Industrial zoning opponents to gather signatures on Saturday

Local citizens attempting to overturn a Grand Junction City Council decision to allow industrial zoning along the north side of the Colorado River in south downtown will gather petition signatures this weekend.

Western Colorado Congress announced Thursday that a signature-gathering event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawthorne Park on Gunnison Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets.

Members of Western Colorado Congress and other residents are circulating petitions seeking to reject the council’s decision last month to allow light industrial and industrial-office park zoning on nearly 13 acres of land at 347 27 1/2 Road, 348 27 1/2 Road and 2757 C 1/2 Road. The parcels, owned by Utah-based Brady Trucking, are adjacent to the north bank of the Colorado River.

The petitions seek to replace those zoning districts with mixed-use zoning.

“This is such an important issue for the entire valley, and it really does affect many people,” said Candi Clark, an Orchard Mesa resident who lives within a quarter-mile of Brady’s property.

The group is seeking to gather at least 1,860 signatures of city residents by Oct. 24. That figure would represent 10 percent of the 18,599 city residents who voted for the Colorado governor in 2006 — the standard required by city ordinance.

Should those signatures be collected, the City Council could approve the mixed-use zoning requested in the petitions or refer the issue to a municipal election.

Clark said Thursday she didn’t know how many petitions have been signed thus far.


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