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Cliff Thompson
Special to the DailyDerrick Slocum (with his son) has been tapped as a planner for the revitalized town of Minturn
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MINTURN ” Facing a proposed development that could triple the number of homes in town, Minturn has hired a planner from Manhattan, Kan., to boost the town’s one-person planning department.

Derrick Slocum, 24, will join Wiley Smith, planning director, and will work four days a week initially, Smith said. Eventually he will work full time.

Slocum starts June 13. He and his wife and young son will move to the valley when they can find housing, according to the town.

“I like the location and the opportunity because of the new development,” Slocum said Monday, adding that he has been to Colorado on several vacations. “My wife and I want to move to Colorado.”

Minturn has been asked to annex a proposed development by the Florida-based Ginn Companies that will include a private ski hill and golf course with 1,400 home on Battle Mountain between Red Cliff and Minturn. It is estimated Minturn contains 500 homes.

Ginn purchased the land in December for $32.75 million, and has also purchased two commercial buildings in Minturn.

The annexation agreement will lay out what services the town will provide for the development and who will pay for what, according to town officials. The complex agreement is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete, and will involved multiple public hearings.

Slocum graduated from Kansas State University in May 2003 and will receive a masters in community and regional planning.

“We’ll split duties,” Smith said. “He will do current planning and some long-range planning and some annexation work.”

Slocum has some experience with zoning and other planning issues. As an intern with Riley County, Kan., he helped update the county’s zoning laws and growth policies.

Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.com.

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