S I T E S E L E C T I O N F O R T O W N U S E S
Since the Town of Weston is exempt from Zoning on its own property,
periodically a version of "Casablanca planning" takes place: A
Committee is installed to review the capacity of existing Town owned
properties (the usual suspects) to support some use or another.
A version of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic is another way to put it...
- It is actually very interesting to watch: In the 1980's the
Town proposed a fire house #3 on property less than 2 acres that was
offered to the town we assume for free. The same Board of
Selectmen came up with a policy to purchase development rights - way
ahead of its time in Connecticut. They also established an Ad Hoc
Cemetery Committee that began its quest during the 1990's. It
issued terrific reports and interviewed top people in the field of
cemeteries but never made it to the public notice until...
- The next board of Selectmen made use of its authority (being exempt from zoning
on its own property) to gain approval for the REFERENDUM of 2001.
- "Land Banking" came next - buy land for no particular use,
maintain land still owned but unused/maintain structures, just to have
it in case you need it...for example shown below - new roofs for two of
the sites and varying uses by town departments for one.
- The next Board of Selectmen put it on the Referendum.
REMEMBER THE TOWN CEMETERY EXERCISE?
AND SO THE LAST COMMITTEE GOT ROLLING...
NUMBER FOUR POTENTIAL SITE WAS...THE MOORE PROPERTY
AND THEN THE TOWN SAID IT WASN"T INTERESTED
After a very profession job, this Committee - the last in a line of
Committees going back to the years of First Selectman George Guidera
(1987-1999) - was quashed in 2011.