Historic District Residents Pull Out Holiday Decor to Make Voices Heard

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

As the City gets ready to approve its downtown master plan one neighborhood is speaking out against the changes proposed for their street.

Drive down 7th Street, and you might think it's a little early for Halloween, Easter, or even Thanksgiving. But look again and you'll notice the inflatable decorations are really just a ploy to get people's attention on a bigger issue.

Sharon Snyder lives on in the 7th Street Historic District and says the City of Grand Junction has been ignoring residents rights to hold public meetings before changes are made to the neighborhood.

"We had a right to be heard by the city council and we lost that right and that's the most irritating thing about what's happening here," said Snyder.

Now Snyder is breaking out the holiday décor to urge people to attend the City Council meeting September 14 where the Council Members will vote on rezoning the 7th Street District.

The City's plans would open the homes in the area to residential sub–units, accessory units, bed and breakfasts, home businesses, and day cares, all without holding a public meeting to gather resident input first.

Attorney Jodie Behrmann says the City conducted a survey in the area to see if residents wanted a change and found out 78 percent wanted things to stay the same.

Despite the survey the City will still vote on a new overlay September 14.

Tim Moore with City Planning says the new 7th Street Overlay would fit better into the overall Downtown Development Plan. "I think after 25 years its time to update. Things have changed since 1984 and it makes sense probably to update some plans," Moore said.

Until City council makes its final decision in September, Snyder says she will continue to try and garner support doing anything and everything she can.

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