Cathy Savoca joins planning commission

Having persevered through the daunting land use application process and endured some occasionally nasty public debate over plans to open a bed and breakfast a year ago, Cathy Savoca was welcomed as the Planning and Zoning Commission’s new member Saturday, Dec. 1. Commissioners voted 6-to-0 to appoint her to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Tim Dunphy, who’d … read more

Giving Thanks: Pacifico family, 850 Degrees

To the Editor: The CDNA (Circle Drive Neighbors Alliance), as well as other neighborhood alliances, had a rough 2017 but 2018 began with a wonderful start. The neighbors of Circle and Hobby, through all the fuss, have formed strong and meaningful relationships among new friends filled with caring and compassion. The nightmare that was thrust upon us last year by … read more

Top 10 stories of 2017: Start times, stolen cars, and ‘Say no’

In less than two short days, 2017 will come to an end. With its closure, Ridgefield will say farewell to a year that gave the town — and its many residents — plenty to celebrate, including the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield (which drew thousands of people downtown in April) and the solar eclipse (which drew arguably even … read more

Circle Drive B&B gets final approval

The Planning and Zoning Commission signed off on a final approval for a bed-and-breakfast at 47 Circle Drive Nov. 21. The commission opted to remove a condition in the special permit granted to Tom and Cathy Savoca that would have prevented guests staying at the B&B from parking on the street. “That’s a police matter, over which the Planning and … read more

Letter: Planners didn’t even try to hide love for B&B proposal

To the Editor: Once again the Planning and Zoning Department have shown their wanton indifference to the residents of Circle Drive and have debased the idea of a residential zone, in their belief that a business can open wherever it wants. Yes, homeowners have the right to modify and change their property (add an addition, put in a deck), but … read more

Letter: Neighborhood ignored in the B&B decision

To the Editor: I am disgusted at the Nov. 14 approval of the Circle Drive B&B application. At the three meetings opponents provided substantial arguments regarding safety concerns and negative property value impacts, yet no P&Z commissioner except Stephen Cole, opposing, addressed these points. This is a warning to those where similar applications might occur, and who like the vast … read more

Zoners draft approval for Circle Drive bed and breakfast

Despite months of resistance from residents, Circle Drive is getting a bed and breakfast. The town’s Planning and Zoning Commission motioned to draft a resolution of approval for Cathy and Tom Savoca’s application to convert their home into a two-bedroom bed and breakfast that they intend to name Front Porch Farms. The decision came after 40-plus people gave six hours … read more

Circle Drive bed and breakfast gets third hearing Tuesday

Two meetings and 33 speakers later, and the Planning and Zoning Commission still needs more time to decide the fate of the proposed bed and breakfast on Circle Drive. That was the result of Wednesday night’s extended public hearing for the controversial application that residents Tom and Cathy Savoca submitted over the summer. Thirty one residents spoke to the commission Wednesday, Nov. … read more

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