Democratic Candidates for Town Plan and Zoning

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MARC CORCORAN - Four Year Term
1213 Fairfield Woods Road
markcorcoran10@gmail.com
•   TPZ Incumbent (Alternate)
•   Fairfield resident since 2000
•   Certified Public Accountant
•   Participated in Connecticut TPZ training courses
•   Graduate of Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Syracuse University
Key Issues: 
Proposed a Neighbors’ Bill of Rights to inform those with TPZ concerns of the Commission’s procedures and timetables
Supports efforts to control locally the creation of state mandated affordable housing
Fosters creation of  neighborhood communities and friendly streetscapes
Promotes responsible development of commercial properties to maximize tax revenue

PETER ELLIOTT - Alternate

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FREDDA GORDON - Alternate

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STEVEN LEVY - Four Year Term
•   Fairfield resident 37 years
•   Trial Attorney for 40 years.  Serve as a Special Master, Bridgeport Superior Court, family, and Stamford Superior Court, special proceedings matters
•   Previously represented the Town of Fairfield in Federal District Court and Court of Appeals in connection with challenge to school board’s decision to require students to attend health education course.
•   Married father of two daughters who attended & graduated from Fairfield public schools; grandfather of 4
•   B.A., Yale University; J.D., NYU School of Law
Community Involvement:  
•   Coach, Fairfield’s Youth Soccer Association, six years
•   Graduate of Leadership Greater Bridgeport
•   Former board member of Haiti Lumiere Demain
•   Volunteered and served as group leader for construction projects for Habitat for Humanity
•   Board of Trustees, Temple Israel, Westport, CT 2008- 2010
•   Co-Chair Greater Bridgeport Bar Association – Concern for the Profession
•   Greater Bridgeport Bar Association Board of Directors 2014 -2017
•   Greater Bridgeport Bar Association – Treasurer -- present
Key Issues:
    I believe that our community needs to be designed so as to both expand the grand list and support a “healthier and more physically active population.”  My goal is to make our town a more livable one where people can bike, walk and enjoy downtown and rural settings, while supporting a vibrant business community, through enlightened zoning and subdivision rules and regulations.  Multi-use development in our downtown area can serve the needs of our aging (baby boomer) population and our millennials who both want to be able to walk and ride to our town center.
    The TPZ and its staff need to work proactively with 8-30g developers so as to be able to accommodate legitimate town health and safety interests while allowing affordable housing and promoting diversity throughout the town.  Fostering a collaborative environment would allow for such development while preserving the neighborhood characteristics of our residential communities.
    We should consider drafting our designed business districts and commercial center regulations to be more oriented toward a “form based” code -- focusing on the physical form of buildings to encourage diverse, attractive and walkable streets and promote development, by making the process more predictable and less administratively costly. Instead of focusing on a buildings use, the focus would be on its form and how it preserves and enhances the character of the neighborhood.     
Personal Statement:
    I have been a resident of Fairfield for 37 years and have lived in the university area and the beach area.  Having seen firsthand the significant change of the town over the last four decades, I bring a unique perspective to the table – the capacity to appreciate the historical character of our community and recognize and recall how it has been altered. I bring that insight with me when called upon to evaluate regulation of development in our town.
    I also have forty years’ experience as a trial attorney along with ten years practice and training as a mediator.  That skill set should serve me well in evaluating proposals and presentations and then reaching consensus among the commission members.

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DONAN MEYER - Two Year Term

  • Fairfield resident for 17 years
  • B.A. from The University of Connecticut
  • Youth sports Coach 12 years, FNLL, FYL, FLLGS
  • Religious Education teacher at Our Lady of the Assumption school 7 years
  • Stratfield PTA BOE Rep 2 years

As a student at Fairfield Prep, I was able to interact with students from every town and city in the county.  I immediately recognized the sense of community that students from Fairfield had as well as the tremendous pride these students had for their town. I'm married to Kate Dwyer Meyer who has been a realtor in Fairfield for 24 years.  We knew that we would raise our family in Fairfield and take advantage of the benefits and exceptional services here.

KEY ISSUES:

  • Maintaining our town and sense of community while providing opportunities for our diverse population, including young professionals, families and seniors.
  • Fostering sensible residential and commercial development that contributes to the grand list AND while maintaining the town's livability and character.
  • Making sure that development projects are carefully reviewed in accordance with current zoning laws with attention paid to quality of life impacts to the town's residents.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:
I am privileged to be able to raise our family in our great town and want our children to be able to have the same experience that we have. There is no town in the county that has the tremendous coastal resources that Fairfield has.  We owe it to the future generations of Fairfield to assure that this continues.

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PETER ELLIOTT

Peter Elliott is a Senior Vice President of Leasing with Urban Retail Properties and has over 25 years of experience in the retail development sector throughout the United States.  Mr. Elliott held a Senior Vice President position with Urban Retail from 2004-2008 and rejoined the company in February 2012. In addition to his work with Urban Retail, Mr. Elliott has held leasing positions with Simon Property Group, Wilmorite, The Pyramid Companies, Forest City and PREIT. Peter has worked on new construction developments such as The Shops at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, Providence Place Mall in Providence, RI and Ridge Hill in Westchester County, NY, as well as traditional regional malls such as Gwinnett Place Mall and Cobb Town Center in GA, The Gallery and Exton Square Mall in PA, and Freehold Raceway Mall in NJ.

Mr. Elliott lives in the Stratfield area of Fairfield and is married with five children, all enrolled in the Fairfield School District. He is active as a volunteer sports coach for Fairfield Town Rec Soccer, FYL Lacrosse, and as a four-year volunteer as BOE finance rep for Stratfield School and Tomlinson Middle School.

Peter received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester and a Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, and he holds Real Estate Broker Licenses in NY, CT, AL, GA, NM and MA.