At its next meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the addition of a new zoning regulation regarding outdoor lighting for athletic fields.

Update: This meeting will now take place at the Library's Brubeck Room.

On Sept. 23, at 7:30, in Room A of the town hall annex, the commission will hear comment on adding a ninth subsection to section 29-5.C of the town’s zoning regulations. This addition is tentatively titled “Lighting for Outdoor Athletic Facilities,” and will outline restrictions on outdoor stadium lights that will illuminate athletic fields.

This consideration is being held at the request of Wilton Youth Football, which cannot proceed with a plan to renovate the Middlebook School field under current outdoor lighting regulations.

The group will also appear before the Wilton Inland Wetlands Commission, which has scheduled a public hearing on Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., in Room A of the town hall annex. The commission will consider a request to “convert existing sod field to a new artificial turf field at Middlebrook School” according to the legal notice published in today’s Bulletin.

Wilton Youth Football is hoping to convert the Middlebrook School field into a turf field so it can be used for three seasons: girls field hockey, boys lacrosse, and boys football. The field is currently only usable for a single season due to the damage is sustains during football.

During this renovation, the organization also plans to add increased lighting on the field.