Minister appealing board’s decision to grant strip club permit

A Grand Junction minister and vocal opponent of a proposed strip club has filed an appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of a conditional-use permit that will allow the club to serve alcohol.

New Day Ministries pastor Mike MacFarlane leveled several allegations against the commission, including that two members read from prepared statements, indicating they had made up their minds prior to the Feb. 24 hearing. He also claimed several members inappropriately based their decision on the belief that the club’s would-be owner would sue the city if the permit was rejected.

The appeal, filed this week with city planners, marks the third time a formal objection has been raised about the Planning Commission’s decision about the permit.

The Planning Commission twice before turned down the permit, only to have the City Council order commissioners to reconsider the application because they didn’t follow the zoning code or justify their decision.

The board then voted 4–2 to approve the permit, clearing the way for businessman Kevin Eardley to begin construction of the club at 2258 Colex Drive and apply for a liquor license.

MacFarlane contends planning commissioners didn’t follow city zoning codes and acted arbitrarily and capriciously.

“For or against, every commissioner must give specifics connected to the code he based his decision on,” he wrote in his appeal. “The four that voted for the (conditional-use permit) all stated that they believed the applicant met the criteria. This is very vague. Not one cited a specific action by the applicant or a particular code for the basis of their decision.”

The City Council will decide whether to consider the appeal.


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