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Public Notice of Fairness Hearing

FORM OF PUBLIC NOTICE 
BOROUGH OF PARK RIDGE 

NOTICE OF FAIRNESS HEARING ON THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT OF THE BOROUGH’S MOUNT LAUREL AFFORDABLE HOUSING DECLARATORY JUDGMENT ACTION RELATED TO THE BOROUGH’S THIRD ROUND AFFORDABLE HOUSING OBLIGATION 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a so-called fairness hearing will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021, commencing at 2:30 PM, before the Honorable Gregg A. Padovano, J.S.C, in Courtroom 331 in the Bergen County Justice Center, 10 Main Street, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601, which hearing may take place by video-teleconference in the event that members of the public are not permitted access to the Bergen County Justice Center due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, to consider whether the terms of a settlement agreement between the Borough of Park Ridge (the “Borough”), Fair Share Housing Center (“FSHC”) and Landmark AR Park Ridge LLC (“Landmark”), dated November 18, 2020 and signed on November 24, 2020 (the “Settlement Agreement”), as well as the settlement agreement between the Borough and Metropolitan Home Development at Werimus (“Metropolitan Home”), dated and signed October 13, 2020 (“Metropolitan Home Agreement”) which would settle the Borough’s Mount Laurel affordable housing declaratory judgment action titled In The Matter Of The Application Of Park Ridge, Docket No. BER-L-6030-15 (the “Declaratory Judgment Action”), are fair and reasonable to the region’s low and moderate income households and should be approved by this Court in accordance with the principles established in Morris County Fair Housing Council v. Boonton Tp., 197 N.J. Super. 359 (Law Div. 1984), aff’d o.b. 209 N.J. Super. 108 (App. Div. 1986), and East/West Venture v. Bor. of Fort Lee, 286 N.J. Super. 311 (App. Div. 1996). 

The Settlement Agreement and Metropolitan Home Agreement address the components of the Borough’s affordable housing obligations for the period 1999-2025, consisting of Present Need (Rehabilitation) Obligation of 15 units, Prior Round (1987-1999) Obligation of 112 units, and Third Round Gap Period Present and Prospective Need Obligation of 225 units. 

The Settlement Agreement and Metropolitan Home Agreement establish compliance mechanisms to satisfy the Present Need (Rehabilitation) Obligation of 15 units, Prior Round (1987-1999) Obligation of 112 units, and Third Round Gap Period Present and Prospective Need Obligation of 225 units. The Settlement Agreement contains detailed explanations of the compliance mechanisms that will be enacted through the subsequent adoption of (1) an amended Housing Element and Fair Share Plan, including a Spending Plan, and (2) implementing ordinances. The Settlement Agreement and Metropolitan Home Agreement are available for public inspection and copying at the requestor’s expense during regular business hours at the Borough Clerk’s Office located in the Borough Municipal Building, 53 Park Avenue, Park Ridge, New Jersey 07656. The Settlement Agreement and Metropolitan Home Agreement are also available on and can be copied from the Borough’s website https://www.parkridgeboro.com. A link for access to any videoconference of the subject hearing will also be available on the Borough’s website. 

Anyone who wishes to object to the settlement on any grounds and wants to be heard by the Court at the Fairness Hearing shall be required to submit their objections in writing to the Court, Special Master Francis J. Banisch III, PP, AICP, Adam Gordon, Esq.; Anthony S. Bocchi, Esq.; Scott E. Reynolds, Esq.; Richard J. Hoff, Jr., Esq.; Brett E. Tanzman, Esq.; and Ronald Shimanowitz, Esq. at the addresses listed below, and no later than December 28, 2020, and if they wish to call any witnesses (lay or expert) to testify at the Fairness Hearing, they shall be required to submit a written summary of any lay testimony and a written expert’s report to the Court, Mr. Banisch, and all counsel listed below, no later than December 28, 2020: 

Honorable Gregg Padovano, J.S.C 
Bergen County Justice Center, Courtroom 331 
10 Main Street 
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601 

Anthony S. Bocchi, Esq. 
Cullen and Dykman, LLP 
433 Hackensack Avenue 
Hackensack, NJ 07601 
Counsel for Plaintiff Borough of Park Ridge 
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Scott E. Reynolds, Esq. 
Reynolds Law Group 
94 South Finley Avenue 
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 
Special Affordable Housing Counsel for Plaintiff Borough of Park Ridge 
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Adam Gordon, Esq. 
Fair Share Housing Center 
510 Park Blvd. 
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002 
Counsel for Intervenor/Defendant, Fair Share Housing Center 
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Richard J. Hoff, Jr., Esq. 
Bisgaer Hoff, LLC 
25 Chestnut Street, Suite 3 
Haddonfield, New Jersey 08033 
Counsel for Intervenor/Defendant, Landmark AR Park Ridge LLC 
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Brett E. Tanzman, Esq. 
Wilf Law Firm, LLP 
820 Morris Turnpike, Suite 201 
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078 
Counsel for Intervenor/Defendant Bear’s Nest Developers, LLC 
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Ronald Shimanowitz, Esq. 
Hutt & Shimanowitz, PC 
459 Amboy Avenue 
Woodbridge, NJ 07095 
Counsel for Intervenor/Defendant, The Metropolitan Home Development at Werimus, LLC 
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Francis J. Banisch, III, PP, AICP 
111 Main Street 
Flemington, New Jersey 08822 
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This notice is provided pursuant to the direction of the Court and is intended to inform interested parties, persons, and entities of the Settlement Agreement and Metropolitan Home Agreement, the Fairness Hearing to be conducted on the Settlement Agreement and Metropolitan Home Agreement, and inform interested parties, persons, and entities that they are able to comment on the Settlement Agreement and Metropolitan Home Agreement before the Court determines whether to approve the Settlement Agreement and Metropolitan Home Agreement. This notice does not indicate any view of the Court as to the fairness, reasonableness, or adequacy of the Settlement Agreement and Metropolitan Home Agreement or whether the Court will approve the Settlement Agreement and Metropolitan Home Agreement.

By: Scott E. Reynolds, Esq.
Special Affordable Housing Counsel for the Borough of Park Ridge

 

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