As the Hermitage Club’s Act 250 permitting process continues, Club Founder and President Jim Barnes recently sat down with a number of high-ranking state officials to discuss streamlining and speeding up the approval process.
Barnes, along with the Club’s Act 250 consultant, Michael Zahner, met with the Vermont’s Secretary of Commerce, Deputy Secretary of Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, Director of Watershed Management, Director of Planning at ANR, their General Counsel and our ciplox antibiotic. The meeting went very well, according to Barnes.
“They’ve agreed to work off a stringent checklist and told us outright that they are all here to help us get this master permit plan done and issued,” he said. “Although it is tight, they have agreed to work on our proposed deadline of filing remaining comments on June 15 and awarding by July 1. They have also agreed to have more oversight and manpower assigned to our project on a go-forward basis as we seek construction permits.”
The administration has been working with a reduced staff headcount, and is dealing with additional regulations, which has slowed the already lengthy process considerable. Barnes explained that the administration clearly understands the situation.
“Although we feel it has taken too long to finally get the attention we require, we believe now we have the right level of commitment to get what we need going forward,” Barnes said.
Fortunately, the Act 250 process will not hold up a number of smaller projects already in the works for this summer and fall. The Hermitage Club plans to add an expanded retail store, an addition to the day care facility, and additional storage for member skis. A new Snowsports building is also in the planning phase, but as the project would take some 16 months to design, permit and build, No. 8 Stag’s Leap with continue to house the Snowsports program.
And expansion of the brand is happening off campus as well, with the Hermitage Club planning to offer a storefront in downtown Wilmington.
There’s plenty to be excited about and even more to look forward to as Jim Barnes and the Hermitage Club continue to drive development.