Stephanie Warren

Candidate for Planning and Zoning (alt) | 2021

Stephanie400By way of introduction, my name is Stephanie Warren and I moved to Killingworth twenty-three years ago, attracted by its rural nature and the friendly and positive feel of the Killingworth community.  MY (adult) kids are amazed that I have lived in Killingworth for so long, as previously I have lived all over the country, related in part to my work in research and teaching in Clinical Developmental  Neuropsychology, which I continue to do.

Killingworth has proven to be a wonderful community, with all the country features that make it so beautiful and peaceful, and neighbors and friends who give meaning to “community”. 

In order to give back to Killingworth, I have been serving on the Killingworth Conservation Commission (KCC) since 2001. In addition to working on conservation projects, I have also created educational projects, displayed at the Killingworth Library.  These have included information on invasive plants, dangerous (to wildlife) discards, and several years of essay and drawing contests for children related to invasive insect issues, local wildlife, and conservation I served as the KCC secretary for eight years and became the Chairperson for the KCC two years ago.

Based on my work in that group, as well as my interest in protecting our area while also enhancing overall growth and development, I was appointed to the CT. River Estuary Board (CREPA) and remained on that board until CREPA evolved in 2012 into the RiverCOG and the Lower Connecticut River Valley Regional Planning Committee (RPC), where I continue to be an active member.  On these two commissions, I have logged in over 14 years.  My focus is to ensure that Killingworth town needs are incorporated into regional planning and development projects.  Part of that role, in relationship to regional needs, is to work with the other members of the RPC to identify regional needs and how those needs can be met with benefit to the 17 towns, including our Killingworth-Haddam area, in the River Cog/RPC region.  In these volunteer positions, I have gained a real appreciation for the ways that our town and region are able to work together for common goals that meet both development and conservation needs.

I was elected to the Killingworth Planning and Zoning Commission (KP&Z) and served a term from 2013 2017.  I agreed to spear-head the Town Survey that was sent to all Killingworth residents and was responsible for content, content analysis and statistical compilation of the responses from that survey.  Results of that survey were incorporated into the new Killingworth Town Plan of Conservation and Development to reflect the areas of importance to the residents.  Doing that survey and its analysis has made me very aware of Killingworth residents’ preferences and concerns about our town development and growth.

In 2019 I was elected to the Killingworth Zoning Board of Appeals, as an Alternate member.  I am now running for the Planning and Zoning Commission, as an Alternate Member.  To that role I will bring my many years of experience with town and regional planning, zoning, and development as well as general growth and development of our town and region.

It would be a privilege to again serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Hopefully, I will get YOUR VOTE!

 


Candidate Q&A

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Stephanie Warren and I moved to Killingworth twenty-three years ago, attracted by its rural nature and the friendly and positive feel of the Killingworth community. My (adult) kids are amazed that I have lived in Killingworth for so long, as previously I have lived all over the country, related in part to my work in research and teaching in Clinical Developmental Neuropsychology, which I continue to do.

Why are you running for the position?   

In order to give back to Killingworth, I have been serving on the Killingworth Conservation Commission (KCC) since 2001. In addition to working on conservation projects, I have also created educational projects, displayed at the Killingworth Library.  These have included information on Invasive plants, Dangerous (to wildlife) Discards, and several years of essay and drawing contests for children related to invasive insect issues, local wildlife, and conservation   I served as the KCC secretary for eight years and became the Chairperson for the KCC two years ago.

What do you see as the important issues facing your town and how would you address them in your role?

Based on my work in that group, as well as my interest in protecting our area while also enhancing overall growth and development, I was appointed to the CT. River Estuary Board (CREPA) and remained on that board until CREPA evolved in 2012 into the RiverCOG and the Lower Connecticut River Valley Regional Planning Committee (RPC), where I continue to be an active member.   On these two commissions, I have logged in over 14 years.   My focus is to ensure that Killingworth town needs are incorporated into regional planning and development projects.  Part of that role, in relationship to regional needs, is to work with the other members of the RPC to identify regional needs and how those needs can be met with benefit to the 17 towns, including our Killingworth-Haddam area, in the River Cog/RPC region.  In these volunteer positions, I have gained a real appreciation for the ways that our town and region are able to work together for common goals that meet both development and conservation needs. In 2019 I was elected to the Killingworth Zoning Board of Appeals, as an Alternate member.   

I am now running for the Planning and Zoning Commission, as an Alternate Member.

To that role I will bring my many years of experience with town and regional planning, zoning, and development as well as general growth and development of our town and region. Working on Town commissions and serving with the members of those groups, I have learned and integrated awareness of what is important to the town and its residents.

What are the key things you love about this town and its people?

Killingworth has proven to be a wonderful community, with all the country features that make it so beautiful and peaceful, and neighbors and friends who give meaning to “community”. It would be a privilege to again serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission.