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Lights out at CVS

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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.

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