Planning and Zoning
Planning & Zoning Commission is responsible to promote the orderly and coordinated development of the Town and the general welfare and prosperity of its residents. The Commission controls and directs the use and development of property in a municipality or a large part of it by dividing it into zoning districts. The Commission regulates the principal and accessory uses permitted within these districts.
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.”
""My extensive knowledge of state and local building, fire, and health care codes and experience in governmental regulatory compliance brings insight into the Planning and Zoning Committee."
Served in US Navy for 22 years, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer
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.
Dennis served on the Planning & Zoning Commission for many years, before returning to the role. "I want to make sure the zoning laws are carried out correctly and that favoritism isn’t shown. You have to do the research and know the laws."
Dennis has lived in Newtown for 30 years. He graduated from Henry Abbott Tech before serving in the US Army form 1971-77 where he was stationed in Germany.
He is a self-employed caterer (Full Bloom Catering) & driver of Newtown Senior Center bus.
He lives with his wife Barbara and son William.
I am excited to serve on the Planning and Zoning commission as an alternate, as I have a strong background in real estate a love for Newtown and a commitment to the community. This is a beautiful town and I would like to be a part of making good sound decisions for the future of our town. I believe I have a strong understanding of the needs of the community and the affects the planning and zoning commission have on our future. I have a balanced opinion and able to listed to others opinion and take them all into consideration before making a final decision. As an alternate I believe it will be a great experience to learn all that goes into being on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
I have two children. Jimmy Widmann, currently working for Barnum Financial as a financial analyst. My daughter Sarah Widmann is a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology.