20210504 - Planning Board Public Meeting Minutes

Ridgewood Planning Board

Virtual Online Public Meeting

May 4, 2021


The following minutes are a summary of the Planning Board meeting of May 4, 2021. Interested parties may request an audio recording of the meeting from the Board Secretary for a fee.


Call to Order & Statement of Compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act: Chairman Joel called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.


Roll Call – The following members were present: Mayor Knudsen, Councilwoman Reynolds, Chief Van Goor, Richard Joel, Dianne O’Brien, Debbie Patire, Frances Barto, Darlene Johnson and Igor Lyubarskiy. Also present were Stephen Wellinghorst, Board Attorney; Maryann Bucci-Carter, Village Planner and Jane Wondergem, Board Secretary. Melanie Hooban and Alysson Wesner were absent.


Mr. Joel announced that the Tasko Enterprises, LLC, 315 East Glen Avenue, application was carried to May 18, 2021 without further notice.


Public Comments on Topics not Pending Before the Board – There were no comments at this time.


Committee/Commission/Professional Updates for Non Agenda Topics – Mayor Knudsen commented on the Governor’s announcement regarding the COVID restrictions being lifted on May 19 and that Village Hall will soon be open to the public. Meetings can return to being in-person beginning in June with proper distancing and wearing masks.


Ms. Wondergem said there was correspondence to the Board from the Age Friendly Ridgewood committee regarding the resolution to adopt the New Jersey Future Aging Friendly Land Use Implementation Plan.


Historic Preservation Commission review:

  • Sam’s Barber Shop, 24-26 Prospect Street, Block 3809, Lot 10 – Sam Ali was present and stated that he bought the building a few months ago. Mr. Ali described the proposed paint colors. Board members asked about the fire escape, which Mr. Ali said would remain white. Board members asked about the window air conditioner unit in the window on the fire escape and Mr. Ali said it would be moved to a different window. Board members recommended approval of the proposed paint colors. Mr. Ali said he would remove the awning and will move the sign for Sam’s Barber Shop to be more even with the adjacent store sign.
  • The Villa, 52 Chestnut Street, Block 3804, Lot 3 – Charles Quinones, representing The Villa, was present and described the retail clothing store. Mr. Quinones said he was going to center the proposed sign under the existing gooseneck lights, even though the sign will be off center from the store due to the location of the lights. Board members were favorable to the sign as proposed, but made the suggestion to remove one of the flowers and make ‘The Villa’ larger.

Tasko Enterprises, LLC, 315 E. Glen Avenue, Block 3106, Lots 20.01 and 20.02 – Mr. Joel reiterated that this application was carried to May 18, 2021 without further notice.

The minutes from April 20, 2021, were approved.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:02 p.m.

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Jane Wondergem

                                                                                                Board Secretary

Date Approved:   May 18, 2021

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