Caleb Cowles

Planning & Zoning Commission

Caleb CowlesMy name is Caleb Cowles and I am again running for the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission.  The past two years serving on the commission as the only Democratic alternate. In this role, I have learned a lot about land use and the significant impact the commission can play in resident’s lives.  At every opportunity I have tried to ask questions regarding the impact of a proposal regardless if it is the expansion of a garage or a multimillion dollar construction project.  Each one of the items on the agenda will affect someone somehow and it is the weighty obligation of the members to balance the rights of development with that of the rights the people who will have to live by these decisions into the future.  The votes I have taken on the commission are with the greatest of seriousness as I am so very aware that my vote will have lasting impact on our town.

As the Supervising Sanitarian for the City of New Britain Health Department my daily responsibilities (when not consumed by COVID-related matters) is that of a regulator charged with a vast assortment of responsibilities.   Those responsibilities include enforcing the Connecticut Public Health Code, Connecticut General Statutes, and local ordinances including housing, blight, and zoning regulations as they impact the built environment.  I have relied on these experiences to inform my process as I weigh the potential impacts of the proposals presented to the commission.

A Southington Native, I moved away with family when I was a student at Kennedy returning to Southington four years ago to become the third generation of my family to reside at our home on Rourke Avenue with my wife Erin and our son Jonah.  I graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science specializing in biology, the University of Connecticut with a Master Degree in Public Health and a Certificate in Public Administration.  I am a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 957 where this spring I was awarded Member of the Year for my role both as the long time chair of the fraternal committee and my role in keeping the lodge operating through this pandemic.  I was also presented a proclamation from Mayor Erin Stewart for my actions in keeping our members safe.  I continue to be active with UCONN as a teaching assistant and lecturer for Environmental Health and Public Health Administration at the graduate school.  I formed the Lower Mill Street Neighborhood Watch this past fall going door to door throughout the entire Wolf Hill section of town to alert my neighbors about our group and to keep them vigilant in the protection of each other.  This past spring I was asked to become a Corporator for CCARC, I continue to be active in Jonah’s sporting exploits most recently as an assistant coach for his basketball team.

I am running again because I want for Southington the same things my neighbors want, good schools, a supported police force, access to a modern library, strong economic development, wise land use, and responsible tax policies.  We are the “City of Progress” because the future is endless and it is our responsibility to take steps which let our children’s children inherit a community that has done the hard work to ensure its success.

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