Ridgewood planners ready for residents’ review of proposed developments
Thursday September 26, 2013, 3:10 PM
BY DARIUS AMOS
The Ridgewood News
Planning Board members are hopeful that a draft of the master plan amendment allowing high-density, multi-family housing in downtown Ridgewood will be ready for review in October. Their thinking, shared by several board members Monday night, is to give residents the opportunity to formally address the controversial proposal as soon as possible.
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Village Planner Blais Brancheau will present next month a draft of a master plan amendment to allow multi-family housing in the Central Business District.
Four separate developers are seeking changes to the village’s master plan that would fundamentally permit the construction of luxury-style apartment complexes in and around the Central Business District (CBD). That specific type of development is not allowed under the provisions of the current master plan.
During recent meetings, the Planning Board has discussed various criteria to “build parameters” for the proposed master plan amendment, which would call for the creation of a new zone in the CBD. A subcommittee of the board was specifically tasked with determining recommended variables, such as housing density and building heights. The subcommittee presented its findings last week.