PALISADE, Colo. — Colorado’s Fruit and Wine Country, also known as Palisade, is putting an emergency pause on major residential developments after a fiery public meeting KREX first took you to about two weeks ago.
I spoke with local palisade board member and locals to find out how this could impact Palisade’s future growth.
“We need to stop and rethink how popular we’re getting at this end of the valley and how much development we want to allow and where that development should be,” says Palisade Resident, Charlene Weidner.
Home to more than 25 local wineries and dozens of farms and small businesses, Palisade is growing a great foundation to attract more tourists. That’s why local residents and business owners were shocked when town officials put what it calls an emergency moratorium in place to pause any new major residential subdivisions or large residential developments.
“We looked at the planning comprehensive plan which wasn’t updated since 2007,” says Board of Trustee member, Stan Harbaugh.
The moratorium is not only to allow Palisade board members to create a more comprehensive, update plan, but to set new developer guidelines regarding land use and zoning.
“Without knowing what the desires of the citizens are of the town we had no direction of how the town wanted to grow,” continues Harbaugh.
Planted right near the entry of Palisade, The Herman Family owns this peach orchard. Younger members of the longtime farming family don’t plan to continue the tradition. They want to take this orchard out and replace it with a village of 60 tiny homes, rented with leases that work much like a trailer park lease.
Neighbor Charlene Weidner and hundreds more who showed up at this city meeting a couple of weeks ago — would prefer it remain the way it is.
“We have a lovely tourist season in the summer months and I don’t know that having those units is really gonna accomplish bringing tourists here – I do think that’s the wrong location for the development that’s being proposed,” continues Weidner.
The moratorium is in place until the end of this year, but Palisade officials tell me they could extend the Moratorium, if their updated comprehensive plan isn’t finished by December.
Source: Grand Junction Local News | Local Palisade Residents comment on Emergency Moratorium