Ridgefield Voters United: New group aims to protect neighborhoods from commercial development

With the Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board separating in eight months, Ridgefield will have a new group of elected officials deciding on applications that impact development in town. And when that split happens, Ridgefield Voters United (RVU) will be ready to offer candidates to voters. The new citizens group, which formed in February, aims to protect residential … read more

Ridgefield Winter Club: Neighbors file appeal on wetlands approval

The battle at 340 Peaceable Street isn’t going away anytime soon. The Ridgefield Winter Club won approval for a new drainage system at the site from the town’s Inland Wetlands Board in January — a decision that the Peaceable Neighborhood Alliance (PNA) has decided to appeal. “We are very disappointed that four members of the board failed to recognize their … read more

Wetlands board approves Winter Club, denies intervention by neighbors

The Inland Wetlands Board voted 4-3 to approve a new drainage system, as well as related grading and paving work in the upland review area near 340 Peaceable Street, for the Ridgefield Winter Club Tuesday, Jan. 8. The approved wetlands application does not allow developer Bud Brown to begin building his private skating club. The outdoor skating rink, clubhouse, and … read more

Letter: Halftime report for the Ridgefield Winter Club

To the Editor: Easily missed over the holidays was halftime reporting on the Ridgefield Winter Club. Except it’s not supposed to be halftime. After using more meeting time than anyone else, the applicant team withdrew its special permit application, hours before the final public hearing. In withdrawing for now, the applicant conceded its presentation “came up short” in showing that … read more

Wetlands board to discuss winter club application Tuesday night

After four months of public hearings, the Inland Wetlands Board will get a chance to debate and vote on Bud Brown’s plan to build a private skating club at 340 Peaceable Street. The board will hold the first meeting of deliberations on the club Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Education conference room in the town … read more

‘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

Ridgefield Winter Club withdraws special permit application

On the eve of its final public hearing in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Ridgefield Winter Club has withdrawn its special permit application. The eighth and final hearing will still be held as planned at East Ridge Middle School at 7 p.m. tonight — Wednesday, Dec. 12, according to Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti. “The applicant is still … read more

Ridgefield Winter Club: Final hearing is Wednesday night

Is the Ridgefield Winter Club a revitalization of a blighted construction yard that will bring jobs to Ridgefield or is it a commercial intrusion into a peaceful neighborhood that will drive down property values? Residents can voice their opinion of the proposed private skating club during a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, … read more

Winter club sign vandal caught on surveillance camera

More protest signs opposing the Ridgefield Winter Club, a private skating club at 340 Peaceable Street, were vandalized or stolen Thursday, Dec. 1 — but this time a resident believes the act was caught on tape. Ridgefield Police public information officer Major Steve Brown told The Press that a Peaceable Street resident filed a police report shortly after midnight on … read more

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