Basalt Planning Department

The Basalt Planning Department staff consists of: the Planning Director; the Assistant Planning Director; the Senior Planner; and a part-time Planning Technician. Talking to the planning staff is the first step residents take when determining whether or not to make any changes to their property. Planning staff are available by appointment to meet with residents and developers to discuss proposals.

The Basalt Town Council and its advisory boards rely heavily on the assistance of the Planning Department to help decide how the town should grow and develop. Along with these decisions comes the Planning Department's important responsibility of making sure that the impacts of development are paid for by those who benefit the most from that development.

The planning staff also helps the Planning and Zoning Commission prepare master plans to guide the town's growth. Currently, the 2007 Master Plan is the town's signature document for outlining key planning policies. In 2002 the River Stewardship Master Plan was adopted by the town government as an amendment to the 1999 Master Plan. The River Stewardship Master Plan identifies how to make the river safer, enhance the riparian environment, and create river parks for all of Basalt to enjoy.

The Planning Department also helps the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Town Council review new developments. These development projects range from looking at the traffic and infrastructure impacts of a proposed accessory dwelling unit in Old Town Basalt to reviewing annexations into the town boundaries of properties over a hundred acres with associated dwelling units.

Planning staff also coordinate and support the activities and work of the Basalt Board of Zoning Adjustment which reviews and either approves or denies applications for zoning variances.


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