Trumbull welcomes new town planner

Trumbull has a new town planner.

Rob Librandi will take over as Land Use Planner, the town announced in a press release Friday, following a stint as the Acting Director of Planning and Development for the City of West Haven where he led the land use team and staffed six land use boards covering zoning, wetlands, conservation and economic development.

“The role of the Planning and Zoning Department in guiding a responsible land use plan is very important to not only myself but also to First Selectman Herbst," said Jamie Brätt, director of economic and community development, in the release. "We were determined to conduct an exhaustive search for a candidate who had both the technical skills and the people skills to complement our stellar development services teams.”

Before West Haven, Librandi served in the towns of Cheshire and Southington.

Brätt said that adept at guiding citizens and investors through the permitting process for development projects of every size, while specializing in site plan review, staff reporting, small area plans, and transit-oriented development planning.

“Rob is a skilled planner: he is ethical, he is objective, he believes in long-term planning and thorough plan review with public participation, and he believes in the merits of smart-growth in the suburban context,” First Selectman Timothy Herbst said in the release.

Mr. Librandi will be the staff advisor to the Trumbull Planning & Zoning Commission, and will work closely with Brätt, who previously served as Trumbull’s planner for three years before being promoted this past spring.

A native of Seymour, Mr. Librandi earned his undergraduate degree from Central Connecticut State University in Geographic Studies and Technology.  He also participated in graduate coursework in Urban Planning at Southern Connecticut State University, and completed his certification with the Connecticut Association of Zoning Enforcement Officers (CAZEO) in 2011.

Mr. Librandi resides in Stratford with his wife and young child.

“Trumbull has such an excellent reputation for residential quality of life and context-sensitive commercial growth,” he said, “I am honored to have been selected and am eager to serve the Town and its land use boards.”

Mr. Librandi will begin as Land Use Planner for the Town of Trumbull on Monday, Nov. 23.  He can be reached at 203-452-5047