Sugar Mountain Obtains Permission to Renovate Former Maple Valley Ski Resort | Company

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DUMMERSTON — A plan to turn the former Maple Valley ski resort into a brewery and distillery has received approval from the District 2 Environmental Commission.

However, the commission denied the claimant’s request to host up to 24 outdoor events featuring amplified music, on the grounds that it “will have an undue negative effect on the aesthetics of the area”.

“[Sugar Mountain] tried in vain to convince us that the rock concerts or other offered [events] because this place will be barely noticeable because of the traffic on Route 30,” wrote Thomas Fitzgerald, the chairman of the District 2 Commission. His fellow commissioners are Cheryl Cox and Julia H. Schmitz. “Traffic on Route 30 will reliably cover music for 36 seconds of every hour.”

However, the ruling says, for the remaining 3,564 seconds of each hour, music will meet or exceed state-established limits.

“Just because someone lives on a highway doesn’t mean living next to 24 rock concerts a year isn’t shocking or offensive,” the ruling reads. “It would definitely be for the average person. This activity hasn’t been in the character of this place for over 20 years.”

Maple Valley consists of 370 acres on the west side of Route 30 and 5 acres on the east side along the West River.

The Sugar Mountain project plans to renovate the lodge into a brewery and distillery with a 30-seat tasting room. The developers also proposed 24 large events per year, requiring overflow parking in the plot along the river.

The decision noted that the plans for the overflow parking lot “do not support the [state’s] priority strategies, including climate change adaptation strategies and species habitat requirements. … Nor does it provide the full range of functions and values ​​of undisturbed forested riparian corridors.”

The plaintiffs submitted a riparian management plan that provided a 50-foot buffer to the river, which would have allowed parking in the lot twice a month.

However, the commission concluded that the parcel is in a flood plain and that a buffer zone of 100 feet, as recommended by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, is necessary, thus eliminating room for plots. parking.

The Maple Valley Ski Resort operated at this facility intermittently from the 1960s to 2000.

This project, specifies the decision, “offends the sensitivity of ordinary mortals, or is offensive or shocking because it does not correspond to its environment or considerably diminishes the landscape qualities of the region. [and] the plaintiffs failed to take generally available mitigation measures that a reasonable person would take to enhance the project’s harmony with its surroundings.”

The request was submitted 1000 days ago.

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