WILTON, Conn. – More information on noise regulations and on how country clubs operate will be sought by the Wilton Planning and Zoning Commission before it decides whether Rolling Hills Country Club can use a home on its property to house visiting sports and hospitality staff.
The planning commission decided Monday to continue its public hearing until Sept. 24 on Rolling Hills’ request to amend a special permit to allow housing for up to eight visitors.
Rolling Hills wanted clearance to have up to 12 people in the house, located on the 157-acre property leased by the club from the Ambler Family Trust. But it withdrew its last application in July when commissioners cited concerns about traffic and the number of people staying there at one time. The visitors would be on hand to train for work in the service industry.
Attorney J. Casey Healy of Gregory and Adams, representing Rolling Hills, said one person, who was at least 21, would act as the house monitor and would be hired first.
Two residents living near the club told commissioners they did not want the zoning changed. Ann Ferguson, who has lived across from Rolling Hills for about 30 years, said she does not want the use changed because of its size and current appearance. “Eight people in this house would be a real concern,” Ferguson said. She also said there has not been as much communication between her family and the club as there had been in the past.
Ben Mazzucco of Bryants Brook Road also opposed the change. “This permit, to me, does not add value to the area, and it does not add value to the taxpayers,” he said.
The application would have to be approved by the planning commission and then by the town’s building department and fire department, said Town Planner Bob Nerney, to ensure it is in compliance with safety and building codes.