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Opinion: Act 250 process protected Ferrisburgh from sprawl

Posted on December 19, 2014 |
By Nick Patch



I applaud the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and their recent ruling on the proposed Denecker development at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A in Ferrisburgh. Their ruling that this development would encourage sprawl development in the Route 7 corridor is spot on. The Route 7 corridor in Ferrisburgh is under huge development pressure and I am pleased that the ANR and the Addison County Regional Planning commission recognize that.

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Ferrisburgh selling land, town officials upset by Act 250 process

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — After a second potential buyer pulled out, the Ferrisburgh selectboard has put the town’s 34.91-acre parcel next to Vergennes back on the market, four years after the board originally sought a buyer.

Town officials remain upset with the Act 250 process and a new law that prompted auto dealer Tom Denecker to walk away from a $350,000 deal to buy the land.

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Opinion: Acts 248 and 250 need local input

Posted on November 26, 2014 |
By Paul Stone



Tom Denecker, Denecker Chevrolet, has withdrawn his Act 250 application to build a new car store at the corner of routes 22A and 7 in Ferrisburgh, per the Addison Independent, Nov. 20. Apparently he saw no hope of a permit in the face of opposition from the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, the Agency of Natural Resources, and Vermont Natural Resources Council. The application process was overwhelming and not worth the expense and the fight, per Denecker.

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Denecker ends land deal, citing Act 250

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Pointing to the cost of and uncertain result for his ongoing Act 250 application, Denecker Chevrolet owner Tom Denecker recently told the town of Ferrisburgh he was giving up on his $350,000 purchase of town-owned land at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.

In a Nov. 6 letter to the town, Denecker said his decision was a result of his inability to satisfy the “conditions to close” contingency in his purchase-and-sale agreement with Ferrisburgh.

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Denecker's Rt. 22A plan eyed as possible sprawl

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Issues of scenic impact and traffic came to the forefront at an Oct. 23 Act 250 hearing in the Ferrisburgh town office building that was devoted to Chevrolet dealer Tom Denecker’s plan to consolidate his two existing locations at a new site, the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.

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Whiskey maker gets Act 250 permit for Shoreham distillery

Posted on April 10, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — The District 9 Environmental Commission on Monday issued an Act 250 permit to WhistlePig LLC to build a rye whiskey distillery and related infrastructure off Quiet Valley Road in Shoreham, a decision that comes after a lengthy and at-times bruising battle between the applicants and neighbors of the budding new enterprise.

The permit specifically allows WhistlePig to make the following additions to the 467-acre farm, owned by company founder Raj Peter Bhakta:

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Community Forum: Why WhistlePig is not a farm

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By Ron Shems



This week’s writer is Ron Shems, chair of the Natural Resources Board, the agency that administers Act 250.

There has been a lot of press coverage of a recent letter issued by Act 250 on whether the WhistlePig LLC distillery is “farming” for Act 250 purposes. The complete story should be heard.

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WhistlePig Act 250 opinion could affect Vermont agriculture

Posted on February 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — Raj Peter Bhatka’s argument that his proposed whiskey distillery should be considered a farm operation does not hold water and therefore should be subject to Act 250 review as a commercial enterprise, according to a recent opinion issued by District 9 Environmental Commission Coordinator Jeffrey Green.

And the reason Green believes Bhatka’s argument doesn’t hold water is because the whiskey he would make will hold a lot of water.

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Whistle Pig, neighbor at odds over Act 250 permit and right to expand operation

Posted on January 14, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



SHOREHAM — A disagreement between Whistle Pig Rye LLC and Solar Haven Farm LLC, neighboring property owners on Bates Road in Shoreham, may be going to court.

A pre-hearing conference is scheduled with lawyers from both parties on Tuesday, Jan. 15, with site visits to both farms.

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Goshen Zoning Board OKs gravel pit on Route 73 property

Posted on December 10, 2012 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



GOSHEN — Town officials in Goshen have approved a three-year gravel removal project on property located on Route 73.

The Goshen Zoning Board of Adjustment granted a conditional use permit for mineral extraction to property owners John Sherry, William Tessier and Clifford Bauman to mine roughly 100,000 cubic yards of gravel from their property located on the south side of Route 73, approximately 1,200 feet east of the intersection of Route 73 and Hathaway Road.

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