MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling that sawmill operations on a Pomfret farm are part of the farming operations and therefore exempt from local zoning.
In a decision issued Friday, the high court ruled for siblings David Moore, John Moore and Emily Grube, who operate a farm where they do sugaring, logging and other activities.
Neighbors Gary Smith and Betsey Siebeck had complained about loud noises coming from sawing and planing of logs into lumber in a group of buildings across the road from their home.
Marsha Smith Meekins, the lawyer for Smith and Siebeck, calls the court's ruling disappointing. Rutland lawyer Jay Kenlan, representing the farm family, says the ruling will help farmers diversify and stay in business.
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