Updated Planning Process

One Grand Junction is the product of a community-driven planning process that includes engagement with residents, business owners, local officials, City staff, service providers, and other community stakeholders. The planning process for One Grand Junction includes the following steps.

Step 1: Project Initiation (complete)

The planning process was initiated with several events designed to kick-off the project including meetings with focus groups, City staff, and the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC).

Step 2: Community Outreach & Engagement (ongoing)

The engagement process continues until the plan is adopted, but the formal outreach process is complete. Residents and other stakeholders have been engaged through a diverse variety of outreach tools, including public workshops, an interactive project website, online questionnaires, map.social – an online community issues mapping tool, postcards, flyers, and focus group meetings.

Step 3: Market & Demographic Analysis (complete)

This includes analysis of demographic factors that inform the character of Grand Junction as well as market sectors including industrial, office, housing, and retail. Results from the analysis are used to present existing conditions and, where applicable, identify issues and opportunities. The Demographic and Market Analysis is found in the Issues and Opportunities Report (IOR).

Step 4: Existing Conditions and Plan Analysis (complete)

This step included the production of the IOR. It is based on information provided by the City, feedback from community outreach, field reconnaissance, surveys, inventories, and analyses of past plans, studies, and policy initiatives. A series of focus group meetings were also conducted to gain local insights into development trends and opportunities. The results of the existing conditions analysis are summarized in the IOR.

Step 5: Community Vision, Goals & Objectives (in draft form)

This step establishes a “vision” for Grand Junction’s future that directs subsequent planning activities. Workshops with the citizens of Grand Junction helped create a vision that reflects community wants and needs. Working with the public, staff, and the CPAC, goals and objectives have been drafted based on this vision.

Step 6: Subarea Plans (forthcoming)

This step includes the preparation of detailed subarea plans for two areas within the City. The Subarea Plans will provide more specific recommendations for these key areas of the City. A subareas workshop, open to the community, provided an opportunity for participants to explore improvement and development scenarios that serve as the basis for detailed development planning, concept visualization, redevelopment initiatives, and implementation strategies.

Step 7: Community-wide Plans & Policies (forthcoming)

The overall organization of all Plan elements and their corresponding recommendations are included in this step. These elements will provide the foundation for the Comprehensive Plan and will reflect community input regarding the goals and objectives of the City. Staff and CPAC have been instrumental in developing the land use plan, which provides the foundation for the community-wide plans.

Step 8: Implementation Strategies (forthcoming)

This step includes the drafting and finalization of all specific actions and strategies necessary to implement the Comprehensive Plan.

Step 9: Plan Documents & Adoption (forthcoming)

Prior to the public hearing for plan adoption, a community open house will be held to allow residents to review the Draft Comprehensive Plan and ask questions of the members of the consultant team and staff. The draft and final versions of the Comprehensive Plan document will be prepared for local review and consideration, including Planning Commission public hearing and presentation to and adoption by the City Council.