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Reader says the developers are either stupid or were told by those involved in the process (council, planning board?) that it would be approved

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I will not sign the petition only because I have no idea what kind of backlash I might face by doing so. But I wholeheartedly object to their 35 unit/acre proposal. The developers knew the rules when they bought the properties. The rules allow 12 but let’s be generous and go with the 18-24 existing standard – they asked for double that and by their own admission were surprised by the resistance they’ve faced. So they are either stupid or were told by those involved in the process (council, planning board?) that it would be approved. They say the economics don’t work under the current rules – so who in their right mind would take that kind of risk? These developers do not have the best interest of the village in mind, they want more traffic (foot or otherwise) downtown. Who does this help? In some ways the businesses generally but much more so and longer term it helps the landlords. For years they have been jacking up the rents on businesses (driving many away) in a time where retail spending as a whole has moved online making brick and mortar stores less valuable. The landlords see this and are happy to support this over-expansion because there is no other way to fill that revenue hole than to extract it from current residents of Ridgewood.

There were 3 primary considerations for moving to Ridgewood (many years before our first child was even born btw so the “empty nester” argument is invalid here – we are 2nd generation Ridgewood).
1) Great schools
2) Safety – outstanding police and fire response
3) Charming, Beautiful place to raise a family and hopefully retire

Allowing this over-expansion enhances exactly none of those considerations. Ridgewood’s restaurants thrive, retailers do not and likely will not when even the high-traffic areas of 17 have been forced to close. Stop arguing that we need to draw bigger retailers into this town – I can drive to 17 if I can’t find what i’m looking for online. Enough with the nonsense arguments, and enough with Blaise trying to figure out how to stuff the maximum density into our limited space (all this based on his “expert” opinion even though he has zero ability to think about a broader common sense plan for development).

in short – just say No to the developers. It is not our responsibility to tell them what’s allowed – they knew that when they bought the property. Cutting your request from 4X what is allowed to only 3X is not a compromise, it’s still a snow job.

12 thoughts on “Reader says the developers are either stupid or were told by those involved in the process (council, planning board?) that it would be approved

  1. Does anyone know if the petition reached it’s goal?

  2. well, let’s see: they wanted the planning board to vote no last night. the planning board voted yes – and it wasn’t close.

  3. Well let see how the council vote goes.

  4. Council will vote yes. Why not bring this petition forward and make sure it was signed by village residents.

  5. Oooaaayyy, crikey…how can the appointed members of the planning board justify voting in favor of such radical changes to our village?

  6. It is true that a few names on the petition were from other towns, which they did not hide. But they weren’t pretending to live here–they were warning us. People from Red Bank and elsewhere were saying, “It happened to us–don’t let it happen to you.”

  7. They think differently, and not in a good way.

  8. They do not think!

  9. “Why not bring this petition forward and make sure it was signed by village residents.”

    As if they care! The vast majority were clearly residents as any double check on tax records shows and I few mentioned being teachers which is easy to verify. You know who doesn’t show up on Ridgewood tax records? Gail Price and Blaise.

  10. This is well intentioned but amateur night at the Bijou…. This requires boots on the ground gathering town signatures and LOTS of signatures… when you have a few from other towns on the petition, “POOF!”, credibility goes south…. the web for petitions hasn’t taken hold yet…

  11. Boots on the ground in Ridgewood….Lol…you mean Top Siders don’t you?
    let’s get Buffy and Reginold on it ASAP…

  12. 8:36 I hear ya… you left out forsaking Venti Lattes too… But let’s face it, some signatures on an online petition? Well intentioned but a waste…

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