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The State has changed the definition of open space and Ridgefield can no longer count any property that is no longer in its natural state.  The Conservation Commission is looking at the Town’s open space properties to protect ones currently owned by the town.  First Selectman Rudy Marconi recently updated the Board of Selectmen with the Commission's draft.  There was a question of whether the fairway greens at the golf can't be counted, but the woods can. The Town has always counted all the properties, the fairways, the greens, the ball fields, all around the schools.  Ridgefield's open space percentage goal is 30-percent.  The Selectmen said that the modification should still keep Ridgefield focused on achieving that goal, regardless of the state change.

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