PLEASE attend the next Planning Board meeting THIS Tuesday, April 1st, GW Middle School, 7:30pm
Some important developments:
- The lawyer for the Enclave filed papers with the Planning Board requesting the Bridgette Bogart’s entire testimony be stricken from the record on the basis that it constitutes opinion and not expert testimony. The Planning Board will not opine on this matter on Tuesday, but we expect Tuesday’s meeting to be contentious.
- The CBR interviewed each of the three candidates running for the two open Village Council positions. After thorough review of the candidates’ qualifications and views on the important issues facing Ridgewood, we will be endorsing Susan Knudsen and Michael Sedon. Both these candidates are extremely well informed about the issues currently facing the Planning Board and are likely to represent the best interests of our community. We will be hosting “meet and greets” for the candidates. Stay tuned for more details.
- With two open Planning Board positions and two open Village Council positions (and the likelihood that the developers are grooming their own replacements), it is imperative that we ALL encourage friends and neighbors to vote on Election Day on MAY 13 and to support the two candidates who will best represent the citizens. Letters to the Editor in support of Susan Knudsen and Michael Sedon are welcome and encouraged!
- Ridgewood was just named one of the Top Ten Towns in the COUNTRY for renters who want to raise families, according to rent.com
, making it all the more likely that new families with school-aged children (and cars!) will want to move to Ridgewood in the future. The ranking considered crime rates, schools and ample rental inventory, among other factors.
- We have incurred tens of thousands of dollars in professional fees from our lawyer and planner. It is a sad fact that the citizens of Ridgewood need to dig into their own pockets to protect the best interests of our community. As a result, CBR is in need of additional donations. We encourage you to make donations via PayPal on our website: www.citizensforabetterridgewood.com
. Any and all donations are welcome and appreciated.
We are a nonprofit community group looking to create a BETTER RIDGEWOOD through community input, engagement and involvement. We want to preserve the quality of life, unique character and attractiveness of the Village of Ridgewood.
Current issue about which we are concerned:
The CBR wants to protect the Village of Ridgewood and is very wary of changing the zoning such that the floodgates are open for one enormous high-density new development after another. If housing development is left unrestrained, Ridgewood will be left with a housing density similar to some of the more urban cities in Bergen County, like Fort Lee, Hackensack and Englewood, and with it will come the accompanying problems of overcrowding and congestion.
CBR’s Official Position
Ridgewood Public School Superintendent Daniel Fishbein
presentation to the Village of Ridgewood Planning Board
Statement of Open Space Committee
Statement by Francis Schott, PhD
member Open Space Committee, former School Board Trustee
one developers point of view