Members sought for city planning committee

The City of Grand Junction is looking for people interested in serving on an advisory committee that will help update a comprehensive plan for how and where the city will grow over the next 20 years.

The comprehensive plan advisory committee will discuss overall planning directions, consider ideas, review progress and promote community involvement. The committee will meet five to seven times as well as participate in public outreach events.

The Grand Junction City Council will appoint 12 to 15 members of the committee, which may include business owners, elected or appointed officials, representatives from community groups, residents and others.

The council seeks a diverse group with knowledge or experience in business, economics, housing, landscaping, neighborhood groups, millennial-aged and senior residents, parks and open spaces, planning and urban design, residential or commercial development, real estate and transportation.

Those interested in serving on the committee should email a brief letter of interest to David Thornton, principal planner for the city, at davidt@gjcity.org. Applicants should include in their letters their names and contact information, why they’re interested in serving on the committee and any other information they deem relevant.

Letters of interest must be submitted by Jan. 28. The city council is scheduled to review the letters at a Feb. 4 work session in considering appointments to the committee. The first meeting of the advisory committee is scheduled for Feb. 18.

The city updates comprehensive plans every five to 10 years to review how the plan has addressed growth and make necessary changes that reflect new values or visions. The city will work on the 2020 comprehensive plan update over the next 18 months. The work will include not only planning for residential and commercial growth, but also roads and utilities, fire and police services, possible changes to the city growth boundary, potential natural and manmade hazards and strategies and goals for accommodating growth.

For additional information about the comprehensive plan or comprehensive plan advisory committee, contact Thornton by email or at 244-1450 or review the current comprehensive city plan online at https://bit.ly/2TVPgTz.