‘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

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

Winter Club: Experts rebuke wetlands complaints; public criticism continues

Will the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club negatively affect the environment surrounding its location at 340 Peaceable Street? According to a series of experts who testified in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night, the answer is no across the board — no impact on water and infiltration, no impact on septic or drainage, and no impact on the … read more

Neighbors slam Winter Club proposal at fourth hearing

After two public hearings that were dominated by testimony from engineers and lawyers, residents finally got the chance to give their input about the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club on Peaceable Street at Tuesday night’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Of the 32 residents who delivered public comment to the commission, 29 spoke against the proposed club. Criticism ranged from environmental … read more

Zoning commission to host third Ridgefield Winter Club hearing Tuesday

The third public hearing for the Ridgefield Winter Club (RWC) — a proposed private skating club at 340 Peaceable Street — will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of East Ridge Middle School. Rebecca Mucchetti, chairwoman of the town Planning and Zoning Commission, said that the RWC will open the meeting … read more

Winter Club hearing draws crowd

Water use and parking plans, threatened butterflies and light glare — if any of the 150 townspeople who turned out to the first hearing for a proposed private skating club on Peaceable Street came expecting an uproar, they likely left disappointed. There was no time for comment from the public or a planned, peer-review session at the hearing, which ran … read more

Ridgefield Winter Club: Zoning battle begins tonight at East Ridge Middle School

Fixing a deteriorating commercial property versus protecting residentially-zoned neighborhoods. The battle lines between the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club at 340 Peaceable Street and the Peaceable Neighbors Alliance have been drawn for more than a year. Each side will make its case in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission at East Ridge Middle School’s auditorium Tuesday, Sept. 4. “We expect … read more

Letter: Time to take a stand

To the Editor: In the past 20 years, Ridgefield has changed. It was the last bucolic New England town in Fairfield County. Although it still has a New England feel and is a great place to raise a family, we have lost much of our boutique retail businesses on Main Street, we have been forced to accept more dense housing, … read more

Planners deny 'private clubs' zoning amendment

Developers behind the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club on Peaceable Street received a victory Tuesday night when the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission denied an amendment to the town’s zoning laws that would have removed the term “private clubs” under the special permitted uses in residentially-zoned areas. The commission moved to deny the amendment in a 8-1 vote after an almost … read more

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