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Wilton Country Club Seeks Permit For Housing Staff

WILTON, Conn. – The Rolling Hills Country Club will try again to get approval from the Wilton Planning and Zoning Commission to use a house on its property to house visiting sports and hospitality staff.

Rolling Hills withdrew its previous application last week prior to the planning board voting on a request that would have allowed it to place 12 people in the residence, located on the 157-acre property leased by the club from the Ambler Family Trust. Town Planning Director Bob Nerney said commission members had several concerns, including traffic and the number of people staying there at one time.

The new application asks to allow eight visitors – people training to work in the service industry and assistant golf and tennis pros – to stay in the home, a number Rolling Hills General Manager Mike Catanzaro hopes will be more acceptable.  

“The (last) application was withdrawn because it wasn’t going to pass. We wanted it to pass,” he said. “We want to see if we can get to some number that the town can agree to.”

Catanzaro said other country clubs in the area have similar programs where they house training club staff on site.

“We don’t have the program right now. We would proceed with it, but we need the housing,” he said.

The application would have to be approved by the commission and then by the town’s building department and fire department, Nerney said, to ensure it is in compliance with safety and building codes.

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