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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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More High Density Housing Heading for Ridgewood and Surrounding Towns

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Trenton NJ, Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony M. Bucco voted against legislation today that they warned would lead to higher-density housing developments in many New Jersey towns.

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Glen Rock Say NO new mixed-used development after Police Chief calls it a “public safety nightmare”

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Glen Rock NJ, a new mixed-used development at 175 Rock Road in Glen Rock was rejected 3-2 by the Glen Rock Planning Board on Friday, with the opposition citing traffic and safety concerns. “As a cop, you go with your gut instinct,” Police Chief Dean Ackermann said, “and my gut instinct is that this will be a public safety nightmare.”

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Stop & Shop and the township of Teaneck release joint statement saying there are no plans to shut Teaneck’s only supermarket

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Teaneck NJ, Stop & Shop  in Teaneck at 665 American Legion Drive will not be closing anytime soon. In a effort to dispel persistent rumors, Stop & Shop and the township of Teaneck have released a joint statement saying there are no plans to shut Teaneck’s only supermarket. The memo posted on the township website states that Teaneck “never asked or pressured” the store to close and that Stop & Shop is not looking to close or move.

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Candidate Paul Vagianos Promotes More Urbanization for Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Urbanization it is predominantly the process by which towns and cities are formed and become larger as more people begin living and working in central areas.

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Joy’s Farm & Garden Center in Paramus Up For Development

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Paramus NJ, every available inch of land for “overdevelopment” , giving Paramus the feel of an outer borough of New York City  and not a suburban New Jersey town. In its latest move the borough of Paramus is looking to eliminate the last vestiges of family farms that used to inhabit much of the area .

The borough targeted nurseries in a 2019 ordinance that had designated nurseries in town areas “in need of rehabilitation”.

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Democrats Infrastructure Plan Promotes High Density Housing and Urbanization

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Ridgewood NJ, included in the Democrats infrastructure plan is a provision to provide  $213 billion for affordable housing . The bill would encourage public housing and  encourage local governments to do away with zoning practices that limit affordability.

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Trump Administration Ends Obama Forced Development Rule

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Ridgewood NJ,  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced the Department will ultimately terminate the Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation issued in 2015, which proved to be complicated, costly, and ineffective— so much so that Secretary Carson essentially removed its burden on communities by suspending the regulation’s 92 question grading tool in January 2018.

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One Village, One Vote is going to open flood gates for high density housing

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Ridgewood NJ, the group One Village, One Vote is the brainchild of residents Bob Fuhrman,  Matthew Lindenberg, Stacey Loscalzo , Deborah Steinbaum and Siobhan Crann Winograd.
All were active in the high density development in the central business district .

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Another Bergen Town Fights High Density Urbanization

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Teaneck NJ, a  highly controversial 68-unit apartment complex will replace a vacant office building on State Street.The township’s Zoning Board voted 6-1 Thursday night to give a developer the approvals needed to go ahead with the project, over the objections of massive resident protests.
The group Teaneck East Votee Neighborhood Assn has raised concerns about adding to the neighborhood’s density.The vote came after half a dozen hearings spread across nearly a year. Board member Monica Honis cast the sole vote against the project.

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Reader says ,”You’re seeing just the start of an avalanche of buildings, subdivisions, etc. that will totally transform Ridgewood to some XYZ city place. “

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” It is just a matter of time before another historical chunk of RW is swallowed by builders. I see a lot of people on Facebook expressing concern about this site, about how Ridgewood is losing its character, etc. However, I would like to remind that many of them either voted for Aronsohn or happily embraced the garage and the new apartment buildings. So I am sorry but you should have used your brain a little more and think about long term consequences. You’re seeing just the start of an avalanche of buildings, subdivisions, etc. that will totally transform Ridgewood to some XYZ city place. “

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Two Beautiful Ridgewood Homes Eyed for Teardown by Developer

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Ridgewood NJ, A notice (attached) was delivered earlier this week to neighbors of two large properties on which two beautiful old homes (built-in 1898 and 1902) are located stating that they wanted permission to raze both houses, combine the properties, and build eight houses on a newly carved cul-de-sac.

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Reader says This town is on the path of no return

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I agree with most of what you say but not voting for Aronsohn. I won’t vote at all. Now I have understood what RW politicians are made of, it is NJ after all. They can tear their pie anyway they want but I won’t support any of them. This town is on the path of no return. Whoever thinks that raising voice works is a classic naive. I really expected much more from Susan Knudsen but she turned out to be a huge disappointment.

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Note From the Ridgewood Blog Editor Turning Ridgewood into a Dump , will Cost a Fortune and do Nothing to enhance property Values

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Reader said, “Nice to see that ya’ll are finally taking your head out of your asses and realize that you have been getting screwed for years. And James, stop with the Union City crap. It’s getting old. We don’t need “massive upgrades” to anything. Do we need extra capacity to bring the town into the future? Sure. But your doomsday predictions because a few developers understand what the towns future residents want is classic of the Ridgewood NIMBY attitude that keeps anything from moving around here. Including how the municipal govt. works. You want change or will you continue to bitch and moan anytime anyone takes action. We can’t move forward if you insist on remaining in the past.”

Best for you to take your head out of the sand ,

Ridgewood as a nice place to live was virtually destroyed by the prior council or the 3 Amigos. The push to turn Ridgewood into Union city , with high density housing creates a need for massive upgrades of the Village infrastructure . This will take a decade , water, sewer, traffic, schools ,police , fire and so on all need massive taxpayer funded upgrades thanks to the actions of the 3 amigos and Roberta . The Villages ability to increase revenue has also been curtailed by giveaway contracts and bad leases . So no one with any sense will stop blaming the Paul Aronsohn , Gween and Uncle Albert as well as their side kick flunky Roberta

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Paramus rejects proposal to build a mutifamily housing development near New Bridge Medical Center

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Paramus NJ, on Thursday night Paramus officials rejected a proposal to build a mutifamily housing development near New Bridge Medical Center. The Paramus Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously denied Highview Homes’ application to build a 35-unit development on a nearly 2-acre lot on Sorbello Road. The Red Bank-based applicant sought multiple variances, including for multifamily use and height.

According to the “We Are Paramus ” Facebook page , “Great job by the zoning board for hearing the voice of 3,711 residents that voted to stop high density housing in our borough. Thank you for putting the residents first and not the over developing machine!” Others argued that , “This vote is a direct result of the master plan which was passed well before this years election.”