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March 14, 2013
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LETTER: I'm asking you to vote NO on Ref. A

Referred Measure A is a question of assigning appropriate zoning to land. Zoning should transition and protect existing areas from inappropriate, incompatible usage. The ballot question is burdened with language referring to trail easements which are irrelevant to the real issue at hand.

The Grand Valley Master Trail Plan designates that the City will require any entity that develops along the Colorado River to allow for a trail easement as part of their master plan. Brady Trucking will not be adding anything that isn't already required by the City.

However, that is not really the issue. The issue is zoning. Not jobs, not trails, it's not a popularity contest. It is about zoning in an area that was required to be rezoned when it was adopted from the county into the city. An area that is no longer on the outskirts of town where industry development first occurred due to access to the water. This land is now in the middle of town. It is in the middle of parks, adjacent to homes and on the banks on a major waterway and in a flood plain. We know better than to apply Industrial 1 zoning in such an area. The Colorado River is already a compromised ecosystem which we and millions and millions of others downstream rely upon for our basic existence.

I am asking you to honor the citizens who have fought so hard to clean up this mess. Honor the organizations that have fought to improve the ecosystem. Honor your children and your children's children to protect this invaluable feature which breathes life into most of the south western United States.

The GJ Chamber of Commerce and a trucking company from Utah are blurring the real issue. I am asking the citizens of this town to take control of their fate and vote NO on Referred Measure A. The issue will go back to the planning commissioners and a lesser intensity zoning will be suggested as it was in the first place.

I am asking you to urge everyone you know to vote no. I'm asking you to actively seek out people to vote no. Otherwise the land will be zoned Industrial 1. When that land eventually changes hands, that zoning will remain with the land, not the company.

Janet Magoon

Grand Junction

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