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Village Negotiates A Realistic Affordable Housing Plan


the staff of the Ridgewood blog

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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Village Council

20180131 Village Council Work Session
JANUARY 31, 2018
7:30 P.M.
7:30 pm – Call to Order – Mayor
Statement of Compliance with Open Public Meeting Act
Mayor: “Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by a posting on the bulletin board in Village Hall, by mail to the Ridgewood News, The Record, and by submission to all persons entitled to same as provided by law of a schedule including the date and time of this meeting.”
Roll Call – Village Clerk
Flag Salute/Moment of Silence
Public Comments (Not to Exceed 3 Minutes per Person – 40 Minutes in Total)
Results and Education on Lead and Copper
Carr Well Field Treatment System Design
Ridgewood Water
Award Sole Source Contract – Furnish Corrosion Inhibitor
Award Professional Services Contract – Elks Club Survey
Report on Parking Enforcement in the Central Business District – 7/1/2017 through 12/31/2017
Report on Public Valet Service
Overview of Walker Report on Hudson Street Parking Garage – Financial Feasibility Study and Allocation Study
Overview of Responses to Hudson Street Parking Garage RFP
Amendment to Municipal Complex Parking
Budget Reserve Transfer Resolution
Sewer Fees for Significant Dischargers
Award Professional Services Contract – Upgrade Traffic Signals Survey – Part II and Proposed Intersection Upgrades
Award Professional Services Contract – 2018 Tax Assessment Map
Award State Contract – Purchase of Tires
Award Second Year Contract – 2018 Horticultural Supplies
Change Fee for New Sanitary Sewer Service Connection
Yearly Renewal of Resolution for Acting Municipal Court Administrator
School Security Officer
Award Contract – On-Call Traffic Services Proposal
Contribution to Community Center – North Jersey Masters
Authorize NJDEP Treatment Work Permit Application Processing for Multi-family Housing
Implementation of Valley Hospital Settlement
“No Knock” Solicitation Ordinance
Suggestions for Use of Sycamore Tree at Graydon Pool

Grant Application – Sustainable Jersey
Establish Hours for Placement/Removal of Waste Containers at Curb
Manager’s Report
Council Reports
Public Comments (Not to Exceed 5 Minutes per Person)
Resolution to go into Closed Session
Closed Session
Personnel – Municipal Prosecutor; Boards and Committees
Legal – Valley Hospital; Affordable Housing; Ridgewood Water Lawsuit
Contract Negotiations – Property Acquisition – Green Acres


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Reader calls Fair Share Housing a bully


Fair Share Housing will bully their way as they know nobody will bother to fight them. It takes balls to stand up and this VC and the village in general is full of lightweights who are more concerned with leaf collection than the long term livability in this place. I would rather see us risk a lawsuit than just crawl under a rock and be inundated with hundreds of apartments who will basically spell the end for Ridgewood and the birth of New Hackensack.