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Protecting the Integrity of Town’s Zoning Regulation

I’d like to thank Selectman Maria Kayne for her recent column on the importance of protecting the integrity of our town’s zoning regulations. As a lifelong Woodbridge resident of 73 years, I have seen how the wisdom of our town’s forebears in creating strict zoning regulations has enabled Woodbridge to develop in a unique way. We are the only town in Connecticut that is next to a city but feels like a rural community. People are attracted to this rural character and know that our open space supports the value of their properties in addition to improving their quality of life.

Proposals for cluster housing at the Country Club of Woodbridge require a radical change to our zoning and risk a loss of control over stable growth in our town. I believe it is shortsighted to sacrifice what we have for a small amount of money. Instead, let’s tighten our belts and pay off the debt – nearly one fourth of which has already been paid. The debt service on the CCW only costs each Woodbridge resident about $40 per year. I would like to think that our descendants will be able to look back in twenty, fifty, or a hundred years and thank us for our wisdom in protecting the town’s future.

Richard N. Jeynes

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