Steamboat Springs Planning Commission set to choose new leadership after Nov. 3 City Council election
Steamboat Springs — When newly elected Steamboat Springs City Council members Jason Lacy and Kathi Meyer won their election races Nov 3, the city’s planning commission lost its chairman (Lacy) and vice chairman (Meyer) overnight.
In their roles on Planning Commission, Lacy and Meyer presided over meetings, managed public comment, ensured an orderly process and often focused discussions on pertinent issues.
A third candidate for city council this election, Richard Levy, was unsuccessful in his bid and becomes the longest-tenured member of Planning Commission, having begun in 2008.
The job requires knowledge of city zoning and development codes, as well as the Steamboat Springs Area Plan, so commissioners can evaluate proposed development projects against regulations and guidelines before voting on the fate of permit applications.
Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said Thursday that Planning Commission will elect new officers at its Nov. 12 meeting and predicted the commission would make a smooth transition.
“We do still have a quorum, so they can continue to get the business of the city done as it pertains to Planning Commission,” he said. “I don’t expect us to miss a beat at all.”
Other current members of Planning Commission include Michael Buckley, who began his service in 2012. Charlie MacArthur and Jerry Burns both joined the commission in 2013. Martyn Kingston and George Eck III joined the commission this year.
Gibbs said his office would advertise for new Planning Commission members.
Lacy and Meyer, in their new roles, will take part in choosing their successors.
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