Hinesburg DRB tackles multiple development projects Oct. 7

By Gail Callahan
The Hinesburg Selectboard appointed Andrea Bayer as the new, full-time, acting member of the Development Review Board (DRB) with John Lyman and Kevin Cheney as alternates.
Catamount/Malone:
Developer Larry Williams presented a revised application for the former Saputo Cheese Plant on Vermont 116. The new application includes an additional request for a conditional use permit to fill in three pools used to collect waste water. The revised parking proposals would make use of the area south of the building and fill from that site would be used to level the pools. With the new parking location, some type of lighting will likely be installed. Board members noted lighting on a pole would best meet the project’s needs.
While parking concerns were quickly settled, Williams appeared to be uncomfortable with a condition of the permit, stipulating no new tenants may come in until building plans are finalized. He has a prospective client who wants to store high-end vehicles in a garage at the site. Williams argued in favor of letting the proposed client set-up shop, noting no customer traffic in and out of the site will occur. The panel approved the use.
Williams will present a final review of the parking scheme to the Board at a later date.
With support from a Hinesburgh Public House representative, the Board approved the site plan revision as well as a Conditional Use permit for the three pools.
David Carse:
The Board approved David Carse’s proposal for a four-lot subdivision on a 181-acre parcel covering Charlotte and Baldwin roads. No new changes were presented during the application phase. According to the Hinesburg Planning and Zoning office, each of the two lots on Baldwin Road will receive one development allotment unit. The remaining portion is slated to go to the area known as Lot 1.
Bart Keinath:
A miscommunication between town officials and Bart Keinath led to Kenaith raising a roof of an existing home without the necessary building permit. After Keinath was made aware of the issue, he submitted an application for a Conditional Use permit. The raising of the roof was caused by construction on the front porch of the Silver Street structure. A small cupola, no higher than 35 feet, may also be added. Despite the original misstep, the Board gave the go-ahead for the project.
Green Street:
The Board re-opened the public hearing closed on Aug.19. The plan consists of seven, multi-family residential structures with a total of 23 units on 12.3 acres off Charlotte Road. The changes to parking and landscaping presented to the DRB were as follows:
· Eliminating stairs from a proposed sidewalk.
· Addition of bollard lights along sidewalk.
· Several units along Vermont 116 combined, increasing green space.
· Area along Unit 9 has increased green space.
· Other changes involve lighting, landscaping, and grading near eight units.
The Board took no issue with Green Street’s provisions for fire safety, parking, sidewalk stairs, and lighting. However, DRB Chair Zoe Wainer questioned the selection of trees, noting the species weren’t “adequate shade trees.” Wainer also worried the structure might impact green space use along Vermont 116. Member Sarah Murphy also expressed concern about landscaping impacts. She suggested re-tooling the landscaping section of the project, rendering it more “inviting and useable.”
In response to Wainer’s concerns about mass of structure, no building design was completed. For that reason, the Board agreed to continue the meeting on Oct. 21. The Board also asked the Planning and Zoning staff to draft “approval” language for the panel to review at the time and that design ideas for the facade units 4-8 be presented.