Cole issues Planning Board candidacy statement
"My name is on the ballot for the three-year unexpired term on the Planning Board. In January I requested to be appointed to this position vacated by the resignation of long-term Planning Board member and chair, John Montano, who I greatly respected. At a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board on January 22, my appointment was unanimously approved by both boards and I have served on the Planning Board since that time. While brief, my participation on the board has led me to believe I can make a useful contribution to its functioning especially in connection with updating the town’s Master Plan, but also in other aspects of its work. I therefore decided to be a candidate for the three-year term. I chose this three-year term rather than the five-year term because, at the time I was processing my nomination papers, I still hoped that the current chair of the board, David Emilita, would decide to seek re-election to that position.
The Planning Board has played, and will continue to play, a very important role in shaping the future of the Town of Westport. I believe that my professional training and experience as an economist will be of use in the deliberations of the Planning Board. I have worked on national, regional and local planning projects in various parts of the world and collaborated with other faculty members in the design and teaching of a multidisciplinary regional planning course at Harvard.
"In Westport I have served on the Town’s Dredging Project Committee and Estuaries Project Committee, and was chair of the latter committee for five year. I was on the Board of Directors of the Westport River Watershed Alliance for eight years, ending in 2011, and am currently on the advisory committee for the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. I have a strong commitment to protecting the natural environment and preserving the historical and community attributes of this very special place. I look forward to being able to support programs and projects that reflect those values in the next few years as a member of the Planning Board."