RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Now that spring has begun, it's the time of year where Ridgefield homeowners and businesses start making plans for outdoor landscaping projects, home improvements, and property repairs.
While it is recognized that owners wish to enhance their properties, it is also necessary that the property enhancements cause no harm to the environment. To help make sure that happens, the town is reminding residents and businesses that there are unique landscape attributes within the town that include a wide variety of inland wetlands, ponds, brooks, streams, rivers, and lakes.
These natural resources are regulated and monitored by the town through the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations.
Residents should be aware, that before they can do any landscaping projects or home upgrades within a regulated zone, they first have to submit an Inland Wetlands application for approval.
Officials with the Planning and Zoning Board said that examples of regulated activities are: filling, grading, installation of walls, patios, parking area, etc. In addition to wetlands and watercourses, there is a substantial amount of floodplain that is designated as Special Flood Hazard Area.
If residents live in a flood plain area, they also have to receive a special permit before performing any work to prevent any damage to work that has been done in the area to stem or deter flooding, city officials said.
So, before you put in that patio or add that garage, make sure you have the proper permitting and approval from the town. For questions regarding property enhancement, contact Beth Peyser, Inland Wetland Agent 203-431-2383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Richard Baldelli, Zoning Enforcement Officer 203-431-2768 or email email@example.com.
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