My name is Ralph Livieri, and I am running for the Planning and Zoning Commission. I have lived in Higganum for more than sixteen years. I am a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, and have been an attorney for thirty years, during which much of my practice has focused on real estate law. I have also taught courses in real property law at the post-secondary level for more than twenty years. As an undergraduate, I studied history, and I have a great appreciation for the history of our town. I am a member of the Haddam Historical Society. Both my stepfather and uncle were long-time members of the Planning and Zoning Commission in Killingworth, and my family has been in the real estate development business for more than fifty years. I hope to make use of this experience on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Planning and zoning go together. In making decisions, it is vitally important that the Planning and Zoning Commission keep in mind the planning portion of its mandate. Each proposal should be addressed on its own merits, but also with a view to how it fits into the long-term interests of our town. Residential, commercial, and industrial development are all needed, but we must avoid the short-sighted, haphazard approaches that have plagued other towns. Nor do we want to repeat the mistakes of the past when it comes to things like the environment. We must strive to find a balanced approach, for it is the role of the Planning and Zoning Commission to help manage the future growth of the town. Expediency is rarely if ever the basis of good policy.
In closing, it would be my great privilege to serve on the Haddam Planning and Zoning Commission. This November, I ask for your support.