Vt. Supreme Court blocks Hinesburg Hannaford

Opponents argued store interfered with their use of a nearby canal path, among other issues.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) A partial victory for opponents in the long-running battle to build a Hannaford supermarket in Hinesburg.

The Vermont Supreme Court Thursday reversed a decision that granted permitting required for construction of the supermarket to move forward. Plans for the 36-thousand square-foot store in Hinesburg's commercial park have been in the works since 2010, but local opponents have objected to stormwater management, traffic, and aesthetics among other issues.

After extensive back and forth with state environmental regulators, the Environmental Court last year approved Hannaford's site-plans and an Act 250 permit. Opponents appealed to the Vermont Supreme Court.

In their 39-page ruling, the high court reversed the Environmental Court's site-plan and part of the Act 250 approval. The decision says the store proposal does not meet required setback limits. It also found that while the plan doesn't violate "small scale" zoning requirements, unresolved traffic issues need further consideration.