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Schedler neighborhood in the Eye of the Storm of the “The Green Amendment”

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood moves forward with The Green Amendment, a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would give all New Jersey citizens the basic environmental rights to clear air, clean water, a stable climate and a healthy environment. Exclusion if you live in the Schedler neighborhood. Not to mention Ridgewood Water. @everyone Please listen to this and help the Friends of the Schedler Neighborhood

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Trenton Continues to Push a Massive Over-development Scheme Under the Guise of . “Affordable Housing”

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Trenton NJ, A proposed “Affordable Housing” law aims to establish the required amount of affordable housing for towns to protect against developers bypassing municipal approval processes. The law suggests using a formula outlined in a 2018 court opinion by Judge Mary Jacobson, which initially applied to Princeton and West Windsor. The Department of Community Affairs would calculate the town’s affordable housing number by Dec. 1, 2024, or seven months within the bill’s effective date, avoiding the need for three regional court-appointed special masters, as proposed in the previous session’s draft.

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City of Englewood Mayor Vetoes Affordable Housing Plan , Says “we shouldn’t be afraid to push back in the Courts”

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Englewood NJ, after the city council of Englewood passed plan to provide affordable housing through overlay zones Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes vetoed the ordinance writing that the plan was inconsistent with the master plan , failed to properly respect residential zoning  , failed to incorporate  redevelopment study areas and the plan, “fails to preserve our goal of maintaining neighborhood character, fails to target development to blighted areas of the city, and was conducted in a fashion that has alienated our citizenry.”  

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The “De-malling” of Paramus is Underway

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Paramus NJ, “De-malling” is the process of taking traditional mall spaces and creating areas focused on entertainment, dining and socialization. This often includes softening the divide between indoor and outdoor areas. De-malling takes once single-use spaces and transforms them to meet the needs of more consumers. Research shows that almost half of U.S. shoppers choose the mall they shop at based on the food options that are available there. These shopping centers are no longer a place just to shop, but to socialize, share a meal and be inspired. The main goal of de-malling is to attract more people, increasing the profitability of the shopping centers and bringing more value to the community.

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After 14 Months Saddle River Affordable Housing Plan Approved

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Saddle River NJ, the borough of Saddle River’s affordable housing plan, long opposed by residents, has received final approval in a Superior Court ruling.

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Courts Ram Development Down the Throats of Englewood Cliffs Residents

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Englewood Cliffs NJ, a development on  Sylvan Avenue that was at the center of a lengthy and contentious legal battle over “affordable housing” in the borough, is moving forward yet again.

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Fair Share Housing Center Claims State Budget is Good for Another 3,000 New Homes

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Trenton NJ, , in response to Governor Murphy’s Fiscal Year 23 Budget Proposal that allocates $300 million from the American Rescue Plan towards the development of affordable homes, Fair Share Housing Center’s Executive Director, Adam Gordon, issued the follow statement:

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Bergen County Funds Awarded for the Construction of a Senior Complex in Little Ferry

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Little Ferry NJ,  The Bergen County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution on Wednesday, February 2 which approved the disbursement of $750,000 in HOME Program funds. In addition to the Bergen County Division of Community Development, other funding sources for the project include the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, and N.J. State tax credits that incentivize the development of needed senior low income housing. This development will be one of the largest senior housing complexes constructed in Bergen County in a decade. The complex will be contained in a single three story building with an attached parking lot, lobby, community room, an on-site superintendent, walkable paths, gardens, and outdoor seating areas.

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Twp. of Washington Mayor ,”It infuriates me that people in remote reaches of government have the authority to usurp well established local zoning laws”

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Twp. of Washington NJ, Township Mayor Peter Calamari lets his feelings be known on a long Facebook post . Calamari  commented on the recent Twp. of Washington Swim Club sale to the high density “Affordable Housing”  project know as Franklin Court going up on  Van Emburgh Avenue near the Ridgewood border .

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Rosie O’Donnell’s former 9,000 square foot Saddle River mansion is being turned into affordable housing.

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SADDLE RIVER NJ, according to CBS news Rosie O’Donnell is no longer a New Jersey home owner and her former 9,000 square foot Saddle River mansion is being demolished and turned into affordable housing.

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Developer Attempts to Force Development of Wayne Woodland

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Wayne NJ, a  second developer has hit Wayne township with a builder’s remedy lawsuit, this time to force a “substantial” housing project on pristine woodland off of Berdan Avenue.

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Murphy Administration Pushing to Amend NJ’s Law against Discrimination to make violent offenders, including murderers and rapists a protected class

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Trenton NJ, Murphy Administration Pushing to Amend NJ’s Law against Discrimination to make violent offenders, including murderers and rapists a protected class.

Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi said yesterday on Facebook ,”I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone. The NJ Division on Civil Rights (the arm of the Governor’s Office) is currently arguing in our Housing Committee meeting that NJ’s Law against Discrimination should be the first in the nation to be amended to make violent offenders, including murderers and rapists a protected class in the State of NJ and that if a landlord refused to rent to such a person because of their criminal background the landlord could be sued under NJ’s Law Against Discrimination , receive attorneys’ fees, penalties, etc. An interesting side note is crime victims in Nj are not provided with the same protections.”

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Reader says, “Having affordable housing shoved down our throats because of “privilege” is the biggest con of all time.”

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“That’s just the point. Residents who moved to Ridgewood for the small-town feel and great schools pay a price. It’s called property taxes and incredibly high home prices. These residents work hard to get here and live here.
Having affordable housing shoved down our throats because of “privilege” is the biggest con of all time. The ones making money are the lawyers and developers. I want to live in Alpine and send my kids to private school. But I can’t. That’s life, but don’t tell me to move if I don’t like it. I worked my ass off to get here and If I wanted to live in high-density housing areas, I would have moved to Park Ridge.”

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New Bill to Encourage Construction of Affordable Housing in “High-Opportunity Areas”

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Trenton NJ,  Legislation sponsored by Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee Chair Senator Troy Singleton, which would require the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) to allocate a certain portion of federal low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) to certain high-opportunity areas, advanced from the Senate today.

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Murphy Administration Looks to Jam More ,”Affordable Housing” ie Over-sized Development Down Taxpayers Throats

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Trenton NJ.  The Murphy Administration today announced a roadmap for spending $60 million in Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) funding to advance affordable housing across the state. The funding, which was diverted in previous years, was restored as part of Governor Murphy’s FY2020 budget and is now available for pre-applications. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will administer the funds to create stronger, fairer communities in which people can afford to live.

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