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Water Matters, April 12, 2018

posted Apr 11, 2018, 9:18 AM by catherine goldsmith

Water Matters
The Cost of Clean Water and Who Pays When Streams and Rivers Become Impaired?
Hinesburg Town Hall - 7 PM - April 12, 2018

Prevention is less costly than remediation.  We will investigate how towns and villages can avoid tax increases and plan ahead to avoid water pollution in our rivers and streams.  Shelburne has recently incurred a 7 million dollar fee to fix stormwater related problems, as Shelburne Town Manager Joe Colangelo will explain. How can our rural watershed towns avoid a similar fate?
One answer is to collect and use pertinent information about our villages and towns.  Consulting engineers and scientists Jessica Louisos and Roy Schiff, from Milone and MacBroom, have conducted Hinesburg hydrology studies and have created a build-out scenario especially for Hinesburg Village.  They will present strategies and opportunities to avoid costly impairment fees.  Krista Hoffsis, Lewis Creek Association, and Shannon Kelly, Lake Iroquois Association, will share water quality sampling results for the LaPlatte River and Patrick Brook regarding the Hinesburg Village area.  They will offer their assistance to help keep track of Hinesburg village’s water quality conditions over time.
Lewis Creek Association is excited to be collaborating on Water Matters Part 5 with the Hinesburg Planning Commission. Alex Weinhagen, Hinesburg Town Planner, will share three planning priorities:  tighter regulations, education outreach such as this event, and implementation of state-of-the-art stormwater treatment practices such as LCA’s ‘Ahead of the Storm’ optimal conservation practices.
Additional Water Matters, Part 5 sponsors and participants are Responsible Growth Hinesburg, Lake Iroquois Association, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and the Vermont Natural Resources Council.
Like previous Water Matters events, this program is designed for rural town boards and commissions in the middle Lake Champlain region and for all interested community members and community service groups.  After the talks, attendees are invited to enjoy homemade desserts, peruse table-top materials, and share conversations with folks from other towns.
Contact Info:, 425 2002

Fundraising concert!

posted Dec 23, 2015, 7:17 AM by catherine goldsmith

January Concert to assist RGH!

Friday, January 29 at 7pm.  Join us at CVU for the third annual "Local Legends Concert".  This year's lineup: Pete's Posse, Patti Casey and Left Eye Jump Blues Band. 

Tickets on sale now through 86-Flynn or locally via RGH members.  Call 482-2926.

Letter from engineer Dean Grover on stormwater

posted Jul 13, 2012, 11:54 AM by catherine goldsmith

Letter from Attorney James Dumont

posted Jul 13, 2012, 11:50 AM by catherine goldsmith

Bill McKibben speaks in Hinesburg

posted Jul 1, 2011, 5:50 PM by catherine goldsmith

Responsible Growth Hinesburg is sponsoring a evening talk by renowned author and environmentalist, Bill McKibben on Wednesday, June 29 from 7-8:30pm.  Join us at Hinesburg Town Hall to join the conversation and hear why a 36,000 s.f. chain grocery store does not fit in Hinesburg!

McKibben, currently a lecturer and professor at Middlebury College, has authored a number of books on climate  
change and the implications of human behavior on our planet, and was  the key-note speaker at the 2011 Northeast Organic Farming  Association of Vermont's winter conference.  His most recent book,   "Eaarth", offers a compelling study of climate change, and advocates  for a societal approach characterized by restraint, care, and social  
and ecological awareness.  "Deep Economy; The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future", written by McKibben in 2007, describes an  economic model that creates community and enriches the life of the individual.

Mr. McKibben brings a distinctive perspective to bear on the ongoing discussion about the economic and cultural implications of adding a large chain supermarket to the village of Hinesburg.   Responsible Growth Hinesburg is committed to the social and economic health of the town, and seeks to ensure that any proposal submitted  
by Hannaford to build on Lot 15 (in the meadow behind the Post Office) follows the letter and spirit of the town’s legally adopted  Town Plan and Zoning Regulations, as well as rules outlined in Act  250.

Responsible Growth Hinesburg recognizes the importance of issues  like: traffic increases, long waits at intersections, light pollution, and maintenance costs of roadways.  Access to local food is also important to many residents of Hinesburg and Lantman's has been an essential retail outlet for local farmers as well as many  
food producers throughout Vermont.

Responsible Growth Hinesburg is privileged and delighted to have Mr. McKibben coming to speak to our community, and hope residents will come out on June 29 to join the discussion and bring their questions, concerns, and comments.

Responsible Growth Hinesburg is a grassroots organization which promotes appropriately-scaled commercial and residential development balanced by community space; vibrant local businesses; and open landscape for agriculture, wildlife habitat and recreation.

Proposed Hannaford Store in Hinesburg

posted Jun 3, 2011, 7:07 AM by catherine goldsmith   [ updated Jun 20, 2011, 12:54 PM ]

For Immediate Release:                   
May 17, 2011                                


Mary Crane
(802) 434-4216

Hinesburg, VT

In what appears to be standard practice for the corporation, Hannaford has announced its purchase of Lantman’s Best Yet Market.  This has been their no-competition strategy in Winthrop, ME; Cairo, NY; Brandon, VT and probably other towns - buy out the old store and build a bigger new one.

However, the corporation is only advertising part of the story.  Brian Busier has not sold Lantman’s, and in fact, Hannaford will not buy his business unless they actually receive a permit to build a 36,000 square foot supermarket on a wetland in the middle of Hinesburg. In the interim, Mr. Busier has agreed to carry Hannaford store brand products and to use Hannaford’s distribution system. (similar to the " Radley's Shop and Save" in Old Orchard Beach, Maine).  Chuck Reiss, steering committee leader for Responsible Growth Hinesburg says: "The message to residents is: don’t bother to challenge this proposal  – Hannaford is a done deal." 

But this Hannaford is far from even a building permit.  Since November 2010, a growing number of residents have voiced their concern in response to the Hannaford proposal to build a large store in Hinesburg.   After five public meetings, the corporation requested and received a delay in the Development Review Board’s process, indicating they wanted to make a new submittal to “address various issues raised during the review”.  Were these documents delayed so Hannaford could reach a deal with the Busiers?  As of June 1, no new plans have been submitted.

 When Goliath comes to town with unlimited funds, the local grocery store owner is faced with losing everything or making a deal to preserve some of what he/she has worked for.  The Busier family has made a hard choice under unfair circumstances and the members of Responsible Growth Hinesburg respect them for that.

 This agreement with Lantman's changes nothing.  Hannaford must still make their case that this proposed 36,000 square foot supermarket on Lot 15 is consistent with Hinesburg’s Official Map, Town Plan and Zoning Regulations.  Responsible Growth Hinesburg will continue to make the case that the store is not compatible with residents’ longstanding vision for Hinesburg.

Responsible Growth Hinesburg

RGH Event at Library 5/26/11, 7pm

posted Jun 3, 2011, 7:04 AM by catherine goldsmith

Defining Hinesburg's Future: 

Why Hannaford Doesn't Fit


Thursday May 26th

7 PM

Carpenter-Carse Library Community Room


Please join Responsible Growth Hinesburg for an evening discussion with Duncan McDougall.


Duncan McDougall is a community leader and passionate advocate of balancing thoughtful land use planning with local economic development.  He will discuss chain-stores' impact on village centers and local businesses, and share effective organizing strategies to ensure that development strengthens the economic, natural,  and social fabric of our community.  Duncan is the Chair of the Waterbury Local Energy Action Partnership (LEAP), former Chair of the Waterbury Planning Commission, and Executive Director of the Children's Literacy Foundation.


Thursday, May 26th

7:00 pm

Carpenter-Carse Library Community Room


Meet Responsible Growth Hinesburg members, have your questions answered and enjoy complimentary refreshments.  This event is free and open to the public.

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