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Minturn updating growth policies

Dustin Racioppi
Minturn, CO Colorado

MINTURN, Colorado “-More than a decade has passed since Minturn, Colorado’s growth policies have been updated. Within the next year to 18 months, the planning department intends to have Minturn’s community plan revamped and updated to reflect the wants and needs of residents and officials.

The town will begin the process by hosting two public meetings next month.

“Before we forge ahead, we really just want to confirm with the town we’re on the right track,” Planning Director Victor Villarreal said. “It’s really important that we get the process right and people have equal opportunity to get their voices heard.”

The community plan is used as a guideline for the Town Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and any potential developers in how the town’s land and resources will be used in the future. It incorporates a vision for the future, Villarreal said, including land use, transportation, sustainability, parks and recreation and preservation.

Assistant Town Planner Chris Cerimele said with a potential resort development by the Ginn. Co. looming, it’s also important to develop a plan that has all of the town’s best interests involved, and that included the company.

At the same time, both Villarreal and Cerimele think the ideas that are brought forth are going to maintain the historical aspect of the town and its small-town vibe.

“That’s one of the things people really value here, is what you see as Minturn. I don’t imagine with or without any large development that people would want to see that go away,” Villarreal said.

Longtime business owner Rob Rollins hopes the plan focuses on the town’s environment and improving its infrastructure to attract guests.

Rollins said he would like it to be “actually a community where you don’t think of Highway 24. You look left and you look right and you think of the environment.”

He also said he’d like to see the plan balance Minturn’s strong historical aspects with an eye to the future.

“Change it, make it grow,” Rollins said of the town. “You have to grow or you die.”

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or

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