Mel Ray Road keeps commercial zoning |

Mel Ray Road keeps commercial zoning

Mel Ray Road in West Glenwood is going to stay a commercially-zoned district. That’s the result of a unanimous vote at the Garfield County Commissioners Monday meeting.

The area is flanked by the Glenwood Mall, several restaurants, a stereo store, and other service-based businesses.

Builder Duane Stewart, who proposed a residential six-plex along the street, requested a zone district change from Commercial Limited to Residential/ Limited/Suburban Density on Mel-Ray between Donegan Road and Highway 6.

But land and business owners along the road and in the neighborhood above the commercial area made a strong case to keep the district zoned as is.

Kim Forester, a nearby resident, was against the proposed residential zoning.

“It’s a dangerous place for kids,” she said. “There are no sidewalks, and cars speed through that area. I’m surprised someone hasn’t been killed.”

Many business owners added that their property values could plummet if the zoning changed.

Stewart stressed that it wasn’t his intent to devalue or downzone their land.

He said he bought the property and proposed the residential units through a “use by right” clause.

He interpreted that as giving him ability to develop a residential property, He said the Commissioners led him to believe that was necessary to proceed with his project.

Because of the zoning, Stewart said he lost money and hasn’t been able to build the housing project.

Following a motion by Commissioner Larry McCown, the commissioners voted to keep the district zoned as it is.

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