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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Village Hall Court Room – 7:30 P.M.


Call to order

Pledge of Allegiance

Statement required by the Open Public Meeting Act “Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by a posting on the bulletin board in the Village Hall, by mail to the Ridgewood News, The Record and by submission to all persons entitled to same as provided by law of a schedule including date and time of this meeting”.

Please note: A curfew of 11:00 PM is strictly adhered to by the Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Village of Ridgewood. No new matter involving an Applicant will be started after 10:30 PM. At 10:00 PM the Chairman will make a determination and advise Applicants as to whether they will be heard. If an Applicant cannot be heard because of the lateness of the hour, the matter will be carried over to a future meeting to be determined by the Board at 10:00 PM.

Roll call

Minutes:          October 24, 2023

Non-agenda items:

            Board member comments

            Members of the public comments

Public hearings

Old Business:

OUTFRONT MEDIA LLC – An application for preliminary and final major site plan approval for the construction and operation of a single pole, double faced, digital multimessage advertising sign which is a prohibited use and will result in a second principal use; expansion of an existing non-conforming use and bulk variance relief at 500 Route 17 South, Block 4703, Lot 10, in the OB-2 Zone. (Continued from September 12, 2023, 2023 without further notice)


Resolution Memorialization:

–        Rosenholz, 450 Summit Street

–        Stockport Bergen LLC, 560 Route 17



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  1. No thank you!!

  2. Please, may this not happen!!!! It will make our village look like trash

  3. Let them pass it. The village is in the toilet. The village is done. At this point who cares.

    1. There are still people who care and want the Village to be a great place to live. The Village may be in the crapper but that isn’t anything a good Mayor and ethical Village Council can’t undo. We should look to Lorraine Reynolds as an example of how to be an exemplary councilperson. We need to vote these jokers out. I just hope that the Zoning Board is a lot more ethical than this council has proven to be.

  4. It is highly unethical that this is even being considered. The Mayor owns many businesses within Ridgewood, is best buds with Gail Price, it’s her firm representing the billboard company where she is a named partner. Mayor recently lent her $47,000.00 mortgage with 10% interest, so is this a payoff. That plus Mayor can re-elect Zoning Board members. Smells really bad.

  5. An interesting peer reviewed study published in the Journal Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM:
    Objective: Advertisement billboards on roadsides distract drivers from driving tasks and may increase the risk of crashes. Yet, empirical evidence on the direct impact of advertisement signs on crashes is scarce. The Ayalon Highway in Israel is a suburban highway crossing the greater Tel Aviv–Yafo metropolitan area. Following debates in parliament, advertising billboards were removed from the road in 2008 and restored mid-2009. This study examined the impact of advertising billboards on crashes while considering 2 interventions: Removing (or covering) existing billboards and their subsequent restoration.

    Method: Three periods of billboard presence were defined: Period 0, when billboards were visible; period 1, when billboards were removed; and period 2, when billboards became visible again. Crash changes associated with each intervention were estimated by comparing period 1 vs. period 0 and period 2 vs. period 1, respectively, and by comparing vs. control groups. Negative-binomial regression models were fitted to the monthly crash counts, while controlling for time period, site group (treatment or control), and seasonal effect.

    Results: Removing the billboards was associated with a decrease of 30 to 40% in injury crashes and restoring the billboards was associated with an increase of 40 to 50% in injury crashes. The crash changes were consistent across various analyses. The estimated decrease in crash numbers during the removal period was up to 100 damage-only crashes and 50 injury crashes per year, and the estimated increase in crashes after billboard restoration was up to 120 damage-only crashes and 30 injury crashes a year.

    Conclusion: The study provided empirical evidence on the positive safety impact of removing billboard advertising from the roadsides of a suburban highway and of the negative safety impact of billboard restoration. The stronger impact values found in the study, compared to previous research, may be related to the high frequency of conspicuous billboards along the road and to complicated traffic conditions on the road—a heavily traveled route with a high density of interchanges—that might strengthen the negative impact of driver distraction due to advertising billboards.

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