Advisory Committee Members Wanted for the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update

planning2The City of Grand Junction is beginning the process of updating the City’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan that looks at where and how the city will grow over the next 20 years. The plan involves more than planning for residential and commercial growth, but includes planning for their services and infrastructure (parks, utilities, roads, police, fire, etc.), planning for any changes to the City’s growth boundary, identifying risks and vulnerabilities of natural and human-caused hazards and identifying goals, strategies and/or actions to address the community’s future growth. Updates are done every five to ten years to take a fresh look at how the plan has done in addressing the growth in the community and make necessary changes to the plan reflecting new values and vision for the City.

The City will be working to conduct the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update over the next 18 months. An important part of this effort will be establishing a Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) to provide input to the City on the Plan. The City is looking for individuals interested in serving on this committee.

The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee will serve as a sounding board, meeting at key points during the project to discuss overall planning direction, review project deliverables, vet ideas and help promote community involvement. This advisory committee may include elected/appointed officials, representatives of community organizations, business owners, residents and other stakeholders. Committee members should anticipate approximately 5 to 7 meetings during the planning process as well as attendance at public outreach events. The Committee will be appointed by City Council.

The committee will consist of 12 to 15 members and the City will seek a diverse group of representatives with knowledge and experience in a variety of areas. The areas of interest or demographics we are seeking may include:

  1. Economic/Financial/Business
  2. Residential or Commercial Development
  3. Real Estate – Commercial and Residential
  4. Planning/Landscape Architecture/Urban Design
  5. Parks/Open Space/Trails
  6. Neighborhood Organizations
  7. General Interest/Citizen/Neighborhood
  8. Housing
  9. Senior-Aged Residents
  10. Millennial-Aged Residents
  11. Transportation

If you are interested, please submit a brief letter of interest to David Thornton, City of Grand Junction Principal Planner, at Please include the following in your letter:

  • Name and contact information (mailing address, phone number and email address);
  • Why you are interested in serving on this Committee;
  • Any other relevant information to be considered.

All letters of interest must be received by January 28. Letters will be reviewed by City Council at their February 4 work session for consideration of appointment to this Committee.

The first meeting of the Advisory Committee will be held the week of February 18.

For additional information, call David Thornton at 970-244-1450, email him or review the current Comprehensive Plan here:

Media contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or 

City Offices Closed Monday in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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City of Grand Junction offices will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. City trash and GJCRI recycling pickup service will be on the regular schedule with no delay. Monday will also be a parking meter holiday so if you are planning a trip downtown for business or shopping, you may park at metered spots for free, including the parking garage on Rood Avenue.

Let’s take the opportunity to reflect on the importance of this day.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or 

Grand Junction City Council Preview for the Week of 1/14/19


For more detailed information on any of these items, read the full agendas and/or staff reports here:  City Council meeting videos can also be found at the same link.

City Council will discuss the following items at this week’s workshop and meeting:

Monday, 1/14/19 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop     City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

1. Discussion Topics

a. I-70/29 Road Interchange Program Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study Update

2. Next Workshop Topics

3. Other Business

Wednesday, 1/16/19 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting   City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

2018 Champion of the Arts Award

Proclaiming January 21, 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the City of Grand Junction

Proclaiming January 2019 National Crime Stoppers Month in the City of Grand Junction

Regular Agenda
Public Hearings
6a.  A Resolution to Designate the Original Mile (1882) and Keith’s Addition (1890) Historic District in the City Register of Historic Sites, Structures, and Districts

6b. A Resolution to Designate the City Historic Water Treatment Plant, Tower and Outbuilding in the City Register of Historic Sites, Structures, and Districts

6c. An Ordinance Amending the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map Designation to Residential Medium Low and Rezoning to R-4 (Residential, 4 du/ac), Located at 2064 South Broadway

Items Relating to the April 2, 2019 Regular Municipal Election

Public Hearing
7ai.  An Ordinance Placing a Charter Amendment Concerning Cable Television Franchises and the Authorized Length of Leases on the Election Ballot for the Regular Municipal Election

7bi. A Resolution Authorizing a Ballot Question Regarding the Elimination of Property Tax and a Sales Tax Increase for First Responders and Transportation

7bii. A Resolution Authorizing a Ballot Question Regarding a Community Recreation Center

7biii. A Resolution Authorizing a Ballot Question Regarding the Sale of Burkey Park

Public Hearing
8a. Ordinance to Adopt the 2018 International Building Codes including the Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Existing Building, Residential, the 2009 Energy Conservation, and the National Electrical Code and Amendments Thereto, Repealing All Other Ordinances and Parts of Ordinances in Conflict Therewith

8b. Adopt an Ordinance for the 2018 International Fire Code and Amendments Thereto, Repealing All Other Ordinances and Parts of Ordinances in Conflict Therewith


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or

City Public Works Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 1/14/19

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Horizon Drive Crosswalks Project, from G Road to I-70

  • Expect lane closures between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm
  • All business access will be provided
  • Anticipated completion – early February.

F ½ Road Closure West of 31 Road – Lewis Wash Bridge Replacement Project

  • F ½ Road will be closed to through traffic between 30 Road and 31 Road, 24/7
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Residents living west of Lewis Wash and Thunder Mountain Elementary School traffic use 30 Road
  • Residents living east of Lewis Wash including Allegheny Drive use 31 Road
  • Anticipated completion – mid April.

Orchard Avenue between Melody Lane and 29 Road, Irrigation Work (Safe Routes to Schools Project for Nisley Elementary)

  • South shoulder work will result in intermittent, alternating one-lane traffic
  • Expect delays
  • Please slow down through construction zone
  • Traffic control personnel will be on site to assist pedestrian traffic
  • Anticipated completion – late January.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or

Join the City Manager and the Chiefs for a Cup of Coffee

january 2019Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton is hosting a series of informal coffees to interact with community members, gather feedback on City programs and services, and to answer questions.

The next coffee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16 at Kiln Coffee Bar, 326 Main Street, at 2:00 p.m. The City Manager will be joined this time by Fire Chief Ken Watkins and Police Chief Doug Shoemaker.

The sessions are open to the public and are an unstructured, drop-in format. More details here:

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or

City Launches New Year with 2019 State of the City Video

The City of Grand Junction has released the “2019 State of the City” in the form of a short video. Produced locally with Grand Junction’s Lightbulb Media, the video, featuring Mayor Barbara Traylor Smith and City Manager Greg Caton, touches on some of the successes and needs of the City of Grand Junction while looking ahead to a few of the projects that are in the works for the coming year.

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Link to 2019 State of the City Video

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or

Information on City Council Candidates Available Online


The race for three open City Council seats has begun and candidates are beginning to throw their hats into the ring through the nomination petition process. District B, District C and one At Large seat will all be open this spring. All seats are four-year terms and a map outlining all Council Districts can be found here.

Information on individual verified candidates can be found on the elections web page. Included will be a photo and links to the candidates’ email addresses and websites/social media sites, if they so choose. Providing this information in a centralized location makes it easier to learn about those who choose to run for elected City office.

In order to qualify to run for a City Council seat one must be at least 18 years of age, be a registered Grand Junction voter and have lived in the city limits for twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election. At Large candidates may live anywhere within the city limits; District B and C candidates must have lived within the boundaries of those districts for the preceding twelve months.

Candidates must submit signatures of at least 50 valid registered Grand Junction voters and return them to the City Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019.  More details can be found here.

Ballots will be mailed out starting March 11 and must be returned by 7 PM on Election Day, April 2. Only registered voters living in the city limits are eligible to vote on the City Council race. Voter registration status can be checked by visiting the Mesa County Clerk’s website.

For more information, visit or look for the Election link on the home page.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or