No new hearing on Dunkin’ Donuts application

The Development Review Board considered a request by Jennifer Prada of Longmeadow Drive to re-open the hearing on the Dunkin’ Donuts application to operate at the location of the former Archie’s Grill at its meeting on Aug. 19.

In her letter, Prada provided anecdotal data based on her observations of traffic at two other Dunkin’ Donut locations on Route 7 showing that the morning rush hour traffic volume at these locations was much higher than the applicant projected. She said, “I am very concerned about the potential increase in traffic during the morning hours when we are bringing our children to school, buses are picking children up, and others are driving to work.

This potential increase in traffic flow is a safety issue for residents of these neighborhoods, especially those children that are biking to school.”
The DRB voted unanimously not to re-open the hearing. The decision approving the application stands for the present, although an appeal may still be filed provided it is received within 45 days of the decision issued on July 5.

The DRB next approved a Design Review Application submitted by Scott Meade for a single-family mobile home in Shelburnewood. The application had previously been approved by the Historic Preservation and Design Review Commission.

A hearing on a subdivision Final Plan Application filed by Bonnie MacGregor to divide her property at 872 Falls Road into two lots for single family homes was continued with an indication of approval pending review by the Historic Preservation and Design Review Commission.

A hearing on a Site Plan Amendment and Conditional Use Application filed by Sage Bagnato who proposes to establish the Vermont Day School at 6701 Shelburne Road, the former site of Heartworks Day Care was also continued with an indication of approval pending review by the Historic Preservation and Design Review Commission. Ten students are currently enrolled for grades K-5, but Bagnato hopes the school will grow to 48 students in grades K-8 in future years.

An application filed by Willard and Jeffery Jackson for removal of dead, diseased or damaged trees on Shelburne Pointe was continued until letters from a landscape architect, arborist or other qualified professional are submitted attesting that their plans meets the requirements for Forest Management Zones.

The next meeting of the Development Review Board will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7pm in the Municipal Center.

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