Barnard Helipad Back “On”

We have an update on a contested helipad project from John Snyder, Chairman of Barnard’s Development Review Board (Some Barnard residents have opposed the project for a variety of reason including concerns about noise):

From Snyder (WEB edited very slightly for ease of reading):

Barnard’s Zoning Administrator (ZA) , Preston Pristow, recieved an email from Kevin Lessard, the General Manager for Monsalvat Farm.

The owner has decided (after all) to proceed with the helicopter pad project.

This following the decision by the Barnard DRB to deny the appeal and uphold the ZA’s decision that the project does not require a building permit under current Barnard zoning regulations.

I understand that there are additional permits required for this project from the State of Vermont, and that the decision of the DRB can be appealed to the Environmental Court within 30 days of the DRB’s decision (last monday).

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For some background on this story we refer you to a recent column in The Valley News:

http://www.vnews.com/opinion/featuredvoices/jimkenyon/5430409-95/jim-kenyon-a-helipad-is-proposed-in-barnard

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris silva on May 5, 2013 at 10:53

    Typical. People move to Vermont and once they arrive, nothing else can change. I know of at lleast two other helipads in Barnard (and there is one at Twin Farms, it’s shown on a map of the property) a fact that was incorrectly reported. I’m surprised nobody mentioned this in their reporting, or, what regulatory hoops were imposed on thier owners. Does anyone even know where the other one is?

    I’ve met John Noffo Kahn on a number of occasions, and have found him to be a really nice guy. I’ve met him in Barnard, I’ve met him in Woodstock, he’s hardly a recluse.

    In a town like Barnard, that can’t afford to repair it’s broken bridges, Is it lost on EVERYONE, that the installation of a helipad can be taxed? The alternative would be landing on any of the hundreds of open acres on this estate and this would require no permits, permissions and generate NO revenue. The estate is occupied for months a year, and puts exactly zero drag on the municipal budget. No plowing, no roads to fix, no kids in school, and from the valley news reporting, generous donations to the fire dept.

    So, what’s really the problem? This sounds to me like people in Barnard have too much time on thier hands. Is this the same crew who wanted to shutter Fable Farms? I bet there’s some overlap…. Sad.

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