Board of Selectmen Chooses New Member Tonight, Live on Ch. 79

Tonight’s your opportunity to tune in live as Wilton’s top governing Board fills an open spot. The Board of Selectmen are holding a special meeting tonight, Monday, July 30 at 8 p.m., to fill the open seat vacated by Michael Kaelin in June. The meeting will air live on Ch. 79.

For policy wonks, this is transparency. For entertainment lovers, think of it like “Wilton Municipal Idol.”

First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice suggested that instead of interviewing the candidates in executive session, the BOS members should interview them during the public portion of the meeting. “Since this is normally an elected position, that we do the interviews in public, since it is a vacancy.” She referred to a similar, public interview process that the Planning and Zoning Commission conducted to select new members of the Village District Design Committee.

There are two candidates that the BOS will consider–the Republican Town Committee candidate, Josh Cole, and the Democratic Town Committee candidate, Ceci Maher. No unaffiliated candidates petitioned to be considered.

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The board will then deliberate and decide in executive session before returning to open session naming its choice.

Planning & Zoning Commission, July 23, 2018

Wilton Heights

With multiple applications in front of P&Z, the proposed Wilton Heights Development project for 300 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7 (at the Ridgefield Rd./Rte. 33 intersection) is still ongoing and once again the public hearings were open for resident comment on the first two applications–one for a zoning change from R1-A to Wilton Center District; the second for regulation text change regarding Area and Bulk requirements.

The five residents who spoke did so mostly in opposition to proposed changes. The hearing was left open and will continue on Sept. 10 (the next meeting of the commission).

The third application–for a special permit to allow mixed use retail stores on the ground floor and residential units on higher floors–was withdrawn and will be reopened on Sept. 24.

New Childcare Business Approved

The commission approved an application for a new child daycare facility to be built at 213 Danbury Rd., just north of the new assisted senior living project on the former Young’s Nursery property. The childcare business will be called The Learning Experience.

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Zone Change for 255, 261 and 265 Danbury Rd.

Commissioners approved a zone change for the properties at 255, 261 and 265 Danbury Rd. from Design Retail Business to General Business. This zone change will allow the applicant, Joseph Tomas, to plan to build a new building combining retail on the ground floor and five apartments on the second story l.

Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 8 a.m.:  Fire Commission, Town Hall Room B
Wednesday, Aug. 1 CANCELLED:  Wilton Security Task Force
Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.:  Conservation Commission
Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m.:  Investment Committee/OPEB, Town Hall Room B