The traffic expert hired by the village believes the proposed four downtown multi-family housing projects could ease traffic issues while improving pedestrian safety, according to a report on northjersey.com.
The four developers are willing to enter into public-private agreements to improve signage, sidewalks, traffic lights and curbing, the report said.
It would be "a way to address persistent traffic problems," said traffic expert John Jahr, according to the article.
Residents have expressed concern that the projects, if approved, would tax an already overburdened village with traffic.
Other types of development – like businesses – would be more intensive, Jahr said, according to the report.
Ridgewood's planning board is considering creating a new zone that would allow the developments to be constructed.
The Master Plan amendment would need to be approved by the council for the individual plans to be ruled on by the planning board.
Proposed are Ridgewood Station, at 114 rental units; The Dayton, at 106 units; Chestnut Village, at 50 units; and The Enclave, at 50 units.