‘Neighborhood’ club is due second hearing

A strip club may not be the sort of business most people want moving into their neighborhood, but the Grand Junction Planning Commission used an overly broad definition of “neighborhood” when it rejected a proposal for a strip club in the city’s western industrial area in August.

The Grand Junction City Council is doing the right thing with its decision Monday night to consider an appeal of that Planning Commission ruling.

The Planning Commission determined that the strip club would be incompatible with the neighborhood, but it decided the “neighborhood” was the entire city of Grand Junction, not just the industrial/commercial area west of Mesa Mall where the business would be located.

This isn’t meant as an endorsement of Kevin Eardley’s plan for a strip club on Colex Drive near 22 Road.

There may be any number of issues, from traffic patterns to impacts on other businesses, that the city should consider in determining whether to approve a conditional-use permit for the club.

But if the city does reject the permit for the business, it should be because the proposal fails to meet zoning and land-use rules that are actually on the books, not because the permitting agency has stretched definitions to the breaking point.

When the council takes up the issue Nov. 5, it should direct the Planning Commission to reconsider the permit within the strict confines of land-use and zoning rules.


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