Planning and Zoning: Andrea Preston appointed

Now at full capacity, Wilton’s Planning and Zoning Commission in a special meeting Feb. 12 elected Republican Andrea Preston to fill the vacancy created on Jan. 19 when former commissioner Lori Bufano resigned her seat to serve on the Board of Selectmen.

Preston, a regular voting member of the Wilton Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) since November, was sworn into service on the Planning and Zoning Commission immediately following her appointment and now must now resign her prior post.

She was recommended for candidacy by the Wilton Republican Town Committee and nominated by Chairman Sally Poundstone for consideration. Preston’s appointment — moved for by Poundstone and seconded by Commissioner Scott Lawrence — was approved unanimously by a quorum of five.

“Andrea comes with experience on the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Water Pollution Control Authority, and the Wilton Republican Town Committee,” Poundstone said after nominating Preston.

“Professionally, she is a public relations executive with a wide background. She has been part of our community and in Wilton since 1999, has a child who’s in eighth grade at Middlebrook, and has demonstrated that she is willing, in her other community positions, to take the time to bring her professional and community interests to serve as a very active volunteer.”

Poundstone opened up the room for counter nominations, and hearing none declared nominations closed. The vote was 5-0-0.

“I think I got a great start being on the Zoning Board of Appeals,” Preston told The Bulletin. “I think, with my experience there, I’ll be a valued asset on Planning and Zoning, and I look forward to making a contribution on that level to the community.”

Preston served as an alternate on the ZBA for two years before being elected in an uncontested November 2015 race to fill a two-year vacancy.

On Feb. 12, Commissioner Scott Lawrence, who served alongside Preston on the ZBA, said, “I wholly support Andrea for the position, because I’ve served with her … I know she’d be a great commissioner, an effective commissioner. She is already knowledgeable about the types of issues we face, and will serve well.”