Minturn traffic concerns dominate |

Minturn traffic concerns dominate

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

MINTURN”Traffic needs more attention, planning and zoning commissioners told the Ginn Development Co. Wednesday night at Minturn Town Center.

“All we’ve seen is numbers,” Chairman Woody Woodruff said. “We haven’t seen any solutions.”

Minturn residents would not accept Ginn’s plan to lessen traffic if the company exceeded its projections, Woodruff said. Commissioners did not want traffic to reach unacceptable levels on Highway 24 and then provide solutions, they said.

Ginn should plan for physical improvements to alleviate traffic beforehand”such as a parking structure north of Minturn, Woodruff said.

Ginn would monitor traffic during construction of its proposed private ski resort, golf course and housing development south of Minturn, the company has said. If traffic exceeds projections, Ginn would pay into a fund that Minturn could draw from to make improvements to Highway 24.

Ginn made “extraordinary claims” in its traffic study, but commissioners could use that as leverage, said Michael Gill, traffic engineer for Carter Burgess. Minturn could regulate Ginn traffic through inducements, such as denying building permits should Ginn exceed traffic projections, Gill said.

If Minturn denied building permits because of unacceptable levels of Ginn traffic, that could delay the project and put people out of work, Woodruff said.

Minturn paid Carter Burgess to evaluate the Ginn’s study.

Commissioners also wanted the study to be retooled so that it would show what traffic would look like at its worst, they said.

Ginn would bring more information on traffic and a parking structure to the next meeting, said Sam Otero, traffic engineer for Ginn.

Ginn intends to build up to 195 feet at Bolts Lake, said Brian Judge, principal for VAg, Inc. Architects and Planners. Ginn requested to build up to 150 feet in its application, Ginn previously told the Vail Daily.

Architectural guides had stated the company wanted to build 150 feet, he said.

“It wasn’t clear,” he said about the heights in the guides.

A PowerPoint presentation on Bolts Lake showed computer graphics of condominium buildings at Bolts Lake.

Ginn prefers to build an array of building heights to mimic the diverse ridge heights of the nearby mountains that would tower above the buildings.

Ginn prefers that five percent would rise above 150 feet. Twenty-five percent of the buildings would rise between 101 and 150 feet, he said. Forty percent would rise between 51 and 100 feet, he said. Thirty percent would be 50 feet or below, he said.

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