Susan Cameron resigns from Darien Planning and Zoning Commission
Updated 9:44 am, Wednesday, March 22, 2017
“There is no one reason, but an accumulation of personal reasons that brings me to this decision,” Cameron stated in a March 21 letter to commission Chairman John Sini. “I have several new demands on my time and I am feeling overwhelmed with it all. I need to drop something to restore balance to my life.”
Cameron was appointed to the commission in 2010 and served as its chairman from 2013 to November 2016, when she chose to take a reduced role. Before joining the commission she was a member of the town’s Environmental Protection Commission.
In her last months as chairman she led the commission in reviewing several large-scale projects that could greatly alter the landscape of Darien, including two proposed redevelopments in Noroton Heights and one Corbin Drive downtown redevelopment, which caused a stir in the fall when commissioners were subjected to a “social media frenzy,” receiving a high volume of emails personal accounts.
In her letter, Cameron acknowledged some dissent between members of the commission regarding the project but denied that it was cause for her resignation.
“I assure you this is not about the Corbin redevelopment, although I do feel out of step with the rest of you on this one. I commend you on the job you have done as Chairman. I know how much work it entails. You have done an admirable job,” Cameron wrote.
Cameron also noted several promising Republican candidates that she hoped would aid in a smooth transition.
“Hopefully that will speed the process of choosing a replacement for me,” Cameron said.
“Susan’s always been a pleasure to work with. She always did her homework, visited sites and has done a great service to the town as an Environmental Protection Commission member as well as a Planning and Zoning Commission member,” Ginsberg said.
Sini, too, noted the number of years Cameron had dedicated to volunteering to the town, as well as the intensity of applications the commission has reviewed in the last year.
“Susan is a great asset to Darien. The town should be really grateful for the number of years she’s put in,” Sini said. He added that as of Tuesday afternoon the specifics of her replacement were still not clear, but that the Republican Town Committee would be notified and he would expect to interview candidates within the coming weeks.