January 4 2016

Planning Board to Attempt to Appeal Building Permit for Hotel in The District

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Planning Board will be before the Board of Appeals on Tuesday to try and get plans changed for a hotel under construction in The District. 


The plans for a Residence Inn Marriott were approved by the building inspector in September and National Development, which owns the office park, began work on the project. However, in October members of the planning department noticed that the plans included cook-top stoves, something they believed went against the language in the PPD. The planning board filed a last-minute appeal. 


Members of the board expressed concerns that if people could cook in the rooms, they might end up living there long-term, something they say goes against Town Meeting’s intent when it approved the PPD.


Attempts to work out a Memorandum of Understanding agreement with National Development failed. The developing country attempted to alleviate the board’s concerns that the hotel would be a place where people would live by proposing they put time restrictions on customer’s stays. However, the Planning Board voted on an agreement that prohibited the cook-top stoves, something National Development said will not work with their country with Marriott. 


Chair of the Planning Board Barbara L’Heureux said in an interview that if the Board of Appeals sides with National Development, they will likely drop the issue. However, if the ZBA sides with the Planning Board attorneys from National Development have indicated a lawsuit is likely. 


The Board of Appeals meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the main hearing room at Town Hall (2nd floor). 

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