For several weeks, a number of Shelton residents have been expressing their opinions and criticisms of the proposed changes to the charter of the city of Shelton. As a member of Shelton’s Planning and Zoning Commission since 2005, and its chair since December, 2017, these are my opinions about the proposed charter revisions concerning the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The Charter Revision Commission recommended an increase in the number of P&Z regular commission members from six to seven. I wholeheartedly agree with this change as it would add one more voice and perspective to discussions prior to a vote and eliminate the possibility of a tie vote, which results in an automatic denial of an application. The increase of one member will not result in giving one party total control as the same number of votes needed to approve an application - four - does not change.