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Mountain Lakes OKs Hotel Zoning in Parsippany's Backyard

Applicant will now go before the planning board with intention to build 5-story hotel on border of two towns.

With a unanimous decision, the Mountain Lakes council voted to amend an ordinance that would make way for the development of a hotel in its business zone on Rt. 46.

Fair enough for that borough, but it’s the residents of Parsippany’s Rainbow Lakes section that will see much of the impact.

A proposed five-story, 60-foot tall hotel can now be considered as an addition to the Villa at Mountain Lakes at 90 US Route 46 in the borough’s business zone after the 7-0 vote to amend the town’s ordinance, according to Borough Manager Robert Tovo. The property, however, backs up to the Rainbow Lakes section of Parsippany.

Separating the two is a railroad line that runs along the border of the neighboring towns.

“This is just the first step in a long process,” Tovo said Tuesday morning. “The applicant still needs to go before the planning board and have everything approved.”

Tovo said this is just phase one of what could be a lengthy process of looking at site plans and getting various approvals from that group.

About 45 people showed up to Monday night’s meeting, Tovo said, many of which gave their opinions for and against the zoning change. There was nothing confrontational about the comments, though, Tovo said.

Two weeks ago residents from Parsippany, including officials like Mayor James Barberio and councilman Robert Peluso, attended the Mountain Lakes council meeting and asked the governing body to hold off one more time on making a vote. The neighboring town obliged, but did not waver in its support this week.

Gerald Frungillo, co-owner of the Villa at Mountain Lakes, told the Daily Record earlier this month, “I’ve got to tell (the council) I’m not going to have runoff, I have to tell them there won’t be more traffic. I have to prove all that before I get a building permit.”

Nicholas Robert Homyak March 25, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Perhaps the ML Rezone for the Hotel should redevelop in Parsippany closer to the Hotels and already developed areas. If they want to get that big, with the aid of a large hotel developers. Here how Not having a Regional Master Plan hurts us.
Wilnj March 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM
From looking at the photo, it doesn't look like this will have much impact in terms of developed surface area, the site is already completely paved over.
Kevin Brancato March 26, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Hey, I know, Nick. Put it at waterview something needs to go there and everyone is already pissed off about that area. So why get a whole new group upset. The neighbors already proved to be strong opponents there. In other words Nick make up your mind which backyard you want developed. Or which tree you want to hug.
Kevin Brancato March 26, 2014 at 07:21 AM
Oh yeah, I forgot. How about that sweet pension for your guy that's running the Highlands commission? No dirty politics there? Right? It's only dirty in Parsippany huh? So you still believe we should all leave our zoning to a bunch of State appointed politicians who have every towns best interest at heart? Wake up Nick. We need to control, in town, what's in our best interest. Everyone around this town is doing the same and I really wonder who influences your Highlands group.
Pete March 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM
"Money talks, and nobody walks" -- except those of us who can't wait to knock the dust of this nasty little burg off our sandals. Parsippany -- the place to HAVE BEEN.

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