The Palisade Board of Trustees denied an application Tuesday night that would have paved the way for a new housing development.
The vote was expected to have a tremendous impact on the future of Palisade and drew more than 200 residents to hear the discussion of a project to bring a housing development to town.
After hours of presentation from the applicant, citizen testimony — the majority of whom were opposed to the project — and comment from the Palisade Board of Trustees, the decision was made by the board to deny the project.
There was a brief discussion by board members to possibly table the discussion, but the board eventually voted 5-2 to deny the zoning change for the project.
"I'm very cautious about the density," Mayor Roger Granat said of the project.
The public hearing, which began at around 6:15 p.m. and closed at around 9:15 p.m., asked whether the trustees should approve a request to rezone property at 3720 G Road from commercial business to planned development.
The proposal included a planned development control document, which outlined a housing development project for the property.
The plan sought to transform a former orchard into a residential community at the west entrance to Palisade.
The proposed West End Village would be located on a former apple orchard between Elberta Avenue and 37 1/10 Road, north of U.S. Highway 6 to the train line, a roughly 20-acre parcel.
Applicant Jaime Scripps, with 5 Gen Developments, said her family has been in the valley for five generations and began the presentation by acknowledging some of the concerns she's heard from the community.
"I've spoken with town leaders about traffic and infrastructure concerns," she said.
She spoke with other residents who said they didn't want to lose the small-town feel and identity of Palisade.
"I'm grateful to have such a passionate town to work with," she said.
She and others with the development team outlined the development as what would one day be a village-like community that would connect and expand the existing town.
The project was proposed to cover 19.5 acres and would be capped at 155 units, which would be about 7.95 units per acre.
Density questions and traffic congestion were among the main concerns brought up by the public on Tuesday night.
Those opposed to the project, which made up almost all of the packed room on Tuesday night, wore neon badges advocating for smart development in Palisade to show solidarity in their opposition.
Some testified that town officials should hit the pause button.
A long line of people spoke on Tuesday night, including some local business owners in favor of the development. However, most asked the trustees to deny the application.