Cornerstone Home: Garden at farm to serve disabled

Turn the earth, plant and hoe. Water! Sunshine! Watch things grow. With a vision of intellectually disabled people learning to tend a garden and share in the everyday miracle of growing food, the selectmen approved a license agreement allowing Cornerstone Home & Gardens Inc. to teach gardening on a small patch of town land at the former McKeon Farm on … 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

Wetlands board approves Winter Club, denies intervention by neighbors

The Inland Wetlands Board voted 4-3 to approve a new drainage system, as well as related grading and paving work in the upland review area near 340 Peaceable Street, for the Ridgefield Winter Club Tuesday, Jan. 8. The approved wetlands application does not allow developer Bud Brown to begin building his private skating club. The outdoor skating rink, clubhouse, and … 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

Ballot questions recap: Sewer project passes; zoning, wetlands board to split

Approval of the $48-million sewer plant renovation, the creation of a seperate elected Inland Wetlands Board, and approval of state constitutional question firming up procedural hurdles to the sale of state property left environmental-minded Ridgefielders pleased with Tuesday’s voting results. “It’s been a great day for the environment, particularly here in Ridgefield,” said Conservation Commission chairman James Coyle. “You don’t … read more

Great Hill Road subdivision to include affordable housing, land donation

A trio of 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom homes have been proposed to be built on a three-lot subdivision at 28 Great Hill Road. One of the homes would be set aside as affordable housing for a family making 60% of the state median income. That allows the subdivision to fall under the state’s affordable housing law, 8-30g, and lets the developer breakup … read more

Sustainability efforts earn town recognition

With a broad array of actions to foster an environmentally sustainable way of life, Ridgefield was one of 17 Connecticut towns to earn a bronze certification from Sustainable CT. Steps ranging from cleanup of the Schlumberger property, to having an active plan to acquire and preserve open spaces, to the effort to promote local retail shopping, to a variety of … read more

Conservation Commission member, alternate change their spots

A switcheroo by two Conservation Commission members won the approval of Board of Selectmen. Conservation Commission member Kitsey Snow and commission alternate Daniel Levine agreed to switch roles — she became an alternate, and he took over as a full-time commission member. The change was prompted by the Snow’s desire to reduce — but not end — her work for … read more

Abandoning Skytop Road section goes to public hearing next week

It’s not the Skytop Road people drive cars on, but an undeveloped, unpaved pathway — a roadway that legally exists on paper and extends into the woods — that town officials want voters to disown. The proposal to abandon an unbuilt portion of Skytop Road is scheduled for a public hearing next Wednesday, Oct. 10, as part of a Board … read more

Abandoning Skytop Road: Plans headed to town voters

Voters will be asked to legally abandon the undeveloped portion of Skytop Road as a town highway. The selectmen voted on Sept. 5 to send the road abandonment proposal — which was initiated by the Conservation Commission — to an Oct. 10 public hearing and an Oct. 24 town meeting. “This is to eliminate the road completely?” asked Selectman Bob … read more

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