Clinton Democratic Town Committee

Michael Rossi – Planning and Zoning

Meet Michael Rossi, running for another term on Planning & Zoning!

I do not come from a politically active household. I am involved in Clinton town government because I feel Clinton is a wonderful place and I want to participate in supporting it. I joined the Democrats because of their support for working families and underserved populations.

I want to see Clinton get a Town Manager/Planner. In terms of what I would do on Planning and Zoning, I would like to see a more cooperative body on the Commission and a concerted effort to bring the regulations into line with the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, while also making them drop dead easy for the average person to follow.

With 14 years on the Planning and Zoning Commission (2000 – 2014), I was involved in many projects that supported the town. I think that in general I would say my work as chair of the regulations committee was most useful.

My philosophy is that clear expectations make it easier for homeowners and developers to understand what the Town is expecting from their project. This allows them to come before the Commission with proposals that have a high degree of success and lower cost to them. I feel this is critical for promoting economic development in Clinton. Uncertainty in the process is an effective way to scare off potential investors.

I have only worked on P&Z. It is a serious time commitment, not just the three meetings a month, but also the amount of preparation that goes into each meeting, understanding the regulations and the specifics of each proposal that is coming before us.

When everyone on the commission is working with the best interest of the Town in mind, it is very rewarding to see the progress the Town can make. I have recruited a few people to P&Z in the past, but I didn’t sugarcoat the amount of work. What I recommend it for is the ability to really make a difference in the Town.

Besides pubic service, I help at the Bluefish Road Race each year. I am also very active in St. Mary’s Church. I am in charge of the Eucharistic ministers for the parish. As a Catholic, I point out Mother Teresa as a hero. This is simple; she dedicated her life to one of service to others, even when it was not easy.

I love the library and it has grown so much while I have been here; but I think my favorite thing is town it the Chamber’s summer Music on Thursday evenings.