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Ridgewood traffic expert says with any usage, upgrades are needed

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Ridgewood traffic expert says with any usage, upgrades are needed

AUGUST 8, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER

Village traffic consultant John Jahr told the Planning Board on Tuesday that high-density residential housing would bring less additional traffic to the Central Business District (CBD) than most currently allowable commercial uses — including supermarkets, medical offices and retail stores — would if they were developed.

Jahr also emphasized that whether or not the master plan is amended, current traffic woes, including more than 30-year-old traffic lights and several stressful intersection “pressure points,” need to be addressed along with any future development.

“You already know you have to stay on top of this stuff,” Jahr said. “Very simply, depending on the land use, depending on how you make the changes here to the CBD, it appears to me that multifamily housing … would be a lesser traffic generator.”

If the housing developers’ projects were approved, Jahr said, they would have to contribute to CBD improvements, because “we can’t continue to maintain fixing things after other people come in and break them.”

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/traffic-expert-says-with-any-usage-upgrades-are-needed-1.1064470#sthash.smxTqYhV.dpuf

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Ridgewood planner explains details of controversial ordinance

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Ridgewood planner explains details of controversial ordinance

AUGUST 7, 2014    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2014, 2:39 PM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER

One Ridgewood ordinance – 3066 – has become known by many Ridgewood residents as the reason the village proceeded with Planning Board hearings on multiple controversial applications for master plan amendments at once this past year.

However, the reason may actually be village management more so than the ordinance, according to Village Planner Blais Brancheau.

Brancheau, who wrote the ordinance more than seven years ago, explained its history at Wednesday’s Village Council meeting.

The ordinance, which was adopted in July 2007, did not force the recent Planning Board hearings. State law implies that applicants are allowed to petition municipal governments for master plan amendments, he said, but boards do not have to go through a formal hearing.

“Nowhere does Ordinance 3066 commit either the Planning Board or this board to go to a hearing,” Brancheau told the council. “You would only go to a hearing if you’re done doing preliminary analysis, to say, ‘We think this has some merit.’ …We shouldn’t go to hearings unless we have that feeling.

“You don’t go to a hearing on a strip mall in the residential zone until you feel it has merit,” he continued. “There has to be an overwhelming, a compelling reason, a strong sense that this is something that can be good for the community as a whole.”

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-planner-explains-details-of-controversial-ordinance-1.1064179#sthash.Jr5frZUu.dpuf

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Ridgewood Sidewalk Sale Days

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Ridgewood Sidewalk Sale Days
Thu, August 07, 2014 – Sat, August 09, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Central Business District, Ridgewood NJ

Mark your calendar!
Ridgewood Sidewalk Sale Days: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. August 7, 8, and 9th.

For more details, please call us at 201-445-2600 or email [email protected] www.experienceridgewood.com

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Memoire Guest Loyalty Program

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Memoire Guest Loyalty Program

Memoire Guest Loyalty Program was launched in June & offers our guests dining points & rewards each & every time they dine with us. I hope you’ll sign-up the next time you dine with us.

Memoire, recently hired a fantastic Sous Chef named Carlos Hernandez. He comes to us with a great deal of experience in world cuisine and has already begun to make a positive impact with our menu.

Kids Eat Free* 
12 And Under
must order from kids menu; one free entree; one free dessert

We know you’re busy and finding time to cook isn’t always easy. That’s why we offer “Kids Night” where kids eat free, every Sunday, from 5:00 -9:00 p.m.
“I have two young children, Ashley and Ethan, who I love very dearly. Children have a special place in my heart and I believe families should be able to go out and have a family meal together at a great restaurant. That’s why our restaurant is kid friendly.

Our Maitre d’, Frank, has a daughter of his own and is great with young kids. He often takes kids on a tour of the restaurant and encourages them to color pictures to display on our walls. 

We offer a great children’s menu and although children are welcome on any night of the week, we believe in Sunday family dinners, which is why we offer a free entree & dessert to children under 12 on Sundays.

So come join us any night of the week and allow us to create a memorable dining experience for the whole family.”
– Tom Finnelli, Owner & Executive Che

16 Chestnut St
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Get Directions
Phone number(201) 857-8899

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KILWINS GRAND OPENING-Saturday, August 9th

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KILWINS GRAND OPENING-Saturday, August 9th

Join the celebration of Kilwins Grand Opening of Kilwins Chocolate, Fudge and Ice Cream Shop located across from Memorial Park at Van Neste Square,
121 E. Ridgewood Ave.,
Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
201-445-4837

Try the world’s best Mackinac Island fudge, original recipe ice cream lots of fresh caramel and chocolate treats and caramel
apples…”Sweet in every Sense since 1947.

Bring the kids and meet…KILWIN the MO– USE.
Philip and Mary Davis and the entire Kilwins
Ridgewood team.

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Consultant expects increased traffic in Ridgewood

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Consultant expects increased traffic in Ridgewood

AUGUST 7, 2014    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2014, 1:21 AM
BY CHRIS HARRIS
STAFF WRITER
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RIDGEWOOD — Traffic in the village will likely increase with the development of three multifamily housing projects downtown, the Planning Board’s traffic expert testified this week.

Jahr testified at the Planning Board’s meeting Tuesday night that zoning regulations permit a myriad of commercial uses at the three properties being eyed by developers for high-density housing.

Jahr’s findings align with those presented previously by the developers’ traffic experts.

Jahr’s analysis on Tuesday will play into the board’s consideration of a master plan amendment that would potentially permit such developments in Ridgewood.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/expert-expects-ridgewood-traffic-to-rise-1.1063975#sthash.rnQfslnj.dpuf

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Village Planning Board – Executive Session at 7pm – August 5, 2014 Meeting

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Village Planning Board – Executive Session at 7pm – August 5, 2014 Meeting

PLANNING BOARD

AMENDMENT TO MEETING SCHEDULE

SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

Executive Session – 7 PM

to Precede August 5, 2014 Meeting

In accordance with the provisions of the “Open Public Meetings Act,” please be advised that prior to the start of the August 5, 2014 Planning Board Special Public Meeting which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ridgewood High School Student Center, 627 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, New Jersey, the Planning Board will hold an executive session at 7:00 p.m. 

With the exception of Executive Sessions, all meetings of the Ridgewood Planning Board (i.e., official public meetings, work session meetings, pre-meeting assemblies and special meetings) are public meetings which are always open to members of the general public.

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Urbanization: Ridgewood ordinance on master plan amendments at center of debate

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Urbanization: Ridgewood ordinance on master plan amendments at center of debate

AUGUST 1, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY JODI WEINBERGER
STAFF WRITER

On July 18, 2007, a law was passed that defines the process of how the master plan in Ridgewood is amended.

More specifically, the law – Ordinance No. 3066 – makes formal the process and fees charged to any interested party should they petition the Planning Board or Village Council for a change.

The ordinance has been the topic of much debate over recent months as the Planning Board has heard back-to-back applications for amendments to the master plan, first from The Valley Hospital and currently from three housing developers seeking to put high-density housing in the Central Business District (CBD).

One thing is for sure: The ordinance was written in response to The Valley Hospital’s first proposal to expand in 2006. But what’s happened since then is less clear. The ordinance became a talking point during this year’s municipal election and has pitted developers against residents as they battle over who has the right to plan the vision of the village.

To get a better understanding of how the law works, The Ridgewood News spoke with attorneys representing the village (Matt Rogers), the Planning Board (Gail Price), The Dayton and Chestnut housing developers (Thomas Wells), and the citizen opposition group (Ira Weiner) about the history of the ordinance and how it’s played out with the public.

– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/ordinance-is-at-center-of-debate-1.1060846#sthash.qFl3w9C3.dpuf

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Readers say lets not blame everything on parking

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Readers say lets not blame everything on parking 

Yes it make me sad also to see so many stores empty but let not blame it all on parking. How the failing economy. Bad business plan . Internet sales and greed of the landlords. 

Does anyone else think the very limited store hours of most of the Village merchants is significant detriment to shopping here , sorry folks I still have a job and there are many merchants I have never seen open ?
And what about the Chamber ,shouldn’t they be promoting the Village instead of spending their time coming up with schemes to get at tax payer money ?

Yes some of the same landlords that want more building. We the residents pay the majority of property taxes not the landlords. Its funny you see many stores empty but not many building for sale. Why is that?

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Reader says a Parking Garage may actually make the downtown more pedestrian friendly and safer

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Reader says a Parking Garage may actually make the downtown more pedestrian friendly and safer

Parking Garage, in the downtown area on Franklin, with store fronts on Walnut and Franklin to create a facade that would hide the garage structure. Remove Parking from some some streets partially or entirely. This would force people to use the garage, and may actually make the downtown more pedestrian friendly and safer. A possible enticement is for restaurants and stores to provide partial parking vouchers when purchases are made in their establishment. I’ve heard this was done in California with good success.