After months of discussion \u2014 and in spite of community division \u2014 the Planning and Zoning Commission will make a decision regarding the proposed baseball field at 2 Sanford Station Road during a special meeting Tuesday, June 27. After three public hearings, the application was officially closed to the public Tuesday, June 20. Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti said that the commission had received 31 opinions \u2014 29 in favor, one opposed, and another suggesting conditions. At the last hearing Tuesday night, nine people spoke with opposing remarks \u2014 including two attorneys hired by neighboring families \u2014 and three spoke in favor, including the executive director of the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT), Charlie Taney. https:\/\/youtu.be\/3oJaVEYrdkQ Attorney Gregory Cava questioned the expertise of traffic engineer Mike Galante, hired by the Little League. However, commissioners questioned Cava\u2019s testimony. And the attorney Little League took it a step further in his rebuttal.\u00a0 \u201cI\u201dm just gonna chalk it up to not understanding,\u201d said Attorney Bob Jewell, \u201cMost of what [Cava] said tonight seems to be incorrect.\u201d \u00a0 Who\u2019s the expert? Cava spoke for about an hour and a half. He outlined possible dangers at the intersection at Route 7 and Simpaug Turnpike and said that there was a risk that the tanker accident like the one that happened 13 years ago would happen again. He also said that New Jersey and Canada have been making regulations to limit how close athletic fields and schools can be to highways, such as Route 7. \u201cYou, the Planning and Zoning Commission are the last best chance to protect the people of Ridgefield from ill-advised traffic decisions,\u201d he said. \u201cI think you have to look at that report critically [Little League traffic report] I want to talk about reaction time and stopping time \u2014 reaction time matters at different speeds \u2014 it turns out of the 63 feet it takes to stop at 20 mph, 44 feet of that is your reaction... \u201cThose children play outside and the best practice manual from EPA tell you that you need to put the field as far away from the road as possible.\u201d Commissioners wanted to know what grounds Cava had to make that traffic analysis. \u201cAre you a traffic expert?\u201d asked Planning and Zoning Attorney Thomas Beecher. \u201cI\u2019m as much of a traffic expert as their engineer,\u201d\u00a0Cava replied. Road ownership The matter of road ownership\u00a0\u2014 which had been voiced\u00a0during two previous public hearings \u2014 was brought to the table again by Attorney Peter Olsen. \u201cThe question tonight is: Has the applicant complied with the regulations by providing signature of the owner on the application?\u201d Olsen said. \u201cWe submit that they have not because the applicant is not the owner of Sanford Station Road.\u201d During his closing marks Jewell contested Olsen\u2019s claims, too. \u201cThe Town of Ridgefield is the owner of this property,\u201d he said. \u201cThe Board of Selectmen clearly stated they have the authority \u2014 it\u2019s not private property.\u201d A decision on the proposal will be made during a special commission meeting Tuesday, June 27. Public comments will not be accepted.