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Planning board cannot make major changes to Valley Hospital expansion plan, board’s attorney says

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Planning board cannot make major changes to Valley Hospital expansion plan, board’s attorney says

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY MARCH 11, 2014, 11:06 PM
BY  BARBARA WILLIAMS
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

RIDGEWOOD — The Planning Board cannot substantially change The Valley Hospital’s plan to nearly double in size — even if it wanted to after a year of expert testimony and procedural discussions, according to the board attorney’s interpretation of law.

Although the board can make small alterations in language or items that do not affect the project’s scale, it can either approve or reject the plan but it cannot make major changes to the master plan amendment submitted by Valley, said Gail Price, the board attorney.

“The board can’t make any changes that could be considered arbitrary, capricious or unreasonable,” Price said, based on a pending court case involving the hospital and a group of residents opposed to the project. But she added that what constitutes a “substantial change is a gray area.”

“It’s not black and white,” Price said.

Even those opposed to the plan have said they support Valley’s effort to expand and renovate. They are just vehemently against the proposed size of the project, which will include a 94-foot-tall building and structures that will cover 43 percent of the 15-acre site, compared with the current 16 percent. Some have said they would be happy with a 20 percent to 25 percent expansion.

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One thought on “Planning board cannot make major changes to Valley Hospital expansion plan, board’s attorney says

  1. This should be fantastic news? Right? There is no way this town would approve this massive expansion as it’s currently written? You can not rewrite the Master Plan and H-Zone for this to be approved. Let’s vote now…

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