DRB approves final plan for Rice Lumber property

The Development Review Board approved the final plan application for the Rice Lumber property on Feb. 3. Four existing lots will be divided into six commercial lots and four will be used for residences. Two new buildings higher on the ridge and southwest of the existing structures will be erected as the main retail centers, and the existing buildings will be razed within a year after the completion of the new complex.

Materials from the old buildings will be recycled. The four commercial lots fronting on Shelburne Road will be developed on demand, subject to approval by the DRB. The four residential lots are reserved for family members. The four commercial lots and the residences will be linked by a new road called Jay Walk which will connect to the Longmeadow Drive intersection.

Consultants representing Wake Robin presented their preliminary application for additions to the existing health and community centers as well as the construction of a new residential building which would have 55 new units. The application was continued to the DRB’s Feb. 17 meeting so that representatives could meet with appropriate town and state officials to clarify fire, highway, and stormwater provisions. DRB will also conduct a site visit to the property on Feb. 10. They will also approve an application by Lake Champlain Transportation to reconstruct an 84-year-old marine railway dry dock. It will extend an additional 32’ into the water and steel tracks will replace the existing wooden ones.

The DRB also heard an application by Maura Wygmans of Classic Homes for sketch plan approval for re-subdividing five lots into four. The property at 539 Irish Hill Road had previously been approved as a five lot subdivision, with new homes being accessed off Thompson Road. Wygmans stated that the property is better suited for four homes. Thompson Road neighbors asked that she reconsider the location of the proposed driveways so as to prevent headlight glare into other homes and assure that driveways would not be directly across from existing ones. In considering the proposal, the DRB was uncertain if it would be necessary to reclassify this project as a major subdivision or as a request for a boundary line adjustment. After closing the hearing, the DRB decided to deliberate the matter after the legalities could be explored in more depth.

At their Jan. 20 meeting, the DRB also approved a sketch plan application for a new free-standing building no larger than 30,000 square feet at the Automaster complex on Shelburne Road. The new building would house their Honda dealership. The net step in the process is review of a preliminary plan application.

At their December 16th meeting, the DRB approved a design review application submitted by William Posey for a new residential duplex on Fisher Place, off Falls Road, provided that the modifications proposed by the Historic Preservation and Design Review Commission be incorporated into the plan.

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