Voters hand Brady Trucking zoning victory
A years-long legal battle over property zoning on Brady Trucking land came to a close Tuesday night as voters sided with the trucking company.
Voters overwhelmingly supported Referred Measure A, which allowed the trucking company to retain a combination of light industrial and industrial-office zoning on roughly 13 acres of riverfront property east of Las Colonias Park at the end of 27 1/2 Road.
Final, unofficial results at 9 p.m. showed 8,307 voters, or 73.9 percent, favored the measure. A total of 2,937 voters, or 26.1 percent, opposed it.
“I think it shows how much the people support us,” Brady Trucking employee Kevin Hughes said Tuesday night during a victory party at the Blue Moon.
Brady Trucking officials have agreed to construct a wall on the property’s western boundary with Las Colonias Park, a roughly 100-acre swath of open space that stretches to the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. They also have offered a 50-foot easement parallel to the river to connect a bike path.
Brady Trucking spent about $500,000 cleaning up the area, including an old rendering plant, after purchasing the land in 2006.
Opponents of the measure said industrial zoning should not be allowed along the riverfront, noting the area has been transformed from a dumping grounds and a mill tailings site. Opponents also contended that Brady Trucking officials knew the zoning was in question after the land was annexed into the city.
The City Council’s assignment of light industrial and industrial-office zoning to the property in 2008 triggered a legal fight that went all the way to the Colorado Supreme Court. Ultimately, it was left to voters to reaffirm the council’s zoning decision or send it back to the council for further deliberation.