To the Editor:
Recently, a citizen criticized our zoning enforcement practices as ineffective and unresponsive. In the past eighteen months since hiring the Town’s first full-time zoning enforcement officer, the overwhelming anecdotes from the public and hard data show just the opposite; we have never done a better job deploying town resources to uphold the local zoning code. In fact, the zoning enforcement officer has addressed 350 reports of zoning and blight violations since July 2012. Furthermore, 85% of those cases were remediated, and of the 15% that remain open, many of them are chronic violations that we continue to pursue, some through court action. The volume and nature of the cases closed are a testament to the professionalism and tactfulness of our zoning enforcement officer. In particular, the zoning office has done an outstanding job of remediating blight on vacant foreclosed properties, which is particularly difficult given the intricate web of third-party and out-of-town management companies that act as stewards over such parcels.