Is Ridgefield overcrowded? Survey shows split on future of town development

Preserving open space, enhancing the downtown shopping district, and protecting natural resources were three of the top responses Ridgefielders gave in a survey that was conducted in November and December. The survey, which was launched as part of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s 10-year update of the town plan, also revealed that residents believe the town needs more affordable housing … read more

Town plan: Another business study? Maybe yes, maybe no

Paying for yet another study on businesses in Ridgefield? Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission were hesitant about the idea during an update on the town Plan of Conservation and Development in December. The commission has about $8,000 alloted from the town to pay for a study on business in Ridgefield — funds that were included in the town’s … read more

As Ridgefield gets older, its town plan must be adapted

Ridgefield’s population is getting older as aging residents decide to stay put in New England rather than escape to the sunny beaches of Florida. That was one of the takeaways from a presentation given to the Planning and Zoning Commission earlier this month. Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics, the firm hired by the commission to rewrite the town’s Plan of Conservation … read more

Affordable housing: Goldenberg pushes town to get serious

The binder holding data to argue for a moratorium on 'affordable housing' applications in Ridgefield circa 2012. —Jake Kara photo

With more than 1,100 Ridgefield households — 13% — struggling to pay bills, and a state law requiring towns to have an affordable housing plan updated every five years, housing advocate Dave Goldenberg is asking the selectmen to create a new Housing Opportunity Commission to bring more urgency to the town’s affordable housing efforts. “Ridgefield has obligations not just to … read more

Marconi: Clean water needs stronger protection

Clean drinking water and its protection is a concern First Selectman Rudy Marconi hopes to advance by building a regional and then statewide coalition to strengthen relevant state law. “We need to think now, and act now, to protect the quality of our water,” Marconi said. “…We need to limit the amount of development in our drinking water watersheds.” Marconi … read more

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