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North Adams Planners Want Permitting for Church 'NOMADS'

The Planning Board has told New Hope United Methodist Church on State Street that it must apply for a special permit to allow RVs to park on its property.

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North Adams Planners Approve Glamping Campground Project

It took three public hearings and a site visit before the board definitively voted 7-1, without discussion, to approve the complex of 48 camping sites, event venue and one-bedroom bed and breakfast. Planner Lawrence Taft was the lone no vote.

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Williamstown Planning Board to Look at Bylaws for Agriculture, Lighting

The Planning Board has begun the process of studying bylaw changes that potentially could make farms more financially viable in the town.

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Clarksburg Planners Hit Pause Button on Solar Development

Planner Erin Scott said at last Wednesday's board meeting that she had questions and concerns about moving forward with any changes to the bylaws regulating solar arrays passed in late 2017.

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North Adams Planners Visit Proposed 'Glamping' Site, Continue Hearing

Goodrich and development partner Keenan Chenail led the Planning Board through a site visit on the private property Monday to give members a visual of what they're trying to accomplish. Because Goodrich does not yet own the property, only the board and two members of the press were allowed on the tour.

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Williamstown Planners Recommend Dwelling Bylaw Amendments

The Planning Board has recommended two articles to town meeting that would ask residents to consider zoning amendments that would allow the implementation of detached accessory dwelling units

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North Adams Planners Continue Hearing on Recreational Resort

A group led by Foster Goodrich is proposing to develop some 120 acres at 976 Notch Road in the rural residential zone into an outdoor recreation resort.

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Rusty Anchor Plans Shuttle Service For New Event Space

The Rusty Anchor is looking to take a page out of Proprietor's Lodge book by shuttling people to events. Scott Graves, the owner of the members-only club on Pontoosuc Lake, in the former boathouse formerly owned by the YMCA, renovated its second-floor last year and is now looking to host events there.

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Pittsfield Grants Waiver For Proprietor's Lodge

The Community Development Board granted a parking waiver to Proprietor's Lodge Tuesday despite opposition from neighbors. The former ITAM building was renovated into a new reception hall and restaurant and the owner is looking to expand with a new ceremony room and a breakout space. But the neighbors feel the traffic congestion has gotten out of control and objected to the plans feeling that it will cause even more problems.

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Williamstown Planning Board Advances ADU Bylaw Proposals

On a vote of 4-1, the planners agreed on a proposal that would create the potential for more detached accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, in the town of 7,800.

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Pittsfield Neighbors Oppose Newest Proprietor's Lodge Expansion

Proprietor's Lodge is looking to add two new spaces to its existing building a ceremony room and a breakout space. But neighbors are saying the business at the former Itam Lodge is growing entirely too fast and is causing problems in the tight residential area.

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North Adams Planners Approve Livery Headquarters

Attorney James Sisto, representing JP Parent, said the company had outgrown its location in Adams and is now leasing the Curran Highway property.

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Adams Planning Board Continues Solar Array Hearing

SunRaise proposes to install a ground-mounted solar array at 101 Grove St., Duke's Sand & Gravel Pit, and is requesting a special permit and site plan approval. The company leases land and roofs to develop solar projects.

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Williamstown Planning Board Outlines Incremental Proposed Zoning Changes

Last week, Stephanie Boyd showed her colleagues a PowerPoint presentation she is preparing in advance of a planned January public information session on the bylaw amendments the board hopes to send to May's annual town meeting

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North Adams Planners OK Marijuana Shop, New Businesses

The Planning Board on Monday gave the OK to Evergreen Strategies LLC's proposal to develop a licensed marijuana establishment in the vacant 2,200 square-foot building, along with several conditions including disposal and lighting.

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Williamstown Planning Board Fields Questions on Housing Bylaw

In fact, town meeting passed an accessory dwelling unit bylaw in 2012. One problem is that the bylaw was so limited in scope and restrictive that it has seldom been used; just four ADUs have been permitted since the 2012 vote.

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Williamstown Planning Board Debates 'Owner-Occupied' Component of Bylaw

After months of discussions at full hearings, on social media and in a series of "community coffees" the board instituted earlier this year, the fundamental disagreement remains over whether to require owner-occupation at homes where a second or third unit is added to a primary residence.

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Williamstown Planning Board Debates Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw

The Planning Board last spring withdrew a more ambitious proposal to liberalize the town's housing bylaw in the face of vocal opposition. In the summer, it decided that the ADUs were one area where the town could make incremental changes to allow a little more housing flexibility.

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Adams Planning Board Continues O'Geary Expansion Hearing

The Planning Board asked James and Michael Geary on Monday to clarify some aspects of the site plan and come back to a December meeting.

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North Adams Restaurant Gains Approval With Addition of Parking

On Monday, the board gave the OK to a parking lot with spaces for 20 cars that will be located behind the church near the old ballfield and will be accessed by Amidon Road, which is east of the church. Two more parking spaces will be created at the front of the building for handicapped access.

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Clarksburg Close to Settling Verizon Wireless Lawsuit

The town is expected to file an agreement with the telecommunications company by Friday, Oct. 5. Pittsfield Cellular Telephone Co., operating as Verizon Wireless, filed a lawsuit in federal court a month after the Planning Board denied its application for a permit last year.

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North Adams Planners OK Cumberland Farms Plans

The approval paves the way for the city to finalize the purchase-and-sales agreement with Cumberland Farms for the one-acre parcel that was the City Yard for more than a century.

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Cumberland Farms Submits Plans for New Ashland Street Store

According to documents filed for Monday's Planning Board meeting by the company's representatives Bacon Wilson Attorneys at Law, the regional chain is proposing a 5,814-square-foot convenience store and four fueling stations with eight pumps including diesel at 227 Ashland.

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Williamstown Planning Board Grapples With Accessory Dwelling Unit Issue

In the spring, faced with intense opposition from a vocal group of residents, the board abandoned a proposal to implement changes that would have eased zoning restrictions and created more flexibility in residential zones.

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Old Debates Rehashed as Williamstown Planners Try to Focus on Future

The Planning Board on Tuesday held its second meeting since May's town election and the town meeting at which the prior board had hoped to bring an ambitious proposal to revamp the town's zoning bylaws before voters.

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