Oct 28, 2019

Marc D. Jonas, Esq. Prevails in Concord Township 2-Year Zoning Contest

For 22 months, Marc D. Jonas, Esq. has represented residential landowners opposing an apartment and townhome complex on a 60 acre parcel of pristine land in Concord Township, Delaware County. On October 15, 2019, following closing arguments, the Concord Township Council unanimously denied the developer’s proposal — a tremendous victory for the residential landowners. Among the numerous objectionable design elements, the developer proposed 60 foot high apartment buildings 52 feet away from the property lines of homes in a long-established residential neighborhood. The developer chose not to disclose the appearance or architecture of the townhouses and apartment buildings, which one elected official characterized as “massive”.

Since January, 2018, Mr. Jonas attended 23 hearings to present evidence and argue opposition to the plan and the negative implications this proposed development would have on local neighbors, the township, and the environment. Michael E. Peters, Esq. and Mark D. Eastburn, Esq., both of Eastburn and Gray, were part of the legal team for the residents.

Among his notable accomplishments, Mr. Jonas was named 2018 Lawyer of the Year for Litigation in Land Use and Zoning Law in the Philadelphia area and 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Land Use and Zoning Law in the Philadelphia area by Best Lawyers in America®. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Jonas is recognized as a Leader in Real Estate/Land Use law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. His peers have recognized him as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer,” and he has been selected repeatedly by U.S. News as a “Best Lawyer” in both Land Use and Zoning Law and Land Use and Zoning litigation for the Philadelphia Metropolitan area.

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