‘Neighborhood’ alliances unite to protect residential zoning, oppose skate club

A pair of local organizations — Ridgefield Neighborhood Preservation Alliance (RNPA) and Peaceable Neighbors Alliance (PNA) — have unified to support each other in a fight against commercial development in residentially-zoned areas. The RNPA, which was formed in 2016 by Ridgefield residents concerned about the potential opening of Mountainside Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center at the historic Sunset Hall property … read more

Ridgefield Winter Club: Zoning battle looms, owner aims to keep piece of Pinchbeck’s history

Ponds don’t freeze the way they did 40 years ago. At least that’s Bud Brown’s assessment. “I remember them freezing solid enough to skate on safely … there were no parents or guardrails, you were very free,” Brown told The Press this week. The 15-year Ridgefield resident is pushing to build a private winter sports club at the site of … read more

Ridgefield Winter Club outlines plans

The Ridgefield Winter Club (RWC) launched its new website — www.ridgefieldwinterclub.com — Friday, July 28, that details the community-wide benefits this project will bring to Ridgefield. “The Ridgefield Winter Club will fill the seasonal void that currently exists in our town,” RWC Founder Bud Brown said. “We’re proud to help create a premier facility that offers a safe, interactive, social environment for children … read more

Peaceable Farm: Zoners push ‘private club’ decision to September

The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 5,  for an amendment that would alter the town’s residential zoning regulations. The amendment, which has been put forth by Peaceable Street residents Jeffrey and Jennifer Hansen, aims to delete “private clubs” as permitted uses by special permit in residentially zoned land. The Hansens are trying to stop … read more

Peaceable Neighbors Alliance files to stop ‘private clubs’ in residential areas

Petitions and protest buttons don’t change zoning regulations. Residents in the area of Peaceable Street and Old South Salem Road proved they know that Wednesday, June 28, when they filed an application to amend Section 3.2.C.3 of the Ridgefield Zoning Regulations to delete “private clubs” as permitted uses by special permit in residentially-zoned land. The goal of the amendment application, … read more

Neighbors start petition against winter club

Opposition to a proposed winter club at 340 Peaceable Street — the former Peaceable Farm location near the Ridgefield-New York border — remains steady despite the fact a formal application has yet to be submitted to town planners. Applicant Bud Brown and his attorney, Bob Jewell, met with town officials during a pre-application concept discussion Thursday, June 8. Four days … read more

Get out! Winter club riles up neighbors — again

About 20 residents — wearing buttons that read “Say No to Skate Club” and one man calling out, “We don’t want you here” — attended Tuesday night’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to voice their displeasure with a proposed winter club at 340 Peaceable Street, the former Pinchbeck property, that would have up to 250 members. The club, which would … read more

Neighbors oppose ‘skate club’ at former Peaceable Farm site

A country club with an outdoor ice rink, tennis court, and multi-purpose turf field for about 250 members and 90 parking spaces. That’s what was proposed to the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night during a pre-submission concept meeting for six acres of land located at 340 Peaceable Street — the former Pinchbeck property, most recently known as Peaceable Farm … read more

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