Planners weigh sustainability options

The electric car recharging station behind town hall can be used from a few sparking spaces, but the area is designated for one-hour parking and a recharge can take two to four times that. Town officials are investigating how to adjust policies. —Macklin Reid photo

Solar farms and driverless cars — it’s not science fiction, but the future the Planning and Zoning Commission is having to consider as it works to update the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development. While commissioners mostly focused on the results of a survey on what the community is concerned about, discussion at its Jan. 2 meeting kept circling back … read more

Wetlands board approves Winter Club, denies intervention by neighbors

The Inland Wetlands Board voted 4-3 to approve a new drainage system, as well as related grading and paving work in the upland review area near 340 Peaceable Street, for the Ridgefield Winter Club Tuesday, Jan. 8. The approved wetlands application does not allow developer Bud Brown to begin building his private skating club. The outdoor skating rink, clubhouse, and … read more

Is Ridgefield overcrowded? Survey shows split on future of town development

Preserving open space, enhancing the downtown shopping district, and protecting natural resources were three of the top responses Ridgefielders gave in a survey that was conducted in November and December. The survey, which was launched as part of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s 10-year update of the town plan, also revealed that residents believe the town needs more affordable housing … read more

$100-million budget? School spending increase to be discussed Monday night

A 5% projected budget increase would push Ridgefield’s public education costs close to the $100-million threshold for the 2019-20 school year. Interim Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote plans to present her official 2019-20 budget proposal to the Board of Education Monday, Jan. 14, in the town hall annex at 7 p.m. “I’m striving to get it below 5%, absolutely. And I’m hoping … read more

Highview Drive home business gets Feb. 12 hearing

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing for a special permit application to run a home-based business at 44 Highview Drive Tuesday, Feb. 12. According to the town planning and zoning office, the special permit would allow homeowner Patrick Biehl to keep two trailers and a snow sander on-site. The house is located in a two-acre residential … read more

Federal tax plan has town aiming for flat budget, health insurance bloc

A federal tax plan signed into law in late 2017 has First Selectman Rudy Marconi concerned — and has the town aiming for a 0% budget increase and considering a measure to create an alliance with other towns for leverage against the insurance industry. The new tax law was one of the first issues raised by Marconi in his state … read more

School board revives outreach committee

Residents turning up to demand the resignation of the superintendent, students protesting cuts to the high school English department, Scotland Elementary School parents calling for their school principal to be fired, petitions pushing for a vote to rescind later start times — the bi-weekly Board of Education meetings have been a raucous place the past 12 months. Concerned about the … read more

Wetlands board to discuss winter club application Tuesday night

After four months of public hearings, the Inland Wetlands Board will get a chance to debate and vote on Bud Brown’s plan to build a private skating club at 340 Peaceable Street. The board will hold the first meeting of deliberations on the club Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Education conference room in the town … read more

Welcome to 2019: Frey sees challenges in state budget, pensions

A new year, a new legislature, and a new face in the governor’s mansion in Hartford — Ridgefielder John Frey (R-111) is heading back to the state House of Representatives after narrowly staving off a challenge from Democratic nominee Aimee Berger-Girvalo this past November. Top priorities include the state budget, unfunded mandates (laws passed by the state which set new … read more

Planners greenlight economic study

Ridgefield will pay for another business study after all. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted to allow Camoin Associates out of Saratoga Springs, N.Y, to conduct a study on businesses in town at its Dec. 18 meeting. The study is being done as part of the 10-year update to the town plan. Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics, the firm hired by … read more

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