Conservation Commission plans barred owl release

This year’s annual conservation meeting will offer a special treat — one residents will have to wait until the end to see it. “The lecture will end with the release of a recently recovered barred owl outside the rec center, toward the Ridgefield Brook,” the Conservation Commission said in its promotional flyer sent out Monday, March 19. “If you have … read more

In this week’s Ridgefield Press

Here’s a look at some of the headlines from this week’s Ridgefield Press: The ongoing situation with Superintendent Karen Baldwin drew varying reactions from former Board of Education members and parents this week as a resignation agreement with the town’s top paid official remains in progress. The Prospect Band is looking forward to performing a new genre of music — … read more

Conservationists push for separate wetlands agency

Evening shadows engulfed the northern and western shores of Lake Mamanasco late Tuesday as afternoon sunlight still caught the eastern shore with Richardson Park’s cliffs. The Mamanasco Lake Improvement Fund’s plan for cleaning the north end of muck, visible in the foreground, was approved by the Inland Wetlands Board on Tuesday night. Story inside. —Macklin Reid photo

Protecting Ridgefield’s water resources — lakes, rivers, streams, swamps — should be the main priority of an independent board, the Conservation Commission argued, not another duty for a commission focused primarily on the push and pull of land development with its battles over traffic, parking, housing density, and affordability. “We think there should be an independent Inland Wetlands Board,” Conservation … read more

Letter: Zoning board members have little experience with wetlands

To the Editor: The Ridgefield Conservation Commission is currently petitioning the Charter Revision Committee on an urgent and timely matter. As you may know, Ridgefield’s Inland Wetlands Board is responsible for reviewing applications (by developers and builders) for any projects/construction that may impact Ridgefield’s precious wetlands and watercourses and permanently impact the character of our town. If a developer wishes … read more

Planning talk: How can town regulations get better?

A grab bag of tweeks, revisits, and more substantial changes — rethinking private clubs and other “special permit uses” in residential zones, protecting wetlands with “riparian buffers,” having setbacks apply to small sheds, a better definition of “clear-cutting,” and perhaps a new look of Route 7 business zoning — are on a to-be-considered list put together by the Planning and … read more

Charter Revision Commission hears some new, and old, ideas

Like bramble-strewn paths that may or may not lead to places worth visiting, four avenues for exploration have been laid out before the Charter Revision Commission. Speakers at the commission’s public hearing Monday, Jan. 8, suggested that town government might be improved by: Restricting people from running for more than one town office in the same election, so more offices … read more

Tree cutting nets $85,000 for the town

Tree cutting on town open space — a few years ago — has resulted in an $85,000 settlement that will benefit town conservation efforts. “Open space off Mamanasco Road, we had trees cut down,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. “We’ve reached a settlement, $85,000.” The Board of Selectmen discussed the matter briefly before voting to accept the settlement, which came … read more

Horse ordinance sent back for more work

Horses, the keeping of horses, that’s what the ordinance concerns. What about donkeys? Sheep? Llamas, bison, pigs? How about “all hooved animals” — would that cover it? Well, there’s poultry, too. “Do you know how many complaints I get about roosters?” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the hearing crowd. Once rural and agricultural, Ridgefield is now a suburb of lots … read more

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