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Our effort to protect the watershed, along with Easton’s historic mandate to protect it, has reached a critical point. Still the battle is not over and we need your financial support.”
On September 8, 2015, Hartford Superior Court Judge Marshall K. Berger heard the Saddle Ridge appeal to build nearly one hundred “townhouses” on 110.5 acres on watershed land.
Should this appeal succeed, it will come to represent the highest density of housing in Easton’s history, demolishing longstanding zoning regulations that have been in place for over seventy years.
Of far greater significance, a successful appeal means that the watershed which has served greater Fairfield county for a century will be subject to the predation of those who seek short term financial gain at the expense of those who depend on a clean, sustainable supply of water for generations to come.
With your help, CFE has successfully opposed this development.
We’ve done this because of YOU.
You’ve heard the reasons because you know exactly what the stakes are.
You know this development would pollute wetlands and the many watercourses that drain directly into two major reservoirs — the Easton and the Aspetuck — that serve over half a million people in Fairfield county.
You know this proposed development would set a precedent for other high density housing developments.
You know this would be the beginning of a long and perilous slide — an irreversible slide.
During the Sept. 8 trial, Ira Boom, Attorney for Easton, and CFE’s attorney, Janet Brooks, relied heavily on testimony provided by the experts engaged by CFE/CSE. The good news is that both Ms. Brooks and Mr. Bloom mounted a strong, vigorous defense of our argument — YOUR argument.
You have been with us on this long and difficult process for five years. You have supported our efforts. You have contributed your thoughts. You have contributed your energy. You have also contributed your financial support. And we at CFE are asking for continued support — moral, emotional and financial. Please continue to give what you can of any those, mindful of the fact that this is not over yet.
We have now arrived at the final hurdle. We have an attorney, Ms. Brooks, who has been absolutely essential in getting us to this point. We’re lucky to have her, and we need her to clear that final hurdle. We’re getting close to the end. But we’re not there yet. Please consider a donation to CFE/CSE today.
This is about the future of the watershed. This is also about the future of Easton. Future generations are depending on us to make the right decision right now.
We have so far.
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Or mail a check payable to CFE/CSE, PO Box 151, Easton, CT 06612.
Without your support, this development would already have been a reality.
Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Citizens for Easton is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Board of Citizens For Easton
Easton Courier on August 29, 2015
To the Editor:
I believe that there are many reasons why the Town of Easton should not allow development on the South Park Avenue property.
First, it is our responsibility to preserve the quality of life that we value in Easton, principally our clean air and healthy environment. We love our farms, our walking trails and the natural areas (i.e. Trout Brook, the preserves and parks) that grace our community.
Preserving South Park Avenue means that we are helping to protect the open space that is so important to our health and our way of life. We are also protecting the land along the Mill River, which in turn helps protect against flooding.
I have read the figures in regard to tax benefits of Sacred Heart and Jewish Senior Services (formerly the Jewish Home for the Elderly) proposals. But, I would like to focus on the latter. I consider leaving the property as open space in the long run safeguards our tax rates!
First, the protected property would not require a change in the zoning laws, which, if passed could lead to a demand for other large developments.
Preserved open space will never produce the need for public services that (in the future) could increase our taxes.
Secondly, the Jewish Senior Services project requires sewer hookup. Not only the cost in dollars, but also the potential cost to our environment is of unknown consequence.
Finally I hope that the non-development (or development) of the South Park Avenue property will never become a political issue and that I am correct in thinking that Easton voters, if given the chance, will (overwhelmingly) approve continuing the protection of the Mill River, and open spaces.
For no amount of money will ever match the investment of protecting our land for future generations.
Janet P. Gordon
Save the Date! Join us for the 7th Annual Easton Farm Tour – Saturday, August 22, from 10am to 3pm. This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, is a self-guided tour of Easton farms. This event begins at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, Connecticut. Meet us here to check in and pick up an event map & pass to events and incentives offered by farmers and community organizations at the different locations throughout day.
We invite you to consider the Easton Firehouse Green as your home base throughout your tour. On the Green you can enjoy food and family entertainment. Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizzas –will be on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizza, and the Easton Community Center will be on hand with some old time fun and games for the entire family. “This day will capture the essence of days long gone with the simple enjoyment of a small town, a few farms and wholesome family time” said Lori Cochran -Dougall, co-chair of the Easton Farm Tour.
Save the date! Check here for details!
By Easton Courier on July 21, 2015
To the Editor:
Can’t remember who said it or when it appeared, but the sentiment that “Easton already has plenty of open space,” was expressed as justification for developing the property on South Park Avenue. Left me breathless.
Easton’s open spaces, along with our farms, are touted as the town’s defining feature. Our water bodies serve the drinking water needs of the region; our forests furnish fresh air and wildlife habitat. It has been a combination of serendipity, vigilance, hard work, and perseverance that have kept those water bodies secure and the forests intact.
There is no question that posterity will struggle with the repercussions of this generation’s undervaluation of the importance of Earth’s natural systems, but over four decades, Easton’s citizens have done their part to protect those systems.
I hope our leaders recognize their responsibility in continuing in that vein. Thank you to Laura Modlin for her excellent pieces on “Preserving Easton” and her timely reminder of the grassroots effort required to protect the beauty and natural resources so enjoyed, admired, and valued in our town.
Citizens For Easton will sponsor a self-guided farm tour on Saturday, August 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family-friendly event celebrates Easton’s local farming community and showcases the many farming delights that the town has to offer. Participants will learn where their food comes from and why it is important to shop local and support small farms and businesses.
The tour starts at the Easton Firehouse Green at One Center Road where visitors check in and pick up a map of the current year’s participating farms. The Farm Tour is a highlight of the summer and connects customers from Fairfield County and beyond with the Easton farmers who keep our agricultural heritage thriving. The tour includes tastings, educational events, pony rides, old-time fun and games, and live music.
“Discussion and possible action on the South Park Avenue property” is on the agenda for the Easton Board of Selectmen meeting tonight, 4/16. It is within the Selectmen’s powers to vote to sell the South Park Avenue property, and they are considering four development proposals. Citizens for Easton supports the Town retaining ownership of this valuable asset for current and future generations and urges you to attend tonight’s meeting, Easton Town Hall Conference Room, 7:30 (public comment at beginning of meeting) or email the Selectmen: First Selectman Adam Dunsby, email@example.com; Selectman Scott Centrella, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Selectman Robert Lessler, email@example.com.
• Before being acquired by the town of Easton, the South Park Avenue property was the object of numerous and contentious development proposals over the years including assisted living and other high density uses. Now that the property is town owned, it would be unwise to lose control of it to a private entity. • No matter what promises a developer makes, there will be risk of pollution and damage to Mill River, which encircles the property. Out of over 300 streams in Connecticut, the Mill River is one of only nine Class A Wild Trout Streams left in the state. • Light pollution would increase with development of the property as well as traffic, including possible road alterations. • The existing house on the property can be leased out at a fair market value and some of the land leased for organic farming. Fair market value for the main house would probably be approximately $3,000 per month, or $36,000 a year, or 12% of what it would cost the Town to keep the property. There is also another house on the property that could provide additional income. • The cost to Easton taxpayers is already being absorbed and amounts to approximately $120 a year per household on average. • Even if the sale to a private developer is deed restricted in some fashion, the restriction could be challenged in the future. • The property creates a scenic gateway to Easton, exemplifying our town’s rural character. • The high pressure gas line on the property becomes more of a potential danger with intensified development. • Development will add to town involvement with hearings and oversight. The town is already burdened by private land development and lawsuits.