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Patterson Road Access Control Plan

Case: CPA-2021-17
Consider a request by the City of Grand Junction to adopt the Patterson Road Access Control Plan (ACP), as Volume III, Title 38 of the Municipal Code.
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Staff Presentation


Staff Report ( 0.11 MB )
Patterson Road Access Study ( 13.28 MB )
Patterson Road Access Study - Appendices ( 34.24 MB )
Draft Ordinance ( 0.06 MB )
GJSpeaks comments and City responses ( 2.96 MB )
Additional email comments and other communications Feb 18-23 ( 1.16 MB )
Additional Emails and Comments - Feb 23rd ( 1.42 MB )
Decision Making Criteria

Per Section 21.02.130, the Planning Commission and City Council shall base their decisions in consideration of the extent to which the applicant demonstrates that the following criteria have been met:

(1) The City may amend the Comprehensive Plan, neighborhood plans, corridor plans and area plans if the proposed change is consistent with the vision (intent), goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan and:

(i) Subsequent events have invalidated the original premises and findings; and/or

(ii) The character and/or conditions of the area has changed such that the amendment is consistent with the Plan; and/or

(iii) Public and community facilities are adequate to serve the type and scope of land use proposed; and/or

(iv) An inadequate supply of suitably designated land is available in the community, as defined by the presiding body, to accommodate the proposed land use; and/or

(v) The community or area, as defined by the presiding body, will derive benefits from the proposed amendment.

Comments & Feedback

This case is closed, online commenting is no longer available.
Online comments closed at 4:30 PM MST 2/22/21.
As someone who already lives on a street that is used as a pass through to other neighborhoods so that people can avoid sitting at a light, I am extremely displeased to find that my street will become an even bigger pass through. Our street is 20mph, but people regularly speed at upwards of 45mph. This will only create problems in residential neighborhoods that are used to redirect traffic to a light. This plan is moronic, it will create neighborhoods that are used by people trying to get home and/or out of their street. The traffic is not that bad, money could be better used to improve North Ave, which is an ugly pot hole filled disaster.
February 12, 2021, 9:24 AM
Heather Pool
4 / 9 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment
I’m against restricting any access with the use of medians regardless of traffic congestion. Roads within the core of the city like Patterson and North Avenue should maintain access at all cost and be expanded to include shared bicycle lanes or separate bicycle lanes to relieve the congestion. Along with reduced speed limits, cut thru traffic should go around the city center not cut thru. Also finish phase 1 of north avenue, before starting new projects like this...come on man, you have gray plastic trash cans at bus stops on north Ave.......Do Better! Lower speed limits on north Ave as well as Bike lanes, landscaping, bus stop benches, remove the river rock in the parkways etc...raise your standard.
February 12, 2021, 9:22 AM
William ferguson
4 / 9 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment
I understand the need and appreciate the information provided by Trent Prall but I am hoping that park of this plan will extend the length of turn lanes because you will be funneling use. I'm also concerned about the ability to merge across two lanes and move into a third turn lane within a relatively short distance depending on where your access point is in relation to a large intersection. Will the allotted time for left turn signals be increased? Changed to flashing yellow? I understand the need but I'm hoping that steps are taken to mitigate the impact of this change.
February 11, 2021, 3:02 PM
Peter Firmin
4 / 9 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment
The thing that came to mind for me is not only access to businesses and neighborhoods but also emergency vehicles trying to navigate through traffic. Right now they have a full middle lane available when traffic is unable to yield the right of way. Traffic will continue to become more congested as our city grows and this will ad to the difficulty of getting care and help in any emergency situation.
February 10, 2021, 9:58 AM
Nova Tucker
4 / 9 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment
What is going on with our Planning Department? This was done once before – this stopping of left hand turns. All of the medians had to be torn out because it was extremely difficult for business and the public. (Huge waste of money!) By attempting to do this again and without proper notice is fools play. Of the people I have talked to, who were to get notice about this, nearly everyone said they didn’t know anything about it. I can understand why. Notice was on an Orange postcard that I am sure most people tossed away thinking it was one of the many cards we all get asking us if we want to sell our homes. I don’t feel there was proper notice given. There are other, more effective ways to get notice out. This was not one of the best ways to do so. Your public has not been appropriately informed and you stand to suffer a huge backlash because of it. No left hand turns off Patterson for 7 miles will cause a larger traffic problem in the neighborhoods where streets are narrow putting many neighborhood children in jeopardy. Not the wisest of choices. Please rethink this. I believe there has to be a better solution to a traffic problem that hasn’t really manifested itself yet. Let the public help brainstorm for a better solution.
February 9, 2021, 4:18 PM
Ruth Kinnett
4 / 9 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment
Very dismayed to hear the plan to stop all left turns on Patterson for 7 miles. Does anyone remember: this was done before? By constructing a median down the center of Patterson Road to stop left turns? It was so diffictult for businesses and for the public to access, that there was another huge expense to remove the median. Yes, you asked for input, City. Some residents received notice a day after the meeting. Some of us did not receive any notice that must access Patterson to our homes. How many accidents have YOU seen - left turns? None here. Have seen left turns at signal lights. There was an extensive traffic study done regarding the Lodge at Grand Junction. The study showed there is a minimum time of traffic that would impede left turns. Most of the time, left turns can be done safely. There is maybe 1.5 hrs morning & evening that it isn't possible to turn left. Please don't over-react on this. There are not a lot of streets to "go around the block" to get to our destination making only right turns. There's a lot of businesses, homes, senior centers, medical facilities, post office which will be adversely affected. Much bigger cities than Grand Junction allow left turns.
February 9, 2021, 3:12 PM
Lois Dunn
4 / 9 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment
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