The Board of Selectmen approved the appointment of Mark Robbins to the Long Range Planning Committee recently in a 2-0 vote with Selectman Rob Mallozzi abstaining.

"I think he would be a great addition to the long range planning team given his experience as a developer, as an architect, as an expert on green technologies etc., that I think are all important in the input in that process," First Selectman Jeb Walker said.

Robbins' experience lies primarily with real estate and development. He was president of the National Realty and Development Corporation and is currently the principal at MHR Development, a real estate consulting firm.

He is the newest addition to the LRPC, a group that lost two members last fall but has since gained two more -- Arnold Karp and now Mark Robbins. Rather than being selected for the initiative, Robbins is actively seeking to participate with the LRPC.

"I've been trying to find a way to get involved with the town on projects like (this) that I think have a particular intellectual interest for me where I hope I can bring to bear some experiences I've had with projects of this scale," Robbins said. "So I guess my role on the committee is the sounding board and to guide what I see or influence decisions and bringing up concepts that have to do with contemporary systems and urban planning."

Walker praised Robbins' expertise and his demeanor at the meeting, saying he would be "an asset to that team."

"Thank you for being enthusiastic about serving," Selectman Sally Hines told Robbins. "As you know these things can sometimes be at least publicly contentious and tempers flare and you have a very serene demeanor, which I think will add a great deal."

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