An Orange County town’s effort to keep out a much-needed State of Vermont juvenile detention facility has been dealt a setback in court.
Today’s Journal-Opinion newsletter reports a Vermont judge has sided with the state and against a local development board in their dispute over locating a much-needed secure juvenile detention facility to replace the shuttered Woodside facility in Essex Junction.
“Last year, the Newbury Development Review Board rejected the site plan application for the proposed Covered Bridge juvenile detention center finding the contention that it was “group home” or residential care home unpersuasive. The applicants, the Vermont Permanency Initiative and the Vermont Department of Children and Families, appealed the town’s denial of its zoning application to the Environmental Court,” the JO, community newspaper for Bradford and towns on both sides of the Connecticut River, reports.
In a 20-page decision issued earlier this week, Judge Thomas Walsh disagreed with the DRB’s conclusions and granted VPI’s motion for summary judgement, the JO reported.
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