Ridgewood housing hearings stalled
Thursday March 7, 2013, 1:42 PM
BY DARIUS AMOS
The Ridgewood News
Ridgewood Planning Board members found enough merit after nearly two years of presentations and expert testimony to move out of the work session phase and into an official public hearing to consider four developers’ request to amend the village’s master
The public hearing on proposed multi-family housing in the Central Business District (CBD), however, likely will not begin for several months.
For a litany of reasons – most notably the imminent, court-ordered second public hearing for The Valley Hospital expansion – the start of the public hearing on downtown housing will be pushed back toward the latter part of the year.
A scheduling order handed down last month by Superior Court Judge Alexander Carver III requires the Planning Board to reach a decision on Valley by June 30; however, the summer will not be optimal for the housing issue since those months typically preclude full public participation, which Mayor Paul Aronsohn said he hopes to avoid.