Brady Trucking Controversy Left up to Voters
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- In a 6-1 vote, the Grand Junction City Council decided to leave the fate of a four-year controversy in the hands of the voters.
In 2007, Brady Trucking purchased a parcel of land near its property to expand its business, which the previous city council approved.
Since then, certain residents have petitioned against the measure, saying they don't want to industrialize the river.
Both supporters and opponents of Brady Trucking filled the City Hall auditorium Wednesday night.
The city attorney suggested they either refer the issue to a public vote or repeal the former council's decision to let Brady Trucking maintain ownership, therefore starting the entire zoning process over again.
The Chamber of Commerce is backing Brady Trucking's business sense.
"This isn't about the public not being able to access and enjoy the riverfront. That's why it's so important from the Chamber perspective that we speak up on behalf of this business," said Diane Schwenke of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. "It's really important that business and the community partner together. We've always said quality of life actually starts with a job."
Those who are opposed to the zoning say there shouldn't be an industrialized area so close to the river, homes and trail systems that are being built. They say it will negatively affect the quality of the area.
After hours of public comments, City Council decided in a 6-1 vote that the issue would be put on the ballot in April.