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Ginn golf course, traffic the talk of meeting

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

MINTURN ” How would Ginn avoid disturbing two areas of wetlands bordering its proposed golf course?

“These are the best wetlands we have around,” said Woody Woodruff, chairman of Minturn’s Planning and Zoning Commissioner.

Planning and zoning commissioners asked this and questions about traffic Wednesday night at Minturn town hall.



In addition to a private ski resort and 1,700 homes and condominiums south of Minturn, Senior Vice President Bill Weber said Ginn wants to build an 18-hole golf course of “championship quality” south of Minturn.

The federal government would require Ginn to follow the Clean Water Act, a federal law designed to provide maximum protection for the wetlands, said Rebecca Almon, an environmental attorney representing Ginn.

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Out of 18.3 acres, only 1.2 acres would be affected, she said.

Ginn also studied what construction, resort and employee traffic would look like in Minturn in a worse-case scenario, said Sam Otero, traffic engineer for Ginn.

Without gondolas, shuttles and transportation of dirt by railroad and others, by 2010 an average of 910 vehicles would pass through town between 6 and 7 p.m. ” night-time rush hour in Minturn. Without the project, 839 cars would pass through the center of town by 2010, Otero said.



With improvements, however, Ginn would add only 26 more vehicles between 6 and 7 p.m. by 2010, he said.

If Minturn wanted, Ginn could install lighted crosswalks and drainage improvements that would prevent road damage before any construction, Otero said.

Others ” such as passing lanes on Highway 24 south of Minturn ” could come later, he said.

The company pledged to bring more information to the next meeting.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

April 26 at 6 p.m. at Minturn Town Center: Ginn Development Co. and the Minturn Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss the proposed development.


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