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"Duplex Housing District Ordinance" Bad for Park Avenue and Whole of River Edge

Park Avenue resident Jim Miller argues against a possible zoning change to allow duplexes in a Letter to the Editor

The Park Avenue Residents do not want our residential neighborhood changed by this far reaching arm of government. We feel the process is flawed by having a vote during a School break for which I and other neighbors have to change vacation plans to be available on Feb 19, 2013  8pm meeting.

The three days notice in December before the final vote and no transparency of this entire issue all along. Causes us, the residents and Voters to believe the change is already cast!

The Builder knew that the economy was declining. $ 650,000, Five bedroom houses on Park would be a mistake. No matter what the tax structure was or will be in the future.

The feel of our “oldest neighborhood” is smaller three bedroom houses.

And is residential R1 zoned for that use.

The Builder has been visiting many of the neighbors these past two weeks, to ask that we take care of his hardship and poor business decision. Not to fight his project!  As well, as the other builder’s projects that are to follow in the whole neighborhood, if this spot zoning ordinance is approved. 

This will decrease our Quality of Life. Doubling the Density!

Parking, Traffic, Noise and Pollution. As well as the possible increase of flooding to our New Milford Neighbors below, with the loss of impervious land used from this doubling. Not mentioned as well, in the Towns Planner report paid indirectly by this Builder.

Adding unnecessary tax burdens for us all, as the increase enrollment too, are already full Schools.

Yes, there is a small apartment house that is on Park Avenue. There are Two Family houses sprinkled throughout River Edge that were legal and illegal. Just for that reason, does not mean a total disregard to the majority of our housing stock of single family housing.

Our neighbors know this and our Town Council should as well. This action is bad for everyone in our Town. 

Thank You. 

James Miller

Park Avenue

RE-SOHO February 05, 2013 at 06:57 PM
All our town leaders have to do is look southeast to CLIFFSIDE PARK; FAIRVIEW; PALISADES PARK. The towns were not that different then River Edge 30 years ago. Single family homes, then the arrival of the two family homes. These were built under such smoke screens, as providing rooms for family members, that never really moved in. Then grabbing more and more of the square footage of the property to make duplexs and larger two familys. The distructive results of over crowding of the town, was minor to what it did to the school systems. If you think the classrooms are crowded now, you have not seen anything yet. They should not allow the builder to resolve his bad business decision on the backs of the River Edge tax payers. the builder has a 90 commitement to River Edge, we have a life time. Lastly, what you allow them to do here with spot zoning, they will be able to do where ever their Lawyers say, in the rest of the town.
River Edge resident near Park February 06, 2013 at 02:01 AM
The reason for changing the zoning from single family homes to duplexes is based on the needs of the builder. It is not based on the needs of River Edge residents and taxpayers. Therefore, the benefits will be reaped only by the builder. We will be left with strain on our schools, increased traffic, noise, decreased home values and quality of life. Development should be based on our needs as residents of this town and not on the needs of outsiders.
GGT February 15, 2013 at 05:27 PM
I agree the last thing RE needs is more multi-family housing, and the developer was delusional to think people would buy Mc Mansions on Park Avenue. But if the residents claim to love their section of town so much , they might make more of an effort to spruce things up there. It has looked shabby and run down for years.
Denise February 18, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Not all of our houses on Park Ave are shabby and run down. Those houses you are referring to are owned by elderly with low income. Everyone does the best they can and we need to be considerate of all our neighbors. Re-zoning Park Ave to allow for multi-family housing is not helping anyone on the block or surrounding area. We will be living on top of one another....the traffic, parking, increased school population will not benefit anyone. The only one who will benefit from this is the developer who does not live in River Edge! All of our homes will be devalued! For many of us, our homes are our life savings - our nest eggs! We need to consider our residents - not out of town developer(s)! Please join us in opposing the proposed re-zoning of Park Ave. Tuesday, 2/19/13 the ordinance will be re-introduced at Mayor & Counsel meeting. If the re-zoning of Park Ave goes through, do you really think they will stop there? If the town can get more taxes by allowing multi-family housing then what is to stop them from rezoning in our areas in town. Please support us. Thank you!
Denise February 18, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Not all of our houses on Park Ave are shabby and run down. Those houses you are referring to are owned by elderly with low income. Everyone does the best they can and we need to be considerate of all our neighbors. Re-zoning Park Ave to allow for multi-family housing is not helping anyone on the block or surrounding area. We will be living on top of one another....the traffic, parking, increased school population will not benefit anyone. The only one who will benefit from this is the developer who does not live in River Edge! All of our homes will be devalued! For many of us, our homes are our life savings - our nest eggs! We need to consider our residents - not out of town developer(s)! Please join us in opposing the proposed re-zoning of Park Ave. Tuesday, 2/19/13 the ordinance will be re-introduced at Mayor & Counsel meeting. If the re-zoning of Park Ave goes through, do you really think they will stop there? If the town can get more taxes by allowing multi-family housing then what is to stop them from rezoning other streets in town. Please support us. Thank you!

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