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Woodbridge Voters Crush Development Plan

Almost 1,800 residents turned out to vote in referendum.

Woodbridge residents voted two-to-one against a proposal by housing developer Toll Brothers to purchase a piece of the property that the Woodbridge Country Club sits on.

In what was called a great turnout for a referendum, 588 voted in favor of the project and 1190 voted it down.

In October Toll Brothers requested to purchase the 19 acres along the western side of the country club property bordering on Fountain Street for $2.32 million and build 58 condominium townhouses for adults 55 and up. The plan was downsized and residents voted on the purchase of 17 acres instead of the original 19.

After the polls closed and the results were announced, First Selectman Edward Sheehy said it's time to reassess options.

"We're up against some substantial expenditures. We're facing renovation of Beecher School, the Police Department and DPW, plus the debt service on the country club property," he said. "We're going to have to find alternate ways to to fund these and that most likely will be through raising taxes."

The Board of Selectmen will hold its regular monthly meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. and those alternate options will likely be discussed. The board will also continue to discuss the establishment of a golf commission to oversee the Woodbridge Country Club.

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