Talk of selling St. Stephen’s property spurs debate

St. Stephen’s South Hall — a gray three-story house south of the church’s sanctuary on Main Street — doesn’t serve enough functions to really justify its upkeep costs, according to church leaders, so they’ve been looking into whether they might want to sell it. “We’re exploring the viability of selling South Hall,” the Rev. Whitney Altopp, St. Stephen’s pastor, told … read more

Two more affordable projects could add age-restricted rental units

Two age-restricted, 55-and-older apartment buildings are in the planning stages and would add 36 new rental units, doubling the size of the residential complex at the corner of Governor Street and Prospect Ridge Road from 36 units in two buildings to 72 units in four buildings. “The Governor Street community located at the intersection of Governor Street and Prospect Ridge … read more

Zoners extend overlay zone hearing to Jan. 2

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted Tuesday, Dec. 19, to leave affordable housing priced according to 60% of the state median income off the table as part of its “mixed use overlay zone” proposal that aims to draw developers away from the state’s 8-30g law. That decision came after commissioners expressed doubt that including the lower-income housing rule would still … read more

Hearing extended to Dec. 19 for affordable housing proposal

How does Ridgefield encourage affordable housing developments while maintaining the town’s sleepy New England charm? That was the question at a public hearing to discuss a proposed “mixed use overlay zone” at the Nov. 21 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The hearing was granted an extension to the commission’s Dec. 19 meeting. As Planning and Zoning Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti put … read more

Commission’s affordable housing task: Address the need but protect the town

The moratorium will end. Affordable housing will be back. To get ready, the Planning and Zoning Commission has been working on a regulation that could provide a town-approved path to the development of affordable housing in most of the town’s business zones — though not in the Main Street area’s Central Business District. It’s about a year and a half … read more

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