Residents request Seventh Street code ruling

A new proposal presented Monday to Grand Junction City Council members would require residents of the city’s Seventh Street Historical District to get approval from the council before changing how their property is used.

City code currently requires only approval from city staff to change the use of an existing building anywhere in Grand Junction, something that would continue outside the four-block district. If council members adopt the suggested policy, anyone living or operating a business in the district would have to get council approval to change a business to a home and vice-versa.

Opinions on the measure varied. Councilwoman Bonnie Beckstein said the policy could be considered “invasive” to property owners.

“If they’re not causing external problems, we as a council shouldn’t be determining what someone does in their home,” she said.

Councilwoman Linda Romer Todd serves on the legislative committee that suggested the change to council. She said she feels the proposal is a compromise that will help preserve history and property rights.

“I feel like I opted for the easiest, cleanest way to move forward,” she said.

Council members agreed to discuss the proposal further at a meeting Jan. 20.

The legislative committee suggested the change in response to a group of residents from the district, which stretches between Grand and Hill avenues on Seventh Street, protesting a home at 604 N. Seventh St. becoming a bed and breakfast.

In December, council members discussed a policy that would require council approval on applications for day cares, accessory units, sub-units and small bed and breakfast locations within the district.


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