‘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

Winter club sign vandal caught on surveillance camera

More protest signs opposing the Ridgefield Winter Club, a private skating club at 340 Peaceable Street, were vandalized or stolen Thursday, Dec. 1 — but this time a resident believes the act was caught on tape. Ridgefield Police public information officer Major Steve Brown told The Press that a Peaceable Street resident filed a police report shortly after midnight on … read more

Residents challenge Ridgefield Winter Club on light, noise, and traffic

Echoing testimony from peer review consultants, Peaceable Street residents badgered representatives for the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club to answer lingering questions regarding light, noise, and traffic from the proposed ice-skating facility at a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing Tuesday night, Nov. 27.   “We’ve been treated to the fiction that the white ice from the Winter Club is going … read more

Zoners to review Winter Club light pole permit at next hearing

A new special permit application that would allow the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club to build light poles up to 40 feet high to illuminate its outdoor skating rink will receive review from the Planning and Zoning Commission during the club’s fifth public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 13, at East Ridge Middle School. During the fourth public hearing on Oct. 30, 32 … read more

Peaceable neighbors begin case against Ridgefield Winter Club

The gloves finally came off at the second public hearing for the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club at 340 Peaceable Street after experts — peer review consultants representing the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission and specialists hired by neighbors of the site — criticized the project’s potential impact on neighbors, both human and amphibian. Dr. Michael Klemens, an ecologist expert for … read more

‘No ice rink on Peaceable:’ More signs stolen, discarded on Remington Road

Almost a dozen signs opposing the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club were stolen and discarded in the woods near the intersection of Remington Road and Peaceable Hill Road overnight between Monday, Aug. 20, and Tuesday, Aug. 21. Ridgefield Police Major Stephen Brown said the department has had “four or five incidents” of stolen signs reported from residents over the last week.  … read more

Peaceable neighbors: ‘We must fight’ Winter Club proposal

Put your money where your mouth is. That was the defiant stance taken by neighbors of 340 Peaceable Street this week as they continued to protest Ridgefield resident Bud Brown’s plan to build an outdoor, seasonal skating rink and multi-purpose clubhouse on the former Pinchbeck property. “We find ourselves in a position in which we must fight to protect the … read more

‘Angry and upset, but confused': Alliances can amplify neighborhood voices

Websites armed with online petitions and site plans, packed-to-the-brim public hearings with dozens of speakers, and applications to amend the town zoning regulations — neighborhood opposition groups have been particularly loud in 2017. But what’s causing this boom in community complaints? Are the incoming projects that Ridgefield has seen proposed over the last year — a drug rehab facility, a … read more

Winter club debate pushed back to Sept. 19

The public hearing on whether “private clubs” should be allowed in residential neighborhoods has been postponed to Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold the discussion in the East Ridge Middle School auditorium instead of its normal meeting location in the Town Hall Annex. Adam Schnell, assistant town planner, said the postponement decision was made to account … read more

Zoners host debate on ‘private clubs’ Sept. 5

Could private clubs, like the one Ridgefield resident Bud Brown is proposing on Peaceable Street, be banned in residential areas under the town’s zoning regulations? The Planning and Zoning Commission will debate that question during a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the Town Hall Annex. The hearing will center around a proposed amendment that aims to remove the term … read more

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