Letter From Fred Camillo on Backcountry development.
The recent application seeking a special permit for an historic overlay on the former property of Mel Gibson has stirred up a lot of concern in town. The applicant/developer seeks an approval that would set a dangerous and potentially devastating precedent concerning our town and its unique characteristic as the last remaining town with four acre zoning. In doing so, the developer is using a well intentioned new regulation that includes an historic overlay that is meant to preserve older structures here in town. While that is something that I believe all can support, allowing the local ordinance to be manipulated that would basically destroy a four acre zone is enough for me to believe we need to revisit this ordinance. We must come up with a better way to save historic homes without it being used to introduce something that amounts to cluster housing.
I believe is historic preservation. I have volunteered in such efforts and continue to support the many people and organizations that endeavor to do just that. I also strongly support preserving a characteristic of what has made Greenwich special and unique: four acre zones. I urge the town to reconsider the historic overlay tool so that we can tweak it to do what it was intended to do and not be used as a zone breaking, money making vehicle that alters forever the beautiful landscape of our backcountry.
Candidate for First Selectman