The Ridgewood Village Council is looking for residents who are interested in volunteering to serve on the following Boards and Committees:  Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, The Central Business District Advisory Committee, The Ridgewood Community Center Advisory Board (two members are needed with a child in the Ridgewood School system), The Ridgewood Arts Council, the Shade Tree Commission, Green Ridgewood, the Ridgewood Green Team, the Ridgewood Open Space Committee, and the Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board.

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 Central Business District Advisory Committee (CBDAC) will work with the Village Council, business owners and residents to evaluate and initiate enhancements to improve the viability of the CBD, including traffic flow and patterns, parking, pedestrian safety and the balance of commercial uses; while maintaining and refining the historic and aesthetic elements to create a more desirable, vibrant and memorable destination for all visitors. The member position is for a Ridgewood resident.

The Ridgewood Community Center Advisory Board develops policies and procedures for the operation of the Community Center facility and assists in the fulfillment of the County Municipal Alliance Grant requirements.  There are two member positions open for residents with children in the Ridgewood school system.

The Ridgewood Arts Council will assist in the promotion of and encourage artistic and cultural programs and will provide for educational opportunities in the areas of art and culture.  The Ridgewood Arts Council will also provide advice, guidance, and recommendations to the Village Council, as needed.

The Shade Tree Commission works closely with the Parks and Recreation Department, Green Ridgewood, and the Ridgewood 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.

Green Ridgewood assists the Village Council in long-range planning concerning environmental issues as well as anticipating environmental problems and recommending solutions. 

The Ridgewood Green Team is a subcommittee of Green Ridgewood and is looking for residents who are interested in making Ridgewood a sustainable community; and/or are LEED Certified; and/or have working experience with sustainable practices such as solar energy or recycling; and/or have experience in obtaining grants for sustainable purposes. The Ridgewood Green Team will also work on maintaining Ridgewood’s participation in Sustainable Jersey.

The Ridgewood 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 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.

All interested residents should download and fill out a Citizen Volunteer Leadership form (found on the Village website by clicking on “Forms”, then clicking on Page 2, and then clicking on “Village Clerk”), 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 by email to: with the Subject Line – Volunteer for Board/Committee


Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2020