Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – City Hall was packed wall to wall Tuesday night, with community members and business owners, both for and against the urban trails master plan.
The planning commission heard proponents from both sides of the aisle. Those against it argue the trails take away from private land rights, and say the canal trails, If opened to the public, would pose a safety hazard.
However, trail advocates say the plan will bring the city together.
"This up date to the urban trails master plan now called the Grand Valley Trail Master Plan, will provide connectivity, health, benefits, and lots of economic impact opportunities, " says Dave Grossman, Urban Trails Commission member.
The public comment period lasted just past 9 pm on Tuesday night. The commissioners were expected to pass the plan, however, they ended up voting 7 to zero against it. The commissioners said they need more information about safety, liability, and other items before approving it.