Over the past four years, I’ve served as a member of Westport’s P&Z and have chaired the Commission since 2007. In that time, I have participated in a wide range of issues and decisions that have emerged as our town changes and evolves. I know there are decisions that many have agreed with and some that they have not. Through all my work on the Commission, my focus has been to find the right balance – listening to all voices and opinions, weighing the issues, adapting our regulations to changing community needs, applying our regulations fairly, and coming to decisions that best serve Westport’s families, neighborhoods and businesses now and for the future.
My goal for the next four years centers on helping the P&Z reflect the current and future needs of our town so that Westport continues to be a leadership community and a highly desirable place to live and work — a community that offers restaurants, shopping and offices, spectacular community facilities, remarkable neighborhoods, yet, for those of us lucky enough to live here, still feels like home. I believe communities must evolve with the times.
We can help Westport become a town that serves our current and future neighbors by being both protectors of what we already have, and smart planners for what we will need over time. Preserving our core single-family residential neighborhoods and Westport’s natural beauty are compelling needs for our community. However, we should recognize that not every building that Westport will ever need has already been built. We can and should re-vitalize our commercial, retail and cultural areas, especially in the downtown and surrounding areas. And we must insure a healthy diversity of housing choices for our citizens.
My service on the Planning and Zoning Commission has been most gratifying. The issues are complex, and are important in shaping the future of Westport. It is often the case that we cannot satisfy everyone by the decisions we make. But I truly believe that I have been lucky to be part of maintaining and building one of the most attractive and open communities in America. I would welcome the opportunity, and the privilege, to continue to serve on Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission.