Letter: Agri-tourism a good move for Wilton

To the Editors:

(The following letter to Robert Nerney, planning director, is reprinted here at the author’s request.)

In 2019, my family celebrates 90 years' residency in Wilton.

We are not typical “old timers” who oppose change without thought and consideration.  Rather, we are writing to support the rezoning of Millstone Farm for agritourism.

Agritourism is precisely the kind of business the town of Wilton should encourage. It invites diverse people to visit, spend money, support local low-impact businesses, enjoy our unique community, and then leave. Its impact on our infrastructure and environment is minimal. Moreover, it gives prominence to the historic and architectural character that sets Wilton apart from (and above) other New York, suburban towns.

Wilton sorely needs to re-position itself as an aware, 21st-century community that conspicuously cares about environmental quality, historic preservation, public education, community health and sustainable businesses. There are few ways the town government can actively and simply foster all of these goals. However, the Millstone Farm request to re-zone is a rare opportunity to do so.

I rely on you to support this zoning change.
John Levin
Wilton, Dec. 9