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June 27, 2016

Vermont Litigation Attorney Chris Roy Quoted in VT Digger

Chris Roy Quoted in VT Digger

Chris Roy Quoted in VT Digger on Killington Resort Expansion

In a long-awaited decision, Vermont’s Environmental Court has upheld the land use permit for the first phase of a Killington Resort expansion that eventually is to include 2,300 residential units and 200,000 feet of commercial space.

This first phase includes 32 single-family homes and 193 condominiums on what is now a parking lot at the main base area, plus a base lodge and other commercial structures.

The decision last week upholds the Act 250 District 1 Commission’s approval of the plans in 2013.

The court said the development described in the application will actually improve water quality in nearby Roaring Brook and won’t hurt the area’s aesthetics. A landowner in neighboring Mendon had appealed the permit on those grounds, among others.

The ruling, and the permit application, resulted from lengthy and close collaboration with officials at the Agency of Natural Resources, said Chris Roy, for the project’s principals, who operate under a corporate entity called SP Land Co. LLC. Roy is an attorney in the Burlington office of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC.

The development will help Roaring Brook, Roy said, “because what’s there now is a parking lot.” Stormwater now runs unimpeded from the asphalt into the waterway, he said. That can scour exposed ground and contribute to destabilization of stream banks, according to court documents.

Read the full article on VT Digger

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