Circulation Plan

2018 Circulation Plan


 Element of the Comprehensive Plan

Grand Valley Circulation Plan & Urban Trails Plan Update


The Grand Valley Circulation Plan was last reviewed and adopted by both the City and County in 2010 following the adoption of the Grand Junction Comprehensive Plan and the expanded Urban Development Boundary (UDB). In addition, the Urban Trails Plan last adopted in 2001, does not include the entire UDB, nor reflects all relevant goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan, and therefore, needs to be updated. Combining the Circulation Plan and Urban Trails Plans together fits well in creating an overall transportation plan that will be united through goals, policies and implementation strategies.  The proposed 2018 Grand Junction Circulation Plan repeals and replaces the 2001 Urban Trails Plan and the 2010 Grand Valley Circulation Plan.

Early work on a new Circulation Plan included assembling a technical team of city and county staff, workshops with City Council and Planning Commission, and working with the Urban Trails Committee to formulate a draft Grand Junction Complete Street policy.  After nearly two years of work and more than 25 meetings with various agencies and stakeholder groups and a public open house February 28, 2018, the proposed Grand Junction Circulation Plan will be considered by Grand Junc tion and Mesa County Planning Commission and City Council.

    Public Hearing Schedule for Circulation Plan Adoption -
    - City of Grand Junction:
       May 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - Grand Junction Planning Commission
           250 N 5th St, City Hall Auditorium
       July 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - Grand Junction City Council

            250 N 5th St, City Hall Auditorium

     - Mesa County:
        June 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm Mesa County Planning Commission
           Old Mesa County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Hearing Room (Use 6th Street entrance)
        August 14, 2018 - Mesa County BOCC
             Old Mesa County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Hearing Room (Use 6th Street entrance)

Proposed Plan

The proposed Circulation Plan includes the following four sections and will build upon the strategies found in the Comprehensive Plan for creating a more ā€œBalanced Transportationā€.

  1. Network Map identifies important corridors and linkages connecting centers, neighborhoods and community attractions.
  2. Street Functional Classification Map identifies the functional classification of the roadways with over 50 proposed changes since the map was last adopted by City Council in 2010.
  3. Active Transportation Corridor Map identifies major corridors (using streets, canals and drainageways) important for non-motorized travel, providing critical, safe, continuous and convenient connections for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  4. The Plan identifies specific Strategies and Policies that will help guide implementation of the plan including a Complete Streets Policy, a goal of the Urban Trails Committee and key Initiative of the City Council Strategic Plan.  A Complete Streets approach integrates the needs of people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of transportation networks, making streets safer for people of all ages and abilities and better supports overall public and economic health.


Questions can be directed to Dave Thornton at 970-244-1450 or by email at

If you missed the Open House held February 28th, please click on the following link to view  what was presented:

February 28, 2018 Open House Display Boards