Zoning board briefs: High Ridge subdivision wins approval

The following are a list of brief stories that came out of the Planning and Zoning Commission's April 9 meeting:
Pond dredging wins approval
The Inland Wetlands Board approved an application for pond dredging at 193 South Salem Road at its April 9 meeting.
John Keegan, who was representing applicants Dave and Celeste Ulmer, had previously presented a pond-dredging business called Sacred Waters at his home on Clearview Drive. That application was denied.
Wetlands board Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti said that the Ulmers agreed to leave an already existent “geo bag” — a geotextile dewatering tube to dredge a pond area — in place to stabilize the bank of the pond.
“They accepted that condition and the application was approved,” Mucchetti said. “It will go into effect April 19.”
Zoners OK High Ridge subdivision
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application that will create an accessway to serve a four-lot subdivision at 167 and 173 High Ridge Avenue.
The application, which had been delayed several times, was first received in January. The site was walked in February.
Planning Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti said that the commission did not originally have enough members to vote on the subdivision application. It was finally approved at the commission’s April 9 meeting.
“It came in as three separate applications and we gave them approval on all three parts,” she said. “All three votes were unanimous, 8 to 0.”
The approval goes into effect on April 19.
Restaurant signs get greenlight
Downtown Ridgefield will have two new restaurant signs soon.
Organika Kitchen, located at 424 Main Street, received approval for a new front entry door, three windows and a building sign at the Planning and Zoning Commission’s April 9 meeting.
The business, which takes over the former Johnny Gelato storefront in the village, is expected to open in the late spring.
Also receiving approval was the already-opened Tequila Escape, located at 439 Main Street, which will have a red-colored sign installed outside its business.
The restaurant has replaced 439 Kitchen and Bar.
Land use training presentation set for May 14
Zoning office administrator Aarti Paranjape will host a land use training presentation in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission at its May 14 meeting.
Paranjape recently went to Darien to attend a training course on land use and the commission feels her experience will help the public learn about its procedures.
“It’s a good way for the public to understand the commission’s obligations and what we have to adhere to when we receive applications,” said Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti.