Law & Justice

Denville Zoning Board Meeting Discusses Hot Topic in Lakefront Community


DENVILLE, NJ-- Tensions ran high at a recent zoning board meeting after an issue was brought to the table about construction to a home in the Cedar Lake community.

The house in question, at 30 Cedar Lake East, is in the process of getting renovated but lawyers representing other homeowners in the area claim that building permits were unjustly given to the owner of the property.

Prior to the start of renovation, the lot housed a small boathouse that the owner, Thomas “T.J.” Carlyon, used as a cabana-getaway not too far from his full-time residence. Carlyon, unaware of any issues after he received permits to begin construction, started to turn the small boathouse into a two-story residence.

Sign Up for E-News

Lawyers, Mr. Sweeney and Mr. Thomas, representing two homeowners in the same community, stated that converting a boathouse to a residence would require all new permits; a process that was allegedly bypassed by the zoning official.

“Plans call for a bedroom, a stove, a bathroom, a shower, a water closet,” Thomas said. “If it looks like a residence and smells like a residence, it probably is a residence.”

While the zoning official, Salvatore Poli, claims he was aware of the intention to convert the structure into a house, he says that the owner of the property was simply going upwards and it is customary in Denville that such a renovation doesn’t require any additional permits or variances.

Thomas then said that the plot size is far too small, by law, to have a house on it. Additionally, he argued, even though it’s not unusual to allow a property owner to expand upwards, turning it into a house would change it from a nonconforming use property into a residence.

Such a change would require a whole new set of permits, variances, and inspections before construction could begin. According to Thomas, this did not occur, meaning any permits to renovate the boathouse should not have been issued.

In addition to claiming that permits were not issued correctly, Thomas and Sweeney claim that this construction has decreased property values in the area because it obstructs others’ view of the lake.

Poli claims that he saw nothing wrong in allowing the current structure to be expanding upwards but received a letter from Carlyon in late June saying that he would take off the second floor and restore it back to its original use. Poli, accepting this as a withdrawal of the plans, thought the issue had been resolved.

Carlyon was called to speak and said he was not withdrawing the plans; an action that would require him to resubmit all paperwork and reapply for permits. Instead, Carlyon decided that he would apply for an amendment to the original plans, which included the removal of the second floor and restoration of the original boathouse, taking out any amenities that would label it a residence.

As the meeting hit its one hour, then two hours, and even three hour mark, residents began to voice their disagreement with the actions of the witnesses and lawyers. Residents could be heard shouting out their opinions about all parties involved throughout the duration of the meeting.

As the meeting closed without a final resolution, the zoning board decided that they did not have enough information to vote on whether construction could continue or if it would have to be halted and Carlyon reapply for all his permits.

The next hearing on the matter was scheduled for the September 16 zoning board meeting. Just as the meeting was closing, James Rodimer, a member of the board, asking if Carlyon would take down the second floor in the time being as a show of good faith. Members in the audience applauded as the meeting came to a close after more than three hours of testimony and questioning.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend; July 13 - 15

July 13, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jump for's the weekend! Don't let Friday the 13th scare you away, there are lots of fun things to do in and around town this weekend! Have a great weekend everyone!


Friday July 13

Spirit Animals Glassblowing Class; Morris County School of Glass; 9am - 11am

Mini Summer Camp: Woodsy Walkers; Great Swamp (Chatham); 10am - 11:30am

Tyke ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

July 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and ...

Jersey Central Power & Light Names New Vice President of Operations

July 17, 2018

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) subsidiary, recently named Alex Patton vice president of Operations.  Previously, Patton was director, Operations Services, for Mon Power, a FirstEnergy subsidiary that provides electric service to about 385,000 customers in West Virginia.

In his new position, Patton is responsible for the operation and ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, July 24, 7:00 PM

Kinnelon Public Library, Kinnelon

Northern NJ Libertarian Party Monthly Meeting


Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sings Conclude with Verdi ...

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, July 28, 2:00 PM

Montville Animal Shelter, Montville

Summer Adoption Event at the Montville Animal ...

Home & Garden Other

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.



Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)


If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

Crowdfunding Options for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

Source: Many small start-up businesses and tech ventures in search of capital turn to popular online platforms for crowd fundraising of financial resources to get their concept off the ground and launched into market. Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and GoFundMe, to name a few, offer solutions in generating cash to fund new ideas. How do you get people to contribute to your cause?  Sam Burlum ...