MALTA: Malta planner Boston-bound

Mallozzi has been a member of Leadership Saratoga, Saratoga PLAN, the state Association of Conservation Commissions, the Saratoga County Municipal Storm Water Management Program, and was given top honors for planning among municipalities across the state when she was awarded the 2006 New York Planning Federation Heissenbuttel Award for Planning Excellence.

"Winning that award was extremely prestigious," said town comptroller Kevin King.

Heather's husband, Rich, is a physicist, and took a job in Boston with a new company researching MRI technology. The couple is in the process of adopting a baby from Guatemala.

Mallozzi said all the town leaders are focusing their energies in the right direction for the future.

"What Malta has as its strength is people looking ahead, being open minded, and never committing to anything without thought and research," said Mallozzi. "Town board members, planning and zoning board members are all on the same page. Ellsworth Commons is a prime example of what the region needs for new urbanism projects."

In 2005, the board members rewrote the town's master plan.

"We looked ahead to see what was coming down the road, and made sure the zoning codes exactly matched the comprehensive plan," said Mallozzi. "We put size caps in there; for example we want retail, but not enormous big-box stores."

Mallozzi is currently helping interview the town's next planner.

"There will be much excitement ahead for the new person," said Mallozzi. "I've seen so much great leadership, and it's been my dream job. I hope it will be for the next person, too.""

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