Inn or hotel on Main Street? Town wants to encourage ‘hospitality’ growth

A hotel or inn might be a beneficial addition to the Main Street commercial area, most members of the Planning and Zoning have concluded. So the commission has asked its staff to work up a potential regulation change that could open the Central Business District (CBD) to “hospitality” operations. “Stonehenge closed and The Elms closed and it became apparent there … read more

Planning and Zoning: more houses on smaller access roads

An accessway — a kind of shared driveway used to reach houses without building a full road— may now legally serve up to five house lots, an increase over the previous limit of three. The Planning and Zoning Commission raised the limit Tuesday night, June 4, approving related amendments to both the zoning regulations and the subdivision regulations. An accessway … read more

Talk of selling St. Stephen’s property spurs debate

St. Stephen’s South Hall — a gray three-story house south of the church’s sanctuary on Main Street — doesn’t serve enough functions to really justify its upkeep costs, according to church leaders, so they’ve been looking into whether they might want to sell it. “We’re exploring the viability of selling South Hall,” the Rev. Whitney Altopp, St. Stephen’s pastor, told … read more

Does Ridgefield have too many arts venues? Zoning commission listens to question

With dozens of music venues, theaters, museums, and galleries, Ridgefield is an artsy town — but has the town hit its capacity for arts and leisure offerings? That was a point Allison Stockel, executive director of the Ridgefield Playhouse made during a meeting hosted by the Planning and Zoning Commission April 2. “I love the idea of second- and third-floor … read more

Downsizing? West Mountain Road couple proposes property split, move into carriage house

The Ridgefield Press

Downsizing just took on a new definition. A West Mountain Road couple has proposed subdividing their property at 104 West Mountain Road, selling the main house, and moving into their carriage house — all so they can stay in Ridgefield. The process of getting there is a bit more complicated. Before the property owners, the Kriedbergs, can apply for the … read more

Organika plans to open vegan kitchen in former Johnny Gelato location

Downtown Ridgefield might be getting another new eatery. This time it’s a vegan kitchen named Organika that’s slated to open in the former Johnny Gelato storefront at 424 Main Street. An employee at Organika’s New Canaan location confirmed the plans to open a business in Ridgefield. Organika is also on the Planning and Zoning Commission’s agenda Tuesday night. The business is … read more

Frey pitches cultural districts to Economic and Community Development Commission

Ridgefield state Rep. John Frey (R-111) has introduced a bill that would allow the state to create cultural districts — walkable areas in cities and towns known for the arts and historical attractions. “The idea is to have a walking cultural district,” said Frey at the Economic and Community Development Commission’s meeting Monday night. “We’re historically rich, and we’re arts … read more

Highview Drive home business gets Feb. 12 hearing

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing for a special permit application to run a home-based business at 44 Highview Drive Tuesday, Feb. 12. According to the town planning and zoning office, the special permit would allow homeowner Patrick Biehl to keep two trailers and a snow sander on-site. The house is located in a two-acre residential … read more

Moratorium ends: How much affordable housing is coming?

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

Ridgefield’s respite from affordable housing projects may be over. The four-year moratorium on applications under the state’s 8-30g affordable housing statute — a law giving developers a way to circumvent zoning restrictions — ended Sunday, Oct. 7. A tidal wave of 8-30g affordable housing applications was feared — a speaker at a recent hearing on the sewer plant upgrade said … read more

Letter: Who is really benefiting from 233 Danbury Road and 8-30g statute?

To the Editor: I recently attended the Planning and Zoning meeting regarding 233 Danbury Road. Let me begin by saying there seems to be a total lack of planning for the development of our town. This problem, coupled with developers who are now using the affordable housing law (8-30g) to make huge profits, often at the expense of their neighbors, … read more

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