Ginn asks to join Minturn
MINTURN ” The Ginn Company officially courted Minturn Thursday when the developer filed a petition request the small town annex more than 4,300 acres of land on and around Battle Mountain.
The developer wants to build a private ski area, luxury homes and a golf course between Minturn and Red Cliff.
The petition comes nearly one year after the company purchased over 5,000 acres south of Minturn. This is the first in a series of moves by Ginn for annexation and development of the private resort.
“We look forward to working (with Ginn) and it’s going to be a very open process,” Town Manager Ann Capela said. “It will be challenging times ahead for Minturn ” in a positive sense.”
In the first step the town’s planning staff must determine if the petition meets the requirements of Colorado law for annexation. Council then decides ” likely on Dec. 7 ” based on the staff’s review whether to proceed with public hearings.
The company anticipates the public review process on annexation and development could take a year or longer to complete, officials said.
Ginn Company officials plan to seek public input both within and outside the council setting.
“We believe that Minturn should have the first and the strongest voice in shaping a project that will both bring tremendous benefits to, but have impacts on, this authentic Colorado town,” said owner Bobby Ginn.
“We will be working with the town council and the town staff and listening to the citizens of Minturn in the development and refinement of our plans throughout the annexation and development review process,” Ginn said.
Ginn’s plans include the private ski area, golf course and about 1,700 homes and other housing units. The company hopes to submit preliminary development plans to the town after the first of the year, officials said.
In planning the development, the company will consider the results of studies on the environment, economy, employee housing and traffic, among others, company officials said.
Colorado law limits Minturn from annexing more than three miles in one year. Ginn will request annexation of the remainder of the land, approximately 700 acres, if and when the initial annexation is finalized, officials said.
Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14622, or email@example.com.