Financial adviser joins PZB

MILFORD — George R. Gasper III has been named to fill a seat on the Planning and Zoning Board left vacant when Kim Rose was elected to the state House of Representatives.

Gasper was Rose’s campaign treasurer. He is a financial adviser for a real estate company.

Gasper, of Rivercliff Drive, like Rose, is a 3rd District Democrat. The Board of Aldermen recently voted unanimously to select Gasper as Rose’s replacement.

Rose, who served three years on the zoning board, defeated aldermanic Chairman Gregory Smith, R-2, for the 118th House District seat.

“I have known George and his family for more than 20 years. I believe that he understands the pulse of our constituents’ and community,” Rose said of Gasper.

“With his deep commitment to Milford, coupled with his background in real estate and financial services and understanding of land use issues, he will be an asset to the board.”

Gasper said he is committed to continuing Rose’s “legacy on the board to fight overdevelopment and working on environmental issues.”

“Kim asked me to run and the Democratic Town Committee unanimously approved me,” Gasper said.

He said he is also committed to ensuring the city’s Plan of Conservation and Development is followed. The PZB is in the initial stages of updating the plan.

Gasper unsuccessfully ran for the zoning board in 2009. Gasper’s term expires in one year.

On development, he said he is concerned about the high number of vacant business sites, and wants to work on a plan to stimulate economic growth, and attract jobs.

Gasper said even though he has not been on the PZB, he’s been paying close attention.

“I’m coming in a bit prepped as to what is upcoming,” Gasper said.