Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board Approves Warehouse and T-Mobile Tower

In a recent Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board meeting, members approved a proposed warehouse development on Jefferson Road and a temporary T-Mobile antenna installation, addressing community concerns and imposing conditions to mitigate potential impacts. The warehouse project, poised to reconcile commercial and residential zoning inconsistencies, and the T-Mobile tower, necessary for uninterrupted service during a transition period, stood out as notable topics.

The proposed warehouse development has been a point of discussion and debate due to its potential impact on surrounding residential areas. The applicant for the 299 Jefferson Road project emphasized that warehousing is an allowed use within the current zoning, while also highlighting efforts to comply with heightened buffer standards. These efforts included the elimination and mitigation of relief that could affect neighboring residents. Additionally, infrastructure improvements were addressed, such as enhanced stormwater controls and a proposed planting buffer, which the applicant described as a substantial improvement under the proposed conditions.

The applicant also took measures to comply with acoustic standards by hiring an expert witness and adjusting the building’s position. These steps were taken in response to concerns raised by both the board and the surrounding community regarding noise levels. While some board members were concerned about the potential impact on quality of life for nearby residents, others noted the thoroughness of the applicant’s efforts to address these concerns and adhere to regulatory standards.

During the meeting, the homeowners association introduced conditions for approval, which included the installation of a landscaping buffer, signage to prohibit truck idling, and no outdoor storage of materials. They also sought clarification on building elevations, sound wall inspection, and a construction schedule. The applicant’s attorney confirmed their agreement to these conditions, emphasizing the need for adaptive reuse of the property and acknowledging the changing demand for office space post-pandemic. The attorney also underscored the history of commercial development along Jefferson Road and its effects on adjacent residential zones.

Public comments reflected unease about nighttime operations, with residents requesting limitations on truck activities during these hours, monitoring of sound levels, and adherence to township code standards for construction hours. The applicant’s attorney reassured that the applicant would comply with noise regulations and construction hour restrictions.

The board ultimately approved the warehouse application, with conditions such as compliance with noise requirements, restrictions on idling and outdoor storage, and monitoring for noise compliance and runoff standards. Additional conditions included signage for emergency vehicles and snow removal, prioritizing noise and landscaping buffers, reducing lighting, and annual inspection of the sound wall.

Another topic of significant interest was the proposed temporary T-Mobile antenna installation. The representative from T-Mobile explained the need for the temporary tower, which aimed to maintain service to customers during the period between the demolition of an existing building and the construction of a permanent replacement. The board probed into the specifics of the installation, such as the height of the tower, its equipment, and the potential impacts on the nearby daycare facilities and developments. The T-Mobile engineer assured that the temporary site would be closely monitored, and the area would be restored once the temporary tower was removed.

The board scrutinized plans for the visual impact of the tower and the mitigation measures to be employed. A professional planner presented the plans and reassured the board about the engineering and adherence to electrical codes. The board debated the timeline for the transition to a permanent site, with the applicant requesting up to six months but noting that it could take longer. A representative of the property owner highlighted the expected timeline for obtaining the permit and the possibility of a prolonged process.

The application for the temporary T-Mobile facility was approved, with conditions related to compliance with guidelines, filing permits for the temporary site within 30 days, and providing an update on the permanent facility within six months. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
James R. Barberio
Planning Board Officials:
Barberio, Anil Dadheech, Michael de Pierro, Tom Dinsmore, Dominic Mele, Gordon Meth, Nick Napolitano, Ted Stanziale, Jennifer Vealey, John Von Achen, Stuart Wiser (Board Planner), Andrew Cangiano (Board Engineer), Dan Lagana (Board Attorney), Nora Jolie (Board Secretary)

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