Habitat for Humanity and the Roaring Fork School District are teaming to propose 27 affordable-housing units by Basalt High School. The Town Council gave an informal nod on a critical aspect of the land-use approvals Tuesday night. The five members of the board who were present said they favor expanding the town’s urban growth boundary to accommodate the project.
The second project entering the council’s den is Stott’s Mill, which earned approval for 110 units in 2009 but stalled in the Great Recession. An expanded project is back with tweaks, including 31 deed-restricted affordable housing units and two additional-units dedicated to the school district. The Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval with conditions.
The key change is that duplexes are far more efficient on multiple levels, in terms of space, land, money and energy, said Scott Gilbert, president of the local Habitat chapter.
Overall, the local Habitat has built 22 homes in the Roaring Fork Valley with two more underway. Eight of those have been in Carbondale.