Planners to hold hearing on renewable energy March 19

If a homeowner builds a 40-foot garage and bolts solar panels to the roof, is that a garage or a stand-alone solar array? And if those panels generate electricity that the power company has to give credit to homeowners, are the homeowners running a business out of their house? Those are some of the questions the Planning and Zoning Commission … read more

Solar array dispute: Zoning Board of Appeals reverses permit approval

The controversial solar array off Canterbury Lane had its approval reversed by the Zoning Board of Appeals, but with a path left open for a new valid permit to be sought. The appeals board determined the array had been improperly permitted — it shouldn’t have been approved under regulation governing “outbuildings,” but under one covering “other structures.” Discussion before the … read more

Canterbury Lane solar array case to be discussed Thursday, Feb. 7

The solar array case on Canterbury Lane is headed for a “discussion and possible decision” session of the Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Annex off Prospect Street by Yanity Gym. The public may attend, but no more testimony or comment will be accepted. The case has been through two public … read more

On Canterbury Lane: Solar energy, neighbors’ views fuel neighborhood battle

What’s customary in Ridgefield yards? Birdbaths? Dog houses? Solar arrays? Does planting trees offer effective long-term screening? Should solar power’s environmental value outweigh solar arrays’ potential change to a neighborhood’s look? These were issues debated as the Canterbury Lane neighborhood dispute had its second public hearing before Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday, Jan. 28. Pleas for battling neighbors to … read more

Solar battle: Selectmen are waiting

The selectmen hope to stay out of the neighborhood battle over solar arrays — for now, at least. After hearing from both sides in the Canterbury Lane dispute, they decided to hold off until the Zoning Board of Appeals — which had heard the battling neighbors two days before — makes its decision. The ZBA extended its public hearing until … read more

Solar arrays trigger heated debate

Solar arrays off Canterbury Lane prompted two hours of heated discussion before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday, Jan. 7. There was no vote, and the public hearing was extended for another session on Jan. 28. Seventeen people spoke, not counting experts. Most were neighbors supporting the complaint of Sanjay Tripathi, who’d petitioned the Zoning Board of Appeals to … read more

Solar arrays spark neighbors’ outrage

Do green energy’s mechanical underworks — solar arrays, windmills — threaten the leafy look and rural illusions of Ridgefield’s residential neighborhoods? The selectmen are looking into it. A large solar array behind a new house being built off Canterbury Lane brought the issue to the selectmen’s attention — thanks to about 10 neighbors who visited the board’s Nov. 28 meeting … read more

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