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West Side Presbyterian Church invites you to join them in celebrating the birth of our savior

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Ridgewood NJ, West Side Presbyterian Church invites you to join them in celebrating the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ! Parents: Child care will be available from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. The 4:00 pm service will feature special chapel time for young children, and a live band will be playing at the 6:30 pm service!

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There is a constitutional obligation for municipalities in New Jersey to foster some degree of affordable housing

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Ridgewood NJ, it seems many in Ridgewood are unaware of the so called Mount Laurel doctrine, the Mount Laurel doctrine is a controversial judicial interpretation of the New Jersey State Constitution. The doctrine requires that municipalities use their zoning powers in an affirmative manner to provide a realistic opportunity for the production of housing affordable to low and moderate income households.

The doctrine takes its name from the lead case in which it was first pronounced by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 1975: Southern Burlington County N.A.A.C.P. v. Mount Laurel Township (commonly called Mount Laurel I), in which the plaintiffs challenged the zoning ordinance of Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey, on the grounds that it operated to exclude low and moderate income persons from obtaining housing in the municipality.

In 1985 the New Jersey Legislature responded by passing the Fair Housing Act. Accepting the premise that there was some constitutional obligation for municipalities to foster some degree of affordable housing, this legislation created an administrative agency, the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), to establish regulations whereby the obligation of each municipality in terms of the number of units and how the obligation could be satisfied.

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Village Negotiates A Realistic Affordable Housing Plan

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Ridgewood NJ, the Village of Ridgewood has negotiated a pending settlement that outlines what the village’s obligation is, in terms of units of Affordable Housing of 55 instead of 838 ,  all to have been located in the Central Business District.

Wanting immunity from potential developers’ lawsuits, the village is proposing to increase the density of some zones and to create a redevelopment plan for The Valley Hospital site.

Instead of the courts forcing 838 units on the Village of Ridgewood , the Village will adopt a new amended zoning with redevelopment in mind, creating affordable housing opportunities.

This means that increasing the permitted density in the B1 and B2 downtown districts by six to 18 units per acre and North Maple/Goffle Avenue B2 districts to permit 12 and 20 units per acre. In addition, an AH3 district will be created with graduated 14 to 18 units per acre density near Racetrack Road and Route 17.

There will also be a mandatory set-aside ordinance for incoming development to include 20 percent affordable units if the project obtains a use variance. All these increased densities are far lower than the high density housing the Aronsohn Administration agreed to for the Central Business District. 

Existing Affordable Housing

Ridgecrest Apartments – 12 units
Woodside Gardens – 4 units
Broadway Condominiums – 4 units

Approved development projects

KS Broad – 9 off-site affordable (provided at Enclave), 60 market-rate units
The Enclave – 6 affordable, 39 market-rate units
Ridgewood Dayton – 14 affordable, 93 total units
Two Forty/Chestnut Village – 7 affordable, 43 total units ( this is being disputed by owner )

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Reader says , “The village council has shown no regard for rising taxes and in fact has only acted to ensure they will continue to go up”

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The village council has shown no regard for rising taxes and in fact has only acted to ensure they will continue to go up. The garage will eventually need property taxes to pay the million dollar annual gap between expense and parking revenue. With high density housing our schools will be overloaded forever and that budget will only grow by large numbers. $15 min wage will crush all CBD businesses and that will lower tax receipts there, a gap higher local property taxes will have to cover. As housing sales on the highest property tax homes in town see price erosion the lower assessments will get covered by…higher local property taxes. Meanwhile, the village spends like fools and hikes fees everywhere.

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Shaklee Skin Care Pop Up Event at Serendipity labs on Monday, Dec. 10th!

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Ridgewood NJ, Join Serendipity Labs Ridgewood and Rochelle Dykstra, R.N. and skin care consultant, for a glass of cheer while you experience younger, more supple skin at an upcoming Skin Care Pop Up.

Experience a ‘handcial’ and feel the difference for yourself, by sampling our luxurious Anti-Aging and Hydration Skin Product lines, formulated to protect, nourish and hydrate your skin.

Designed for men and women, all products are: Vegan, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free and Free of over 2,500 known chemicals in the skin care industry!

Whether you are gifting yourself or someone you love, these collections make wonderful holiday gifts.

Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Mon, December 10, 2018

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

Serendipity Labs

45 North Broad Street

Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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Reader says, ” Ridgewood should purchase one or two with these “

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You know what all kidding aside to Village of Ridgewood should purchase one or two with these definitely should be some sort of small police office in the CBD. Why not. OK Miss side the village on the old taxi stand building there’s a small office at the first floor on Broad Street that the police department can utilize and park one or two cars right in the front for rapid response. Think about it

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FREE FIREWOOD AVAILABLE TO RIDGEWOOD RESIDENTS

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village’s Parks Department employees are cutting up the trees which they take down into logs, andoffering them to Ridgewood residents for free at the Recycling Center, on a first come, first served basis.  We ask that you be please becourteous to fellow residents by leaving some for their use.

This saves the Village money, because we don’t have to pay to dispose of the trees which are cut down, and it also provides residents with freefirewood for their homes.  You may pick up the logs at the Recycling Center, during their regular business hours.