Leading • Caring • Results

Zoning Board of Appeals



Joseph M. Pastore III & Terry Bearden-Rettger

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  • Leading
    • Provide variances to improve the safety, livability, and maintainability of Ridgefield’s homes and businesses in the ZBA’s role of hearing requests for exceptions to local zoning regulations and deciding on those requests
  • Caring
    • Prepare diligently for each case and approach variance and appeal requests with an open mind
    • Stay well informed of changing zoning regulations and related laws, so as to make well-grounded decisions
    • Treat applicants fairly, recognizing that their requests or proposals are very important to them and their families
  • Results
    • We have protected our open spaces from development encroachment
    • We have exercised the ZBA’s authority in an effort to preserve and enhance Ridgefield’s character and charm through objective and consistent review of zoning variance requests

Joseph M. Pastore III


Joseph M. Pastore, and his wife, Donna have lived in Ridgefield for 26 years, raising 3 children in town. Mr. Pastore has served on the Board of Assessment Appeals, and for the last two years on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

In addition to his service on the BAA & ZBA, he is an energetic supporter of the RVNA, the Ridgefield Library and many other local charities.

Mr. Pastore has been managing Partner of three national law firms, two in the AM Law 200.

Currently, Mr. Pastore is Managing Partner of Pastore & Dailey, LLC, with a practice focused on the financial services and technology industries. He represents major multinational companies in state and federal courts, as well as before self-regulatory organizations, such as FINRA and the NYSE, and state utility boards and federal agencies, such as the SEC and the FCC.

He has published several articles concerning securities law, technology and corporate governance in the New York Law Journal, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the Connecticut Law Tribune and the Practicing Law Institute. He has ranked AV Preeminent for 15 years in a row, the highest ranking available for attorneys. He has been named a Super Lawyer for Metro New York, and New England on several occasions. A corporate magazine has named him “Attorney of the Year” for 2017 for the state of Connecticut.

As a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Mr. Pastore’s extensive professional experience allows him to interpret the law in a manner that provides fairness and common sense solutions for Ridgefield residents and property owners.

Mr. Pastore holds a BA from Bucknell University and a JD from Pace University School of Law.

Why I'm Running

My goal is to foster progressive development while preserving Ridgefield’s special blend of historic architecture and modern day functionality. Every town needs to grow and improve. On the ZBA I will continue to champion transparent efforts to interpret the town’s ordinances in a manner that is clear and consistent with Ridgefield’s unique history. Even in our municipal elections, I think it is important to send a message that we are friends and neighbors. We should act with civility and honesty, setting an example that seeking common ground creates progress and growth. Having now served on the ZBA for two years, I approach each matter with an effort to be fair: fair to the applicants, fair to the neighbors, and fair to the Ridgefield’s history and future progress. Please support me and my running mate Terry Bearden-Rettger with your vote November 2nd.

Terry Bearden-Rettger


Terry Bearden-Rettger was elected to the Zoning Board of Appeals in 2017.  She and her family moved to Ridgefield in 1992 living first in Westmoreland and now in the Bryon Avenue neighborhood.

Terry received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Michigan State University in Speech and Language Pathology. After 40 years she retired from working as a speech and language pathologist in the public schools and private practice. Terry currently works in bookselling at Ridgefield’s local bookstore, Books on the Common.

Aside from her service to Ridgefield government, Terry is active in P.E.O. Chapter G, Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, Ridgefield Conservation Commission Open Space Rangers, and the Fairfield County Backyard Beekeepers Association. Previous volunteer activities include the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Ridgefield Little League, the musicals of the RHS Performing Arts department, New Pond Farm, and Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen. Terry also has  experience as a past board member with the Westmoreland Homeowners Association, the Great Pond Club, and The Discovery Center of Ridgefield.

In recent years her interests have turned to the Town of Ridgefield. Living and working in the village, she has been able to spend time walking through the community and observing more about Ridgefield and its residents up close. Through her position on the Zoning Board of Appeals she plans to continue working to maintain Ridgefield’s special character and beauty and protect its open spaces.

Commitment to Ridgefield is a family affair in the Rettger home as Terry’s husband Mike has also served in several positions in the town government and is currently a member of the Board of Finance.

Why I'm Running

When I was first elected to the ZBA in November 2017 I had lived in Ridgefield for 25 years and thought I knew our town well.  Over the last 4 years, I have travelled roads I had not known existed, learned about the impact of zoning on our town since being introduced in 1946, and grown to love Ridgefield even more.

As a member of the ZBA, I will continue my commitment to maintaining the special character and beauty of our Town.  The ZBA plays an important role in balancing the zoning rules with the circumstances of individual properties in achieving this goal.  Many properties were built years before our zoning rules were enacted.  I will continue to give fair consideration to variances that enhance the livability and safety of these older homes while maintaining the character of the surrounding neighborhood.  I will also continue to work to protect our open spaces from unnecessary variance requests that would encroach on these important community resources that belong to you and me.

ZBA decisions are based on our local Planning & Zoning regulations and state laws. During my term on the ZBA, I have worked hard to supplement my knowledge of these complexities through training at the UConn Land Use Academy.  As a continuing member of the Zoning Board of Appeals I am committed to thoroughly preparing for all cases presented to the board.

I ask your support for my re-election on November 2, to allow me to continue to work for you to maintain the beauty and charm of our lovely 313-year-old town.

I am very pleased to be running with my fellow board member, incumbent Joseph M. Pastore. I hope you will support us both by voting Line A on November 2nd.

Election day is November 2nd, 2021

Leading • Caring • Results