First Selectman Gordon Joseloff's proposal to build a seniors' health-care and residential complex in the town-owned Baron's South property received a boost Wednesday night, as the Representative Town Meeting's Planning and Zoning Committee voted 4-2 to recommend sustaining a zoning amendment needed for the project to proceed.

The RTM launched a review of Text Amendment 625, approved last month by the Planning and Zoning Commission, after it was contested in an appeal filed by resident Bart Shuldman and signed by approximately 60 other residents. The P&Z Committee's vote on the appeal is not binding, but may serve as an indicator of the full RTM's vote on the appeal next week.

"We can find ways to be [financially] whole on it," committee Chairman Matthew Mandell said of Baron's South. He voted to recommend upholding 625. "Unless we move forward and see what can be done, we'll never get it."

Along with Mandell, committee members Lois Schine, Heather Cherry and Bob Galan voted to recommend upholding 625. Judy Starr and Joyce Colburn voted in support of Shuldman's appeal.

"We don't have enough facts," Colburn said. "That's why I agree with the petitioner [Schuldman] that we should go back and start this process in a different way."

Even if the text amendment is upheld by the full RTM, further scrutiny by the legislative body of the proposed senior complex appears highly likely. Joseloff indicated Wednesday that he would submit a request for proposals from prospective developers of Baron's South to the RTM for a non-binding sense-of-the-meeting resolution.

The full RTM will vote on Shuldman's appeal of Text Amendment 625 at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, in Town Hall auditorium.