Hilary W. Donald, AIA, is one of the most qualified candidates seeking a permanent position on Farmington’s Town Plan and Zoning Board; she has served the past two years as a TPZ Alternate.  A Registered Architect since 1991, she has been practicing Commercial and Residential Architecture for 28 years in Connecticut. 

Her concerns for the town of Farmington include the need for cohesive development along major corridors and town centers, traffic management and safety, and the preservation and protection of resources such as the Farmington River and open space.   As partner of L’ARC Architects, LLC, West Hartford, she has gained extensive knowledge of zoning regulations, working directly with town plan and zoning departments, and presenting projects before town boards and commissions. 

A Farmington resident since 1967, Hilary grew up in the Unionville section of town, attended Farmington public schools and graduated from Farmington High School in 1984.  She received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Architecture from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA in 1989.  Remembering her roots, Hilary designed a town center for Unionville, creating a pedestrian friendly community center and amphitheater with access to the Farmington River, including the restoration of the Old Myrtle Mills building for her 1989 graduate thesis project.  She then returned to Farmington, married and raised 2 boys, now graduates of Farmington High School and currently attending college. 

Hilary has demonstrated leadership as an active volunteer in Farmington community organizations and town boards.   She is currently serving as a member of the Farmington High School Building Committee.  She previously sat as chairman of the Farmington Historic District Commission,   the Stanley-Whitman House board of directors for 10 years, with two years as chairman, and the Barney Library Building Committee, leading the Interior Design sub-committee during the 2010 renovation project.  She also volunteered for the Farmington Garden Club for several years and illustrated the Farmington Visitor’s Coloring Book for the Farmington Heritage Alliance, published in 2013.  

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