Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis 12 hours, 48 minutes ago on Our view: What are we waiting for?

Bypassing community and county plans is the WRONG way to go. A far better editorial would say the Pilot is ready to support and facilitate a county master plan update.

Didn't we just learn how much our governments need to follow better process in their actions?


Steve Lewis 19 hours, 40 minutes ago on City Council approves downtown apartment project

A public minded city honors its community's adopted rules.

Its called the Community Development Code for a reason.


Steve Lewis 1 day, 15 hours ago on City Council approves downtown apartment project

Really? Base area allowed heights are: RR1: 63 ft, RR2: 75 ft, G1: 75 ft, G2: 105 ft

It will be interesting to see public reaction when this building is built. And sad, as I think people will be upset. Unfortunately another 4 just like it will already have similar size approved at that point.

Sad indeed.


Steve Lewis 2 days, 9 hours ago on City Council approves downtown apartment project

I agree, John. Though I would say this is very much the city's intended consequence. City planning wrote as much in their arguments justifying the variances.

Too bad the vast majority of this coming downtown density and large size will be second home condos.


Steve Lewis 2 days, 9 hours ago on City Council approves downtown apartment project

Larger size for workforce housing can be a convincing argument. Except we didn't really get that in my view. There is nothing to stop the small condos in this building being merged to create luxury units. Market will eventually see luxury use buyout most rental use. Classic resort economics.

Agree with David. No one buys a parcel if the profit relies on building more sq ft than the code allows. That would be dumb.

But John touches the most interesting point. Downtown landowners saw their raw land value increase dramatically last night. Great time to be in real estate.


Steve Lewis 3 days, 15 hours ago on City Council will revote on pot shop move after forcing a member to recuse himself

This was the right decision. "Conflict of interest means any personal interest which may reasonably be perceived by the public as influencing the conduct of public duties."

If some in the public feel a councilor has a personal interest for or against an item, the councilor should honor that perception and step down. Arguing that "my vote must be counted" would only reinforce the perception of personal interest.

Recent city history only reinforces the importance of maintaining a high standard. Thank you to those 4 votes.

Contrary to Ken's assessment, an applicant may choose to forego a conflict challenge for good reasons. Why go there if you might succeed regardless? Calling out the conflict and arguing with Connell about it could swing other votes against you. I disagree with Ken's complaint in this regard.


Steve Lewis 1 week, 4 days ago on Steven Hofman: Fair and square in Colorado

Steven Hofman/For Steamboat Today

For Steamboat Today? The bulk of the letter is a Republican explaining state process to Republicans. But some of the letter attacks a political candidate. I am surprised the Pilot could sponsor such a letter.


Steve Lewis 2 weeks, 1 day ago on Chuck McConnell: Purposeful job destruction

I understand Scott's post. A long term contract to sell at price x is a suitable reference for establishing commodity pricing. Carl makes the point about nighttime energy need, but that doesn't appear to be an argument for avoiding renewables - he seems mainly to be acknowledging the role fossil fuels still play.

I use as much gasoline as the next guy, but consider it far more expensive than the price at the pump. Many years ago George Tolles hosted a fascinating discussion of global affairs each year. Irony, this is actually where I met Carl :) I believe George's career at one time was with the State Department. George once us showed a map of US military bases in the Middle East that closely mirrored the network of pipelines bringing oil out of the region. The cost of a barrel of oil largely ignores the expense of securing it.

Osama Bin Laden was clear in stating his fight with the US stemmed from the presence of US troops in what his people consider holy land. The cost of a barrel of oil largely ignores the enemies it brings us and the added cost of homeland security.

Oil is far more subsidized than renewables. Coal has a different set of significant negatives.