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Requested Zoning Change Approved Unanimously

Development could appear before Planning Board sometime next year

With unanimous approval by the River Edge council, an area along Kinderkamack Road has seen the changed to include a multi-family dwelling and allow a possible development move forward to the Planning Board.

Ordinance #1746 amends the borough's Zoning Chapter 416 will allow for the 2-acre property at 230 Kinderkamack Road to with plans for 46 residential units to be split between a trio of buildings.

"The area was an age-restricted zone specifically and this will expand to allow a multi-family zoning," Borough Attorney Sam Cereste said. "The plans are more desirable because instead of having one monolithic building rising out of the mass there would be three separate buildings with a colonial style motif so that it can better blend with the residential area."

The proposal which was first presented to the Council at the end of November calls for the 46 units to measure approximately 1100-square feet for two-bedrooms and two-bathrooms. Each of the buildings would be 39.5 feet in height and include a pitched roofs to create a more residential feel. Parking on the site would be handled by a mix of 92 parking spaces, garages and driveway space.

"There wree two minor revisions," Cereste said. "One to change the language to zone district and the second for the buffer area in the rear yard. The grade is such that a retaining wall is necessary to support the topography and need to be excluded from the natural buffer but also allowing for a municipal easement to be included in the buffer zone."

The amended ordinance was reviewed by the Planning Board where it was determined to maintain the borough's Master Plan.

Lisa E. Gladwell December 20, 2011 at 03:19 PM
I cannot believe that a 46 unit development will only bring "up to 9 students" into the River Edge school system...And that 92 vehicle "slots" (not parking spaces) will be sufficient for 46 families. And how are all those vehicles going to impact Kinderkamack Road traffic, already congested beyond the capacity of a two lane road. I can't help but feel River Edge's future was just sold down the river with a hasty grab for ratables.
GGT December 20, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Yes Lisa it has been sold down the river with a hasty grab for rateables; except the wrong kind of rateables. I too agree with all the units being 2 bedrooms, there is the potential for 20 or more students, and as you say parking, traffic, congestion, etc. it will be a nightmare. And this is not the end of it, as there is still the NJ Transit Village, the proposed development for the Let It Grow Property, and yet another one for the old Ali's carpet property on the the entrance ramp of Route 4. All told we could have another 250 or more housing units in town. Bye, by small town, hello small city And yet some residents are upset that Oradell is challenging the regional school funding formula!!!! Of course they are!!!
Kathleen Murphy December 20, 2011 at 07:03 PM
I was present at the meeting last night and only one person asked about this potential development. There were only 3 or 4 members of the public in attendance, quite pitiful. GGT, looking back at the times of your responses and statements made here on The Patch, you seem to have a lot of time on your hands. With your wealth of information and valuable insight on practically every topic regarding River Edge and Oradell, why not share your plan with everyone about how you would curb taxes and increase rateables?
GGT December 21, 2011 at 01:50 AM
Kathleen: Not sure if you are paying me a complement or not, re: your comment that I seem to have a lot of time on my hands, and the inference that I am a big know it all. I do not spend alot of time here, contrary to your comment. I comment on topics I consider important (such as this), and have not posted anything since the election over a month ago. It does not take much time or effort to stay informed if one chooses to. It appears to me many in River Edge choose not to stay informed, or don't care. As far as ideas to bring in rateables and curb taxes, well that ship IMO sailed a long time ago, and the grandiose chatter of redevelopment was and is a pipe dream. You are now a member of the Council, perhaps you might like to share what your plans are. After all you ran on a platform stating that you would bring in rateables and curb taxes. So what is your plan Councilwoman elect?? More housing??

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