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The S.H.I.N.E group extends a heartfelt thanks to all for your dedication to preserving our beautiful suburban Woodcliff Lake community.

We would like to thank everyone on the Zoning Board for their unanimous decision in last week’s denial of the 188 application for the second time based on the fact that the application was not substantially different from the previous application. The Zoning Board also voted unanimously to deny the case of office space hardship. It was also revealed by appraisal documentation acquired by a concerned citizen through OPRAH that the owners’ intentions were to construct an apartment complex prior to their purchase. We greatly appreciate everyone’s efforts to protect the quality of life in Woodcliff Lake.

The members of S.H.I.N.E are very proud in how our community collectively came together in fighting to set a precedent. Your support in attending the Zoning Board meetings, watching on TV, writing letters, spreading info with neighbors, asking questions and sharing your comments and concerns is greatly appreciated.

This fight is not completely over. At the conclusion of the Zoning Board Meeting, Paul Kaufman (part-owner and applicant lawyer) stated “…For now”. Currently the applicant has an appeal for the 2019 denial that is awaiting a decision by Judge Padovano.

For more detailed information, please look at the articles in the July 24 edition of the Pascack Press.

The S.H.I.N.E group asks for your continued support in protecting our town from predatory developers.

Key Reasons Why 188 Broadway Application is Bad for Woodcliff Lake

The proposed density for 188 Broadway is 14.68 units per acre (53 unit / 3.609 acres)
The proposed density is extraordinarily high and far exceeds the density of the complaint filed by the WCL Governing Body vs. Saddle River (8 units per acre).
Far exceeds the most recently approved Affordable Housing Development at 230 Broadway / Highview (6.81 units per acre).
Far above 62 Broadway which was approved before WCL became aware of the impacts of high-density development. This property is 10 units per acre (14 units / 1.399 acres).
The current Master Plan prohibits market rate multi-family housing.
The 230 Broadway 100% Affordable Housing Development, which has been approved and settled, is in close proximity to 188 Broadway (it's only 320 feet away). This development will have 16 affordable units on 2.348 acres which equates to 6.81 units per acre
Woodcliff Lake has met its Affordable Housing Development requirements. There is no need for further development to satisfy Affordable Housing.
Why should the 188 Broadway property be allowed to have a much higher density than the most recently approved affordable housing settlement?
At the March 15, 2021 Mayor & Council meeting the public was notified that pursuant to the Mayor & Council's direction, the WCL borough lawyer filed a complaint challenging Saddle River's zoning ordinance seeking to rezone 78 Woodcliff Lake Road from a one-family dwelling to an 8 unit per acre dwelling for a total of 16 units. That challenge has been filed.
From this notification, we can see that the elected officials of WCL feel that 8 units or more per acre does not fit the character of Woodcliff Lake
To ensure uniformity within Woodcliff Lake, the same standards should be applied throughout our town, including 188 Broadway
Over-development on Broadway will affect police, fire and ambulance response times caused by the increased commuter traffic which has been steadily increasing over the years.
Emergency response time will be affected by the increased congestion on Broadway, delays with trains at the station, increased train frequency, and more backups on the causeway.
WCL residents could face life and death situations due to delays in response times for first responders.
The decision made for this application will determine the future of development in Woodcliff Lake. Any piece of open land will be subject to the standards set forth by the zoning board's decision.
The developer's plan to squeeze a second building and 53 apartments onto 3.609 acres does not allow for a live/work/play lifestyle
High-Density is contradictory to the character of Woodcliff Lake
The proposed application will change the character of Woodcliff Lake by opening the floodgates for other similar high-density apartments to be developed.
Woodcliff Lake zoning should not be determined by spot variances.
As per the County of Bergen, the Department of Planning & Engineering's requirements and conditions for approval submitted by the applicant - paragraph 15, the county reserves the right to impose left turn restrictions into and out of the 188 Broadway site if necessary to ensure the safe and efficient movement of traffic along Broadway
Based on the county's paragraph 15 condition, it appears that the county foresees potential traffic problems with the ingress/egress at 188 Broadway. In other words, left turns into and out of 188 Broadway will be difficult to navigate safely.
188 Broadway has only one driveway in and out of the property. The addition of vehicles exiting and entering the proposed complex will cause significant traffic backups due to the nearby traffic light and train stops currently that are occurring at least 28 times a day.
The applicant is requesting a waiver of Section 292-27A of the WCL Borough Code, the applicant is requesting zero (0) interior loading berths, but as per Section 292-27A, this application requires 2 loading berths.
The applicant is claiming only one (1) loading berth is required; however, Section 292-27A requires one berth for the first 20,000 ft. of building size. The applicant's proposed architectural plans propose 59,201sq feet. As per the code footnotes, two (2) interior loading berths are required from 40,000sq feet to 100,000sq feet.
Section 292-27A states "Each loading space shall not be less than 12 feet in width and 50 feet in length; and the height clearance shall not be less than 12 feet...Off-street loading space shall not be included in any fire prevention zone, within 25 feet of any fire hydrant or stand pipe or within 10 feet of any entrance way or pedestrian walkway or any other general means of entry to and from a building...nor shall it block or in any way interfere with the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic in the area..."
Where will all the unloading and uploading for delivery trucks, Fed-Ex, UPS, Amazon, and first responders take place? There is a good reason that the Zoning Code requires off-street loading berths.
WCL Ordinance 19-07 sets design standards for B-1 Broadway District and S-O Special Office District zones. The 188 Broadway application should follow all the rules set forth by Ordinance 19-07.
Ordinance 19-07 6-b "Required Open Space Dedication on Larger Projects" stipulates that  "projects equal to or exceeding one (1) acre in size shall provide a publicly accessible pocket park, courtyard or plaza that meets the following standards: The open space shall be at least 2,000 square feet."
The applicant is proposing zero (0) square feet of interior landscaping.
The applicant could consider one mixed-use building ground floor retail and a few apartments above the retail level. This will make it possible to comply with Ordinance 19-07. 

Do You Know What's Happening On Broadway? 

188 Broadway Re-Application 2021

The owners of the office building at 188 Broadway have re-applied to the Zoning Board for variances to change this commercial building to residential.
33 one-bedroom and 4 two bedroom apts in the existing building
Build another 2 story building on the same site with 12 one-bedroom and 4 two-bedroom units
Total of 53 High Density Apartments at 188 Broadway. Note: Our town has fulfilled its Affordable Housing obligations; therefore there is no need for additional housing units to be constructed.

Approximate Rental Apartments Planned on Broadway

16 Approved Affordable Housing Units - 230 Broadway
12 Approved Affordable Housing Units - VFW 281 Broadway
10 Approved Affordable Housing Units - 1 Coles Crossing*
14 Rental Units Over 5 Retail - 62 Broadway (Built)
18 Affordable Housing Units - Broadway Village (Built approx 20 years ago)
*Coles Crossing could generate 57 market value units in addition to the 10 Affordable units.
70 Affordable Housing Units Approved & Pending on Broadway
53 Rental Market Unit Application to be heard by Zoning Board - May 25
123 up to 180+ Total Rental Units if 188 Broadway is approved  
This could be the beginning. If 188 Broadway is approved, the flood gates will open for other developers.
Developers are taking advantage of the Mt. Laurel decision to force towns to build large numbers of market rate apartments while only setting aside 15% for Affordable Housing.
It appears Woodcliff Lake Officials are pushing for most of the Affordable Housing to be on Broadway, one of the most congested roads in town.
Don't forget to include the current 28 trips per day into the Woodcliff Lake train station. This causes backups not only on Broadway, but on Prospect Avenue, Highview Avenue and the Causeway.

78 Woodcliff Lake Road - Saddle River Affordable Housing

78 Woodcliff Lake Road in Saddle River, which abuts Apple Ridge Road in WCL, is designated for Affordable Housing. This property will be re-zoned from a single-family home to a 16 multi-family unit residence with a density of 8 units per acre. 

A complaint has been filed by the WCL Mayor & Council  and the Borough Attorney which challenges Saddle River's zoning ordinance because a density of 8 units per acre is considered too high for WCL. 
Read More About 78 Woodcliff Lake Road
78 Woodcliff Lake Road

WCL Master Plan Survey

Master Plan Survey
The Borough of Woodcliff Lake is preparing a new Master Plan and residents are invited to participate in a virtual Master Plan Community Meeting. The goal is to identify strategies to guide the future of the Borough. The Master Plan is adopted by the Planning Board but community input is extremely important.

Complete the surveys which was included in the latest town Newsletter, or you can complete the On-Line form. 

The Community Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:30pm.

Click here to join the Zoom Meeting.

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