At its meeting on Feb. 17, the Development Review Board again continued the hearing on the appeal by Champlain Housing Trust of the notice of violation issues by the town. This time, the hearing was continued at the request of the town manager because the town is working on providing additional information requested in an informal discovery process by Champlain Housing Trust. The appeal is likely to be heard at the DRB’s meeting on March 16.
The DRB considered an application by Precourt Investment Company for preliminary plan, conditional use and design review approval for a re-subdivision of three lots in the Shelburne Shopping Park and a 5,000 square foot addition to the Rite-Aid pharmacy with a drive-through window for dropping off and picking up prescriptions. The sketch plan for this project had been discussed and approved by the DRB on Jan. 6. The DRB closed the hearing and directed staff to prepare a decision approving the application.
The DRB also considered the subdivision preliminary plan application submitted by Wake Robin. The application proposed renovating some existing buildings and constructing a new building with 55 residential units. DRB members had previously discussed this application and made a site visit on Feb. 10. The Wake Robin Corporation and the highway department have not reached agreement on the department’s position that Wake Robin needs to pay for half of a 1½ inch overlay from Route 7 to Wake Robin Drive to help repair damage from heavy trucking due to construction. DRB members tended to side with the Wake Robin Corporation on the grounds that there is no legal basis nor any precedent for the highway department’s demand. The Wake Robin Corporation also contests the Water Commission’s position that all costs associated with the new water tank should be borne by Wake Robin. After discussion, the DRB closed the hearing and directed staff to prepare a decision approving the application with some conditions.
The DRB decided to continue their discussion of their proposed rules of discovery and evidence to their next meeting which will be held on Wednesday, March 2 at 7pm in the municipal center.