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Zoning for bluff access approved by city council

Brad Williams

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A La Crosse city council vote leads to more frustration for homeowners, who oppose new trail development around Grandad Bluff. 

The council voted 9-3 on Thursday night to rezone two vacant lots at the foot of the bluff, to allow hikers and bikers to use the proposed trail. 

That was the minimum number of votes needed to approve the rezoning. 

The bluff neighbors fear that the trail will lead to more erosion and an increase in local traffic. They also they claim the city is giving an outdoors group, which favors the trail, whatever it wants. 

After the vote, trail opponent Christine Clair said city leaders are not interested in negotiating.

For the last month, people living near Grandad Bluff have been asking La Crosse city committees and the park board not to support efforts to develop a new trail being called Grandma’s Gateway.

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