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Lights out at CVS

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

November 21st, 2013

CVS Pharmacy in Taft Corners has opted to turn off its outdoor perimeter lighting, deciding not to continue its appeal of a town zoning violation notice.

“While not optimal, CVS has agreed to turn off the soffit lighting permanently,” Paul Guay, senior vice president of development company Gershman Brown Crowley Inc, wrote in an email to Planning and Zoning Director Ken Belliveau.

CVS had turned the lights off at night for several weeks, to survey potential safety risks for employees and customers. Belliveau said several people mentioned the change to him.

The decision resolves months of back-and-forth between the town and CVS regarding the perimeter lighting around the store, along with complaints from some concerned residents.

After resident complaints, CVS voluntarily reduced the perimeter lighting by 50 percent.

However, Belliveau issued a notice of violation to CVS on July 31. The notice centered on two requirements in Chapter 24 of the town’s bylaws—that outdoor lights be fully shielded and that the light is contained to the building’s property.

CVS appealed the decision to the Development Review Board in late September. The Board upheld Belliveau’s decision. CVS had the option to appeal to the Vermont Superior Court.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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