Planning Board member Ken Robertson is resigning after 30 years' service.
In a resignation letter to Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, Robertson detailed work done during his tenure:
"It has been my privilege to serve the people of Plainfield in this capacity for 30 years. During this time, the board prepared the first new municipal master plan in more then 30 years and conducted several master plan re-examinations, wrote a new zoning ordinance from scratch, drafted annual capital improvement programs and capital budgets, prepared numerous redevelopment plans, re-zoned the city for transit oriented development, and more.
"This work was only possible because of the support of a talented and hardworking staff and the good sense of citizen board members whose dedication has been an inspiration to me. They have given and continue to give unselfishly of their time and resources."
He was chairman for 16 of those 30 years and as a frequent attendee at Planning Board meetings, I can attest to his constant push to get the work done.
Robertson said he will miss the camaraderie of the board "and the challenge of getting every application perfect," but said he leaves knowing the board is in good hands "with a seasoned chair in Ron Scott Bey" and a group of "smart and dedicated members."
His resignation is effective as of April 30. A resolution of appreciation for his service is expected at the May 9 City Council meeting.