Former First Selectman Timothy Herbst, now employed at the legal firm Cohen and Wolf, is representing a Woodland Hills Drive property owner opposing a proposed zone change from commercial to light industrial for the former UnitedHealth building at 48 Monroe Tpke. The change is being proposed to allow construction of a combined 55+ housing development and assisted living facility at the site, at the intersection of Route 111 and Route 25. About 1,200 people worked in the building, but it has been vacant for several years.

Herbst, in a letter to Town Planner Rob Librandi, First Selectman Vicki Tesoro, and Economic and Community Development Director Rina Bakalar dated December 17, informed the town that he will make a presentation outlining his client's objections at the December 19 Planning & Zoning Commission meeting. Herbst said he also planned to present witnesses to testify to the commission.

In advance of Wednesday's meeting Herbst made a series of Freedom of Information requests. Among other things, he demanded all communications between town officials and the zone change applicants and their attorney, all communications between town officials and EMS personnel, and any site plans or traffic studies the town may have in its possession.

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