Frank Zitkus


Board of Planning & Zoning

 

 

 

 

 

 

"My name is Frank Zitkus and I am seeking your continued support for re-election to the Hebron Planning and Zoning Commission."

 

 

 

My wife, Ann, and I have enjoyed living in Hebron for 28 years.  I have served on the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) for 21 years, most of them as Secretary and currently as Vice-Chairman.  I also serve as the Commission’s representative to the Town’s highly successful Open Space Land Acquisition Committee, which I have been a member and Secretary of for the last 20 years.  Professionally, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at the University of Connecticut, acquired Certified Public Accountant status while auditing municipalities, and have been working as the Town of Vernon’s Controller for the past 30 years in the Finance Office.  

 

The PZC is a vital town Commission, charged with the responsibility of fairly and consistently applying the town’s Zoning Regulations to each development application and modifying such regulations for the betterment of the community.  With my fellow commission members, I give each application a careful and thorough review to ensure that development optimizes overall enhancement of the town, protects its natural resources, and enhances recreational opportunities and enjoyment.

During the years I have been serving on the Open Space Land Acquisition Committee (OSLAC), the Committee has been very proactive in the Town’s purchasing and protecting over 700 acres of open space for our community’s passive and active recreational enjoyment, including Burnt Hill Park and the Raymond Brook Preserve.  The OSLAC is currently working on a trail connection of the Air Line Trail to Hebron Center among other efforts, including working with The Trust for Public Land to preserve land in town.  In addition, our efforts have permanently protected farmland and resulted in the State adding land to its State Parks and Forests in town.  I provide coordination of these efforts and author the Committee’s outreach publications, Attribute Reports of Open Space acquisitions, agendas, minutes, and have also completed a comprehensive report of the Committee’s prioritizing and preservation findings, goals and planned actions. 

During my service on the PZC, my fellow members and I have expended much effort in reviewing and modifying PZC Regulations to better protect the Town’s natural, historical and cultural resources and preserve Hebron’s rural character while providing appropriate flexibility desired for a sustainable community.  In 2004 and again in 2014, our Commission completed Hebron’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD).  This comprehensive planning guide serves to ensure that future development is sustainable and beneficial to the community and that unique and environmentally sensitive land is protected for future generations.  Updating the 2014 POCD will be required during the next four years, and I look forward to assisting with this work.   

With my experience and dedication in serving in the community’s best interest, I ask for your continued support this November in re-electing me to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

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