Transparency finally coming to 'The Ridge'

Below is a letter to the editors in this week's Wilton Bulletin. If you would like to have a letter published, send it to editor@wiltonbulletin.com by noon on Monday. The word limit of 500 words is strictly enforced. Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Ridgefield Press. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to news@TheRidgefieldPress.com. Deadline is 1 p.m. and word count is 300 words.

Below is a letter to the editors in this week's Wilton Bulletin. If you would like to have a letter published, send it to editor@wiltonbulletin.com by noon on Monday. The word limit of 500 words is strictly enforced. Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Ridgefield Press. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to news@TheRidgefieldPress.com. Deadline is 1 p.m. and word count is 300 words.

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To the Editor:

On Monday, June 7, the town’s Economic & Community Development Commission (ECDC) held its monthly meeting with record-high viewership, according to members. On the agenda was discussion of the Planning & Zoning business subcommittee in which members of the ECDC were involved.

Listening to the entire meeting it was apparent that this committee is thoughtful and beyond innovative in their ideas for Ridgefield. They discussed branding, incorporating the term “The Ridge” and how to guide small business onto Main Street and surrounding streets. They embraced how many extremely talented and willing residents would and could start businesses in town with the right help, and for all this and more they should be applauded.

The committee then discussed the “mumblings” of non-transparency within the Planning and Zoning Board and the difficulties of merchants dealing with some landlords, at which time came the biggest revelation: you must have resident input. For years, this is all Ridgefield residents have wanted and not received when it comes to the planning and zoning throughout the town.

Discussion ensued on how to best achieve this goal. Forums were considered, either outdoors at a park or possibly at our beloved Playhouse, where residents can attend and share their opinions. They can safely discuss, without fear of demoralization, their ideas for how “The Ridge” can move forward in the best fashion.

Members of the ECDC were strong in their belief that the easiest way to make positive change is with input from everyone who would be affected, not just a few.

Over the past couple of years folks have pounced on Ridgefield Voters United for some of its posts being harsh and calling out questionable behavior (point taken), but finally someone is hearing the cry from residents to be heard.

Transparency, honesty and inclusiveness of all residents and merchants is what we want and deserve for “The Ridge.”

Lori Mazzola; Spokesperson, Ridgefield Voters United