Schlumberger Citizens Committee
Feel free to email the Schlumberger Citizens Committee at: SLB30@ridgefieldct.org,
What’s Happening Now
The Schlumberger Citizens Committee has completed its
report and recommendations and would like to thank all who contributed to and participated in the surveys and public meetings. The Committee
will discuss the recommendations in detail with the Board of
Selectmen on June 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall large conference room. All are welcome to attend. Click here to view the Schlumberger Citizens Committee Final Report and Recommendations.
Goals of the Schlumberger Citizens Committee
The Schlumberger Citizens Committee, a nine-member committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen, has begun work to help determine the future of the former Schlumberger property and we will need ideas and opinions from residents!
A bit of history: In the fall of 2012, the voters at a referendum authorized $7 million for the purchase of about 45 acres of land and buildings from Schlumberger. The purpose was to control the future of the property and to ensure increased density did not further stress the infrastructure in that area. At that time, the Selectmen envisioned selling off much, if not most, of the property to recoup the $7 million.
The Selectmen proposed four possible sales: two were defeated at referendum, and two were approved by the voters. Local developer Steve Zemo purchased a 5-acre parcel (across Old Quarry Road from the main parcel) for $1.25 million, and voters later approved the sale (still pending) of 10 acres to Charter Group Partners for $4.3 million. Charter Group plans to construct 54 age-restricted condominiums on the site, adjacent to Sunset Lane.
Throughout much of this process to sell the land, many citizens expressed the opinion that there was no long-term planning taking place and the Town was acting in haste in selling off the last large parcel of land near the center of town. The Selectmen heard this and responded by creating a Committee of nine to come up with a plan for the remaining 30 acres the Town still owns.
The Selectmen have given us wide latitude as we go about our work, with one caveat – to consider a Maurice Sendak Museum on the site. Prior to the creation of the Committee, the Selectmen were approached by a group in Town who are investigating the feasibility of creating a museum dedicated to the work of long-time Ridgefield resident Maurice Sendak, the noted illustrator and writer of children’s books. The Sendak museum would utilize the Philip Johnson building and the auditorium (designed by architect Howard Barnstone), both of which the Selectmen would like to remain on the site. This feasibility study is still in its early stages, and will run concurrently with our planning process.
The Committee has a big task in front of us. We issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a professional planner to assist and guide us through the process of soliciting ideas from the public. We reviewed and compiled the public hearing minutes and other documents that contain ideas for the property offered up by the public over the past two years. That effort will give us a good start, but we will also need your input. We need extensive public participation in the planning process, which will begin with a public survey in early September and a public meeting in October to review and refine the survey inputs.
Our meetings are held at town hall and are open to the public. We can also be reached by email: SLB30@ridgefieldct.org, and our meeting minutes and agendas are posted below.
- Richard Larson, Chairman
- Andy Behymer
- Ellen Burns
- Don Daughters
- Linda Hanley
- Mary Miller
- Tim O'Connor
- Ed Tyrrell
- Joan Zawacki
Meeting Schedule and Minutes (click on the date to view minutes)
Meetings are held in the Town Hall Large Conference Room at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted
- January 4, 2016-Special Mtg
- February, 1, 2016-Special Mtg
- February 22, 2016
- February 27, 2016-Special Mtg
- February 29, 2016 Special Mtg
- March 28, 2016 Special Mtg
- April 25, 2016
- May 23, 2016-Mtg Cancelled
- June 27, 2016
- July 25, 2016
- August 22, 2016
- September 26, 2016
- October 24, 2016
- November 28, 2016
- December 26, 2016
- May 18, 2015
- May 7, 2015 -Special Meeting Motions
- May 30, 2015
- June 22, 2015
- July 20, 2015
- July 27, 2015
- August 31, 2015
- September 21, 2015
- September 28, 2015
- October 15, 2015 Special Meeting
- October 26, 2015
- November 16, 2015
- November 23, 2015
- December 7, 2015
- December 14, 2015
CHARGE OF THE SCHLUMBERGER COMMITTEE
Re: Property consisting of ±30.40 acres, identified as Parcel A on map entitled “Division of Property Map Prepared for Schlumberger Technology Corporation, Ridgefield, Connecticut, B-2 Business Zone,” revised through February 6, 2012, prepared by RKW Land Surveying, Francis J. Walsh, Jr., CT L.S. #70034, map filed in the office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Ridgefield on February 22, 2012 as TC #9231.
The Charge of the nine-member Citizen’s Committee (the “Committee”) appointed by the Board of Selectmen for the study of the above-cited ±30-acre former Schlumberger property (hereinafter referred to as the “Parcel”) shall be as follows:
¨ To consider a broad range of alternatives and possibilities for the future use of the Parcel, at the same time recognizing the following:
the desire to preserve the Philip Johnson building and, if possible, the existing auditorium, for future public use, including the possibility for the establishment of a museum for the writing and art of Ridgefield author Maurice Sendak; and
the preservation of the stucco/block building located just off Old Quarry Road and the east driveway to the site, for Town or other use
¨ To be assisted as needed by a professional consultant planner (the "Planner") to facilitate public participation planning workshops in order to gather data and ideas through extensive community outreach, with a goal toward encouraging participation and input from a wide range of residents, business owners, organizations and municipal agencies.
¨ To work with the Planner to analyze the data collected from public participation meetings, and assist the Planner as needed in the compilation of a Report to be presented to the Board of Selectmen, listing the range of ideas resulting from the community outreach and public participation, and making recommendations for the most desirable future use or uses for the Parcel.
In carrying out this Charge, the Committee shall:
¨ Review responses to a Request for Proposal from consultant Planners, considering input from the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Ridgefield Director of Planning.
¨ Select a consultant Planner with proper credentials to complete the task, focusing especially on the Planner’s expertise in soliciting public participation and conducting community outreach.
¨ Utilize assistance as needed from the Ridgefield Board of Selectmen, Director of Planning, Planning and Zoning Commission, Assistant Engineer (for mapping), and other resources in obtaining information and supporting documents for use by the Committee and the Planner, in carrying out research and preparation for the Report to be presented to the Selectmen.