Downtown Development guidelines the “big picture”
January 13, 2013
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ Looks like the Ridgewood News has brought their A game to Village Central Business District development debate by proposing the planning board consider the big picture ,not only the impact to the CBD but the impact to the whole town , the schools,services ,infrastructure and commuting in their latest Ridgewood News editorial: Developing guidelines ( http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/186420401_Ridgewood_News_editorial__Developing_guidelines.html )
According to the News , “Ridgewood officials are considering the potential impact on the village. A draft ordinance is being drawn up that contains specifications each developer must follow, such as floor area ratio, setbacks, sign usage and minimum parking. That’s an important first step, but we believe much more must be considered.
Then the good stuff ,”In addition, the impact on traffic downtown – already a concern for many, especially regarding pedestrian safety – must be an important factor for Ridgewood’s planning board. The draft ordinance will guide officials in decisions such as units per acre and appropriate maximum building height. But we hope Ridgewood officials will consider the “big picture” and the impact of so much potential housing in one small geographic area.( http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/186420401_Ridgewood_News_editorial__Developing_guidelines.html )
What is the “big picture”, the “big picture” is the is the overall impact on the community as a whole , the schools, Village services, ,parking, infrastructure, commuting , medical , traffic, EMS , fire, safety and of course the over all viability.of Ridgewood’s downtown .With Urbanization comes added costs to the whole Village as well as quality of life issues that are very hard to put a price tag on .
If the Ridgewood Station project , the Dayton, Chestnut Village and the Enclave it will add over 300 new housing units within five blocks of each other forever changing the Village and the nature of the Village itself.