Draft for Public Review Posted Online

The Planning Board welcomes comments on the draft of the Village of Ridgewood Master Plan – Section 1: Our Village, Our Future from the Village community, which includes residents; local organizations, groups, and businesses; boards and committees; and any other members of the public who are interested in Ridgewood’s future.

An online Comment Form has been created to receive comments. If you are responding on behalf of a Village organization, group, board, or committee, the Comment Form is designed to accept comments on behalf of that entity.

The current pandemic, which started at the tail end of the visioning process, will likely have major impacts on the economy and on society that will reverberate through every community for years to come. While the visioning process is coming to a close, the process of formulating the next sections of the Master Plan, which the Village has not yet scheduled, will include more detailed analysis and further public engagement that can factor in impacts of the pandemic. Nevertheless, since Section 1 of the Master Plan identifies core values, objectives, and principles, we have included a question in the Comment Form for you to start thinking about how the pandemic and its potential impacts might reinforce, reshape, or generate new core values, objectives, and principles.

Comments are due by Thursday, April 30, which is approximately six weeks from today. In three weeks we will revisit this date to determine if more time should be provided.

Click here to go to the Reports page of this website, from which you can download a PDF file of the Draft for Public Review. A link to the Comment Form is also located on that page.

Updated Timeline

Prior to our lives changing significantly, we presented the Preliminary Draft of the Village of Ridgewood Master Plan – Section 1: Our Village, Our Future to the Planning Board on March 3 and to Council on March 4 (click here to view a streaming video of the Council meeting; Planning Board minutes forthcoming). Our next internal steps are to prepare the draft for publication to the website, create an online form for receiving comments, and post the draft for you to read.

The following is the updated timeline. Especially given the uncertainty of the next several weeks, this timeline is subject to change.

Tuesday, March 17: Post Draft for Public Review on Website. The Draft for Public Review will be posted on this website for the public to download. A link will also be posted to the Village website. After the library reopens, several printed copies of the draft, along with printed comment forms, will be made available there.

Thursday, April 30: Public Review & Comment Period Closes. At least six weeks will be provided to review the draft and submit comments. After April 30, a summary of public comments will be produced. The summary will include a list of potential revisions to the draft based on public comments.

Tuesday, May 5: Planning Board Meeting. The summary of public comments will be presented to the Planning Board and any potential revisions to the draft based on public comments will be discussed.

Friday, May 8: Produce Final Draft and Submit to Master Plan Subcommittee. A Final Draft will be produced that incorporates any revisions agreed upon during the May 5th Planning Board Meeting.

Tuesday, May 12: Master Plan Subcommittee Submits Final Draft to Planning Board. The Final Draft will be posted online.

Tuesday, May 19: Planning Board Meeting: The Planning Board will tentatively approve the Final Draft and authorize a date for the public hearing on the potential adoption of the first section of the Master Plan. Notice of the hearing must be published at least 10 days prior to the date of the hearing. The Final Draft will be posted online.

Tuesday, June 2: Planning Board Meeting. The Planning Board will consider the Final Draft for adoption at this public hearing.

The Village would like to encourage you to register for Swift911. In its efforts to provide more reliable communications with Ridgewood residents, the Village has employed Swiftreach Networks, Inc., as its emergency notification service provider. “Swift911” is a system that makes phone calls to specific people or areas in the event of an emergency. This system is also useful for sharing important and, on occasion, critical information. All the calls you receive will have the Caller ID of Village of Ridgewood – 201-670-5500.

Detailed Timeline of Next Steps

We are pleased to present a detailed timeline for the review, comment, completion, and adoption of the report that captures the outcomes of the Our Village, Our Future visioning process. As mentioned in a prior post, the approach being taken is to create a product that not only summarizes the outcomes of the visioning process, but that also serves as the first section of the Village’s next Master Plan—a required section that identifies objectives, principles, and other fundamental aspects of the Master Plan. Therefore, the report is titled Village of Ridgewood Master Plan – Section 1: Our Village, Our Future.

The following is a detailed timeline of all the steps involved in this process. As part of the first round of review of the report, the Master Plan Subcommittee has submitted a Preliminary Draft to the Planning Board. This was the first step.

Tuesday, February 18: Master Plan Subcommittee Submits Preliminary Draft to Planning Board. The Planning Board will review the Preliminary draft. During this time the Planning Board may also provide the draft to Council.

Tuesday, March 3: Planning Board Meeting. Highlights of the Preliminary Draft will be presented by the consultant, followed by a discussion with the Planning Board about the Preliminary Draft.

Wednesday, March 4: Village Council Work Session. Highlights of the Preliminary Draft will be presented by the consultant and the Master Plan Subcommittee, followed by a discussion with Council about the Preliminary Draft.

If the Planning Board and/or Council recommends any corrections or agreed-upon revisions to the Preliminary Draft, these will be recorded and an updated version of the Preliminary Draft will be produced.

Monday, March 9: Post Preliminary Draft on Website for Public Review & Comment. The Preliminary Draft will be posted on the Village’s website for the public to download. Several printed copies of the document will be available to review at Village Hall and the Library. Residents and other members of the public will have approximately three weeks to review the Preliminary Draft and submit comments.

Friday, March 27: Public Review & Comment Period Closes. All public comments will be compiled and organized.

Tuesday, April 7: Planning Board Meeting. A summary of the public comments received will be presented to the Planning Board and any potential revisions to the Preliminary Draft based on these comments will be identified and discussed.

Friday April 10: Produce Final Draft and Submit to Master Plan Subcommittee. A Final Draft will be produced that incorporates any revisions agreed upon during the April 7 Planning Board Meeting.

Tuesday, April 14: Master Plan Subcommittee Submits Final Draft to Planning Board. The Final Draft will be posted on the Village’s website.

Tuesday, May 5: Planning Board Meeting. The Planning Board will consider the Final Draft for adoption.

This timeline is subject to change. Please visit this website for any updates to the timeline. If you are not already signed up to receive an e-mail whenever this website is updated with new information, look for the phrase “Receive E-mail Updates” on the right sidebar (or, if you are viewing the website on a cell phone or tablet, scroll down) and follow the instructions provided.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this process, please contact us through form on the Contact page.

Updates to Next Steps (& More)

Updated Milestones. We will be updating the schedule for producing, submitting, and posting the Preliminary Draft of the first section of the Village’s next Master Plan shortly and post the revised timeline on this website.

Call for Photos. Have you taken any great photos in Ridgewood? We would like to feature in the document photos taken by residents that showcase life in Ridgewood during any season of the year. Here are some of the types of photos we’d like to include:

  • People using and enjoying Ridgewood’s parks and open spaces.
  • People using the library or other community-oriented facilities.
  • People at community events/festivals.
  • Special, lesser-known places in the Village.

Please e-mail photos to photos@visionridgewood.org (total size of all photos together should not exceed 10 megabytes) OR e-mail a link to an online photo gallery, Dropbox, or a similar type of service that contains downloadable versions of the photos you would like to submit. We will provide a photo credit if we include your photo in your report.

County Parks Master Plan Adopted. Bergen County adopted a Parks Master Plan in December 2019. The overarching goal of the plan is to identify the characteristics of the County’s recreation and open space system, accommodate the needs of current residents, and respond to projected future growth. This article summarizes the plan. The plan document can be downloaded from this link.

Next Step for Visioning

The next step of the Our Village, Our Future visioning process is to produce a report that communicates the outcomes of the visioning process, which are the priorities, principles, and goals of the Village’s next Master Plan. Rather than produce a stand-alone document, the approach being taken is to make this report the first section of the Village’s next Master Plan.

The production of this first section will include several review cycles of drafts of the section by the Planning Board’s Master Plan Subcommittee, the Planning Board, and the public. A draft will be available for the Ridgewood community to review in January. The following is a general timeline for this work:

November 2019

  • Complete First Draft
  • Submit to the Planning Board’s Master Plan Subcommittee for Review

December 2019

  • Review Comments with Planning Board’s Master Plan Subcommittee
  • Produce Preliminary Draft

January 2020

  • Submit Preliminary Draft to Planning Board
  • Post Preliminary Draft for Public Review (post on Village website + place paper copies at Library & Village Hall; review period will be approx. 16 days)
  • Compile and Respond to Comments Received
  • Prepare Final Draft

Visioning Workshop Recap

20190928_110402With social media being a prevalent form of conversation in social, work, and civic life, do people sit down and talk to one another face-to-face anymore about important things? More than 55 people in Ridgewood did just that last month during the two Visioning Workshops held as part of the Our Village, Our Future master plan visioning process.

Visit the Reports section of the website to download a summary of the Visioning Workshops in addition to the exhibit boards that were on display.

Next Visioning Workshop: 9/28

DSC00587Twenty-five Ridgewood residents braved the beautiful weather to spend their mornings in Village Hall to talk about priorities and principles for the Village’s next Master Plan.

Aaron Deutsch, a workshop participant who moved to Ridgewood from Manhattan two years ago, found the workshop to be very constructive.

That residents care deeply about the Village is without question,” Deutsch said. “What surprised me was the level of consensus that I saw in our multi-generational groups. There is no replacement for face-to-face time with your neighbors. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet attended to come to the second workshop this Saturday.”

The next Visioning Workshop will take place this Saturday, September 28 at Village Hall.

AGENDA

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 – Sign In, View the Exhibits on Display, Chat with the Consultants (NV5) and Village Officials (Morning fuel and bites will be provided)

10:00 to 10:30 – Welcome Remarks by Village Official & Presentation by NV5

10:30 to 11:30 – Guided Roundtable Discussions

11:30 to 12:00 p.m. – Brief Break & Groups Present Results of their Discussions

12:00 to 12:30 – Conclusions & Next Steps

Optional Registration. To register for the workshop, click here. Registration is not required, but registering would be helpful to the workshop organizers so they can get a sense of how many people might participate.