Mayor Mark Lauretti said there\u2019s aspects of the Shelter Ridge proposal that he thinks are appropriate for Bridgeport Ave. and others that he would do differently, but overall he hasn\u2019t begun to put much thought into it yet as he expects further modifications. \u201cThis is part of the development process that transpires in a community. It\u2019s all about give and take. People need to understand that 40 years ago they carved out these two areas of our city for development (downtown and Bridgeport Ave.). That\u2019s what\u2019s happening, that\u2019s what we\u2019ve been doing,\u201d said Lauretti. \u201cIf this application is ever approved I imagine that it will look much different than it does today. The general consensus is the plan is very dense and I wouldn\u2019t disagree with that. There\u2019s plenty more of this coming so we have to be able to deal with these things.\u201d It seemed like everyone was at the special Planning and Zoning meeting last week where developers of the would-be Shelter Ridge property on Bridgeport Ave. shared their presentation for the proposed zone change with the Commission and more than 300 upset residents.One person who wasn\u2019t in attendance was Mayor Lauretti. Residents did want to know where he stands on the project plans and its anticipated effects. He missed the P&Z meeting but did attend a meeting with residents concerned about the Shelter Ridge proposal at the Old Mill two weeks ago. Residents said they were surprised to learn that his primary reason for attending the meeting was to listen. Topics discussed ranged from the people behind the project, the impact on schools and the community and the fact that Shelton is attractive to builders as one of the least expensive areas with a high quality of life in the state. Lauretti said following the meeting he empathized with residents fearing a zone-change. \u201cNobody likes when they feel like the developments are infringing upon their backyards and I don\u2019t disagree with that. I think over the years the P&Z and Wetlands Commission have been very mindful of those things,\u201d said Lauretti in regards to residents sentiments. \u201cWe\u2019ve been through this regarding proposals and there\u2019s more to come. I think at the end of the day we\u2019ve gotta find a balance because at the end of the day there\u2019s going to be something there.\u201d Lauretti also responded to residents who have commented on the city\u2019s changes over the past 30 years by saying, \u201cchange is inevitable.\u201d \u201cI\u2019m one of those people who remembers how the city was 20-30 years ago and there\u2019s a difference. There\u2019s things that have happened that I haven\u2019t liked, but sometimes you just can\u2019t stop it so you\u2019ve got to control it. It\u2019s never easy but we\u2019ve gotta make sure the change doesn\u2019t negatively affect people living in that area.\u201d Lauretti said to expect more proposals moving forward and mentioned that Shelton is looking at other projects including opening up Constitution Ave. at Bridgeport Ave. for development. The Planning and Zoning Commission will continue the public portion for the Shelter Ridge application May 31 at 7p.m.