Fruita Council Approves 2020 Changes

Fruita city council members last night approved controversial changes in the 20–year growth plan for the fast–growing city.

During a meeting that lasted past midnight the council endorsed a change in the 2020 plan to include a new land–use category.
Developers of 150 acres or more will be allowed to submit plans every year for consideration by the planning commission in November.

The change is in response to a request from a developer to build a 300–acre golf course community ¼ mile north of the city limits. Fruita city planner Chris Brubaker says despite the changes the development is not a sure thing. He says the company must submit a request to the city for the plan and face four public hearings before the plan is approved.

He says the land must be annexed into the city, but there currently is no process for annexing the property into the city, nor has the city been asked by the developer to look into such a procedure.