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Seeking Ridgewood Residents to Volunteer to Serve on Various Boards and Committees



The Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood is looking for residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the following Boards and Committees:  The Planning Board, The Zoning Board of Adjustment, The Library Board of Trustees, The Historic Preservation Commission, The Citizens Safety Advisory Committee, The Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board, The Open Space Committee, The Project Pride Committee, The Green Ridgewood Committee, The Green Team Advisory Committee, The Shade Tree Commission, and the Stigma-free Task Force.


All interested residents should fill out a Citizen Volunteer Leadership form found on the Village website  (click on “Forms”, then click on 2nd page of forms, then click on Village Clerk, then click on Citizen Volunteer Leadership form), and send it along with a cover letter indicating on which board(s) or committee(s) the resident wishes to serve, and a biography or resume to:


Donna Jackson

Deputy Village Clerk

Village of Ridgewood

131 North Maple Ave.

Ridgewood, NJ  07450

Or djackson@ridgewoodnj.net with the subject line:

Boards & Committees


Deadline for submissions is December 18, 2019.


The Planning Board reviews site plans and subdivision applications; prepares, adopts, and amends the Master Plan; makes recommendations to the Village Council regarding amendments to developmental regulations and the official map.


The Zoning Board of Adjustment hears variance applications and appeals from rulings and determinations arising from the enforcement of Village zoning ordinances.




The Library Board of Trustees is the governing board for the Ridgewood Public Library and its employees.  The Board of Trustees works with the community to establish Library policy and secures funds to carry on services to the public, and set goals and objectives.


The Historic Preservation Commission looking for Class A, Class B or Class C members. The Historic Preservation Commission identifies, records, and maintains a survey and inventory of all buildings sites, landmarks of historical or architectural significance.  Oversees the preservation of structures and properties which reflect the heritage of the community.  Acts as an advisory board to the Planning Board. The candidate is knowledgeable or with a demonstrated interest in, local history.  Class A member: is a person who is knowledgeable in building design and construction or architectural history and who may reside outside the Village. Class B member: is a person who is knowledgeable or with a demonstrated interest in local history and who may reside outside the Village. Class C member: is a resident of the Village who shall hold no other municipal office, position or employment except for membership on the Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment.


The Citizens Safety Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Village Council on issues concerning pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular safety on all roads, parks and open space in Ridgewood and promotes awareness of pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular safety in order to improve the safe travel of all people in Ridgewood. 


The Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board recommends rules for use and monitors recreation facilities.  The Board coordinates community recreation programs and develops and updates the long-range Master Plan for recreation in the Village.


The Open Space Committee assists in identifying specific types of open space, and makes recommendations to the Village Council on the development of existing open space acquisitions.  


The Project Pride Committee plants and waters flowers, throughout Ridgewood’s Central Business District and organizes the Village Garden program with local landscapers.


The Green Ridgewood Committee assists the Village Council in long-range planning concerning environmental issues as well as anticipating environmental problems and recommending solutions. The Green Ridgewood shall also have the on-going responsibility to study and recommend solutions to problems concerning solid waste management, open space preservation, flood plain development, stream channelization and rehabilitation, air pollution control, noise control, soil and landscape protection and the protection of flora and fauna.


The Green Team Advisory Committee assists in making Ridgewood a sustainable community. Those who are interested in sustainability, or are LEED Certified or have working experience with sustainable practices such as solar energy or recycling or have experience in obtaining grants for sustainable purposes should apply.


The Shade Tree Commission works closely with the Parks and Recreation Department, the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee, and the Green Team to promote awareness and education of the residents as well as advise and provide recommendations to the Village Council in promoting and sustaining a safe and productive shade tree resource.


The Stigma-free Task Force aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness so that residents who have the disease, and their families, feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment without fear of stigma. Resident Members of the Task Force include two residents working within the field of mental healthcare or healthcare; and three other residents who are interested in supporting the Stigma-free program initiatives, including educating residents that mental illness is a disease and must be treated as such; raising awareness of mental health issues; and helping those in need by linking them to local mental health resources.

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