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Settlement Agreement Imminent in Spear, Tenney Dispute
A settlement agreement may be coming in the legal dispute between neighbors Richard Tenney and Carrie Spear.

A clerk with the Chittenden County Superior Court told The News parties stated at their July 26 status conference they have reached an agreement. Attorney Liam Murphy said he was waiting to hear back from an adjoining landowner before filing a settlement with the court.

On March 9, Carrie Spear and co-Appellants Michael Spear and 2877 Spear Street Associates, LLC, filed a Notice of Appeal to block Tenney from installing a well on his property at 76 Jackson Hill Road. In the filing, Spear claims Tenney’s permit was “improperly obtained for numerous reasons” and “directly impacts” Spear’s adjacent property.

Tenney’s permit, which was approved on February 12, detailed a plan to disconnect the building on his property from an off-site water supply to a new drilled well.

The next status conference is scheduled for August 30, but parties may file an agreement with the court before that date.

Trouble may be brewing for Vermont Commons project
Not all Charlotte residents are celebrating the Planning Commission’s decision to grant conditional approval to the Vermont Commons development. Concerns reportedly include increased traffic on Spear Street, the safety of the proposed driveway, wetlands and wildlife corridor impacts, and more. While neighbors are not yet ready to discuss these matters in the public sphere, sources say they will be soon. Story developing.