As I campaign door to door throughout Trumbull, the single greatest issue that residents raise with me is their concern with numerous radical zone changes. Since September of 2018, applications for zone changes and special permits have resulted in nearly 1,000 apartments being proposed and approved. In responding to this concern, the current first selectman does two things: she blames the prior administration, or she deflects blame to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
On September 20, 2018, 330 apartments were approved in one night - 130 apartments on Oakview Drive and 200 apartments on Reservoir Avenue. A week later, a zone change was approved for the Trumbull Mall that will now facilitates the construction of 260 apartments. Another 590 units were approved within seven days, nearly a year into Mrs. Tesoro’s term. In January of 2019, another zone change allowing for 350 apartments was approved on Monroe Turnpike. In each of these instances, valuable commercial and industrial property was rezoned to allow for residential apartment development. Don’t take my word for it, look at the meeting minutes of the Planning and Zoning Commission on the Town of Trumbull website.