Hannaford submits new application in Hinesburg supermarket saga

Members of the group Responsible Growth Hinesburg at the site of the proposed Hannaford supermarket in Hinesburg. File photo by Gail Callahan
HINESBURG- The on-again, off-again battle over building a Hannaford Supermarket in the center of Hinesburg is on again, with the submission of a new application by developers, setting off a new round of reviews.
The town’s Development Review Board, which reviews all development applications, has set a date of Apr. 3 for a meeting about the new proposal, Hinesburg Director of Planning and Zoning Alex Weinhagen said in an email.
White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors, which is based in Burlington, submitted the site plan application, Weinhagen said. The developers are also seeking to amend setback requirements.
David G. White, who filed the applications, said he was not authorized to discuss the project with the media, and referred questions to Hannaford.
Eric Blom, Hannaford’s external communications manager, said the company’s application to the Development Review Board was for “subdivision and site-plan amendments related to the details of stormwater, traffic flow and setback requirements.”
“We respect the regulatory process and will not be making additional comments outside those forums,” Blom said.
The supermarket chain’s initial application, in 2010, to build a 36,000-square-foot store with 128 parking spots on a roughly 5 acre parcel of land in the center of town, was met with instant opposition.
Citizens calling themselves Responsible Growth Hinesburg said the proposed development would be harmful to Hinesburg’s wetlands, streams and water quality, that it was too close to a canal running through the town, and that it would lead to traffic congestion and other problems.
The group won a partial victory late last year when the Vermont Supreme Court, reversing an environmental court ruling in favor of the project, sent the project back for further review.
The 39-page high court ruling focused primarily on the developer’s stormwater management plan. A court hearing is still scheduled in the case, in May.
At the time of the Supreme Court ruling, attorneys for Hannaford said they still had options, and that it was the grocery chain’s intention to “press forward.” One option, attorneys said at the time, would be to submit a new application.
Mitchel Cypes, Hinesburg’s Development Review Coordinator, said he was “in the early stages of reviewing” the new applications. He conceded that Hannaford “has a lot of history” with Hinesburg, “but I’m going to review, using the town’s regulations.”
James Dumont, an attorney for Responsible Growth Hinesburg, did not respond to a request for comment.
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