The Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Feb. 5 on a proposal to install artificial turf and additional lighting on an athletic field at Ridgefield High School.
The work requires a special permit under the zoning regulations. There are also some possible issues related to the proposed new lights, as well as environmental concerns concerning nearby wetlands, although no wetland permit is required because the field is not in the wetland review area.
Commission Chairman Rebecca Mucchetti said chemicals in the artificial turf materials might leech into the wetlands via storm runoff.
The extra lighting would increase the number of light poles from four to eight, but Mucchetti noted there are eight lamps on each pole. “That’s an awful lot of lights,” she said.