Planners and Residents Discuss Goals for Orchard Mesa's Future
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Grand Junction and Mesa County planners hosted the fourth open house of the summer Wednesday afternoon to discuss the future of the Orchard Mesa neighborhood.
The first three open houses held earlier this summer allowed residents to provide comments and concerns about the area to officials building on the 2010 Grand Junction Comprehensive Plan.
The plan is created to lay out a plan for the next 25 years.
At Wednesday's open house, visitors had the opportunity to discuss a list of draft goals for the 25 year plan.
Economic development, parks, recreation, transportation, and expansion of the fairgrounds are just a few of the main topics being discussed.
However, arguably the primary topic of discussion so far has been improving the community's image.
"Community image is a huge issue here," said Keith Fife, Long Range Planning Director for Mesa County. "Highway 50 dissects this community. It's the entrance to Grand Junction and the aesthetics are less than pleasing to a lot of people. People would like to see this be more of a destination than just a drive through kind of neighborhood."
Officials say improvements to the Highway 50 corridor is one of the priorities for planners.
These improvements would include attractive entrances into the community, safe walking routes routes across the road, the additions of improved islands.
Planners anticipate having a draft plan put together sometime between late September and October.