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For the past three years, I’ve been an alternate member of Clinton’s Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC). On Nov. 7, I’m on the ballot as a Democratic candidate for a full seat.
It’s no secret that the actions of the PZC in Clinton have been controversial, but the real issue lies in our current zoning regulations. Until we update our regulations to reflect the goals established in our new Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), as approved late in 2015, we’ll continue to see development projects that conform to the old regulations.
If we had speed limit signs on Main Street reading “75 mph,” then we’d have traffic racing through. Everyone would agree that it needed to be changed. If we want a different sort of downtown development, and everyone who participated in the POCD process seemed to, then those regulations must also reflect the “speed limit”—in this case, the design standards—that we really want.
We’ve lost two years already. We need new leaders on PZC who are committed to putting our new POCD into practice. I encourage Clinton voters to support not just me, but also my Democratic colleagues, Aman Singh and Michael Rossi. Together the three of us can make sure that the leadership of PZC supports the full implementation of the POCD.
Democrat Ellen Dahlgren is seeking a seat on the Planning & Zoning Commission.
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