Business development: Where does the town go from here?

Plans to build a hotel, bike lanes, electric car chargers, entry-level housing — those were some of the things town officials said they want included in Ridgefield’s roadmap for the future at a meeting on April 2. The hearing was the second in a series of three listening sessions organized by the Planning and Zoning Commission, as it undertakes its … read more

Affordable housing: Goal remains elusive, and the need continues

Affordable housing may seem a distant goalpost in a town like Ridgefield, where single family homes dominate and 330 houses sold in 2018 had an average price of over $716,000. Even the 69 condominiums that changed hands in Ridgefield last year averaged $309,000. But town officials remain hopeful that continuing growth can be guided to include some well-located, less-costly housing … read more

Selectmen appoint four to Affordable Housing Committee

An affordable housing administrator, a real estate agent, an attorney, and a Habitat for Humanity volunteer have all been appointed to Ridgefield’s Affordable Housing Committee. “When you’re helping people live and survive and be part of a community, it’s a good thing,” said Jacqueline Bean, one of the four appointees to what is expected to eventually be a five- or … read more

Editorial: Cars and condos

Should the town embrace the potential for denser development offered to builders by the state’s affordable housing law — trying to guide it to better serve town needs — or wage a determined resistance, battling on through a series of retreats as one site after another fills up with houses, condos, and apartments? The question underlies the selectmen’s discussion in … read more

Affordable housing: Great Hill Road subdivision gets approval

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a three-lot subdivision on three acres of land at 28 Great Hill Road at its Dec. 18 meeting. The plan was submitted under the state’s 8-30g affordable housing law. A 2,000-square-foot home will be built on each of the lots, one of which will be restricted to buyers earning 60% of the state median … read more

Affordable units proposed on Turner Road, planners won’t rezone

A nine-unit affordable housing project is planned for a 1.2-acre plot of land on Turner Road, but the Planning and Zoning Commission won’t rezone the lot from the Corporate Development District (CDD) to residential use. Attorney Bob Jewell told the commission at its Dec. 18 meeting that the farm road, which is on the Danbury line north of Turner Road, … read more

Planners approve age-restricted affordable units on Governor Street, Prospect Ridge

More development is coming to Ridgefield, courtesy of the state’s 8-30g affordable housing law. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved two age-restricted, 16-unit apartment buildings at 84 Governor Street and 62 Prospect Ridge Tuesday, Dec. 4. Developer Steve Zemo, who also serves on the Board of Selectmen, submitted both affordable housing proposals. The 8-30 rule allows housing developers to circumvent … read more

Zemo’s 36 apartments draw support from two

Two voices were raised in support of a pair of apartment buildings with 36 rental units — 11 of them “affordable units” — at public hearings Nov. 7 on two related projects at 86 Governor Street and 62 Prospect Ridge. “One comment on each application that was positive and supportive of bringing in more affordable housing,” Planning and Zoning Commission … read more

Age-restricted units approved for 233 Danbury Road

A 30-unit, age-restricted 55-and-older condominium project has been approved for a three-acre site at 233 Danbury Road, north of the Recreation Center driveway and across from the Fox Hill condominiums. The project won final approvals Nov. 7 on 6-0 votes from both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Inland Wetlands Board — still combined, despite voters recent approval of … read more

Planners raise affordable housing as possible solution in Branchville

Could affordable housing be a key element in Branchville’s future? Planning and Zoning Commission members suggested the state’s 8-30g affordable housing law as potential tool for development in Branchville, surprising property owner Joe Ancona during a “pre-submission concept” discussion. Ancona spoke to the commission’s Oct. 23 meeting with an eye to developing properties he owns on Wilridge Road and Park … read more

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