Ranch and Sporting Venue Assessments




Steve is a 1970 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison earning a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture-Sports Complex Master Planning. He also holds a Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin Institute for Environmental Studies, Madison with an emphasis on Remote Sensing Applications in Watershed Impact Analysis.

For the first ten years of his career, Steve held positions as Geographic Information System Applications Administrator at Bonneville Power Administration and as Department Natural Resource Information Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. In addition, he held the Assistant Directorship of the Environmental Awareness Center, School of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin, in which he administered the development of the Applied Research planning and program finance.

For the past 20 years, he has been the principal of Pacific Coast Initiatives, his Regional, County and Community Land Use Planning Consultancy. Client services focused on private and public extended contract representation in applications for annexations, zoning changes, variances, conditional uses and amendments of Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Ordinances at the City, County and State Level, as well as Master Planning for private Destination Resort Venues. Functionally these assignments have included Master Planning for 4 Sport Complex Venues in Wisconsin, Aspen Colorado, and Sun Valley Idaho, as well as Oregon Coast Planned Gated Communities. This representation included recreational theme optimization analysis; capability, suitability and feasibility studies, as well as development program studies based on traditional appraisals, and recreation theme market assessment. His clients have included major institutional property investors, Destination Resort Developers, private investors, State and Federal Land Use Agencies, The Oregon Department Of Land Conservation and Development, and the 1000 Friends of Oregon.

Steve has enjoyed Western fly fishing from his home in Nehalem, Oregon for the past 20 years. He has fly fished extensively in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia, in pursuit of trout and Pacific salmon. In addition to fly fishing, Steve actively hunts Ruffed and Sharptail Grouse, Hungarian Partridge and waterfowl from in his hunting camp in Southeast Saskatchewan, which he has owned since 1974.