owner David Barrow is resigning from the Planning & Zoning Commission due to family and time constraints.
Barrow initially decided to run for the commission three years ago in order to make signage regulations more friendly for local business owners like himself.
"The signage regulations took a giant step backwards," he said, explaining that at the time, only black and white signs were allowed.
"That's when I got involved in it, because for businesses, signage, it's who we are."
Barrow said that he is proud of the work the commission has done with signage since he was elected, including a to continue to get feedback and to refine regulations.
"It's much more business friendly than in the past. I'm very pleased with that."
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Barrow was also part of two commissions who helped shape the , a plan to develop an area north of Route 195 and south of the historic Tolland Green.
"Now, I think the hard work starts," he said as the town is pursuing a viability study and developers and landowners begin to come forward.
Barrow added that he wished to accomplish more with signage regulations during his time on the commission, but that he trusts his fellow commissioners to keep things moving in the right direction.
"I feel very confident that they will push forward and make sure that business regulations are business-friendly and workable," he said.
And despite leaving before his term is up, Barrow is happy with his experience as an elected official.
"At times it's frustrating, but for the most part you get a very satisfied feeling at the end when things work right and when the townspeople get what the town needs."