P&Z Commission reaches consensus on new member, formal vote is Tuesday

Darien’s Planning & Zoning Commission Chairman Fred Conze told The Darien Times Friday morning that the commission has reached a consensus on its new commissioner.

The new commissioner will be Republican Town Committee member Dick DiDonna, Conze said.

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“The general consensus of our commission is that his legal and corporate background meets the needs of our commission,” Conze said, adding that DiDonna’s skills appropriately match the commission’s scope.

On Wednesday night, the town’s Republican Town Committee interviewed candidates for the position and opted to move four candidates forward for P&Z’s consideration.

Along with DiDonna, RTC Deputy Treasurer John Sini, RTC member Spencer McIllmurray, and Zoning Board of Appeals member Stephen Olvany were moved forward.

Reese Hutchison, who resigned last week, previously held the Republican seat.

Hutchison told The Darien Times “it has been an incredible honor to serve the town for the past thirteen years first under Chairman Peter Hillman with EPC and then Chairman Fred Conze with Planning and Zoning.”

“The town is blessed with some of the finest volunteers and staff and provides for a great standard of living. I look forward to a time in life when I may once again serve the town as a volunteer,” Hutchison said.

The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. to formally vote on DiDonna as new commissioner.

DiDonna is an attorney admitted to the New York Bar Association according to his application. He has served as the president and on the board of the Tokeneke Association. He’s also held senior legal positions at Salomon Inc.  and key legal positions at Xerox, Coca-Cola and Pfizer.

His application also cites his real estate experience in “ownership and development of regional shopping center properties in upstate New York, including planning and zoning review, land use and traffic planning.

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