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Killington Village permit application will get public hearing

After a meeting of the Killington Planning Commission on May13th, the Commission voted 6-3 to publicly warn a meeting whereby the Commission will review SP Land's application for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) permit and Conceptual Master Plan Review for the long-awaited Killington Ski Village.  This is the first step in what I expect will be a long application, review, and approval process which will involve both the town of Killington and the state of Vermont.

There were arguments by the Killington Town Planning Manager and Planning Commission members both for and against the public hearing.  The argument against the public hearing was led by Dick Horner, town Planning Manager because he felt that the application was incomplete.  Mr. Horner felt that the application lacked the level of detail necessary to fully evaluate the plan and the town would only get "one opportunity to get it right."  David Rosenblum, Chairman of the Planning Commission argued for the public hearing by suggesting that a project of the magnitude proposed by SP Land (a 20-25 year phased-in development) could not be expected to have every detail determined upfront.  Mr. Rosenblum felt that the application should be publicly reviewed and discussed.  At that time, the Planning Commission could identify additional information/detail that would be required to approve the plan.  The idea of a "conditional" approval was also discussed and acknowledged as a possibility.

The result of the discussion was the warning of a public meeting at the Killington town offices on Wednesday, May 27th at 7:30pm.  I urge anyone and everyone with an interest in the future of Killington to attend this meeting.

For the Rutland Herald prospective on this meeting...

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