Saturday, May 11, 2013

Development Review Board scrutinizes helipad: Dover, Windham County, Vermont

DOVER -- Brady Sullivan LLC applied to the Development Review Board to consider granting its owners permission to use a parcel of their property for helicopters to land and take off.

Dover Zoning Administrator Dave Cerchio had sent the New Hampshire realty company owner a notice of violation on March 22. He believed using the property for landing helicopters is breaking zoning bylaws.

"I guess it’s a mode of transportation for them," said Cerchio. "I guess it’s convenience. We have an airport in town they could certainly land them in."

He told the Reformer that he doesn’t usually ask questions but looks at the zoning bylaw, which he believed had been violated.

Brady Sullivan, who is the land owner and developer of Snow Vidda, had been using that property on the Vidda condominium complex to land his helicopters. When they received a notice of violation from Cerchio, they hired attorney Richard Perra to appeal it.

On May 9, the Dover DRB will hold a hearing to discuss the application and the possibility of allowing the Snow Vidda land owner to use the property as a helipad.

"They had on occasion, three times a year or so, landed on their own property with their own helicopter," said Perra.

He told the Reformer that if the DRB denies their request, they will likely seek permits.

"Except as hereinafter provided, no land development as defined herein may occur unless in  conformity with the regulations herein specified for the district in which it is located," stated Cerchio’s violation notice. "Any use not permitted by this bylaw shall be deemed prohibited, except as provided in Section 490."

On May 2, Perra met with Cerchio to explore options for Brady Sullivan. Nothing was decided and the applicant is "waiting to be heard."

Cerchio told the Reformer that he wasn’t saying the applicant could not do it. But, Sullivan would need to obtain the proper permits to legally have a helipad on the property.

"They said they’re not breaking zoning laws," said Cerchio. "The uses are not provided for. The Planning Commission is saying that out of these 70 uses, there may be others out there ... They may want to put in for a permit."


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