Selectmen pass potential wetlands board split to voters

After listening to months of arguments for and against separating the Planning and Zoning Commission from the Inland Wetlands Board, the Board of Selectmen decided at its meeting Monday night to let the voters decide.

The question will be placed on November's ballot along with several other proposed changes from the Charter Revision Commission, which has been meeting since January to find ways to improve Ridgefield’s town government.

Of the nine charter questions heading to voters on Election Day 2018, none has drawn has much debate as the wetlands board split. The current nine-member zoning commission believes it should continue to handle wetlands duties, while the town's Conservation Commission has pressed for the separation.

Despite backing from the Charter Revision Commission, the selectmen voted to reject sending the question to voters at its last meeting in July.

The Charter Revision Commission met five days later and decided to stand firm in their stance of sending the controversial topic to voters. With the issue back on their table Monday night, the selectmen changed their original 3-2 vote and sent the question to be put on the ballot in November.