Steve Wagner

Candidate for Planning & Zoning Commission

Steve Wagner

Steve Wagner

Why I Am Running for Planning & Zoning

It has been incredibly rewarding to serve South Windsor as a town government volunteer for the past 20 years. I will continue to bring that experience to our town as the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) faces new challenges ahead. 

The PZC will be required to develop a new Housing Plan, write a new Plan of Conservation and Development, and address changes enacted in recent state legislation. I will ensure that the Commission supports an economic development- friendly environment that helps hold the line on taxes while we maintain a mix of land uses that include farming, housing of all types, great schools, industry, shopping, recreation, and open space.

My Experience 

  • Incumbent: Planning and Zoning Commission – 4 years
  • Vice Chair: South Windsor Water Pollution Control Authority – 3 years
  • Past Member: Town Council – 2 years
  • Past Member: Zoning Board of Appeals – 12 years (4 years as Chair)
  • Member and 4th Grade Bike Instructor: Walk and Wheel Ways – 7 years
  • Chair: Town of South Windsor Energy Committee – 7 years
  • Nuclear Physicist and Engineer at Combustion Engineering, Westinghouse, and as a private consultant – 39 years. Work included physics software development, project management and industrial event investigations at facilities worldwide 

Current: Incumbent, Planning and Zoning Commission (4 years) Water Pollution Control Authority (a.k.a. sewer commission, 3 years) Walk and Wheel Ways & 4th Grade bike instructor (7 years) Energy Committee Chair (7 years) 

Past: Town Council (2 years) Zoning Board of Appeals (12 years, 4 as chair) Nuclear Physicist and Engineer at Combustion Engineering, Westinghouse, and as a private consultant (39 years). Work included physics software development, project management and industrial event investigations at facilities worldwide.

My Vision for South Windsor

My vision is to improve on a town already nationally recognized as a great place to work, live, learn, and play.

The PZC is critical to our future success, and we will continue the work to improve our Buckland/Sullivan and Route 5 corridors. We need to help our farmers stay viable with flexibility in how they use their land.

Local retail businesses need consideration as they adapt to market changes and co-exist with name brands like Geissler’s, COSTCO, Whole Foods, Aldi’s. The PZC must help younger folks starting their careers with housing they can afford; and we must connect open space corridors for wildlife and passive recreation.

In cooperation with the Energy Committee, which I chair, we must continue our work on zoning regulations for renewable energy and electric vehicle charging that have positioned us as a leader and model; we must continue to advocate for solar energy solutions by which the Town will achieve its goal of 100% renewable electricity sources on town facilities by 2023 saving taxpayers $7 million; and finally, the PZC must take advantage of new laws giving us even more ways to address climate change.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science (Engineering Physics) – Cornell University
  • Master of Science (Applied Mathematics) – Harvard University
  • Senior Project Manager – Project Management Institute
  • Certified Root Cause Investigator and Instructor