Debate continues on proposed multifamily housing in Ridgewood
APRIL 4, 2014 LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY LAURA HERZOG
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Few new developments were announced at Tuesday’s Planning Board hearing on proposed changes to the village master plan that would allow high-density multifamily housing in the downtown, though the debate rages on.
The hearings – and increasing public criticism of the projects – have been ongoing since December. More than two years ago, several developers came forward with proposals for downtown multifamily housing developments that are not allowed under the current master plan, prompting a series of Planning Board workshops prior to the hearings.
On Tuesday, after the Planning Board spent nearly three hours questioning the two planners representing three current housing proposals, opposition leaders expressed some optimism, believing that this questioning indicated improved scrutiny of the projects. But representatives of the developers continue to insist that public skepticism appears to be based on misconceptions, not facts.