Jelliff Mill LLC, 41 and 47 Jelliff Mill Road, is appealing the Planning and Zoning and Inland Wetland commissions' decisions to deny its proposed 16-unit townhouse complex.

Ira Bloom, an attorney appointed as a special counsel to the town, said the appeals were filed at state Superior Court in Stamford.

"I think that both commissions issued thorough and complete decisions," Bloom said of the town's position after receiving the appeals.

There are three decisions being appealed, according to Bloom.

Planning and Zoning voted June 26 to deny proposals for amendments to the town zoning regulations and map, which would add a section under "Special Zones" for a Mixed Income Housing Zone and designate the Jelliff Mill property in that zone.

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It also denied the site plan application.

"Considering the commission's charge to protect health, safety and welfare of future residents, neighbors and the public at large, it was the consensus of commission members that substantial public interest exists that the proposed structures be protected from flooding," Planning and Zoning Chairman Laszlo Papp said at that meeting.

He noted the concern that the proposed buildings would be in a flood hazard area, and town regulations require that a floodplain management permit should have been presented.

Papp said the applicants, Bryan and Cheryl Gardiner, represented by attorney Tim Hollister, had indicated at that meeting they would appeal the commission's decision.

Following a series of 10 meetings, Hollister said Tuesday the case is now on hold while town staff compiles documents and public hearing tapes for a record of the project proposal.

He expects court proceedings to begin in September.

Papp agreed, adding, "This is just going to be sort of dormant for a few months."

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