DRB discusses proposed changes at Waldorf School

By Carol Casey

At its meeting on Dec. 4, the Development Review Board (DRB) heard from Dave Marshall on behalf of the Lake Champlain Waldorf School about modifications the school would like to make as part of their sketch plan application. Approval for the use of the school property was originally granted in 1989 and modified in 1997 when it was located in the Commercial-Industrial Zoning District, which no longer exists. Now, the school property is within a Residential District and does not conform wholly with current zoning regulations. Some of the structures approved in 1997, such as the gymnasium and high school, were never built.

In the intervening years, some structures have been added without prior approval or permits. One major issue is that the kindergarten, as presently located, does not meet the setback requirement for a Residential District. The school would like to remove a portion of the existing assembly area and build a new auditorium. In addition, they propose to relocate or seek retroactive approval in some instances for existing accessory structures, such as the chicken coop, lean-to, and storage facility. One alternative would be to reclassify the property as a Mixed-Use Planned Unit Development, which would bring the kindergarten into conformity with the setback requirements. In order to qualify for a Mixed-Use designation, the school would have to add a residential building on the property, such as a caretaker’s cottage.  Further consideration of the application was continued until the DRB’s next meeting.

In other business, the DRB approved:

  • Signage for the Common Deer retail shop located in the Tracy House at 5224 Shelburne Road;
  • A preliminary plan for re-subdividing two existing lots located off Thompson Road into five residential lots; and
  • The Findings of Fact and Notice of Decision approving the proposed Majestic Bingo parlor in Tenneybrook Square.

The next meeting of the DRB will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 pm in the Municipal Center.

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