Planning and Zoning


Rob Stowell has lived since 1984 in downtown Bethel, where he and his wife, Kathleen, raised their two children. “I have invested in and have been vested in Bethel for 33 years. For goodness’ sake, the license plate on my car is ‘BETHEL,’” Rob says. “The Planning and Zoning Commission is where I think I can serve my town best simply because that’s where the action is. For Bethel to thrive well into the future, it’s imperative that we look forward with an eye toward appropriate and sustainable growth, both residential and commercial.”


On the Commission, Rob plans to continue developing the town’s transit-oriented development (TOD) district. “I want to work with all the stakeholders in our town to implement the downtown TOD plan, as well as the overall town plan, in such a way that Bethel becomes a desired destination for both potential residents and businesses through thoughtful and appropriate decisions.”


Rob has been teaching science and mathematics for almost two decades. Most recently he was the mathematics teacher and STEM coordinator at a small independent special education school. In a prior life, he served as an environmental, health, and safety manager for a major chemical/pharmaceutical firm.


He received a B.S. from Quinnipiac University in environmental health and an M.S. from Temple University’s School of Pharmacy. He also has credits toward an M.B.A. from Monmouth University.


When his son was young, Rob volunteered as a soccer coach with Bethel Youth Soccer. He has also served as Cubmaster of Pack 54 and an assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 71. Rob currently serves as vice chairman of Bethel’s Youth Commission and was recently appointed to serve on the Bethel Democratic Town Committee.


“Politics in our quaint New England town can sometimes make MMA fighting look tame in comparison. I’m not a ‘blood sport’ guy, but I do consider myself to be a ‘greater good’ kind of guy. I’ve got big shoulders and a thick skin (teaching will do that for you), and I’m not one to take things overly personally. Not only is it time for me to give back to my town, but I feel I possess the levelheaded thoughtfulness and varied life skills and experiences to serve well in this position and do well for our town.”

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