The City’s Community Development Department implements the community’s vision through City planning, and economic development. Jeff Niten is the Community Development Director and has been a land use planner for 18 years.
Development updates include planning projects, public notices, and monthly development activity reports.
The building and permitting services are a division of Community Development. Here you will find information on permit requirements, process and timelines, fees, building codes and inspections, and utility connections.
The Building Division serves Ridgefield’s residents and business community by ensuring that all buildings in the City are safe. We do this by reviewing preliminary drawings for code compliance and verifying quality of work during construction.
Economic Development is a vital service that helps enhance our community today and help preserve Ridgefield for the future generations. Our goal is to help maintain Ridgefield’s small town feel while improving the community’s livability and prosperity.
Our Planning Team works with the community to develop and implement plans and programs to guide future physical and economic development in Ridgefield. The goal of long-range planning is to balance long-term economic, environmental, and livability of the community to be consistent with the state law.
Ridgefield’s Heritage Tree program aims to preserve and recognize the significant trees in our community. With this program, the city and any areas that may become part of the city will continue to realize the benefits provided by heritage trees. And, uncontrolled cutting or destruction of heritage trees will be minimized.
If you have or know of a special tree or a grove of trees that might be considered for heritage tree status, please review the program criteria listed below and submit a nomination to the Community Development Director. The Heritage Tree selection process is on-going.
To be listed as a heritage tree, a tree must be in healthy growing condition and one or more of the following must exist:
- The tree has a diameter (at breast height) of thirty-six inches or greater;
- The tree has a distinctive size, shape, or location, or is of a distinctive species or age which warrants a heritage tree status;
- The tree possesses exceptional beauty which warrants a heritage tree status;
- The tree is distinctive due to a functional or aesthetic relationship to a natural resource, such as trees located along stream banks or trees located along ridge lines; or
- The tree has a documented association with a historical figure, property, or significant historical event.
A grove may be considered for heritage status if it is in healthy growing condition and one or more of the following criteria are met:
- The grove is relatively mature and is of a rare or unusual nature containing trees that are distinctive either due to size, shape, species or age;
- The grove is distinctive due to a functional or aesthetic relationship to a natural resource, such as trees located along stream banks, or trees located along ridge lines; or
- The grove has documented association with a historical figure, property, or significant historical event.