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First Basalt Master Plan update open house set at the Temporary
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The public-input phase of the Basalt master plan update process kicks off tonight, Thursday, April 25, at the Temporary in Willits. This will be the first of three such planned open houses, so, if you miss this one, fret not.

“We will be gathering the public together for an enjoyable open-house format where people can share their thoughts regarding the town,” says Heather Henry, principal of Basalt-based Connect One Design, the outfit hired to spearhead the public-input component of the master plan update process. “It will be a fun station-type layout based on major areas of input such as land use, mobility, lifestyle and economics. There will also be a kids’ station with games and ways for kids to provide their thoughts about the town also.

“This first open house is about digging out and unpacking the issues facing folks as well as recognizing the strengths of the town and all the stuff that’s heading in the right direction,” Henry continues.

There will be food and beverages.

“The open houses will be progressive, so we are looking for folks to attend all three,” Henry says. “Topic areas will likely remain the same but will get progressively more detailed in the thoughts and information we are asking attendees. That said, we’ll be doing a lot of uncovering in the first three open houses so if someone cannot attend all three, that’s OK, too.”

Subsequent open houses will be held Thursday, May 9 at Basalt High School, and on Thursday, May 30, at the Rocky Mountain Institute in Basalt.

All three open houses will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Input gleaned from these open houses will be distilled and released to the public.

As well, a new public-input-oriented website was birthed on Monday, April 22. The site, letsTALK.basalt.net, will, according to Henry, “be our primary public engagement website. Folks can visit this site to quickly peruse background information regarding the planning and implementation timeline for Basalt, as well as keep up to date on all the happenings on this effort.

“Our online survey will be provided through this site,” she continues. “We will provide fun quick-polling questions throughout the process. There is also a great engagement tool that allows people to place a pin and give their feedback. This is just one of the many tools we are using to reach out and engage all sorts of folks in town, whether they can or cannot get to an open house or other in-person event.