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Proposed Ridgewood Multi-Family Amendment Raises Concerns

Ridgewood resident Lorraine Reynolds speaks at last week's meeting.
Ridgewood resident Lorraine Reynolds speaks at last week's meeting. Photo Credit: U-Stream

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The Village Council will vote on a proposed master plan amendment allowing the development of four multi-family apartments around the Central Business District on Wed., Sept. 30.

If approved, the move would increase the number of allowable housing units per acre in each zone from 12 to 35.

Residents during last week’s Council meeting urged officials to conduct independent studies to determine the impact that hundreds of new residents will have on the village.

“It’s not that we’re saying there should be no apartment developments,” said Anne Spalckhaver during the Sept. 16 meeting.

“We’re saying that the massive numbers that you are proposing are beyond what is actually needed and wanted.”

Residents have taken to social media to encourage their neighbors to attend the meeting and write letters to council members asking them to reject the amendment.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 131 N. Maple Ave.

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