Planning and Zoning
As a Planning & Zoning Commissioner, “I will attempt to balance the needs of the community with the desires of developers while maintaining the New England character of Newtown. Projects should be evaluated against Newtown’s Plan of Conservation and Development, and we must always evaluate the impact of a project on our traffic situation. Land use issues must be given a fair and complete public hearing with all opinions taken into consideration. The land use decisions must cope with the impact on our community that has been created by the high housing density permitted under Connecticut’s Affordable Housing Regulations.”
Served in US Navy for 22 years, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer
Two Year Term to Fill a Vacancy
My name is Kersti Ferguson and I am running as an Alternate for the Planning and Zoning Commission. The reason I have decided to run is because of my concern last Spring when the extremely over reaching Legislation regarding zoning was being proposed by State Legislature that would take local decision making out of the hands of Newtowners. This legislation would favor developers like those who wanted to take down the Inn over local residents. I felt strongly that I wanted to get involved and have all the voices of Newtown, regardless of political affiliation, represented to protect yet enhance what makes Newtown so special.
“I'm running for Planning & Zoning Alternate because I have a deep-seated desire to contribute to my community and country. While it may not share the spotlight of national politics, state and local elected officials have the opportunity to debate and mold issues that have a direct impact on matters that affect each and every one of us. As an attorney with nearly a decade's worth of experience, I believe that I have the skill and temperament to serve in a role that requires attention to detail and the ability to read, interpret and draft statutes and ordinances. I look forward to serving in a capacity that allows me to further the interests of our amazing town, balance the interests of our neighbors, and comply with applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.”