Chad Phillips A.I.C.P., has 35 years of experience in various fields of land use, including US
Army cartographer/terrain analyst, mining reclamation specialist, and, most recently, public
sector planner.  In 1998, he was hired as a senior planner for Routt County, Colorado and, since
2007, proudly serves as the director of planning. Chad considers the Routt County Planning
Department an ideal place to work because of the community’s goals to blend limited/managed
development with preservation of the natural environment and maintenance of the area’s
western rural character.  Although his official title is “planner,” Chad sees himself as more of a
preservationist who uses land use plans and zoning and subdivision regulations as tools. 
Chad says his eight minute commute to work is filled with gratitude while gazing at the
Steamboat Ski mountain and Flat Tops Wilderness.  His priority is to spend quality time with his
wife and two children. Any remaining free time involves skiing, fishing, softball, disc golf,
coaching youth baseball, and building home speakers.