Vice-chair loses seat on planning board |

Vice-chair loses seat on planning board

— Steamboat Springs Planning Commission Vice-Chairperson Donna Walker was not granted a new three-year term by City Council Tuesday night.

In Walker’s place, Dan N. Baker was named to the commission. Baker is an attorney and former planning commission chairnan from Fullerton, Calif.

Planning Commission had four open positions for three-year terms lasting until March 31, 2003. Walker was among four incumbent commissioners applying for new terms.

Of the four, Chairperson Shelley Pastachak, Tony Connell and Dick Curtis were chosen for new three-year terms. Curtis is currently an alternate, voting on development permits when another commissioner is absent. He will remain in that role, and Baker will be a full member of the commission.

Walker ran unsuccessfully for City Council last fall, losing to incumbent Arianthtettner in district II. She had been on Planning Commission since December 1997. As vice-chair, she ran Planning Commission meetings in the absence of Pastachak.

Baker has lived in Steamboat full time for two years, and part-time for nine years before that. He is a consultant to a chain of 33 motels located in seven western states.

Baker told City Council that Fullerton, located in Orange County, experienced a growth spurt in the late ’70s and early ’80s that was similar to what Steamboat is experiencing today.

“I believe I have experience both on the development side and the city side, which gives me a unique perspective on how to handle the demand of all sides of the growth and control issues facing Steamboat today,” Baker wrote in his application for Planning Commission.

City council members did not comment on their appointments to Planning Commission during open session during their Tuesday night meeting. Council member each filled out written ballots indicating their top four choices from among six candidates. The sixth candidate was another potential newcomer to Planning Commission, Debra Controy.

— To reach Tom Ross call 871-4210 or e-mail

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