Bike lanes get a boost at zoning hearing

Proponents of bike lanes and paths won some support during a listening session for the town’s rewrite of the Plan of Conservation and Development April 2. Arnold Light, chairman of the Economic and Community Development Commission said the town should “encourage alternative transportation solutions, including bicycle lanes and bike sharing.” “Ridgefield is an active, health-conscious community, and this would allow … read more

Business development: Where does the town go from here?

Plans to build a hotel, bike lanes, electric car chargers, entry-level housing — those were some of the things town officials said they want included in Ridgefield’s roadmap for the future at a meeting on April 2. The hearing was the second in a series of three listening sessions organized by the Planning and Zoning Commission, as it undertakes its … read more

Planning report predicts growth in health care, food service jobs

Health care and food service jobs are expected to rise in Ridgefield the next nine years while white-collar office jobs are expected to decline, according to a study presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission last week. The town is expected to add 280 new jobs in health care and 100 new food service jobs by 2028, according to the … read more

‘Road map for the future:’ Conservationists look at town plan

Open space maintained by the town, reviewing demolition permits to make sure historic homes aren’t knocked down, improving spaces for the performing arts — the first of three listening session for the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development covered a lot of ground. The Planning and Zoning Commission is currently rewriting its plan for 2020, a job it takes on … read more

Town Plan: Listening sessions rescheduled, first meeting set for Tuesday

The Planning and Zoning Commission’s listening sessions — a chance for town agencies to weigh in on what should go in and what should be left out of the commission’s 10-year rewrite of the Plan of Conservation and Development — have been rescheduled for dates in March, April and May. The listening sessions were originally set to begin with a … read more

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

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