Zoning Board Meeting, Monday May 13, 2019, about Proposed Zoning Regulation Text Change to Allow Private Soccer Club at the former LRC

5/8/19. The North Stamford Association continues to oppose the proposed zoning regulation text change to allow a private soccer club at the former Long Ridge Swim & Tennis Club.

On April 9, 2019 the Stamford Planning Board voted unanimously to oppose this  proposed text amendment (#218-01) to allow private soccer clubs in RA-2 and RA-3 SF zoned properties of 14 acres or more in the North Stamford area, specifically at the former Long Ridge Swim and Tennis Club.

The text change application has been referred to the City of Stamford Zoning Board and will be discussed at their meeting on May 13 starting at 6:30pm in the 4th floor cafeteria of the Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., Stamford. This public hearing welcomes anyone who signs up to speak for 3 minutes.

A “soccer club” is not a permitted use in this neighborhood and we oppose changing the Zoning Regulations 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.

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 information for all the Boards and members can be found here: https://www.stamfordct.gov/boards
  • May 13th: Attend the Zoning Board meeting at the Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd. We hope the public will send a strong signal that the text change is not supported by the community and should be denied.