Letter: Winter Club proposal should be rejected
To the Editor:
We ourselves are likely to be minimally affected by the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club on Peaceable, since our home is a couple of miles away.
However, we are appalled that an obviously commercial enterprise might be granted a permit to build a large hockey rink with a three-story “clubhouse,” including bar/restaurant and a bowling alley, under the transparently phony pretense that it is a “private club.”
Granting such a permit would set a dreadful precedent that would allow the incursion of virtually any commercial enterprise into residential neighborhoods, so long as the enterprise nominaly qualified as a “private club,” by imposing some kind of membership fee.
If the Ridgefield Planning and Zoning Commission were to permit such a violation of the principle of residential zoning, that would constitute obvious betrayal of the its responsibility to preserve the essentially residential nature of Ridgefield neighborhoods currently zoned as residential.