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  • Rilling looking to hire Norwalk city planner

    NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk is trying to figure out the best way to hire a city planner, Mayor Harry Rilling said Tuesday night. A meeting was held Tuesday to address that topic, as Norwalk Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene prepares to retire, he said. There are many questions to be answered, such as which Norwalk agency…

  • Norwalk P&Z director to retire

    NORWALK, Conn. – Leadership of Norwalk’s Planning and Zoning Department will change shortly with the retirement of Mike Greene. Greene submitted a letter Friday, announcing his plan to retire as of March 4, Mayor Harry Rilling said, confirming a rumor.

  • ‘Lack of translation’ charge leads to ‘bickering’ on Norwalk Zoning Commission

    NORWALK, Conn. – The Planning Commission doesn’t want to meet with the Zoning Commission, Joe Santo said Wednesday. Later, Santo, the Zoning Commission chairman, accused Commissioner Nora King of bickering as she questioned Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene about what she said was “a lack of translation of what is going on.” This followed…

  • Zoning Commissioner, former commissioner charge P&Z director of misleading Planning Commission

    NORWALK, Conn. – It’s a strong statement – “Mike Greene lied.” This charge from former Zoning Commissioner Mike Mushak about the director of Planning and Zoning in December was followed by a call for an investigation from former Norwalk Republican Town Committee Chairman Art Scialabba, in an open letter to Mayor Harry Rilling. NancyOnNorwalk has…

  • Who does Norwalk’s P&Z director answer to? No one seems to know

    NORWALK, Conn. – The question of who would – or could – do a performance evaluation on Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene yields murky answers. While the city’s organizational chart shows that the Zoning Commission oversees Greene, as asserted by former Zoning Commissioner Mike Mushak, Personnel Director Emmet Hibson said there is some legal…

  • Norwalk P&Z director’s personnel file contains no evidence of urban planning training

    NORWALK, Conn. – Repeated assertions by a former member of the Norwalk Zoning Commission about the Planning and Zoning director’s lack of credentials for the position appear to be accurate. “Get us the full, up to date professional credentials of staff (not the resumes from the 1970s when they were hired, thank you very much),”…

  • Mayor: Ask Mushak to put up or shut up

    This open letter to Mayor Harry Rilling was distributed to the media by the author for publication. Mr. Mayor – There have been numerous allegations of corruption charged by ex-Zoning Commissioner and current chair of the Bicycle Task Force, Mr. Michael Mushak, leveled against Mr. Michael Greene and members of the Zoning Commission. If true,…

  • Norwalk contractors’ zoning change passes despite Santo’s effort to dilute it

    NORWALK, Conn. – A zoning change jokingly referred to as “Mushak’s Law” was approved Wednesday despite a last minute attempt by Zoning Commission Chairman Joe Santo to amend it. The approval of the changes to indoor contractor parking facilities rules was accompanied by angry shouts from the audience by former Zoning Commissioner Mike Mushak and…

  • Economic improvement sends Norwalkers to P&Z

    NORWALK, Conn. – An avalanche of zoning permits issued in October include 10 permits for generators, six permits for propane tanks and two permits for wood stoves, all for single family residences. That’s just part of the findings from a NoN effort to check out a statement by Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene at…

  • Norwalk Council looking at Zoning enforcement

    NORWALK, Conn. – An expedited process for Zoning enforcement is being considered by Norwalk Common Council members. This would stop citizens from playing the waiting game with the court system and continuing to violate Zoning regulations for two years without a penalty, Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene said. The Ordinance Committee plans to hold…

  • Greene defends ‘advisory’ Norwalk master plan

    NORWALK, Conn. – The merits and enforceability of a master plan for Norwalk were debated Thursday in a discussion that touched on the expense of such a project in contrast to the possible benefits. “I am wondering why on earth should we pay money to get stuff done that we are going to do probably…

  • Greene: Norwalk development in ‘unprecedented’ spike

    NORWALK, Conn. – Development is soaring in Norwalk, Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene said Thursday. “We are at a permit level that is unprecedented in the city of Norwalk. This month, the month of October, we issued more permits than in the 23-year history of keeping track of permits for any month,” Greene said. 

  • Oak Hills driving range dominates Norwalk Mayor’s Night Out

      Correction: The person who asked about police body cameras was misidentified. It was Mary Oster. NORWALK, Conn. – The continued fight against a golf driving range at Oak Hills Park provided some lively debate at Thursday’s Norwalk Mayor’s Night Out, which also featured comments about city planning, talk about body cameras for the Norwalk…

  • Embattled Norwalk P&Z director’s fate up for debate

    NORWALK, Conn. – As the drumbeat to revamp Norwalk Zoning regulations continues, with government officials and members of the community adding their voices, there are calls from some to do a performance evaluation – and possibly sack – Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene. “Mike Greene hasn’t had a review for over 10 years. The…

  • Greene defends, dismisses Norwalk Master Plan

    NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s master plan is routinely referred to by citizens expressing opinions on developments being considered by the city, but the plan is little more than an idea and has no power, according to Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene. “The plan is the consensus of the community as to what they see…

  • King duels Greene over Norwalk planning studies, sidewalks

    Updated, 4 p.m., last comment from Nora King NORWALK, Conn. – The tit for tat continues after a spat at last week’s Norwalk Zoning Commission meeting, as accusations fly about the attention – or lack thereof – given to expensive studies paid for by the city. During a discussion about the last Waypointe development application…