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.
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.
The proposed Circulation Plan includes the following four sections and will build upon the strategies found in the Comprehensive Plan for creating a more “Balanced Transportation”.
- Network Map identifies important corridors and linkages connecting centers, neighborhoods and community attractions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
As a part of the planning process, the technical team is seeking input and comments from the public on the proposed changes to the Circulation Plan. Public input will be incorporated into the plan in preparation for a public open house in early 2018. Staff anticipates the City of Grand Junction and Mesa County considering adoption of the updated Circulation Plan in Spring 2018.
Comments can be directed to Dave Thornton at 970-244-1450 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org