Results of the Visioning Questionnaire

More than 2,000 people completed the Visioning Questionnaire, which was launched in October 2018 and closed in May 2019. We spent the summer analyzing the data, which includes reading through the thousands of responses to the short answer questions. We summarized the key findings into a presentation that can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. We also compiled and analyzed the information from the Map Your Vision Tool and prepared a similar presentation that summarizes its results.

Visioning Questionnaire Summary of Results (PDF)

Map Your Vision Tool Summary of Results (PDF)

The Visioning Questionnaire Summary of Results presentation highlights the outcomes of each question. It also provides commentary about the results that includes excerpts from people’s responses to the short answer questions. The commentary ends with a series of critical Key Questions to Consider that will be discussed in detail at next month’s Visioning Workshops, which are currently scheduled for Saturday, September 21 and Saturday, September 28 at Village Hall. More details on the workshops to come shortly after you return from the Labor Day Holiday!

If you have any comments, questions, and/or reactions about either of these presentations, please send them through the Contact page.



Village Voices: A Neighborly Discussion

Since the launch of Our Village, Our Future, we’ve offered several ways for you to help out with the visioning process: promoting it online; posting or distributing promotional materials around town or at upcoming events; conducting audio or video interviews of people; and facilitating a discussion with your neighbors or fellow members of an organization. One resident sent us an e-mail expressing interest in convening a group of people for a discussion about Ridgewood today and into the future. Click here to read “Village Voices: A Neighborly Discussion.”

Village Voices: Seniors

Ridgewood is known for being a “family town,” owing to a well-regarded school system located in a safe community. But Ridgewood is not just a family town; it’s also a community of older adults living in a Village that provides, along with other organizations, supportive services to ensure active and healthy lives. Click here to read “Village Voices: Seniors.”

Wanted: More Village Voices

Ridgewood has more than 8,000 households. To ensure that all Village residents are aware of the visioning process and opportunities to participate, a postcard was sent to every household. It contained information about Our Village, Our Future, a link to this website, and a note about completing the Visioning Questionnaire.

Thanks to the nearly 800 residents who have completed the Visioning Questionnaire so far! If you haven’t yet added your voice through this method, please take 10 minutes out of your busy day and click here to complete the Visioning Questionnaire.

The Visioning Questionnaire will be closed to responses on May 8, 2019. After that, the next steps will be to: compile, analyze, and summarize the results; share the results with the community; and use the results as a basis for the Village-wide visioning workshops we are planning to hold in June.

Village Voices: Downtown Dialogues

Ridgewood’s Central Business District, or Downtown, is without a doubt one of the defining features of the Village. Downtown features strongly in the hearts and lives of many residents and the people who own and/or operate the businesses and organizations located here. A group of business- and property-owners participated in a roundtable discussion last month about the present and future of downtown. What do they see and need as they look into the future? Click here to read “Village Voices: Downtown Dialogues.”

Village Voices

The primary goal of Our Village, Our Future is to implement a community visioning process that reaches out to a broad range of Village residents and other stakeholders. As part of this process, we’re participating in discussions with various groups of people. We’ve invited residents to help out by organizing discussions with their friends, neighbors, or fellow club/congregation members (see the Get Involved page). We’ve also created the Visioning Questionnaire and the Map Your Vision tool, both of which we will close up in mid-April in order to start compiling results.

To capture and communicate the results of all of these engagement activities, we’ve created a new section of this website called Village Voices. Click here to see the first entry on this page, which is titled “The Younger Generation.”


Winter Progress Report

The primary goal of Our Village, Our Future is to implement a community visioning process that reaches out to a broad range of Village residents and other stakeholders and encourages them to think about and discuss the values, principles, goals, and priorities that should shape the future of the Village. Here are some of the highlights of the progress so far:

Sought Help to Promote Our Village, Our Future. Contacted more than 30 local organizations (e.g., clubs, civic and religious organizations, etc.) to request help in promoting the visioning process. Provided language and graphics for their e-news and social media channels. (Thanks to the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce, Age-Friendly Ridgewood, Ridgewood Newcomers, Ridgewood Walks, and any others that have helped cross-promote. Please continue to keep your constituencies informed.)

Sign-Ups to “Get Involved.” Fourteen people volunteered to help promote the visioning process to their neighbors and friends in the Village, with several eager to participate in the engagement process in greater depth. We provided online toolkits based on the activities selected. If you are interested in getting involved, visit the Get Involved page!

Launched the Visioning Questionnaire. More than 700 people have completed the Visioning Questionnaire so far. Since the Village’s population is more than 25,000, we are making a push for more exposure and responses. We will be sending a postcard mailer to every household about Our Village, Our Future.

Posted the Map Your Vision tool. The complementary follow-up to the questionnaire is the Web-based Map Your Vision tool, which provides people with an opportunity to pinpoint and describe specific locations in the Village that represent special places, challenges or issues, and/or ideas for the future. So far, more than 70 such locations have been highlighted. Let’s aim for at least 200!

Met with the Central Business District Advisory Committee to discuss past and current challenges, recent and ongoing initiatives, and reaching out to property- and business-owners as part of the visioning process.

Highlights of what’s coming up in the next few weeks:

Environmental Advisory Committee and Green Team meeting to learn about their priorities, plans, and initiatives for a more sustainable Village.

 “Downtown Roundtable” discussions with property-owners, business-owners, and realtors to learn about their challenges, ideas, and visions for the future of downtown.

Ridgewood High School student discussion groups to listen to students’ thoughts and opinions about Ridgewood today and their hopes and ideas for the Village in the future.

Discussion Groups run by volunteers who signed up on the Get Involved page are anticipated to take place this winter.