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 the commission to help write the new town plan, had originally said the $8,000 study might not be necessary, since the Economic & Community Development Commission conducted several studies within the past four years.

Commissioner Bob Cascella argued in favor of doing the study, since he reasoned that the commission will need the most up-to-date information for the next 10 years.

Commissioner Cathy Savoca said she was also in favor given the changes to the town’s “arts and cultural” scene over the past few years.

“I think it’s worth doing it to get a consolidated view,” said Commissioner Charles Robbins.

Perhaps sensing the tide change in favor of doing the study, Vice Chairman Joe Fossi said he would vote in favor.

“I just think it’s a waste of $8,000,” he told the commission.

The commission voted 7-1 to do the study.

Commissioner John Katz abstained from voting, and Commissioner George Hanlon voted against it.