Sarah Raposa, Westport’s town planner for the past two years, is leaving to take a similar post in Medfield, Mass. She’ll depart Westport on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
It’s a fresh professional opportunity, she said, in a town with similarities to Westport, but significant differences as well.
“I’m from the Cape, worked in Westport, and this will be my first time not working in a coastal community,” she said Thursday.
Though Medfield’s population (10,000) is a bit smaller than Westport’s, many of the issues are similar. “Housing, municipal water and sewers” are things that town is grappling with as well.
Working with Westport’s planning board has been a highlight of her time here, she said, and the board’s quality gives her confidence that the town is headed in the right direct.
“I really respect and admire this group. They are tremendously dedicated to their work,” she said. The planning board “is very forward thinking and very dedicated to Westport.”
And by the way, the planning board is short a member (Board Chairman John Montano resigned in late September) , she said — “Any volunteers?”
Although she said she did not wish to discuss the matter in detail, Ms. Raposa said the rejection of the Central Village plan by the Selectmen was “disappointing.”
“Although I had only been here a short time, that group of volunteers had been working long and hard on a plan for Central Village .” To see it dismantled so abruptly was sad, she added.
Going forward, Ms. Raposa said she hopes townspeople become involved in the Master Plan update process that addresses, among other things, how Westport’s land will be used. For this process to be productive, “Westport needs lots of people to be contributors.”
The Board of Selectmen accepted her resignation but have not yet advertised for a successor. They intend to discuss the position and job description with planning board members — likely on Monday, Dec. 17.