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Voting Continues In Wilton On Keiser Property Preservation

Wilton residents will continue voting Saturday on the acquisition of a conservation easement for the Keiser property.
Wilton residents will continue voting Saturday on the acquisition of a conservation easement for the Keiser property. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WILTON, Conn. — Wilton residents who did not get a chance to vote at Tuesday night’s special town meeting on acquiring a conservation easement for 39 acres of land known as the Keiser property can do so Saturday.

The question residents will be voting on is whether the town should purchase a $2.5 million conservation easement for the land, located at the intersection of Cannon and Seeley Roads.

With a conservation easement, the town would be purchasing the development rights of the land, not the land itself, as a way to preserve the property in perpetuity.

“We have a unique and timely opportunity to preserve 39.5 acres of prime Wilton land,” First Selectman Bill Brennan told the hundreds gathered at Tuesday night’s meeting. “Wilton’s citizens of today have an extraordinary opportunity to preserve the future for Wilton’s citizens of tomorrow.”

While the total cost of the easement is $2.5 million, the town would pay $2.2 million. The remaining $300,000 would be paid by the Wilton Land Trust.

If the easement is acquired, the Keiser family would retain ownership of the land. However, they would be limited in what they can do with it.

Voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wilton High School Clune Center, 398 Danbury Road.

Read more about the Keiser property and the easement here.

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