Community Concern Grows Over Proposed Weeminuche Subdivision

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Growth in Grand Junction hits a stunt as people living near the proposed Weeminuche Subdivision near H and 26 roads say the plans are different from what they were told 20 years ago.

"The requirements are not being followed." Rick Warren, a home owner in the area, said.

The requirements in 1995 promised a medium to low density development and zoned "RSF2" units meaning no more than one unit per one half-acre. Between that time and 2008, residents aren't sure how, but it was rezoned to an RS4 meaning 4 homes per acre. Its current proposal is back to an RSF2, but not every home will have a half acre. According to legal advice Warren received, just 7 of the proposed 303 homes meet that requirment.

The number of homes has also fluctuated. Then-City Manager Mark Aechen said in a letter to residents in 1995 that the planning commission thought "approximatley 220" homes would be built. The proposal has gone from 362 to 389 and its current of 303.

"2007 a plan was developed for this area that was not according to the 1995 plan." Warren said.

Warren is adimant, he's not against the development flat out, but is concerned with the city government not keeping its promise and the overall safety in the area.

"Right now, for bicyclist, it's extremely dangerous." Steve Carter, part of the Mesa County Biking Alliance said, "You have to look over your shoulder to make sure somebody isn't going to come into you."

The shoulder on 26 road is no more than a few inches wide as the road stretches north from Patterson. The same can be said for H and 26 1/2 roads; Roads acting as borders for the subdivision.

"This is one of the most heavily traveled bicycle roads in northern Grand Junction." Warren said, explaining that 26 road is one of the few good routes for bicyclists to get to Fruita from Grand Junction.

He points out, the roads were intended for farm traffic to and from to the town to the south and were never meant to be used for residential purposes.

Changes are proposed apart of the grander scheme of the subdivision. Left-turn lanes, stop lights and roundabouts are apart of that, but what's not proposed is a cost or who picks up the tab.

"My concern is not only as a bicyclist but as a tax payer," Carter said, "There isn't any magic road fairy that's going to come along and sprinkle money to build this its got to be paid for either by the developer or the tax payers."

In its October 24th meeting, the Grand Junction Planning Commission noted traffic could increase 200%. In that meeting, the commission did not have the votes neccesary to suggest approval for the project to the city council.

The city council will make a decision on the project during their next meeting on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m.

News Channel 5 has reached out to the developer, Vortex Engineering, but our calls were not returned.

 

 


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