As the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) process advances, I hope — and certainly expect knowing the quality of the process as it has advanced — that careful consideration will be given to affordable housing not only because it is legally encouraged (and may be even more so under plans being considered by the state) but also because it brings to our town increased diversity in income and perhaps also a to-be-welcomed increase in racial and ethnic diversity as well.
That being said with respect to the positive side of affordable housing, I have nevertheless expressed in the recent past concerns about large-scale affordable housing development coming to an historically significant and beautifully bucolic tract like 183 Ridgefield Road. Fortunately, the issue concerning the use of the 183 Ridgefield Road property is in the process of being very successfully resolved. This ideal result has involved the Wilton Land Conservation Trust stepping in to resolve with the landowner the trust’s acquisition of the tract for land conservation, preservation, and recreational uses under a year-long timetable arranged to complete the funding. We can all be very grateful to the trust, its generous donors, and the landowner for working out this farsighted resolution of the matter.