There has been much concern expressed about an age-restricted-housing overlay district (AROD) encompassing all of Ridgefield Road that opponents fear will change the character of that beautiful road.
An AROD permits relaxation of Wilton’s general two-acre residential zoning rule to allow more dwellings. An AROD also allows Wilton Planning and Zoning to impose conditions on development including, for example, on the number of units and their siting and creation of park-like buffer zones. Furthermore, as a “floating zone,” an AROD also gives P&Z the power to deny a request for age-restricted development altogether for any specific parcel within the AROD. By contrast, both two-acre zoning rules and Avalon-style affordable-housing-development rules that I discussed in my March 30th column offer little latitude for P&Z to impose conditions on developers, let alone to block development.