighted in this mailer. The recommendations will be considered as part of the review and public feedback process.

Capital Needs Committee

With Council’s approval, Town staff convened the Capital Needs Committee to review recommendations and to seek public engagement and input on potential projects for the Town.

The Capital Needs Committee includes a member from each of the Town’s standing citizen committees and the Basalt Chamber of Commerce to represent businesses. The Committee will use this survey, public meetings and other outreach to seek feedback from the community—and to then refine a recommendation to Town Council for a possible bond to help fund the capital projects.

Moving Basalt Forward

The Town has worked over the past years to strengthen its budget and financial picture. Council members and staff believe that the Town is now in a financial position to look forward with its budget and make investments in the community.

Your Input is Important

Input from residents and businesses will be critical throughout this process. Council, staff and Committee members want to ensure that we are identifying the projects that our community wants and that will improve the quality of life in Basalt over the next 10 or more years. We encourage community members to get involved, ask questions and provide feedback.



Capital Needs
Committee

Basalt Affordable Community Housing (BACH):
Mike Kosdrosky (Regular)
Doug MacDonald (Alternate)

Basalt Chamber of Commerce:
Sylvia Theisen

Basalt Emergency Management Committee (BEMC):
Leroy Duroux

Basalt Public Arts Commission (BPAC):
Liz Bell (Regular)
Karyn Andrade (Alternate)

Finance Advisory Board:
Cheryl Ruppel (Regular)
Dieter Schindler (Alternate)

Green Team:
Pranav Lakhina (Regular)
Gerry Terwilliger (Alternate)

Planning and Zoning:
Eric Vozick (Regular)
Bill Maron (Alternate)

Parks, Open Space & Trails Committee (POST):
Paul Hilts (Regular)
Jason Groves (Alternate)

Victims and Witnesses
Assistance and Law
Enforcement Board (VALE):

Joe Bauer (Regular)
Ann Stephenson (Alternate)




Basalt Forward 2030 Project Recommendations

Basalt Master Plan provided several projects for consideration

The Basalt Master Plan came together through extensive community engagement. The Master Plan’s primary purpose is to be the guidebook for how Basalt’s citizens, workers, visitors and developers will help the Town grow into its vision of a sustainable and connected community. The plan included maps, charts, descriptions and illustrations to communicate our community’s values to future leadership and residents in order to leave a planning legacy for future generations.

As part of the Master Plan, 13 projects were identified and ranked by the public that demonstrated “actionable efforts that may be championed … to implement this Plan.” The citizen-led Capital Needs Committee is reviewing several of these projects. The Town has already begun or taken significant steps to complete some of the Master Plan projects, including:

  • Making capital investments to reduce Basalt’s greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Completing firewise mitigation projects along our urban fringe;
  • Beginning steps toward redevelopment of the Clark’s Market parcel; and
  • Upgrading Arbaney Park swimming pool.

Facility Needs Study identifies additional Town projects

In addition to the important projects identified in the Master Plan, the Town itself has several infrastructure needs to maintain high levels of core community services now and into the future.

As part of this process, the Town commissioned a Facility Needs Study to review all of Basalt’s public buildings. The study was recently presented to Town Council and specifically identified Town Hall and a police facility as short-term needs for Basalt. Both facilities need to be modernized to address community growth, building age, employee space needs, customer service and other considerations.

The completion of the second phase of the Public Works Facility was also identified as a need in the study. These three projects have been added to the Capital Needs Committee’s consideration of potential projects.

Capital Needs Committee project list

As of June 15, the Capital Needs Committee has met three times to discuss the scope of Basalt Forward 2030 and potential Town projects that can be addressed as part of this process. In working with Town staff, the committee has developed the following list of potential projects, combining recommendations from the Master Plan, Facility Needs Study and other public input.

The committee will be reviewing the feasibility, community input and potential costs of these projects to make recommendations to Town Council later in the summer. Town Council, staff and committee members will utilize public feedback, including this survey, to help prioritize projects and decide whether to put a question on the 2021 ballot. The current list of projects being consider include:

Master Plan recommendations:

Affordable workforce and/or senior housing project—The Town could utilize resources from a bond for a public-public or public-private partnership to provide much-needed workforce or senior housing for our community.

Green initiatives—The Town could invest in a significant solar project or partner in a large emissions-reduction project to reduce the community’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Midland Avenue streetscape—The Town could complete vitality and beautification improvements within Old Town that support local businesses.

• Traffic improvement—The Town could conduct a feasibility study for a Southside Drive/
Midland Avenue underpass.

• Child Development Center—Basalt could support a public-private partnership to construct an early-education and childcare facility to support the Town’s workforce and childcare needs.

• Parking—Old Town and Willits could benefit from parking to accommodate community members and visitors, while supporting local businesses.

Facility Needs Study recommendations:

Town Hall—The Town could construct a new Town Hall that would provide community space and an updated facility for better interface for community services.

• Police facility—To meet the needs of our growing community, the Basalt police force will need a new space to accommodate staffing, community services, storage and vehicles.

• Public works facility—The Town could fast-track completion of Phase 2 of its Public Works Facility to include several energy-efficiency and Green upgrades. This would provide adequate work space and allow the Town’s vehicle fleet to transition to electric vehicles.

Projects for future consideration:

The following projects were identified in the Master Plan, but due to limitations in this funding source, they will be considered at a future date. The Town will continue to study the feasibility of each project and look for funding sources and partnerships with neighboring communities and other governments.

Transportation—A connector shuttle between Old Town and Willits, as well as free RFTA bus service within a mid-valley zone, to help reduce traffic. Operational costs, such as bus service, cannot be part of a bond question.

Pedestrian connectivity—An additional pedestrian bridge over the Roaring Fork River.

Implementing Basalt's 2020 Master Plan
by identifying and prioritizing capital projects



This spring, Town Council created Basalt Forward 2030, an initiative that seeks to identify and prioritize capital projects for funding through a potential property tax extension, including recommended projects from the 2020 Basalt Master Plan and a town-wide Facility Needs Study. Council is requesting community feedback to help prioritize capital improvements that will address current and future needs.

As part of this project, the Town may ask voters in November 2021 to approve a property tax extension to help finance projects that are identified through the process and supported by the community.

Town of Basalt Master Plan

Read the Basalt Master Plan here.

Basalt Forward 2030 will allow the Town to put its recently completed Master Plan into motion. Community members worked together in 2019 and 2020 to create the plan, which set a vision for growth and development for Basalt. The plan is now the primary guide for land use decisions and overall town-wide policies for the community’s future. Included in that plan were 13 projects that would enhance the quality of life for Basalt residents and visitors. Those projects are included in the Basalt Forward 2030 process and may be part of a future bond for voter approval. More information about the Master Plan projects is contained in this mailer.

Facility Needs Study

To begin the project, the Town worked with Cushing Terrell, the same firm that helped with the 2020 Master Plan, to identify the most pressing needs for the Town’s buildings and infrastructure. The Facility Needs Study made several recommendations that are highlighted in this mailer. The recommendations will be considered as part of the review and public feedback process.

Capital Needs Committee

With Council’s approval, Town staff convened the Capital Needs Committee to review recommendations and to seek public engagement and input on potential projects for the Town.

The Capital Needs Committee includes a member from each of the Town’s standing citizen committees and the Basalt Chamber of Commerce to represent businesses. The Committee will use this survey, public meetings and other outreach to seek feedback from the community—and to then refine a recommendation to Town Council for a possible bond to help fund the capital projects.

Moving Basalt Forward

The Town has worked over the past years to strengthen its budget and financial picture. Council members and staff believe that the Town is now in a financial position to look forward with its budget and make investments in the community.

Your Input is Important

Input from residents and businesses will be critical throughout this process. Council, staff and Committee members want to ensure that we are identifying the projects that our community wants and that will improve the quality of life in Basalt over the next 10 or more years. We encourage community members to get involved, ask questions and provide feedback.



Capital Needs
Committee

Basalt Affordable Community Housing (BACH):
Mike Kosdrosky (Regular)
Doug MacDonald (Alternate)

Basalt Chamber of Commerce:
Sylvia Theisen

Basalt Emergency Management Committee (BEMC):
Leroy Duroux

Basalt Public Arts Commission (BPAC):
Liz Bell (Regular)
Karyn Andrade (Alternate)

Finance Advisory Board:
Cheryl Ruppel (Regular)
Dieter Schindler (Alternate)

Green Team:
Pranav Lakhina (Regular)
Gerry Terwilliger (Alternate)

Planning and Zoning:
Eric Vozick (Regular)
Bill Maron (Alternate)

Parks, Open Space & Trails Committee (POST):
Paul Hilts (Regular)
Jason Groves (Alternate)

Victims and Witnesses
Assistance and Law
Enforcement Board (VALE):

Joe Bauer (Regular)
Ann Stephenson (Alternate)




Basalt Forward 2030 Project Recommendations

Basalt Master Plan provided several projects for consideration

The Basalt Master Plan came together through extensive community engagement. The Master Plan’s primary purpose is to be the guidebook for how Basalt’s citizens, workers, visitors and developers will help the Town grow into its vision of a sustainable and connected community. The plan included maps, charts, descriptions and illustrations to communicate our community’s values to future leadership and residents in order to leave a planning legacy for future generations.

As part of the Master Plan, 13 projects were identified and ranked by the public that demonstrated “actionable efforts that may be championed … to implement this Plan.” The citizen-led Capital Needs Committee is reviewing several of these projects. The Town has already begun or taken significant steps to complete some of the Master Plan projects, including:

  • Making capital investments to reduce Basalt’s greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Completing firewise mitigation projects along our urban fringe;
  • Beginning steps toward redevelopment of the Clark’s Market parcel; and
  • Upgrading Arbaney Park swimming pool.

Facility Needs Study identifies additional Town projects

In addition to the important projects identified in the Master Plan, the Town itself has several infrastructure needs to maintain high levels of core community services now and into the future.

As part of this process, the Town commissioned a Facility Needs Study to review all of Basalt’s public buildings. The study was recently presented to Town Council and specifically identified Town Hall and a police facility as short-term needs for Basalt. Both facilities need to be modernized to address community growth, building age, employee space needs, customer service and other considerations.

The completion of the second phase of the Public Works Facility was also identified as a need in the study. These three projects have been added to the Capital Needs Committee’s consideration of potential projects.

Capital Needs Committee project list

As of June 15, the Capital Needs Committee has met three times to discuss the scope of Basalt Forward 2030 and potential Town projects that can be addressed as part of this process. In working with Town staff, the committee has developed the following list of potential projects, combining recommendations from the Master Plan, Facility Needs Study and other public input.

The committee will be reviewing the feasibility, community input and potential costs of these projects to make recommendations to Town Council later in the summer. Town Council, staff and committee members will utilize public feedback, including this survey, to help prioritize projects and decide whether to put a question on the 2021 ballot. The current list of projects being consider include:

Master Plan recommendations:

Affordable workforce and/or senior housing project—The Town could utilize resources from a bond for a public-public or public-private partnership to provide much-needed workforce or senior housing for our community.

Green initiatives—The Town could invest in a significant solar project or partner in a large emissions-reduction project to reduce the community’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Midland Avenue streetscape—The Town could complete vitality and beautification improvements within Old Town that support local businesses.

• Traffic improvement—The Town could conduct a feasibility study for a Southside Drive/
Midland Avenue underpass.

• Child Development Center—Basalt could support a public-private partnership to construct an early-education and childcare facility to support the Town’s workforce and childcare needs.

• Parking—Old Town and Willits could benefit from parking to accommodate community members and visitors, while supporting local businesses.

Facility Needs Study recommendations:

Town Hall—The Town could construct a new Town Hall that would provide community space and an updated facility for better interface for community services.

• Police facility—To meet the needs of our growing community, the Basalt police force will need a new space to accommodate staffing, community services, storage and vehicles.

• Public works facility—The Town could fast-track completion of Phase 2 of its Public Works Facility to include several energy-efficiency and Green upgrades. This would provide adequate work space and allow the Town’s vehicle fleet to transition to electric vehicles.

Projects for future consideration:

The following projects were identified in the Master Plan, but due to limitations in this funding source, they will be considered at a future date. The Town will continue to study the feasibility of each project and look for funding sources and partnerships with neighboring communities and other governments.

Transportation—A connector shuttle between Old Town and Willits, as well as free RFTA bus service within a mid-valley zone, to help reduce traffic. Operational costs, such as bus service, cannot be part of a bond question.

Pedestrian connectivity—An additional pedestrian bridge over the Roaring Fork River.

Community Open House

The Town of Basalt on Wednesday, August 4, will hold a community open house to provide additional information on its potential Basalt Forward 2030 projects and to seek further community feedback. The open house will be at the Basalt Regional Library from 5 to 7 o’clock. The Town is providing free pizza and beverages for those who attend.

Mayor Bill Kane, Town council members, Capital Needs Committee members and Town staff will be at the open house to meet with community members, discuss potential capital projects, and receive additional feedback on the projects.  The open house allows community members to come and go any time between 5 and 7 p.m.

“We encourage all members of the Basalt community, including residents and local business owners, to attend,” said Mayor Kane. “The projects under consideration as part of the Basalt Forward 2030 project will help shape the future of community, allow us to continue providing services to our community and help implement many of the recommendations in the Master Plan. This will be a great opportunity to learn more, ask questions and interact with Town leaders. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.”

Basalt Forward 2030 is a Council-approved initiative to take recommendations from the 2020 Master Plan, as well as a professional Facility Needs Study, and work with the community to identify and prioritize capital improvements. The project may lead to Town Council asking voters in November 2021 to approve bonds and a property tax extension to help finance projects that are identified through the process and supported by the community.

 

Open House details:

 

Basalt Forward 2030 Open House

Wednesday, August 4

5 to 7 p.m.

 

Basalt Regional Library

14 Midland Avenue

Basalt, CO 81621

 

Free Pizza and Beverages!

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