Clinton Democratic Town Committee

Ellen Dahlgren – Planning and Zoning

Meet Ellen Dahlgren, candidate for Planning & Zoning.

I’m running for the Planning and Zoning Commission. I’ve been an Alternate member for three years, so I haven’t been able to vote on the most important decisions. But I’ve been doing all the work a full member does and I would hit the ground running.

The greatest challenge facing Planning and Zoning is the inconsistency between our Plan of Conservation and Development and the existing zoning regulations. Our Town Plan, the product of years of hard work, was approved in 2016. But we haven’t implemented it. Implementation requires us write and adopt the regulations needed to reduce it to practice. Most of the controversy about P&Z in Clinton stems from this discrepancy. I support employing a full-time Town Planner – someone who would be present in Clinton every day and really get to know our town and its needs.

I grew up in Connecticut and visited the shoreline every summer, just as my father and grandparents remembered doing when they were kids. After high school in New Haven, I attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate and Rutgers for graduate school. I had a long career in biochemical engineering in the pharmaceutical industry. Primarily, I designed processes and factories for manufacturing vaccines and similar products.

My husband Paul is a retired teacher and environmental scientist, and a Vietnam veteran. He currently serves on the Harbor Commission. We have lived in Clinton for twelve years. Paul’s 75-year-old wooden sailboat, the Thora, is a much-photographed feature in Clinton Harbor. Our daughter Meg lives with her husband Phil in Jersey City.