Voters get say on riverfront

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I was thrilled with community involvement in this issue. I am concerned that the zoning rules that started this kafuffle will not be repealed till the zoning process weakness can be rehabilitated. Instead the City Council, afraid of the implied threats by the Chamber, have decided to send the corrupted zoning rules to “the People.”  Mr.Doody even had the audacity to lecture the people that wanted the repeal before it goes to the “people” thinking we are afraid of the people’s decision.  Why should the people of the City of Grand Junction waste their money and time voting on the zoning of this piece of land only to have “spot zoning” become the presedence for zoning?  The zoning laws on the river need to be consistent and fair and enforceable.  “Spot Zoning” which is what this parcel is, will come back to haunt ALL the tax payers of the City…Not JUST tax paying businesses.  Well over $100 million dollars of state, federal and city taxes have been spent cleaning and clearing the river corridor.  The prior City Council and now this one, have failed to do their jobs by treating the symptoms and not the root cause of this incident.  Private property rights must be protected with clear and tested zoning laws. That is what really should be on the ballot.

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