Planner Predicts No More Big Housing Developments In Mahwah

Population growth in Mahwah slowed significantly in the last 10 years

Mahwah won’t likely see any major housing developments or spurts in population, planner Joe Burgis predicted .

The document, which sets forth planning goals for the future of the township, does not contain many suggested changes to the current residential make-up of Mahwah, he said.

“In terms of residential planning, we’re not making many changes at all,” Burgis said.

In response to a question from a resident at the public hearing presentation, Burgis said he doesn’t anticipate anymore “dramatic changes” in residential development in Mahwah. The days of adding multi-family units like the condo complexes off of Ridge Road and Franklin Turnpike are likely “in the past,” he said.

“If you look at the increases in population [over the past few decades], you’ll see Mahwah is seeing nothing significant in terms of population growth. It really has slowed.”

Census data from Bergen County shows the large growth spurts in population seen between 1980 and 1990 and between 1990 and 2000 slowed significantly between 2010 and 2000.


Total Population

Change from previous census



+1,828 (7.6%)



+6,157 (34.4%)


17 905

+5,778 (47.6%)



+1,327 (12.3%)



+ 3,424 (46.4%)



+ 2,496 (51.1%)




Burgis called the community “close to full build out” in terms of the number of residents.

So, Patch wants to know, do you agree with the prediction, and if it’s right, are you happy about it? Comment with your thoughts below.


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JP September 13, 2012 at 01:14 AM
As the baby boomers in America increase over the next 30 years, we will probably see a large increase in assisted living facilities across the country. I'm sure Mahwah will be included in that demographic. I hope the "Master Plan" doesn't exclude senior living facilities, does it?
JP September 13, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I should say - as the baby boomers retire - .


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