Planning & Community Development Leadership Transitions with Tyler Gibbs Retirement

Principal Planner Rebecca Bessey To Lead Development Review
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-April 5, 2018-Planning and Community Development
Director, Tyler Gibbs, has announced his plans to retire from the City of Steamboat Springs around
Labor Day after what will be eight years of service to the community.
“It is a privilege and a lot of fun to serve our community and get to know so many great people
through this role,” said Tyler Gibbs. “I’m excited to be a part of leading the long-range vision plan for
our downtown during my concluding months in this position, as well as ensuring that we continue to
improve our services and responsiveness to the community’s needs.”
With the announcement today, day-to-day management of development review activities moves to
principal planner Rebecca Bessey, while Gibbs will focus his efforts on completing the Downtown
Area Plan and Sign Code update, providing recommendations to facilitate affordable housing options
and collaborating on policy driven regulatory improvements within the Community Development
Code. Bessey will assume the full-time role of Planning and Community Development Director in
early September following Gibbs departure.
“Steamboat Springs is fortunate to have enjoyed the benefits of Tyler’s expertise and vision. The city
is in a better place, due to Tyler’s loyalty and commitment to this community,” said City Manager Gary
Suiter. “As the city evolves, we’re privileged to have someone as talented and highly-skilled as
Rebecca, who can step into the director role.”
During his tenure in Steamboat Springs, Gibbs oversaw hundreds of developments from small to
large that touched all facets of the community, including significant projects in the development
process this year including Riverview, West Steamboat Neighborhoods and Urban Street.
Gibbs joined the City of Steamboat Springs in September 2010 after 18 years with the City and
County of Denver where he held the position of Planning and Implementation Manager including
serving as the Urban Design Director. Prior to his position with the City of Denver, he was a founder
and principal with the firm City Design, a multi-disciplinary architecture and urban design firm
specializing in urban mixed-use and retail design projects, in San Diego, California.
He received his degree in Architecture from the University of Arizona and has been an instructor at
the New School of Architecture in San Diego as well as a visiting critic at the University of Colorado
College of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning.

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