North Stamford Association Opposes Proposed Zoning Regulations Text Change to allow a private soccer club at the former Long Ridge Swim & Tennis Club.

4/3/19.  An application was filed to change the text of the Stamford Zoning Regulations to “accommodate new special exception use for Soccer Club” in residential neighborhoods in the city.

Latest:  The text change application has been referred to the City of Stamford Planning Board and will be discussed at their meeting on April 9th starting at 6:30pm in the 4th floor cafeteria of the Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., Stamford. As of April 2, the agenda hadn’t been posted yet, but we’ve been advised that the application for the soccer club text change will be put forward by the Applicant at the April 9th meeting.   https://www.stamfordct.gov/node/2016/agenda/201

A “soccer club” is not a permitted use in this neighborhood and we oppose changing the Zoning Regulations in this way for the following reasons:

Nature of the application: The text change could allow private soccer clubs to operate in 11 residential neighborhoods in North Stamford.  As described to date, the plan raises concerns about the possibility of intrusive lighting, noise & traffic; a negative impact on the community’s quality of life & property values; and stress on the environment.  It would not be a resource available to the community in the way that the LR Swim & Tennis Club was.

But the chief concern is the text change, itself.  Zoning Regulations guide development in the City and provide protection for property owners.  The intent of the City’s Master Plan could not be more clear, particularly as regards North Stamford.  It states that the vision of the Master Plan is “To support and enhance, but not significantly alter, the character of Stamford’s neighborhoods; Maintain existing single-family zoning and discourage expansion of additional commercial activity in low-density neighborhoods; No land-use changes are envisioned in North Stamford.”

Call to action:  Input from the community will be important and we strongly urge you to make your voice heard:

  • Now: Write and/or call Mayor Martin and members of the Land Use Bureau, the Zoning Board and your members of the Board of Representatives (contact info following).
  • April 9th: Attend the Planning Board meeting at the Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd. This will not be a hearing where the public will be allowed to speak but, together with calls and emails, good attendance by the public would send a strong signal that the text change is not supported by the community and should be denied.