Events

Ahuja Application for Text Amendment to Allow Medical Clinics in Residential Neighborhoods Rejected

10/17/17. The Zoning Board met last night regarding the Ahuja Application for a text amendment to zoning rules to allow for medical clinics to be permitted in most residential neighborhoods. North Stamford Association representatives were in attendance. Tom Lombardo, Chair of the North Stamford Association’s Land Use Committee, read a statement from the North Stamford Association voicing our opposition to the text change. The zoning board’s final vote was 5 – 0, rejecting the text amendment. The North Stamford Association was pleased with this result indicating that the text change was inappropriate and would have impacted most of Stamford.

Stamford Mayoral Debate

10/16/17. The Prometheum Foundation will be hosting a Mayoral Debate on October 23rd at 7pm at Rippowan Middle School. Click here for more information.

Mayoral Candidate Forum

10/5/17. Thank you to all who came out last night to hear the three Stamford Mayoral Candidates speak at a forum hosted by the North Stamford Association. We were pleased to offer our membership the opportunity to see and hear from the candidates directly. We welcomed questions in advance via email from our members and as a result the topics discussed covered a wide variety of issues affecting North Stamford and the City at large. Thank you to the three candidates for making time in your schedules to meet with us.

Tonight: Meet the Stamford Mayoral Candidates

10/4/17. MEMBER ONLY MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4th.  

6:30pm at the Harry Bennett branch of the Ferguson Library.

David Martin, Barry Michelson, and John Zito will be participating.

Each candidate will have five minutes to introduce themselves which will be followed by a question and answer period. The event will run from 6:30-8:00.

This is a North Stamford Association member only event. New members residing in North Stamford may join at the door.

Please submit your questions for the Mayoral Candidates!

10/2/17. North Stamford Association members are encouraged to pre submit questions for the Mayoral Candidates to be asked by the Moderator at the October 4th member only Forum. Questions should not exceed 25 words and may be on any topic of concern to North Stamford Residents. Send your questions to info@northstamfordassoc.org

 

 

 

Update: Chestnut Hill Park Norway Maple

9/28/17. An on site meeting was held at the Chestnut Hill Park to review the matter of the removal of the Norway Maple. The meeting was attended by several North Stamford Association Directors as well as representatives of the City Operations Department.

As previously shared, the Tree Warden wanted to remove the tree. A complaint was filed by an area resident to save the tree and shift the location of the playground. The Tree Warden offered to replace the tree with three other trees of a different specie.

Positive discussion took place at the site and City Operations Director offered to double the number of replacement trees to six. He stated that he wanted the NSA to participate in the selection of replacement trees that will be proposed by the Tree Warden. None of the participants wished to cause any delay to the construction of the new playground. The offer by the City was accepted and we can expect plantings in the Spring.

North Stamford Association to host a Mayoral Election forum on Wednesday October 4th

9/26/17. The North Stamford Association will be hosting a Mayoral Election forum on Wednesday October 4th at 6:30pm at the Harry Bennett branch of the Ferguson Library. David Martin, Barry Michelson, and John Zito will be participating. Each candidate will have five minutes to introduce themselves which will be followed by a question and answer period. The event will run from 6:30-8:00. This is a North Stamford Association member only event. New members residing in North Stamford may join at the door.

Public Hearing to save the Norway Maple at Chestnut Hill Park

9/22/17. Members are reminded that the Public Hearing to save the Norway Maple at Chestnut Hill Park will be held on Friday,  September 22 at 6:00 PM at the Government Center. The consultant designing improvements to the Park assured us in May that no trees would be removed. In July word was received that the attractive Crimson tree would be removed.  It is our position that the tree should remain and that the designated play area can be moved four feet to the south.

 The tree provides shade for children and adults using the park. The North Stamford Association has the support of City Representatives Dennis Mahoney, Susan Nable and Gail Okun to save the tree.

Letter from Erin McKenna, Associate Planner, City of Stamford Land Use Bureau about the Chestnut Hill Park Playground

9/21/17. Following is a letter from Erin McKenna, Associate Planner, City of Stamford Land Use Bureau

I am writing to update the 2 neighborhood associations, District Representatives, and interested residents who have contacted to me to send you the attached rendering of the Chestnut Hill Park Playground.  Please forward as you would like to let residents get an idea of what is coming.  Please note that he equipment has been ordered, and therefore the colors and equipment pieces can no longer be changed.  While the rendering below accurately depicts the equipment, the color of the safety surface is actually a beige/green mix.  It also does not include the fencing around the 1-5 year-olds play area and other site features. Continue reading “Letter from Erin McKenna, Associate Planner, City of Stamford Land Use Bureau about the Chestnut Hill Park Playground”

North Stamford Association submits formal letter to Planning Board opposing High Ridge Park Text Change

8/22/17. The following letter was sent by North Stamford Association’s President Douglas York to Theresa Dell, Chair of the Planning Board of the City of Stamford  in opposition to an application for a text amendment to the zoning regulation for C-D District, Application 217-01 by High Ridge Real Estate Owner LLC.

Dear Chair Dell,

On behalf of the Board of Directors and homeowner members of the North Stamford Association, I write to you in opposition of the request to change the Stamford Zoning Code to add a new Permitted Use in C-D Designed Commercial Districts: “Gymnasium or Physical Culture Establishment”.  While this request was made to accommodate changes in the High Ridge Office Park, approval would allow this use in all C-D Districts across the city.  This change would conflict with the stated purpose of C-D Districts: to balance the preservation of the character of city neighborhoods and channel development to certain approved categories of usage.  With the outcome of the 8/7/17 Planning Board meeting having been to table the request for future consideration, a statement in the Stamford Advocate on 8/9/17 that “the future of the city’s office parks remains unclear” drew attention to this issue. The North Stamford Association’s opposition is based on the following eight areas of concern: Continue reading “North Stamford Association submits formal letter to Planning Board opposing High Ridge Park Text Change”

Update on Crime Concerns in North Stamford

8/16/17. The North Stamford Association Board discussed recent postings on Next Door North Stamford   regarding a perception of increased crime in North Stamford during its Board meeting on August 14th.

One of our Board members contacted Chief of Police, Jonathan Fontneau about the claims posted on the site.  We have learned that in the past thirty days there has been one successful home burglary and one attempted burglary.  Today, we have heard of a second. In addition, there were three cars broken into and items stolen from those vehicles. There has however, not been any statistical increase in North Stamford crime this year or from recent years.   Continue reading “Update on Crime Concerns in North Stamford”

Update to North Stamford Association Upcoming Events

8/16/17.

Note the Change to the August 21 Forum

MEMBER ONLY FORUM & MEETING UPDATE

Monday August 21stPOSTPONED / New date to be determined

* Meet & Greet with City Of Stamford Department Heads

Sunday September 24, 2017

* Annual Membership Meeting: LUNCH 1pm-2pm, MEETING 2pm

Long Ridge Fire House, Old Long Ridge Road

Wednesday October 4, 2017

* Mayoral Election Forum – 6:30pm

Harry Bennett Branch of the Ferguson Library

North Stamford Association Opposes ZB Application #217-01 Submitted by High Ridge Real Estate Owner, LLC.

8/9/17.  Several Board members from the North Stamford Association were in attendance at the Planning Board Meeting last night to voice opposition to the proposed text change to rezone High Ridge Park. Association Land Use Chair Tom Lombardo read the following statement into the permanent record:

The North Stamford Association (NSA) supports the decision of the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) in opposing the zoning text change request to rezone the High Ridge Office Park.  The NSA applauds the HPAC for its effort to preserve the work of world renowned architect Hanna Bisharat by noting and promoting the historic significance of all the buildings in High Ridge Park.

The proposal by the applicant is inconsistent with current usage and architectural and quality of life issues important to immediate neighbors, with negative implications for North Stamford and City of Stamford residents at large.

This proposed text change, if approved, would have serious adverse consequences for office parks throughout the city, with negative ramifications as well. The North Stamford Association appreciates the efforts of the Planning Board to adhere to the original concepts and principals of the Master Plan regarding mixed-use development.

North Stamford Association Seeks to Fill Board Member Vacancy

7/25/17.  The Board of Directors is seeking interested members to fill one vacancy on the NSA Board effective September 2017.  Members in good standing are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae to info@northstamfordassoc.org by Monday July 31st.  Any member wishing to advance the mission of the Association is encouraged to apply.  Preferred skill sets to fill the vacancy include: Not-For-Profit Membership development, Fundraising, Real Estate Law, Property Management & Development.        

Public Safety forum hosted by the North Stamford Association was a big hit with residents

7/18/17. Last night nearly 60 North Stamford residents came out to hear Stamford Police Captain Sue Bretthauer provide tips on staying safe in their homes, on the roads and around the City. Thank you Captain Bretthauer. Please mark your calendars for the next forum from the North Stamford Association on Monday August 21st during which the City of Stamford Operations department will engage in a discussion about improvements to our city and the challenges on the road to maintaining quality operations. 6:30pm at the Long Ridge Fire House, Old Long Ridge Road. This event is for North Stamford Association paid members in good standing. Join the North Stamford Association on-line today or at the door.

North Stamford Association watching proposed construction of Life Time Fitness

7/12/17.  As recently seen in the Stamford Advocate, another battle is brewing over an office park near the Merritt Parkway. Read more here about an application at the Land Use Bureau for proposed construction of a Life Time Fitness in the place of one of the six buildings in a commercial office park off Exit 35 of the parkway. The North Stamford Association is watching this carefully. Stay tuned for more details as they evolve and possible next steps.

http://m.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Proposed-Life-Time-Fitness-riles-11274839.php

Announcing upcoming forums for North Stamford Association members

7/10/17.  Member Only Forum Events

The North Stamford Association is pleased to announce the following Member Only Events:

Monday, July 17th – A Conversation with Stamford Police Captain Sue Bretthauer.  Hear how the Stamford Police Department works to protect residents of North Stamford and engage with the Captain on issues of concern (6:30pm – Long Ridge Fire House, Old Long Ridge Road )

Monday August 21st – City of Stamford Operations; an evening dialogue on improvements to our city and the challenges on the road to maintaining quality operations. (6:30pm – Long Ridge Fire House, Old Long Ridge Road)

Sunday September 24th – Annual Meeting of the membership of the North Stamford Association.  Catch up on the year in review and the issues facing North Stamford that lie ahead. (Time TBD – Long Ridge Fire House, Old Long Ridge Road)

Wednesday October 4th – Election Forum; Hear from and engage with the candidates vying to lead critical offices and work on behalf of residents.  (6:30pm – Harry Bennett branch of the Ferguson Library)

Mark your calendars now and save these dates.  These events are for paid members in good standing.  New members residing in North Stamford may also join at the door. Tell your friends and neighbors to join the North Stamford Association so they too can be part of these important gatherings.

We look forward to seeing you!