Locals who oppose a planned LG headquarters in Englewood Cliffs say they are planning to attend a public hearing Wednesday night that could change the zoning laws on land surrounding the Palisades cliffs.
Controversy has surrounded a proposed plan for a new LG headquarters in the borough that would be 143-feet high. Opponents say the building would change the landscape of the area and the natural view of the Palisades.
According to a NorthJersey.com report, the borough approved a variance in 2012 that allowed for the building. The current zoning laws only allow for 35-foot tall buildings, the report said.
However, the borough’s planning board is hosting a Master Plan Meeting Wednesday night that LG project opponents say could change the rule for good.
“We need everyone who cares about the Palisades to let Englewood Cliffs, a town of just 5,281 people, know it can't ruin the Palisades for the millions who treasure it,” a post on the “Protect the Palisades” website says.
“A changed master plan would not only allow for LG's tower, but it would also open the door for more high-rise development along the Palisades.”
Wednesday’s meeting comes after a statewide attempt to halt the LG project.
According to NorthJersey.com, two state senators introduced a bill this week that would prohibit buildings along the Palisades Cliffs that are taller than 35 feet. The bill would retroactively apply to any building that does not have a foundation built by May 1, which includes the LG HQ, the report said.
LG spokespeople told NorthJersey.com that the bill’s sponsors are ignoring the economic benefits of the building and jobs that it would bring to Bergen County.
The Senate Environment and Energy Committee is set to consider the legislation on May 19.