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Controversial Townhouse Plan to be Heard—Again

Zoning Board spent more than three years deliberating development before denying it, but now will hear the case again.

The contentious  in June after more than three years of consideration has returned.

Now, the plan to build a  near a residential section including Mountain Way, Rocky Heights and South Powder Mill Road is coming back before the body.

At the Wednesday night ZBA meeting, President Robert Iracane announced that the matter is coming up for a re-hearing on Aug. 15 to consider revised information concerning the project's application.

"I guess I am not surprised," said Rick Jilleba, who headed Preserve Mountain Way, a residents' group opposed to the townhouse proposal. "This is a little quicker than I expected."

Mosberg's attorney Robert Garofalo argued for months as to the suitability of the project, noting that the developer, who initially wanted to build 38 for-sale townhouses forseniors, changed the plan to have only 22 units and no age restrictions in answer to resident complaints.

Still, Preserve Mountain Way and other residents of single-family homes near the location of the proposed development argued that.

On June 6, the board of adjustment sided with the residents and voted down the application, 4-3.

It's unlikely that many would find the news shocking.

At the time of the application's now-temporary defeat, vocal opponent Arnt Thuen, who lives on Mountain Way, said he expected the June 6 vote would not be the end of the prospect of development in his neighborhood.

"We'll just continue the conversation if we have to," he told Patch.

As for Jilleba, he has not yet indicated whether he would take up the fight again.

g July 12, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Study the subject for 3 years then deny it. Then study the same subject for three more years and again deny it. Sounds like somebody forgot to put the meat back in the refrigerator. When members of the board receive their paychecks, courtesy of the taxpayers, you can hear the board say, I do believe I deserve this for the job well done.
patchitup1 July 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Recycle the old councilman recycle the old developer who he has lunch with every sat? Do we see a trend here? Just saying
Robert J Iracane July 12, 2012 at 04:00 PM
With all due respect, Natalie we have only agreed to hear the applicant's request to reopen the hearing with revised information. Robert J Iracane Chairman Parsippany Zoning Board of Adjustment
joe raich July 12, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Mr. Iracane, How can you let Mosberg present any argument before the Zoning Board, and attempt extortion of the town council and taxpayers of Parsippany at the same time ??? Is there any town official that doesn't need investigating ??? Don't you agree that Mossberg should serve the rest of his days in jail ???
clyde donovan July 12, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I think the federal prosecution of Parsippany's ex-planning board attorney Montefusco shows that Mosberg owns the planning and zoning process in Parsippany.
Bob Keller July 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Members of the Board of Adjustment and members of the Planning Board are volunteers. Neither are paid positions.
Carol M. July 14, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Mr Raich it would seem your talents aren't being put to their full potential; have you ever considered pursuing a judgeship? I'm not sure where your background lies but with your keen ability to sort through rhetoric to seek the facts and your unrelenting defense of the Constitution and Civil Rights, I do believe you may have missed your calling.
Natalie Davis (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Thanks, I added that.

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