B. P&Z Overview: The P&Z is responsible for providing recommendations to the Town Council on all Town planning-related issues. This includes making recommendations on development projects, the Town’s zoning and subdivision codes, and annexations.
The P&Z is also charged with the preparation and adoption of the Basalt Master Plan. The comprehensive 2007 Basalt Master Plan is on the Town’s webpage along with several other plans which have been adopted by the P&Z as part of the Town’s master plan. Late last year, the P&Z adopted the Our Town Subarea Plan: An amendment to the 2007 Town of Basalt Master Plan to incorporate the findings of the Our Town Planning effort through that time including the work of the Downtown Area Advisory Committee (DAAC). Other special plans adopted by the P&Z include: the River Stewardship Master Plan; the Two Rivers Greenway Plan, the Parks, Open Space and Trails Master Plan and the El Jebel Sub-Area Plan. (See the Planning Department’s webpage to access these plans)
The P&Z is currently working on the zoning for the four Our Town Planning Area parcels. See www.Ourtownplanning.org. The P&Z will then concentrate on updating the 2007 Basalt Master Plan.
The P&Z typically meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from around 6 to 9 pm. The P&Z has 7 members, and the Council may appoint 1 or 2 alternates. The P&Z also meets when needed with the Town Council on master plan or land use projects.
Eligibility – must have been a Basalt resident for past 6 months (primary place of residency).
C. BOZA Overview: The BOZA holds public hearings to consider variances from the zoning code. Examples of variances include a request for an increase in height over what the zoning regulations would permit or a reduced side yard setback. The BOZA approves variances after recommendations for the P&Z.
There is no regular schedule and BOZA meets in evenings or late afternoons when necessary. There are 7 members on BOZA (the P&Z and Town Council have positions on the BOZA board.
Eligibility - must live in Town and be a registered voter.
D. Green Team: Overview: The Basalt Green Team provides advise to the Town Council on Sustainability items. Here are some of the tasks completed by the Green Team to date:
- Obtained grants to locate photovoltaic panels at the Basalt Middle School, pool and Public Works Shop
- Initiated the tasks which lead to building a micro-hydro project at the water filtration plant
- Developed Sustainability Building regulations for the Town
- Supported "dark skies" initiatives
- Developed bag ordinance although it was defeated by the voters
Currently the Green Team is completing a greenhouse gas inventory and exploring ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through retrofitting buildings.
The Green Team typically meets once a month on the 2nd Monday at 4:00 pm.
Eligibility - the majority of the members should live in Town although out of Town members are accepted.
E. BACH Overview: Since 2010 BACH has met with Town staff, community leaders, financial and state activists in the affordable housing realm in an effort to address how best Basalt can participate in creating and providing affordable community housing.
To date BACH has participated in the following:
- Habitat for Humanity - Town of Basalt partnership for the Homestead Drive home
- EPS Study to update housing needs and housing inventory
- Identify properties with the Urban Growth Boundary for AH projects
- Worked with Staff to develop Community Housing Credit Program, incorporated into the Code
- Recommendations for incentives to build AH housing, incorporated into the Code
- Recommendations for AH Code amendments, bringing the Town AH requirements into alighnment with Eagle County requirements
- Created Livability Standards for incorporation into the Community Housing Guidelines
In addition BACH acts as a referral committee on AH projects before the Town, including RealAmerica, Willits Town Center, and Lowe's Pan and Fork project, and provides support for AH projects seeking public and private funding.
Meetings - BACH meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 4:00 pm.
Eligibility - 7 members some members may live out of Town if they work for the school district or are part of the financial community.