Column: Nonpartisanship for a stronger Ridgefield

Something exciting is in the air in Ridgefield. Over the past couple of years, some residents have been putting partisanship aside to support pro-Ridgefield issues. Ridgefielders who have become increasingly concerned with the planning and preservation of the town are gathering to identify and support pro-Ridgefield candidates for the November 2019 election. Last fall’s overwhelming referendum vote to split the … read more

After cleanup along Norwalk River, Route 7 site could continue as contractors yard

Cleanup plans for the former Venus Oil property along the Norwalk River have gotten tentative approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board. “Our concern here is the river,” Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti said at the April 23 public hearing on the plans. “Right now, everything that floods across this site floods into the river.” The two agencies … read more

Vazzana appointed to replace Cascella on zoning commission

The Planning and Zoning Commission has a new member. The eight-member commission, which serves as the town’s Inland Wetlands Board until the upcoming November election, voted to appoint Rich Vazzana at its April 16 meeting. Vazzana will replace commissioner Bob Cascella who resigned March 26. “My reason for resigning had to do with conflict between what I do for a … read more

Aquifer Protection Agency: After wetlands-planning board split, who runs the show?

The Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board are splitting up this November— but who gets the Aquifer Protection Agency in the divorce? Currently, members of the Planning and Zoning Commission serve in three roles — as zoning commissioners, Inland Wetlands Board members, and officers of the Aquifer Protection Agency. Last November, voters decided to split the Inland Wetlands … read more

Ridgefield Voters United: New group aims to protect neighborhoods from commercial development

With the Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board separating in eight months, Ridgefield will have a new group of elected officials deciding on applications that impact development in town. And when that split happens, Ridgefield Voters United (RVU) will be ready to offer candidates to voters. The new citizens group, which formed in February, aims to protect residential … read more

Ridgefield Winter Club: Neighbors file appeal on wetlands approval

The battle at 340 Peaceable Street isn’t going away anytime soon. The Ridgefield Winter Club won approval for a new drainage system at the site from the town’s Inland Wetlands Board in January — a decision that the Peaceable Neighborhood Alliance (PNA) has decided to appeal. “We are very disappointed that four members of the board failed to recognize their … 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

‘We came up short:’ Ridgefield Winter Club withdraws special permit application

A “firing range” of hockey slapshots proved to be loud enough to stop the Ridgefield Winter Club from being built at 340 Peaceable Street — for now. The club, which submitted plans in July 2018 for an outdoor ice rink, an indoor clubhouse, and other maintenance buildings that would total more than 18,000 square feet on the nearly six-acre property, … read more

Wetlands board will be elected next November

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

The voters have spoken — the town Inland Wetlands Board (IWB) will split away from the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) to become its own agency with seven elected officials. “The separation becomes effective with the November 2019 election,” explained Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti of the Planning and Zoning Commission. “Candidates will come through the Republican and Democratic town committees for … 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

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