Echoing testimony from peer review consultants, Peaceable Street residents badgered representatives for the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club to answer lingering questions regarding light, noise, and traffic from the proposed ice-skating facility at a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing Tuesday night, Nov. 27.
“We’ve been treated to the fiction that the white ice from the Winter Club is going to absorb light to the point where you’re not going to notice the lights shining down on it,” said Stephen Saxton of 192 Peaceable Street. “This brings us to an infuriating point, the applicant has provided no concrete data on exactly how much of a change in upward lighting will actually occur. The practical model the applicant provided was decidedly impractical in that it failed to take into account any glare caused by the lights shining down on the ice … We know light is going to reflect off this ice. That’s how light works. What we don’t know is how much light? Apparently no one does.”