Downtown Ridgefield parking: Zoning commission to take another look June 4

Parking remains a concern in the village, and the Planning and Zoning Commission has agreed to take another look at its regulations. The commission will consider bringing back the concept that the type and size of businesses permitted in a commercial building — retail shops, offices, restaurants — should be limited by the amount of parking on the parcel the … read more

Sewer plant renovation wins final approvals

Final zoning and wetlands approvals unfolded smoothly for plans to renovate the town’s District I sewer plant and improve treatment quality — reducing nitrogen and phosphorous released into the Norwalk River — as part of the $48 million sewer project approved by voters last fall. It’s part of a plan designed to eventually allow wastewater treatment for District II in … read more

Venus Oil property: Wetlands, site work wins approval

Final approvals for work in a floodplain of the Norwalk River and in the related wetlands upland review area were granted for the former Venus Oil property on Route 7 at a zoning commission meeting on May 14. The Planning and Zoning Commission granted the floodplain permit “to restore an area of property disturbed without permits” and acting as the … read more

Ridgefield town planning meeting set for June 18

After three listening sessions with town officials, the Ridgefield Planning and Zoning Commission is ready to hear from the public on the 10-year update on the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). The zoning commission, which doubles as the town’s Inland Wetlands Board, has scheduled a public input meeting for the POCD from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. … read more

Zemo wants 16 units at 100 Danbury Road

Seeking 16 new rental units — five of them affordable — real estate developer and town Selectman Steve Zemo wants to enlarge a Danbury Road apartment building. His application under the state’s affordable housing law, 8-30g, has been scheduled for a June 25 public hearing of the Planning and Zoning Commission. The property at 100 Danbury Road, across Route 35 … read more

Town puts forward compromise to protect aquifers

Protecting the town’s aquifers and drinking water will likely remain a duty of the Planning and Zoning Commission, although an advisory role will be created for the new separate Inland Wetlands Board. That was the solution worked out by the selectmen after a contentious discussion involving members of different town agencies May 8. “Everybody wants to have clean water, have … read more

Sewer plant renovation wins commission support

Renovation plans for the District I sewer plant — including odor control systems the facility now lacks — won the tentative approval of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetland Board on Tuesday night, May 14. Following a public hearing, the commission and board members voted unanimously to have resolutions drafted for both zoning and wetlands approvals, and brought … read more

Aquifer protection: Is it zoning or wetlands work?

Protecting the town’s aquifers — Ridgefielders’ future drinking water — is a job town officials all want done and done well. There’s been some debate about what town agency should do the work. “That’s all we want to know: Who’s going to protect the aquifers best?” Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark said. “And, hopefully they’ll be working together to keep our aquifers … read more

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