Junction’s growth plan catches eye of national panel

Grand Junction’s comprehensive plan, which provides a road map for growth in the Grand Valley, is receiving accolades from the American Planning Association, according to planning officials at Monday’s City Council meeting.

The plan, which took about three years to complete, calls for in-filling of city centers and ideas for trail, park, infrastructure and sewer projects over the next 25 years.

Officials with the national committee admired the plan for including the greater Grand Valley, not solely focusing on Grand Junction.

“In the planning world, this is like an academy award,” city planning manager Lisa Cox said. “We’re really looking forward to tooting our horn for Grand Junction.”

In other news:

Councilmembers unanimously approved an increase of 3.46 percent in ambulance transport fees to adjust for increasing rates.

Councilmembers approved by a 6-1 vote to rezone property at 315 Ouray Ave. from residential office to downtown commercial to incorporate a jewelry gallery. Councilmember Gregg Palmer opposed.

Councilmembers unanimously approved an ordinance to rezone Heritage Villas,  606 1/2 29 Road. Developers have plans to convert the vacant lot to a single-family home and 10 retirement living homes.


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