Zoning commission looks to fill vacant Republican seat

Bob Cascella has resigned from the Planning and Zoning Commission, Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti announced Tuesday, March 26.

“My reason for resigning had to do with conflict between what I do for a living and the large number of property owners who I represent, who also come before the commission,” Cascella told The Press.

Cascella is a partner at Grove Street Realty.

“I enjoyed the people that I worked with, and I enjoyed the technical aspects of the role,” he added. “I like to think that I added common sense and that my experience was helpful to the commission.”

The commission, whose nine members also currently make up the town Inland Wetlands Board and Aquifer Protection Agency, will look to appoint a registered Republican to fill in for the remainder of Cascella’s term.

Cascella was himself appointed to the commission in 2017, and won re-election later that November. His current term ends in November 2019.

Typically, the Republican Town Committee will endorse a candidate for the empty seat, but it’s up to the commission to make the final vote on the appointed commissioner.

Cascella’s replacement will not be the only member of the commission serving as an appointed member.

In December of last year, Catherine Savoca was appointed to fill a vacancy left by Commissioner and democrat Tim Dunphy.

Savoca, like the appointed commissioner who will replace Cascella, will also be up for election this November.

Registered Republicans interested in the seat should send a letter of interest and credentials to the commission and board by Monday, April 15.

Letters should be addressed to: Inland Wetlands Board and Planning & Zoning Commission, Town Hall Annex, 66 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877.