The Schlumberger Citizens Committee has released a summary of survey findings, and set up a date for an interactive planning workshop about the future of the town-owned site. Vision for 30 acres planning charrette will take place on October 21st with an open house at 6:30pm and a workshop at 7pm at the Ridgefield Recreation Center.
More than 1,400 people responded to the online survey. More than half were aged 35 to 55.
A majority of respondents said they want to keep the property as open space or to increase cultural offerings. Of those aged 55 and older who responded to the survey, increasing the diversity of Ridgefield's housing stock was identified as an important objective. That age group preferred more commercial development, while those under age 55 want the town to pursue more retail and restaurant development.
The survey then came up with specific uses within general topics. When asked about Active Open Space, athletic fields was tops. Walking trails garnered the highest response for Passive Open Space while an outdoor stage was the preferred Civic and Cultural use. If there were to be commercial development, nearly half said it should be niche retail. Single family housing earned the highest support if the property would be developed for housing.
Responses to 'other suggested uses' included a bowling alley, community pool, biking trails, open space, community/teen center and corporate headquarters.
Concerns for the site included traffic. Many of the comments suggested the housing is not a desirable use for the site.