Open house kicks off work on a downtown plan

The first in a series of public meetings officially kicks off the process of developing an updated city plan for the greater downtown area of Grand Junction.

The Grand Junction Public Works and Planning Department has scheduled an initial open house for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Whitman Building at 248 S. Fourth St. Additional meetings will be held as the plan is developed over the next seven months, says Tim Moore, public works and planning director.

The plan will involve the original square mile of the city in addition to the areas between the Riverside neighborhood to 28 Road and South Avenue to the Colorado River.

With the adoption of a new comprehensive city plan, an updated and more detailed plan is needed to guide development in the downtown area, Moore says.

Land use within the greater downtown area is diverse, Moore says, with a business district, an industrial area with railroad spurs, residential neighborhoods and riverfront development, including a proposed park. The updated plan will take into account those diverse uses and their interactions, he says.

The plan likely will promote such mixed uses that create an area in which people can live, work and shop, Moore says. The comprehensive plan for the city also calls for more density downtown.

The first step in the process, though, will be to hold the Dec. 8 open house to identify issues, concerns and development concepts raised by business and landowners, residents and others interested in the downtown.

Additional information about the plan also is available from the city Web site at or by calling 241-1491.