Northborough candidate profiles: Glenn Odone – Planning Board

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Glenn Odone is running for a seat on the Planning Board. (Submitted photo)

NORTHBOROUGH – Northborough is gearing up for its 2021 municipal elections on May 11. As voters get set to head to the polls, the Community Advocate has zeroed in on contested races for prominent bodies like Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and School Committee.

The Community Advocate reached out to candidates who filed paperwork to appear on their town’s ballot and asked them to submit a personal statement as well as answers to three specific questions.

See those biographies and read extended questions and answers from Northborough Planning Board Candidate Glenn Odone here…

See complete statements from other candidates…

PERSONAL

Glenn Odone, a resident of Northborough since August of 2019 moving here from Southborough where I resided since 2001. My wife and I have 3 children, two currently at Algonquin and the other graduated last year. I have been a small business owner in Northborough for over 15 years working as a Professional Land Surveyor. My business primarily deals with residential property surveys and Land Title Surveys for commercial financing.

I decided to run for planning board with the hope of using my professional background to assist the town moving forward in a positive manner.

QUESTIONS

What do you see as the most important issue(s) facing Northborough today?

The future of our town has been brought up through many discussions with concerns over traffic, overdevelopment, big warehouses and lack of affordable housing. If elected it is my goal to address these issues through responsible discussions with the citizens of the neighborhoods and the business community to move Northborough forward in a positive direction. Northborough is a small town with much to offer and I see myself committed to keeping future generations here and allowing their families a place to thrive and prosper.

What will you bring to the Planning Board if elected

The community of Northborough deserves a candidate to listen to both sides of the argument on any project and to make decisions for the best interest of not only the project area but surrounding neighborhoods and what impacts they will have going into the future.

My position is that every application deserves a thorough and fair review of all facts in light of the applicable bylaws and the Town’s Master Plan.  To take a position on any bylaw before an applicant has presented a plan contradicts the principles of Due Process.  Representing the town as a planning board member, I will not make any advance determinations; the only preconceived notion I will bring to the Board is one of fairness and open mindedness and a willingness to learn ALL the information regarding the application before the board.

Is there anything else you want voters to know about you as a candidate? 

Since the day of pulling nomination papers, there has been a small but consistent group of opponents’ supporters making public statements through social media and emails which are false and misleading. Specifically, these supporters have stated in writing and verbally countless times that Theresa Capobianco and Glenn Odone have conflicts of interests because they represent developers.  There is also the unfounded accusation that we are “in the developers’ pockets”.  To this day not one of these opponent’s supporters has taken the opportunity to discuss any issues with us. Everyone running for any elected position has the opportunity and obligation to ensure that statements made on their behalf are founded upon factual support and truth.

We ask that you trust and put your faith in to represent the Town of Northborough in an unbiased, professional and responsible manner.   Please vote for Glenn Odone and Theresa Capobianco on May 11, 2021.