Darien is a small town, both in size and in population. That is what draws many to stay here after growing up here, and what brings new residents in. The town has many amenities including two beaches and an easy commute to New York City.
What it does not have is a lot of open space.
Therefore, busy properties — like the high school, the Darien Boy Scout cabin, the former Ox Ridge Hunt Club, and the beaches — can pop up in residential areas.
Neighbors of such areas sometimes are imposed upon more than others due to their proximity to public places. They may endure more traffic, both people and vehicle. They may face more crowds on occasion.
However, part of being close neighbors is remembering to be considerate of one another and thinking about Darien as a community. Certainly, we all place an incredibly high investment in our home values. And Darien is often a community of very high achievers. Many work hard, and when they get home to their families and houses, they want to relax in a manner they are entitled to.
Being neighbors means sometimes having to manage in close quarters, and embracing the benefits of that relationship as well as the struggles.
It means that the Darien Boy Scout cabin, Darien High School, the Ox Ridge Hunt Club, and Pear Tree Point Beach might not always be ideal neighbors in a residential area.
It also means that sometimes as neighbors, we all have to make compromises.
The town continues to see larger and smaller scale construction projects ahead. At Tuesday night’s Planning & Zoning meeting, both the Corbin re-development and the upgraded Boy Scout cabin were approved.
Neighbors have expressed concern with aspects of both, as well as the upcoming Pear Tree Point Beach renovation.
The important thing going forward, as history has shown, is for both sides to exhibit patience for one another’s’ needs and concerns.
David Genovese of Baywater, P&Z and the Darien Boy Scouts all clearly have the town’s history, best interest and compromise at heart.
The goal of the Pear Tree Point Beach improvements to make a more user-friendly and better beach environment for all.
There is nothing wrong with questions from either side, and for all to listen to one another.
But in the end, what is important is to remember we are all neighbors — before, during and after these projects are in our rearview mirror.