Board Openings

Current Openings 
The Town is currently accepting applications for the following boards:

  1. Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z)
  2. Parks, Open Space and Trails (POST)
  3. Basalt Green Team
  4. Basalt Affordable Housing Commission (BACH) - No openings
  5. Basalt Public Arts Commission (BPAC)
  6. Financial Advisory Board (FAB) - Contact Doug Pattision at
  7. Basalt Emergency Management Committee (BEMC) - Contact Pam Schilling at

Interested persons should attend at least one to two meetings prior to applying for a position with the board.  Meeting times and days vary per board, as outlined in the description below.  Meeting agendas, which include the meeting date and time, are posted in the Agenda Center at  Prior meeting minutes can also be found within the Agenda Center.  Currently meetings are being held virtually.

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled or a deadline is added to this site.  To apply, please complete the following form:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Town Planning Director Michelle Thibeault at or by calling 970-927-4701. Additional Information on each of the Town Boards is provided below.

Board Descriptions  

A.  Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission:  The P&Z is responsible for providing recommendations to the Town Council on all Town planning-related issues including development projects, the Town’s zoning and subdivision codes, annexations and more. The P&Z is also charged with the preparation and adoption of the Basalt Master Plan.

Meetings: The P&Z typically meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from around 6 to 9 pm. The P&Z also meets when needed with the Town Council on master plan or land use projects.

Eligibility: Must be a Basalt resident for a minimum of 6 months prior to application (primary place of residency). The P&Z has 7 members, and the Council may appoint 1 or 2 alternates.

B.  Parks, Open Space and Trails (POST): The POST Committee makes recommendations to the Basalt Town Council for the planning of parks, trails and open space.  As an advisory committee, POST does not have explicit decision-making authority; the primary responsibility of POST is to make recommendations to the Town Council on the Town's use of its 1% Open Space Sales Tax.

Recent significant projects include Basalt River Park improvements and the Arbaney Pool project.  The POST Committee also works on a multitude of other parks, open space and trails projects as included in the Town's Capital Improvement Plan.  POST strives to cultivate partnerships to support the implementation of the Town's parks, open space and trails.  

Meetings: POST currently meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

Eligibility: POST can have 5-7 members.  Members must live in Town or in the 81621 or 81623 zip codes

C.  Basalt Affordable Community Housing (BACH): Since 2010 BACH has met with Town Staff, community leaders, and financial and state activists in the affordable housing realm in an effort to address how Basalt can best 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 affordable housing projects,
- Worked with Staff to develop Community Housing Credit Program, incorporated into the Code,
- Recommendations for incentives to build affordable housing, incorporated into the Code,
- Recommendations for affordable housing Code amendments and policies, bringing the Town’s requirements into alignment with Eagle County requirements,
- Created Livability Standards for incorporation into the Community Housing Guidelines, and
- Reviewed plans and provided recommendations to Council on projects such as Stott’s Mill, Willits Block Seven building, and the Roaring Fork Apartments.

Meetings: BACH typically meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 

Eligibility: BACH may have up to 7 members. 1 member should be a member of the Hispanic community; up to 2 members may be non-resident members as long as they work within the Town limits as part of the business/finance community or RE-1 School District.

D.  Basalt Green Team:  The Basalt Green Team provides advice to the Town Council on matters related to sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction. 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, and
- 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 municipal and commercial buildings.

Meetings: The Green Team typically meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 3:30 pm.

Eligibility: The majority of Green Team members should live in Town, although out-of-Town members are accepted if they can show a strong tie to the Town of Basalt and interest in sustainability.


E.  Basalt Public Arts Commission (BPAC): The most important qualification for becoming a member of the Basalt Public Art Commission (BPAC) is recognition of arts and culture as being vital to the civic life of Basalt, nourishing our community and world. Commission activities are advisory in nature, including research, presenting information, and planning new public arts events in Basalt. BPAC has established the Commission from the ground up, educating themselves along the way, at the service of the Basalt Town Council. Individuals with varied cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please visit BPAC's website at for additional information.

Current projects include a mural grant program, videotaping Basalt area artists in their studios, and the preparation of an Arts Master Plan.

Meetings: 1st Thursday of the month from 6 pm - 8 pm

Eligibility: The Board is comprised of up to nine (9) full members and one (1) alternate.  Members must be residents of Basalt.  At least one (1) but no more than three (3) members may be ArtBase or TACAW board or staff members.  No more than three (3) members may be from the Chamber Sign Committee.  Although not required, at least one (1) member should be a representative of the Hispanic community, one (1) member should be from the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, and one (1) member a representative of the Basalt schools.


F.  Financial Advisory Board (FAB): The Financial Advisory Board is responsible for the review of policy matters dealing with Finance. This shall include but not limit review of the annual budget, annual audit, interim financial reports, acquisition of real property, major equipment purchases, capital projects and financially related policies.

Criteria for Council appointment to consider includes:

  1. Extensive experience in finance/accounting, such as lead financial role in an organization for over five years, or hold a current Certified Public Accountant license;
  2. Currently live within Basalt. Additionally one of the five members may be a Basalt business owner who does not live in the Town;
  3. Community involvement in other Basalt committees or functions;
  4. Ability to demonstrate solid leadership background/experience.

Meetings: The Financial Advisory Board generally meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00 PM.

Eligibility:  The Board is comprised of five (5) Basalt citizens.  Appointments to the Board shall be for a term of two (2) years.  Citizen committee member interviews and appointments will be conducted by the Town Council.  


G.  Eagle County Housing and Development Authority Advisory Committee (ECHDA): The ECHDA Committee is an Eagle County Committee.  One member of the nine member committee will be selected upon the nomination of the Basalt Town Council.  Another member will represent the unincorporated area of the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County.  The primary responsibility of ECHDA is to make recommendations to the Eagle County Commissioner of policies, practices, programs and priorities on the topic of affordable housing. The Committee will adopt bylaws and other policies as it deems appropriate and develop plans for providing housing throughout Eagle County.  The Committee will review and make recommendations for investment in proposed developments or redevelopments of residential real estate, and present plans, policies, budgets and changes thereto, together with a report of the Eagle County Housing and Development Authority's efforts to develop and/or meet such plans, to the board for its approval at least twice a year.  The Town of Basalt's ECHDA member will serve as a liaison between ECHDA and the Basalt Town Council and between ECHDA and the Basalt Affordable Housing Commission (BACH).

The nine members of the Committee are appointed through the following process: one member shall be selected from each area upon the nomination of the Town of Avon, Town of Eagle, Town of Gypsum, Town of Minturn, Town of Red Cliff, Town of Vail, unincorporated area of the Eagle River Valley portion of Eagle County, and the unincorporated area of the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County.  Upon nomination by the Town and Eagle County, the members will be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.

Eligibility: The Committee is to be comprised of a mix of individuals with experience in different aspects of the housing market, including, but not limited to:

1) Lending, property or associated management, real estate sales, or real estate development; or

2) Representing business or citizen interests throughout the community; or

3) Representing large employers within the community.

Committee members will be appointed to two or three year terms. Meetings will be held monthly with a schedule determined by the Committee.  Eligible applicants must live in Eagle County.


H.  Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission (RFVRPC):  The RFVRPC is responsible for the preparation, adoption and amendment of the community plans within its boundaries and for review and recommendation to the Eagle County Planning Commission regarding the countywide Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulations. A regional planning commission shall also have the power and duty to review all land use applications within its boundaries and to make recommendations on said applications to the Board of County Commissioners.

Meetings: The RFVRPC convenes on the first and third Thursday of every month at 2:30 pm in the Eagle County El Jebel Community Center, unless there is no business for which to convene. Typically, the RFVRPC is able to complete its business for each hearing by 5:00 0pm or shortly thereafter. On occasion, a large, complex and/or contentious land use application will require that the RFVRPC hearing progress later.

Eligibility: Representative must live in the Eagle County, but the Town may consider representatives that do not live within the Basalt Town limits.

I.  Basalt Emergency Management Committee (BEMC):  Ensures early warnings, shelter and emergency preparedness are planned for.   the BEMC is seeking a citizen member.  Spanish speaking volunteers are encouraged to apply. The BEMC is tasked with:    

  • The development and management of an emergency management plan and prioritization of  the plan elements such as communications, emergency housing, transportation, resource support, etc. 
  • Educate the community on emergency preparations and evacuation procedures; 
  • Educate the community and Basalt staff on the principles and structure of the Incident Command System (ICS);
  • Advise the Basalt Town Council on the development and implementation of emergency policies;
  • Coordinate Basalt emergency services to support professional emergency services already in place;
  • Coordinate with the Bureau of Reclamation local concerns regarding Ruedi Reservoir including, but not limited to, warning systems, flood flow elevations, risk from the Roaring Fork and other tributaries, potential inundation and impacts to downvalley communities, and emergency procedures.  

If you are interested in serving on the BEMC, please submit a letter of interest including your background, reasons for wanting to serve on the BEMC, any skills or knowledge that could specifically assist the committee, and contact information including residential address, mailing address, and phone number.  

Meetings:  The BEMC meets six times a year on the second Thursday, every other month.  Meetings are scheduled for up to 2 hours beginning at 8:30 AM.   

Citizen members are recommended by the BEMC for appointment, and appointed by Town Council for a 3-year term.