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Ridgewood Planning Board : Ridgewood Village Fence Ordinance Analysis

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Village Hall Court Room – 7:30 P.M.

(all timeframes and the order of agenda items below are approximate and subject to change)

  1. 7:30 p.m. – Call to Order, Statement of Compliance, Flag Salute, Roll Call – In accordance with the provisions of Section 10:4-8d of the Open Public Meetings Act, the date, location, and time of the commencement of this meeting is reflected in a meeting notice, a copy of which schedule has been filed with the Village Manager and the Village Clerk, The Ridgewood News and The Record newspapers, and posted on the bulletin board in the entry lobby of the Village municipal offices at 131 North Maple Avenue, and on the Village website, all in accordance with the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act.


Roll call: Knudsen, Young, Reynolds, Joel, O’Brien, Patire, Hooban, Barto, Johnson, Lyubarskiy, Alegre


  1. 7:30 p.m. – 7:35 p.m. – Public Comments on Topics not Pending Before the Board


  1. 7:35 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.  – Committee/Commission/Professional Updates for Non Agenda Topics; Correspondence Received by the Board


  1. 7:40 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Adoption of Memorializing Resolution re: Fitometry, LLC, Minor Site Plan and variance approval at 129 South Broad Street, Block 3708, Lot 2.


  1. 8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Discussion re: Ridgewood Village Fence Ordinance Analysis


  1.  8:30 p.m. – 8:35 p.m. –  Adoption of Minutes:   April 19, 2022


  1. 8:35 p.m. – Executive Session if needed


  1. Adjournment

In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, all meetings of the Ridgewood Planning Board (i.e., official public meetings, work sessions, pre-meeting assemblies and special meetings) are public meetings, which are always open to members of the general public.


Members: Susan Knudsen, John Young, Lorraine Reynolds, Richard Joel, Dianne O’Brien, Melanie Hooban, Debbie Patire, Frances Barto, Darlene Johnson, Igor Lyubarskiy, Sergio Alegre


Professional Staff: Stephen Wellinghorst, Esq., Board Attorney; Christopher J. Rutishauser, Village Engineer; Maryann Bucci-Carter, Village Planner; Jane Wondergem, Board Secretary

6 thoughts on “Ridgewood Planning Board : Ridgewood Village Fence Ordinance Analysis

  1. Lets not have the ugly plastic white fences.
    My neighbor who moved here from NYC cut down all the bushes along the property and every tree.
    I’d like to put a nice 8 foot wooden fence to block them since the expensive bushes i bought wont grow in the shade (since i didnt cut my trees down)

  2. Neighbors put up a hideous white plastic fence that is much closer to my view than theirs. I hate it.

    1. Is it on their property? Then tough shit.

  3. Fences make the best neighbors, particularly in a town full of inconsiderate neighbors such as Ridgewood.

  4. Does anyone know what the outcome/tone of the fence ordinance discussion was?
    Since the Village attorney inexplicably nixed the higher fence approval, I’ve been waiting for the planners to decide. At this rate I might have to purchase an inflatable pool, just so I can put up a 6ft wooden fence.

  5. Will the new fence ordinance require all fence materials to be sustainably and ethically sourced?

    Banning plastics bags isn’t enough to stop climate change. Back in NYC, many of the rooftop gardens were constructed with locally sourced and recycled shipping pallets.

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