Gannett Road golf course discussed
Trial balloons for developing south-of-Bellevue land
By PETER BOLTZ
Express Staff Writer
Rod Rinker, son of Harry Rinker, developer of Golden Eagle II, has
approached the Bellevue City Council with various ideas for developing 177 acres south of
Bellevue on the east side of Gannett Road.
According to Bellevue Mayor Steve Fairbrother, even though Rinker
hasnt yet submitted a plan, he has been discussing ideas with him and council
members since last winter.
Fairbrother said these discussions have not occurred before a quorum of
Councilman Monty Brothwell described the discussions as Rinker coming to
council members and asking, "What does Bellevue need?"
Some of the ideas Fairbrother has discussed with Rinker are annexation by
Bellevue, a golf course, an outdoor amphitheater and a senior citizens center.
City councilman Larry Plott said he heard of an 18-hole golf course with
light industrial, homes and affordable housing included in the development.
Brothwell said he talked with Rinker about a seniors retirement
center, affordable housing and light industrial space.
"Were almost sold out of light industrial property again,"
So far, according to Fairbrother, city officials have not liked what
Rinker has discussed with them.
Blaine County commissioners Mary Ann Mix and Len Harlig confirmed that
Rinker, so far, hasnt made a concrete proposal for a development and that the county
commissioners knew of Rinkers desire to be annexed by Bellevue.
When asked about a plan for the property, they answered, "What plan?
There is no plan."
They said that before Bellevue could annex Rinkers property, the
city would have to justify extending its area of impact with the county.
That, said Harlig, has not happened.
Councilwoman Vivian Ivie confirmed that, saying that although Rinker has
talked to her about annexation, "There is nothing formal in front of the council. We
have to get our area of impact resolved before anything is looked at."
Brothwell said Rinker needs to resolve water and sewer issues before
coming to the city with a plan.
In a telephone interview, Rinker said he thought the Mountain Express
was "a little ahead of the gun" on the story since he has not made a proposal to
the city or the county.
He said that he has asked questions of the city and the county, because
"one day the property will be developed."
But right now, he said, he is just trying to answer the question,
"Whats this property about?"
Rinker was on Thursday nights city council agenda, but this item was
struck because Rinker was not ready to make a presentation, Fairbrother said.
Mix and Harlig said they would have been at the council meeting if Rinker
had been on the agenda, but they were notified beforehand that the item had been struck.