Franklin Bloomer succumbs to Alzheimer’s

But I know my FAR limits!

Bloomer, champion of ever-more-draconian FAR regulations, has lost his mind and lost his battle against Don Heller’s reappointment as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Representative Town Meeting reappointed the head of the town’s planning and zoning commission on Monday, after he denied investing in town real estate while a member of the commission.

Donald Heller, chairman of the zoning commission, keeps his position after the RTM voted 124 to 49, with 29 abstaining, to reappoint him.

Heller faced criticism from Franklin Bloomer, District 5/Riverside, who said he had been told that Heller and fellow zoning commission member Frank Farrickerdiscussed a real estate investment deal, a deal that didn’t proceed.

Bloomer said that alone should disqualify Heller.

“A vote for approval condones” real estate transactions in the future by zoning commission members, Bloomer said.

Heller, who spoke after Bloomer, denied he invested in town as he appealed for the RTM’s support to continue on the commission.

“I have not invested in or participated in a real estate investment in Greenwich,” he said. “I am not in the Greenwich real estate business.”

But Bloomer’s opposition went further, claiming that Heller and the commission is too pro-development.

He also said the commission is too heavily slanted toward people involved in real estate. There are no conservationists or preservationists on the commission, Bloomer said.

He also criticized Heller’s comments in the RTM’s land-use committee on Monday, June 7. Heller said that when he made zoning decisions he took into account that homes are the single biggest asset residents have.

“I think that is the wrong slant for a commissioner of the planning and zoning commission,” said Bloomer, who said that position doesn’t take into account neighboring residents.

I’ve always considered Bloomer to be the nastiest and most deluded resident of Greenwich, but as he ages, he gets even more annoying. It is time to eliminate the listing of RTM candidates by alphabetical order, which is why the man has remained a representative so long. Or perhaps someone can intervene on his behalf and change his name to ZZXXwaoskosi.

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  1. out looking in

    is this why Fud donned the Gibbon garb!!

  2. You're right

    You may be right in your personal criticism of Bloomer, but, at the same time, he may be right with respect to Heller and the rest of the zoning board.

  3. CHRIS

    No one complains about bringing complaints about a Town Officer, even against the oft denegrated P&Z Commissioners (“whose regulations steal from the the hungry developers!”). All anyone asks for is a sense of responsibility by the accuser. Got a gripe?
    Be a man and back it up with facts and documents, not innuendo and preppy sarcasm. Duels of Honor in Greenwich have always been fought with the traditional weapons of innuendo, misplaced context, and anonymity. It amazes me even more when such attempts fail, and the victims are blamed for the transgressors fall.