by Ray Boas
Between 150 and 175 concerned residents attended this evening’s Planning Board meeting to hear James Phippard – Brickstone Land Use Consultants – present a request for a Public Hearing for a recommendation to the ZBA for a Special Exception: D&C Transportation, Orleans, Vt. Map 10, Lot 2, Rural/Agriculture district for a filling station and convenience store with a Drive Thru.
The turnout exceeded the usual attendance at Walpole Town Meetings even though the public was not entitled to speak during the request for a Public Hearing at a future date. The Planning Board accepted the request for a Public Hearing, to be held at its next meeting, May 8.
Below is Concept Plan for the proposed gas station/convenience store on 1.5 acres of land at the intersection of South Street and Route 12. Per D&C Transportation’s application for an exception to the Zoning Ordnance to build here, “an appropriate site for this type of use requires a minimum of two to three acres of vacant developable land…” The proposal includes space for three semi-trucks (which usually idle while parked), 18 parking spaces, and 10 spaces for fuel filling.
This evening’s audience – Image Courtesy Tom Winmill
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Thank you, Ray Boas, Publisher, THE WALPOLE CLARION