I have been a resident of Wilton since 2005, and an active member of Wilton’s land use committees since 2006. I was honored to serve as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals from 2006 to 2012, and have been a Planning & Zoning commissioner for the past five years.
I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago (where I met my wife, Vivian Lee-Shiue, the current chair of the Wilton Economic Development Commission) and an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut. I am a senior commercial real estate broker with Colliers International, based in New Haven, and have worked in the commercial real estate industry since 1997. Vivian and I are the proud parents of twins who are currently first graders at Miller-Driscoll School.
Through my work, I have seen the end result of smart and sometimes, not-so-smart, land use planning in towns and cities throughout Connecticut. We are at a critical juncture here in Wilton, where the need to grow the commercial property tax base to offset flat growth and reduced state-level funding can often conflict with the desire of Wiltonians to preserve the character of the town that attracted them in the first place. Through an effective Planning & Zoning commission, those two goals are not necessarily mutually exclusive. I would like to see the Planning & Zoning commission continue to encourage responsible commercial development to grow in-town employment and mitigate the tax burden on homeowners while acknowledging that change for the sake of change should never be a primary driver. Much of this effort will be guided through the updating of Wilton’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) and I encourage everyone with a stake in this town to provide input.