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Letter: A More Beautiful Woodbridge

I have lived in Woodbridge with my family for almost 21 years, and in that time we have enjoyed the outstanding school system, open spaces and natural beauty, and proximity to New Haven.  Woodbridge is, in many ways, a lovely place to live and raise a family, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so.  Many other families would also like to live in Woodbridge, but they cannot because of the lack of affordable housing here.  At present, nearly all of the Town’s land area is exclusively reserved for single-family homes on large lots.  This means that many hard-working people, who seek the same opportunities that our family has had, have been excluded from our town.  The Arbor Haven proposal to develop the property at the former Woodbridge Country Club would offer these deserving families the opportunity to live in Woodbridge.

Opponents of change often cite the need to preserve the beauty and “rural quality” of Woodbridge.  But the Arbor Haven proposal, which offers open space for all residents of the town, would not destroy the beauty of Woodbridge.  In fact, it would enhance it.  After all, what makes a town an appealing place to live?  It’s not just the trees and hiking trails and waterfalls.  It’s also the way it feels to live there.  In Woodbridge, we love our outstanding schools and the opportunity to commute to New Haven or other neighboring towns, but we don’t always seem to recognize what we are missing when our community lacks diversity.  The people who might take advantage of more affordable housing in Woodbridge include hospital workers, small business owners, preschool teachers, and those who work for non-profit organizations.  In short, hardworking taxpayers who just want for themselves and for their children what we in Woodbridge also want:  a safe place to live that offers high-quality education and the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the region.

What makes a town beautiful?  In my opinion, a town is beautiful when it welcomes people of different economic, cultural, racial and educational backgrounds.  A town is beautiful when it offers its young people the opportunity to interact with others who may have a different perspective on life.  By offering affordable housing, Woodbridge has the opportunity to grow and change in the best possible ways.  I strongly support the proposal to develop the former country club.  It is Woodbridge’s best chance to become a town that is even more beautiful, in every way.

Jean Molot

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