Diane Jowdy of Mill Street said she understands the need for development, but the encroachment of the proposed Towne Center at Shelter Ridge on neighboring properties made her reach out to the developer himself.She said she has known the site developer, Royal Wells, for 60 years and she recently wrote him a letter asking that he donate the property versus going forward with the proposal. She hasn\u2019t heard back, but said she remains optimistic. \u201cI asked him if he would consider donating this land or having it preserved as the Wells Family Heritage Reserve,\u201d said Jowdy. \u201cI mean, he\u2019s 82 \u2014 what does money really mean to someone his age?\u201d Residents of Mill Street and Old Kings Highway said they understand the city\u2019s need to grow and adopt new developments, but the proposed plan for Towne Center\u00a0at Shelter Ridge intrudes on their privacy. John and Judy Tillman moved to their Old King\u2019s Highway home 37 years ago and recall a time when developments in Shelton were not so common. \u201cOn Bridgeport Avenue there was a hot dog stand called Hazel\u2019s, there was Zach\u2019s where Webster bank is, and there was Peter D\u2019s, but that was it,\u201d said Judy Tillman. \u201cSince then we have gotten Route 8, the Scinto Towers and immediately next to them is the Italian restaurant. It\u2019s awful and I\u2019ve accepted that and I know we have to make progress, but now this is just too much.\u201d John Tillman said he remembers at night when he looked up at the sky and all he saw was stars. With the existing developments, he said, they can no longer enjoy that luxury. \u201cWe\u2019ll be surrounded,\u201d he said. \u201cWe have a pool and they\u2019ll be looking directly in from the apartment building which would be looking over our property, buffer or no buffer.\u201d He estimated that the apartment building would be 200 yards, give or take, from the back of his home. Judy Tillman said she\u2019s observed a number of vacant businesses in the community that she thinks should be occupied before the Planning and Zoning Commission approves a proposal and zone change of this magnitude. \u201cThis definitely isn\u2019t the town we moved into,\u201d said Judy Tillman. Jowdy said she has never seen a Planned Development District the Planning and Zoning Commission didn\u2019t like. \u201cThey just keep on approving these developments and it doesn\u2019t make sense to me,\u201d said Jowdy. Jowdy and the Tillmans said they are fearful that the blasting needed to complete the Shelter Ridge proposal could lead to their wells drying up and damage to their properties similar to when the Scinto Towers were built. \u201cWhen they put the Iroquois gas line in, which is under the power lines, our well went dry. We could never prove it but we had to dig down 405 feet and it was still dry,\u201d said John Tillman. Jowdy explained that during the construction of the towers, a blaster actually told her that cracks in her Mill Street home were a result of blasting taking place too close to her property. She said that along with considering the disturbance that would be caused to residents by the development, she is concerned about the effects it could have on wildlife in the area. \u201cWe have a great blue heron, a beaver in the pond, muskrats, skunks, a fox, and then rabbits, chipmunks, a fisher, and lots of deer,\u201d said Jowdy. \u201cWildlife species and plants need paths \u2014 it\u2019s vital to their survival.\u201d During the informational meeting held by the site developer and site staff, attorney Dominick Thomas said the proposal\u2019s design could be tweaked but there will be some form of development in the 121-acre property.