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Beta Technologies clears big hurdle in plans to build new facility

Published: Apr. 26, 2022 at 2:41 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2022 at 4:03 PM EDT
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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Beta Technologies has cleared a big hurdle in its plans to build a new manufacturing facility near the airport in South Burlington.

Tuesday, the Development Review Board approved a new plan from the electric plane company to get around parking issues with the city.

The new plan allows Beta to bus employees in from an offsite lot instead of putting a parking lot in front.

The location of the parking lot was a sticking point with the city’s current development rules which say it needed to be in the back or side of the building, which Beta said wouldn’t work.

The city is in the process of changing those development rules to allow more parking flexibility in that area near the airport.

Once construction starts, Beta can apply for another parking permit under a different application that will then be considered by the city.

In a statement to WCAX News Tuesday afternoon, a Beta spokesperson said: “While it is not an ideal solution, this permit is an important step as we continue to build an electric aviation company and create jobs right here in our own community. Vermont is a leader in clean energy and we’re really gratified to be a part of this effort.”

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