Archive for October 31st, 2012

Rutland Herald: Vt. Court Ruling Favors Woodstock Affordable Housing

From Wednesday, October 31st, 2012:


BURLINGTON — The Vermont Supreme Court on Monday affirmed an Environmental Court decision to permit a 36-unit housing development in Woodstock.

The Woodstock Community Trust, a community nonprofit group, purchased an 8-acre parcel on Route 4 in West Woodstock to develop affordable housing. The Woodstock Development Review Board approved construction in June 2007, but neighbors near the proposed site appealed the decision.

The Environmental Court ruled in WCT’s favor in Oct. 2008 but neighbors appealed again. The Environmental Court ruled in WCT’s favor a second time in Oct. 2011 until neighbors took their case to the Supreme Court.

WCT is pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision and are moving forward with the project.

“The Vermont Supreme Court decided in favor of Woodstock Community Trust on all counts,” said Patsy Highberg of the Woodstock Community Trust. “It is a strong decision which puts us closer to our goal of providing attractive, affordable housing for families in our town.”