Moratorium on building downtown a possibility

The Grand Junction City Council will consider later this month whether to enact a temporary building moratorium in part of the city’s original square mile.

The council was scheduled to make a decision last week but postponed the public hearing until May 18. That’s when it will take testimony and determine whether it should enact a six-month moratorium on all development applications in residential neighborhoods between First and 12th streets and Grand and North avenues.

City officials are considering a moratorium largely because of a proposal to convert a house at 604 N. Seventh St., which is within the Seventh Street Historic District, into a bed and breakfast. A development application hasn’t been filed, but talk of a potential change in use has generated concerns from some residents of the Historic District.

City planners and officials with the Downtown Development Authority have crafted a downtown master plan to help guide future development of the original square mile, which stretches from First to 12th and South to North avenues. The plan was presented to City Council earlier this year, but council members directed staff to put more work into it.

The area covered by the plan has changed in recent years, as nonresidential developments have moved in next to established residential neighborhoods. The moratorium would give leaders and residents time to hash out ideas and concerns.


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