Should Planning and Zoning be televised?
The only board meetings in Wilton that are regularly televised are those of the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Education, and the Board of Finance, and with 2015’s contentious hearings fresh in his mind, one Planning and Zoning commissioner thinks it’s time for a change.
“There has been a number of people who have asked me why Planning and Zoning does not have a video broadcast, like the Board of Education and the Board of Selectmen,” Franklin Wong said at the Jan. 11 commission meeting.
“I think it would be a good practice, and of interest to the public — given some of the stuff that has happened in the last year — that it might do us well to have it recorded and broadcasted on public access,” he said.
Discussion of video broadcasting for the Planning and Zoning Commission wasn’t listed on the agenda for Jan. 11, and Wong introduced the prospect near the meeting’s end. There was, however, some preliminary back-and-forth.
“I think it’s a good idea to examine it; I really do,” said Chairman Sally Poundstone. “I think it is time. Technology has changed; budgets have changed.”
But Wong wanted to know how the commission would proceed. “We need to look at it a little bit more,” Joe Fiteni answered him.
“None of us is an authority on this,” Poundstone said, “and very few of us were around when it was talked about before, so let’s just start from the beginning and see what the situation is, and what our role can be moving forward.”
The consensus was yes, that the commission should look into this, and the assignment fell to the staff. “What I would do is look at the Board of Selectmen in terms of how that is set up — the resources that are necessary, the costs. That’s been a consideration in the past,” said Town Planner Bob Nerney.