HILLSBOROUGH: Planning head Bruce Rydel begins work

   Hillsborough’s new planning director, Bruce Rydel, began his duties last Thursday, although he has waded into township activities before hanging his hat here daily.
   He attended the township economic development evening meeting in mid-October, and watched as Gov. Christie came to open the Route 206 bypass on Oct. 28.
   On Monday he said he was deep into reviewing applications for this week’s zoning and planning board meetings.
   ”The people here are just terrific,” he said. “I’ve been very impressed with the professionalism throughout the entire building.”
   Mr. Rydel succeeds Robert Ringelheim, who died in June.
   Mr. Rydel started his career in the Middlesex County Planning Department in the mid-1970s, then worked in private development in the 1980s and 90s. His last 17 years were as a consultant, including work for Hillsborough when it looked for ways to develop a former DPW landfill site on Sunnymead Road.
   He also worked with Hillsborough to help design a redevelopment plan for the former federal GSA depot in the southern part of the township.
   Mr. Rydel lives in North Brunswick. He’ll be paid $95,000 per year.