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TOP STORIES AROUND THE COUNTY
Cheshire Looks To Join BRPC Pipeline Work Group
"Every place this pipeline goes there is a benefit to the host community and that is negotiable." — Mark Webber

Cheshire Considers Joining BRPC Pipeline Group
"If it's $20,000 to $30,000 with all 12 towns in, we still don't have that." — Chairwoman Carol Francesconi

BRPC: Inclusionary Zoning Helps Towns Increase Affordable Housing
"We're trying to figure out how to get more affordable housing into our communities." — Brian Domina

BRPC Raising Community Assessments 2.5 Percent
"It will not solve the general fund's problem but we need to take every step possible to return it to a positive situation." — Nathaniel Karns

BRPC Crafting County Transportation Plan
"We need people throughout the region to let us know what works well and what needs improvement." — Nat Karns

Lenox Hires New Town Planner
"Gwen, I think, is going to do very well in that position." — Ken Fowler

BRPC Concludes Train Station Study, Encourages Towns To Stay Involved
"Each of these six communities will want to support any mitigation of predicted impacts." — Gwen Miller.

BRPC Wants Language Holding GE Responsible For All Pollutants
"GE felt they were able to walk away from contamination that continued to come off the site." — Nathaniel Karns

Conservation Law Foundation Attorney Guides Towns Through Pipeline Process
"Whatever record FERC has before them at the end of that process is what FERC will base their decision on." — Shanna Cleveland

BRPC Files To Be Intervenor In Pipeline Process; Sets Meeting With Company
Karns has reiterated multiple times in planning the presentation that while the public is welcome to sit in on the meeting, it is not a public hearing.

BRPC Developing Community Plan For Reuse of Lee Mills
"We want a plan that is for the people, by the people." — Melissa Provencher

Lee Northern Mills Public Visioning Event Set Thursday
A visioning event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Greenock Country Club on West Park Street.

Berkshire Train Campaign Chugs to North County
"The economic analysis impact I did several years ago looked at the county as a whole." — Stephen Sheppard

Housatonic Railroad Optimistic About Regional Passenger Line
"There is a lot of regional cooperation that is going on between the two states." — Housatonic President Colin Pease

BRPC Plan Meeting With Tennessee Pipeline Developers
"This is an information-gathering meeting." — Nathaniel Karns

Migration, Jobs Could Slow County Population Drop
"Imagine everything north of Pittsfield gone and imagine Pittsfield, Dalton and Lanesborough gone." — Mark Maloy

BRPC Seeking Planning Funds for Pittsfield Neighborhood
"It's really looking at this area as the hub of many different neighborhoods in the area." — Thomas Matuszko

BRPC Adopts Sustainable Berkshires Plan
"Our old one was adopted in 2001." — Nathaniel Karns.

BRPC Sees Opportunity in Forestland Program
"People live in the Berkshires because they like the outdoor opportunities for hiking, skiing and snowmobiling." — Thomas Matuszko

Dalton Seeks Bolstered Affordable Housing Plan
"We have to look out to their future 20 or 30 years from now. How much housing are we going to need and who are we going to need it for?" — Patricia Mullins

Planning Commission Debuts New Regional Sustainability Plan
"The plan's intent is to provide a framework to guide public, private and nonprofit initiatives and investment in the region." — Nathaniel Karns

Dalton, Adams, Richmond, Great Barrington Seek Housing Grant
"We fully expect there will be some other communities that will carry this out." — Nathanial Karns

BRPC Looking To Bring Energy Manager To Towns
"We had two months of stop work over absolutely nothing to do with BRPC and how we operate." — Nathaniel Karns

BRPC Sets Sustainable Berkshires Presentations
The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will host two public forums to share the results of an analysis of local neighborhood sustainability.

Berkshire, Franklin Counties Exploring National Forest Designation
The partnership could lead to a new model for "National Forest" designation.

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