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Canon City couple against Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan

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Dennis & Nancy Brady sit on concrete wall on Arkansas River near their property Dennis & Nancy Brady sit on concrete wall on Arkansas River near their property
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Big changes could soon be coming to Canon City.

A master plan for the Arkansas River Corridor is in the works, a plan that some residents are against.

News 5 spoke with city workers and residents on Tuesday to find out what kind of affects the plan could have.

Canon City Community Development Director Deana Swetlik says the current master plan is over 17 years old and needs to be updated.

Several of the proposals in the corridor plan include changing things on both public and private lands on the river. Some people who live on those properties say theyre not happy about it.

I think they'll take our property, said Dennis Brady.

Its a fear that he and his wife, Nancy, have if the Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan is adopted.

Brady said, On our property they're wanting to do half of it at fair-market value is what they're offering if this project goes through.

The project could bring another riverwalk, a housing subdivision, and more trails near the Bradys property.

Brady said it would turn his gravel road into a street with major traffic on it.

The Bradys have lived on their property for almost 30 years and dont want anything to change.

It's my property. I don't want it to come through.

Swetlik says the master plan could include improvements on about six miles of the Arkansas River.

We want to make sure that we can also allow for a variety of uses to potentially come in the future, and help support and maintain downtown Canon City.

She says its important for Canon City to stay competitive.

To remain competitive there has to be that vision for the futureanything that would happen on some of the private property areas would really be up to those existing owners, any future owners, any kind of market pressures that may happen or may not happen.

She says if property owners arent interested in selling they dont have to. However, the Bradys say theyre not convinced.

I think it's a start of just being able to just come in and take it over.

Swetlik says the plan would span 25 years and is ultimately up to the city council to approve.

The draft will go before the council on November 15. Depending on what happens it could go to the council for formal adoption on December 4.

Fore more details on the plan click here.

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