In an effort to make residents aware of several proposals before\u00a0our land use boards, I am issuing this statement to the residents\u00a0of Trumbull. I want residents to understand what is being\u00a0proposed, how the development process works, where residents\u00a0can have impact, and what I am doing to protect our high quality\u00a0of life in Trumbull. I want everyone to know that I am working with my staff to make sure there is sensible development that does not compromise the character of\u00a0Trumbull. Land use and development are critical issues for our community. Well-planned growth and appropriate use of our land resources\u00a0consistent with our Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) are essential for our success as a town. My\u00a0administration is committed to balanced grand list growth, while\u00a0ensuring our schools, public safety, town services, and quality of\u00a0life are not compromised. The Trumbull Westfield Mall has proposed a zone change that\u00a0would allow for expanded uses of their property, including\u00a0multi-family residential housing. On May 30, 2018, I issued a\u00a0statement noting strong concerns about their proposal. At the\u00a0same time, I expressed an understanding that malls throughout\u00a0the country are reinventing themselves out of necessity. We, as\u00a0a town, should work with them to the extent possible in that\u00a0process. The mall is our largest taxpayer, and its success is a\u00a0shared goal. Since my initial statement, we have had several detailed\u00a0meetings with the mall to share ideas and address an extensive\u00a0list of concerns, many of which have been voiced by our\u00a0residents. We have asked the mall to consider a number of\u00a0changes to their proposal and we have asked for more\u00a0information and details on a wide range of issues related to the\u00a0request for a zone change. As a result of our requests for\u00a0changes and additional information, the mall requested a\u00a0continuance of their proposal to the July 19 meeting of the\u00a0Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC). Residents may attend\u00a0this meeting and speak to the proposal, or submit comments in\u00a0writing. In addition, the public hearing will be kept open into\u00a0August to ensure broad opportunity for input. At the same time this zone change is being requested by the\u00a0mall, a great deal of development activity is being proposed in\u00a0another part of our town, specifically, the industrial zone in the\u00a0area of Reservoir Avenue, Lindeman Drive, and Oakview Drive. It is important for residents to understand the background of this\u00a0situation. In 2017, the outgoing Herbst administration\u00a0supported a change in the zoning regulations\u00a0in the Reservoir\/Lindeman\/Oakview area. This change was\u00a0approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission on June 21,\u00a02017 prior to my taking office. This zone change allows for the\u00a0development of up to 600 units of multi-family housing in this\u00a0industrial zone. This regulation cleared the way for the approval\u00a0of 202 units of market rate apartments on Oakview Drive on\u00a0June 21, 2017. This project is now under construction. Also, to\u00a0facilitate this development, the Herbst Administration supported\u00a0and advanced a 10-year tax abatement to the developers. This\u00a0new zoning regulation has opened the door for the new\u00a0projects now being proposed in this same area, including 128\u00a0units of 55+ Independent Living for seniors at 101\/109 Oakview\u00a0Drive and 215 units of market rate apartments on Reservoir\u00a0Avenue. As with the mall, we are sharing our detailed concerns regarding\u00a0each proposal, seeking additional information and looking to\u00a0assess and mitigate the impact on municipal services. Both of\u00a0these development proposals will be back before PZC on August\u00a0This meeting is a public hearing and I encourage all to\u00a0attend and submit comments for the PZC to consider. While it is good that there is interest in so much development in\u00a0Trumbull, there is such a thing as too much at one time. That\u00a0being said, property owners have a right to propose development\u00a0of their land. A proposal is just a proposal and we must\u00a0remember there is a process that must be followed for every\u00a0proposal. There will be no short cuts and no incentives have\u00a0been offered to these developers. This will be an open,\u00a0transparent process and I urge all citizens to join me in learning\u00a0about these proposals and making their opinions heard. I remain confident that by working together, negotiating in good\u00a0faith, and following our well-established zoning processes, we\u00a0will make the right decisions for our town. Let me be clear:\u00a0my administration will work with all parties, but we will\u00a0fight for the best interests of our community as a whole. While we know that change in any community is certain, we are\u00a0committed to preserving the character of Trumbull. Every\u00a0development should be safe and well-planned. This\u00a0is why we were so opposed to the proposed sale of the six\u00a0properties proposed by the last administration. The more\u00a0Trumbull can control our own destiny, the better we are for it. I will update the community further as this process unfolds. Ultimately, the approval or disapproval of these developments\u00a0and the Mall's proposed zone change rests with the Planning and\u00a0Zoning Commission. For your benefit, we have prepared a\u00a0document to help residents understand the development process.\u00a0 Please visit the Town website, http:\/\/www.trumbull-ct.gov\/, to view this document. As always, I am interested in your comments and concerns. Please feel free to contact my office at 203-452-5005. Also, Rob Librandi, Town Planner can assist you as well. He can be reached at 203-452-5047.