To the editor:
My name is Jen Clock, and I am currently serving on our Planning and Zoning commission.
You may remember that last year, around this time, our committee for the 2016 Plan of Conservation and Development held a public input meeting. The meeting was very well attended and valuable public input was taken.
Over the past year we have held monthly meetings open to public attendance and have openly reviewed a draft plan.
I reviewed the opinion article regarding overdevelopment in the Oct. 23 publication. I felt strongly that it would be helpful for there be mention of our formal committee that has been intact for well over a year, working with residents, town staff, and all boards to address this very issue.
As chairwoman of this committee, I want residents to know we have been diligently working and have successfully created a draft plan available online.
We are now in the next phase of public input, a meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Center. We ask that those who plan to attend review the plan online at www.southington.org/filestorage/17216/17806/Draft_POCD_083015_RFS.pdf
We hope to hear questions and also resolutions or revisions residents have in mind. It is our goal to have a completely open and transparent process in order to prepare a plan that reflects our entire community.
It is imperative that we produce a 10-year plan that responsibly grows Southington while preserving its valued character.
I am so proud to have been a part of this process, working with fellow citizens, town staff, and board members has exemplified how local government functions at its best. It has been my honor to serve our community. Thank you everyone for your time and commitment.
Jennifer Clock, Planning and Zoning Commissioner