City gives developers help with site plans

Developers in Grand Junction will have a little more wiggle room to line up projects, thanks to a change in Grand Junction’s zoning and development code.

The extension from one year to two years for developers and builders to get through the minor and major site plan approval stage passed with unanimous approval by Grand Junction city councilors during their Wednesday night meeting. Councilors Bennett Boeschenstein and Duncan McArthur were absent.

“This comes to us from the development community and it’s probably reflective of the economic times,” said Tim Moore, Grand Junction’s deputy city manager.

Grand Junction city staff reported that developers lately found it difficult to secure financing for projects within the one-year timeline.

“This is a really good example of the things to look for if you’re looking at regulations and how they might affect your community,” Councilor Barbara Traylor-Smith said, while addressing students in the audience.

In other news, councilors:

■ Set a public hearing on Feb. 19 to consider placing restrictions on the times of day, places and the manner in which people can panhandle in city limits.

■ Approved a request from the Grand Junction Rockies to light fireworks at Suplizio Field after all regular games on Friday evenings during their baseball season. If fireworks were not allowed one night because of weather conditions, those fireworks could be lit on Labor Day.

■ Purchased a Mack compressed natural gas refuse truck for $241,713 from Westfall O’Dell Truck Sales in Fruita. The cost includes a $22,000 trade-in value for the city’s current diesel refuse truck.

The truck will become the 10th compressed natural gas truck in the waste management fleet, with only one diesel refuse truck remaining.


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