Monroe has a new zoning enforcement officer

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Monroe Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Michael O'Reilly, left, welcomes Cheryl Vallerie, the town's new zoning and wetlands enforcement officer, after Thursday's meeting at Monroe Town Hall.

MONROE, CT — Cheryl Vallerie, of Fairfield, worked in the Inland Wetlands Department for the City of Norwalk for seven years, working her way up to deputy zoning inspector. She has experience in zoning and wetlands enforcement.

On Thursday night, the Monroe Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved Vallerie’s appointment as Monroe’s new zoning enforcement officer, a position that includes wetlands enforcement.

“It’s going to be an exciting challenge for me,” Vallerie said of the contrast of working in Monroe after her time in Norwalk. “I look forward to meeting Monroe residents and walking them through the zoning, wetlands and permitting processes.”

Vallerie fills the shoes of Planning and Zoning Administrator Joseph Chapman, who recently retired.

“She brings a wide wealth of knowledge,” Town Planner Rick Schultz told the commission at its meeting Thursday. “We are glad to welcome her as part of the team. She started on Wednesday. We look forward to many years of her working with the staff and the commission.”

In addition to doing site inspections in response to zoning and wetlands complaints and enforcing regulations, Vallerie will give the Planning and Zoning and Inland Wetlands commissions updates at meetings.

Recent approvals

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved Stone Farm‘s application for additional outside storage on its property at 754 Main St. on Thursday. Stone Farm specializes in reclaimed stone and brick building materials.

On Oct. 20, the commission unanimously approved The Ridge at Monroe, an age 55-and-older community with 19 detached, single family units at 1271 Monroe Turnpike, with conditions. The housing will be built almost directly across the street from the Stevenson firehouse.

On Oct. 6, the commission approved a special exception permit allowing Bethel International Ministries of Bridgeport to move into a former warehouse on the Stevenson Lumber property. A story featuring the church is coming soon.

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