Accessory use permits: Amendment sparks debate on solar arrays

The zoning amendment was about the permits and procedures, not a bitterly-contested solar array — unless you listened to the more than 20 people who spoke at the public hearing. What the Planning and Zoning Commission did was amend it regulations to clarify that “accessory structures” — gazebos, pergolas, hot tubs or maybe, oh, renewable energy systems — are indeed … read more

Environmental regulations: Petitioners protest ‘overreach’

Environmentally conscientious homeowners who want to protect themselves from regulations that they believe will restrict them from creating renewable energy sources have created a petition that’s collected a few hundred signatures.  The petition’s goal is to “prevent the issuance of any law and regulation restricting the installation of solar panels and arrays in the town of Ridgefield.” It has been … read more

Letter: ZBA on wrong side of solar debate

To the Editor: Thursday was decision time for the Zoning Board of Appeals on the appeal by a Canterbury Lane neighbor over placement of ground mounted solar panels on my friends’ property. The board agreed that the only two issues with the permit were the language surrounding the type of structure selected by the zoning enforcement officer and net metering … read more

Solar array dispute: Zoning Board of Appeals reverses permit approval

The controversial solar array off Canterbury Lane had its approval reversed by the Zoning Board of Appeals, but with a path left open for a new valid permit to be sought. The appeals board determined the array had been improperly permitted — it shouldn’t have been approved under regulation governing “outbuildings,” but under one covering “other structures.” Discussion before the … read more

Letter: Large solar arrays change the character of neighborhoods

To the Editor: I am writing in reference to the Canterbury Lane solar arrays article from last week’s Ridgefield Press. I attended the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on January 28 and my recollection of the meeting is very different than what was reported. Almost everyone who spoke was in favor of solar energy. Not just 10 people as reported. … read more

Canterbury Lane solar array case to be discussed Thursday, Feb. 7

The solar array case on Canterbury Lane is headed for a “discussion and possible decision” session of the Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Annex off Prospect Street by Yanity Gym. The public may attend, but no more testimony or comment will be accepted. The case has been through two public … read more

On Canterbury Lane: Solar energy, neighbors’ views fuel neighborhood battle

What’s customary in Ridgefield yards? Birdbaths? Dog houses? Solar arrays? Does planting trees offer effective long-term screening? Should solar power’s environmental value outweigh solar arrays’ potential change to a neighborhood’s look? These were issues debated as the Canterbury Lane neighborhood dispute had its second public hearing before Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday, Jan. 28. Pleas for battling neighbors to … read more

Aesthetics of alternative energy: Town prepares a law, but will it help?

A town ordinance to limit the visual impact of alternative energy installations — solar arrays, windmills — is in the works, but it may not apply to the Ridgebury solar system that led a group of neighbors to draw town officials’ attention to the issue. The selectmen are having a proposed ordinance researched and drawn up. But the solar arrays … read more

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