Some council members say 3.5 percent annual growth is too much for town. Basalt officials have assembled the guts of a new growth management system with one glaring exception — they cannot agree on the proper pace of residential development.The Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission along with the Basalt Town Council this week took the first step to radically overhaul their growth management system. Projects will be “scored” on 11 specific criteria, like affordable housing and open space. They must exceed a threshold level to be eligible for approval. The idea is to streamline the review process by letting developers know exactly what the town government wants and to get the best possible projects for the community.
By Scott Condon, March 26, 2009, Aspen Times

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