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Planner hired by neighbors criticizes Ho-Ho-Kus project


Planner hired by neighbors criticizes Ho-Ho-Kus project

JUNE 21, 2014    LAST UPDATED: SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014, 1:21 AM

HO-HO-KUS — A Maplewood planner, hired by a consortium of residents opposing a proposed subdivision, testified on Thursday that he believes there are flaws in the project’s design.

Amid a battery of objections from the applicants’ lawyer, Peter Steck told the Planning Board that, “as proposed, the [subdivision] application warrants a denial.”

Steck provided his overall analysis of the subdivision’s plans, saying the project could do without a devised cul de sac, “because what this does is it produces lots with multiple road frontages.”

The parcel — the site of a large building with some accessory structures — is at West Saddle River Road and Hollywood Avenue, extending to Van Dyke Drive.

Ground is slated to be broken in August on the project.

Plans call for the subdivision of 4 acres of mostly wooded land into 11 single-home plots.

Neighbors of the planned project, known as the Hollows at Ho-Ho-Kus, argue that approving it would fundamentally change the character of their neighborhood while negatively impacting natural drainage throughout the area, creating the potential for flooding.

Nine couples living around the site have hired Ho-Ho-Kus attorney Robert Inglima to represent them before the board.

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