Basalt Chamber of Commerce
August 20, 2015
Weekly Newsletter.
In This Issue
Welcome New Member!

Danika Weappa
Sales & Marketing Manager

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Upcoming Events

Basalt's 4th Annual
Motors on Midland
Sat, Aug 29, 5-8pm
Downtown Basalt
Live Music by
Sleight of Hand
Cold brews & local tastes

Basalt Bike Nights
TUES, Sep 1, 6-8pm
In front of Alpine Bank
Midland Avenue

Willits Wine, Beer & Cheese Fest
SAT, Sep 12 2-6pm
Willits Town Center
Chamber Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting
THURS, Sep 17, 5:30-pm
Keating Fine Art
Willits Town Center

Chamber Member Breakfast

WED, Sep 23, 8:30am
Seating is Limited
RSVP to Missy

Coffee with Mayor Jacque Whitsitt
Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
Saxy's in Downtown Basalt
Coffee with Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry
Every 2nd Wed - 8:14 AM
Cafe Bernards  

Quick Links

On Tuesday, the Basalt Town Hall was again filled with discussion of the future Pan & Fork riverside parcel. The decision of the evening was a 5-2 vote on Resolution 43 "Approving a Pre-Development Agreement with the Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Lowe Enterprises."

It is important for the community to understand what this means. Setting aside the agreement's unfortunate name which has caused considerable consternation and confusion, this document neither assures development nor is binding on any party. It is a process tool that establishes a framework in which a property owner (in this case the CDC), prospective developer (Lowe Enterprises) and the Town of Basalt can gather and communicate information to mutually evaluate the compatibility and feasibility of each party's vision for a potential building site - specifically the the privately-owned portion of the Pan and Fork property - as well as opening opportunities for addressing other considerations such as affordable housing, park development options and paths to commercial community vitality.

The PDA infers no performance obligation on the Town, developer or property owner and establishes no binding specifications related to size, design or location. What it does is allow our Town's planners to conduct due diligence related to the developer's ability to complete a proposed project and to better evaluate the various development scenarios under consideration. Town Manager Mike Scanlon pointed out that of the nearly two dozen "Pre-Development Agreements" since 2013 only two have led to further agreements: Rocky Mountain Institute's Innovation Center and the Roaring Fork Conservancy's River Center, though all have provided important information for future considerations.

The Basalt Chamber has taken no formal position on either the type or degree of development that might occur on the Pan & Fork site. We believe that it is in the best interest of our membership and community to watchdog the process, thoroughly vet all opportunities and communicate to the best of our ability the facts and considerations. As always, we invite your comment and when we reach a cross roads with sufficient information available, we'll survey for member opinion.
The Valley is Wide: A Bigger Picture
Much attention is focused on the "gem" of a site along the Roaring Fork River at the center of town. Let's not forget the other active development proposals certain to affect Basalt and the entire valley. Consider the following:
  • The Tree Farm Project proposal for a new 71.71 acre PUD with 450,916 sf of residential space (capped at 400 units) and 134,558 sf of commercial across from Willits Town Center in unincorporated Eagle County
  • The Fields Development on Valley Road and Hwy 82 west of El Jebel also in Eagle County. This proposal is for a new 19.39-acre subdivision with 98 residential units
  • In Southside Basalt, a 180-unit residential project called Stott's Mill (110 units approved back in 2009) resurfaced after a recent decision not to renew the Continuing Care Retirement Community pre-development agreement in that location
  • At Willits Town Center in Basalt, the owners have requested an additional 59,000 sf of commercial area and 32,000 sf in residential to complete its 12-block core
  • The Rocky Mountain Institute's Innovation Center at the edge of the Pan & Fork site is on schedule for an end-of-year completion and prospects for the Roaring Fork Conservancy's River Center took a leap forward with a creative buy-back/ long-term land lease plan structured by the Town.
This Saturday Motors on Midland returns with array of the finest, shiniest, beloved classic cars.There'll be music, cold brews and local tastes. Take a morning drive up the Frying Pan Road, ride your bike along the Rio Grande Trail, fish or while away a Saturday... but be sure to come back out at 5pm for Motors on Midland Avenue.
Robin Waters
Business After Hours Hits the Waves
We had a rockin' Business After Hours this month at Aspen Rent-All's impressive new location on Hwy 82. 60-plus guests and representatives from KMTS, KSNO and Thunder 93.5, attended the lively networking event which also recognized National Radio Day. Enjoy KSNO's broadcast here .
A Fountain, Stage & Green at Willits
A water fountain will soon welcome visitors to Willits Town Center. It's a central feature of Triangle Park which soon will have a stage to the south, landscaping and a new roster of special events. Improvements on the 0.3-acre park, valued at about $364,000, are expected to be finished by September. Read more >> 
Discount Ski Pass Deadline Approaching
Remember: Buy your Chamber Discount Season Pass 
by September 11 for the best rates 
and enjoy up to $590 off standard season passes.
Aspen Skiing Company's letter provides all the detail
Basalt Chamber 1st Annual Mega-Gift Drawing
Download the Poster Here & Watch for Great New Prizes Raffle
A mountain of thanks to our generous raffle donors!
VoteVote Basalt!
Click the image to vote
Elevation Outdoors magazine is holding their
2015 3rd Annual (Colorado)  Adventure Towns contest. In Round One Basalt is pitted against Vail (with nearly 2K more people) and in just a few days after a Facebook post, we've taken the lead. Please go to this link and VOTE BASALT. Middle column, 4th box down. It takes just a few seconds, then be sure to spread the word. First round voting ends September 3. Help our town move to the next level!
Updates, Events & Special Offers
Major Events Coming Up
In Downtown Basalt
In Willits Town Center

Customer Appreciation Weekend August 28 - 30 
Three great days of music, delicious new menu items, drink specials and 15% off to locals!
For more info visit Vimana Yoga
For more info visit The Aspen Clinic
See the full poster here
The 2015 RFTA Fall Season Starts Tuesday, Sept 8 
The following changes will take place:
  • Local Valley service will have reduced frequency on nights and weekends.
  • VelociRFTA BRT and Carbondale Circulator service will run on weekdays, Monday-Friday ONLY.
  • Woody Creek service will discontinue until winter.
  • City of Aspen service will have reduced hours, and the Crosstown Shuttle will discontinue until winter.
  • Bike Loading hours will be from 7:00am to 6:00pm daily.
For more information and to see how your community might be affected, visit RFTA or call 970-925-8484
About the Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce
Red Caboose in Lions Park
PO Box 514
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-4031
The Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 membership organization dedicated to supporting the healthy and vibrant development of Basalt's businesses and community. Members enjoy lively networking events, educational programs, peer support, member-to-member discounts, and complimentary and discounted advertising, club memberships, ski vouchers and more.

Memberships are affordable and offer high value. To inquire about the rate for your business to join, please call (970) 927-4031.
To submit and online application, click here.