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Ridgewood Board of Adjustment Chair Needs to Resign


April 26,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, after last night Village council meeting antics it is clear that Chairmen Lehmann can not impartially represent the people of Ridgewood  , it is time for him to step down or be removed from office.


Board of Adjustment
The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall follow the provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq.) and Chapter 190 of the Ridgewood Village Code and accordingly shall have authority to:
(1) Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged by the appellant that there is error in any order, requirement, decision or refusal made by the Zoning Officer based on or made in the enforcement of the zoning regulations. (2) Hear and decide requests for interpretation of the Zoning Map or zoning regulations or for decisions upon other special questions upon which the Board is authorized to pass by any zoning regulation or Official Map regulation, in accordance with this chapter and the Municipal Land Use Law. (3) Hear and decide requests for variances. Notwithstanding the above, the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall not have the power to hear and decide variances if the application also requires subdivision, site plan or conditional use approval, unless the application involves a “D” variance. (4) Exercise control over and review of subdivisions, site plans and conditional uses, only when such applications involve a “D” variance. (5) Direct the issuance of building permits for buildings or structures in certain areas shown on an Official Map, unless such building permits also require subdivision, site plan or conditional use approval. (6) Direct the issuance of building permits for buildings or structures on a lot not related to a street, unless such building permits also require subdivision, site plan or conditional use approval. (7) Prepare at least once a year a report for the Village Council and Planning Board, based upon its review of its decisions on applications and appeals for variances since any previous report. The report shall be adopted by resolution of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and shall comment on the zoning regulations which were the subject of variance requests and shall make recommendations for any amendments to the zoning regulations that the Board may deem appropriate based upon prior variance applications.
MEETINGS: Meeting are held twice a month in the Sydney V. Stoldt, Jr. Courtroom on Level Four
Click here Form:
Variance Instructions and here to download the Application of Variance.
Zoning table Application form and Instructions on the Lot,Bulk and Intensity of Use Standards.
Variance Application Checklist and Zoning Board of Adjustment Meetings and Hearing Procedures.

Hans-Jurgen Lehmann, Chairman (6/30/19)
Sergio Alegre, Vice Chairman (6/30/21)
Gary Negrycz (6/30/20)
Diana Ruhl (6/30/20)
Alyssa Matthews (6/30/18)
Ines Bunza (6/30/19)
Gregory Brown (6/30/21)
Jonathan Papietro (Alt. #1) (6/30/19)
Isaac Lebow (Alt. #2) (6/30/18)
Counsel Bruce E. Whitaker, Esq. McDonnell & Whitaker, LLC 245 East Main St P.O. Box 379 Ramsey, NJ 07446-0379
Secretary Jane Wondergem 131 North Maple Ave. Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Meeting dates are published in the Village Calendar and are shown in Calendar of Events on this Website.

7 thoughts on “Ridgewood Board of Adjustment Chair Needs to Resign

  1. No, he needs to be fired. Have some courage council. Take some action against corrupt people.

  2. What, can’t a guy circulate slanderous campaign propaganda and then have a public meltdown about it without having to lose his job with the Village?

  3. Drain the Swamp

  4. agreed.. he needs to be fired….

  5. Oh Lehmann, BYE GURL!

  6. No way should this person who is actively working against the village’s best interests be allowed to rule on resident matters for over another year. The committees, commissions, and boards appointed by the council exist to advise the council, not excoriate them in mailers, in emails, on websites, and in person in the village courtroom itself. This behavior is unprecedented and egregious. If it’s allowed to continue we would be setting a very dangerous precedent. No–he must go, as soon as possible.

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