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Wilton To Vote On Preservation Of 39-Acre Keiser Property

Wilton voters can weigh in on the town's proposed purchase of conservation easement for a 39-acre parcel of land.
Wilton voters can weigh in on the town's proposed purchase of conservation easement for a 39-acre parcel of land. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WILTON, Conn. — Wilton residents will have the opportunity to let their voices be heard during a special meeting Tuesday night as they vote on whether the town should spend $2.2 million on a conservation easement for 39 acres of land known as the Keiser property.

Located at the intersection of Cannon and Seeley Roads, the property is owned by Wilton’s Keiser family. Through a conservation easement, the town would be buying the development rights of the land—not the land itself.

The easement would protect the land from becoming developed. Although the Keisers would retain ownership of the land, they would be limited in what they can do with it.

Of the 39 acres, two 2-acre lots would be considered a reserved residential area, and the family could sell these lots for residential development. Under the easement, however, the family would not be allowed to subdivide these lots. The remaining 35 acres of land would be fully restricted from development.

In addition to maintaining open space, another benefit of the easement is to protect the nearby Norwalk River. Also, the easement would allow for public access from certain areas, such as hiking trails.

The total cost for the easement is $2.5 million. Because the Wilton Land Trust is committed to contributing $300,000, the town would pay $2.2 million.

The special meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Clune Center at Wilton High School. Voting will be held at the end of the meeting.

Voting will continue Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clune Center.

Absentee ballots, available from the town clerk's office, must be returned there by 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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