Green Meadow Farm eyed as wedding venue

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WILMINGTON — A Connecticut couple hopes to have Green Meadow Farm be the backdrop to the happiest day of some people's lives.

"They want to be able to host like half a dozen weddings during the summer," said Zoning Administrator Craig Ohlson.

Ohlson has heard that the property has been used as a venue and a schoolhouse at different points of time. It also had been a site identified as a potential community center several years ago, he said, but the idea received "a lot of pushback."

Ohlson said his understanding is that the owners Lawrence and Jaqueline Debany hosted a family wedding at the farm last summer. Now, they want to rent their facility in the future.

The couple came to a hearing with the Wilmington Development Review Board last Monday. They are seeking a local permit to allow a facility to host weddings and other events at 238 Stowe Hill Road, which is in a residential zoning district.

The hearing was continued until May 6 after a neighbor said he was given 14 days notice instead of the 15 required.

"Giving the benefit of the doubt to make sure all parties are treated fairly, we've decided not to do this case tonight," DRB Chairwoman Wendy Manners said. "Notices are being re-sent so there will be sufficient notice to all interested parties."

Jaqueline said the neighbor was going to be in Florida and would not be coming to the hearing anyway. But Manners said that could not be part of the board's consideration.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.

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