To the Editor:

What was the reason that Ridgefield Rd. was selected for high-density age restricted housing (AROD)? According to the Planning and Zoning Commission it was because Ridgefield Rd. is an “arterial road.”

Well, I’d be willing to bet that instead of its being called an arterial road, most of us in town instead consider Ridgefield Rd. to be a pleasant “scenic” country road. In support of that quaint notion one need look no further than Wikipedia’s definition:  “An arterial road or arterial thoroughfare is a high-capacity urban road. The primary function of an arterial road is to deliver traffic from collector roads to freeways or expressways, and between urban centres at the highest level of service possible. As such, many arteries are limited-access roads, or feature restrictions on private access.”

And, using “arterial” in a sentence, Merriam-Webster cites “examples of arterial in a sentence” as being “…one of the main arterials connecting the airport with the…”

Bottom line, the point is that AROD is not appropriate for Ridgefield Rd.. Rather such high-denisty housing is far better suited for our town center, where it would add significantly greater value to the town. That said, let us hope that the Planning and Zoning Commission does what is “best for the town” at its next public meeting on AROD to be held on Monday, June 12, in the Wilton Library Brubeck Room at 7:15 p.m..

Tom Curtin