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TOP STORIES AROUND THE COUNTY
Changes to Mather House Project Draw Neighbors' Ire
"An increase in commercial traffic impacts the safety of our kids, pedestrians and residential drivers." — Patty Carter

Pittsfield ZBA Approves Furniture Store, Hotel Signs, Chickens, Office Space
"It is a very far cry from an exclusively residential area." Katherine Chester

Williamstown ZBA Clears Office Rental at Sand Springs Pool
"We've had some other folks express interest in the other space ... all in the health and wellness field, low traffic, low impact." — Jane Patton

Adams Planners Approve Bond, Screening for East Road Array
"The Zoning Board technically approved the site plan, and that's where it stands. ... Our hands are tied." — Barbara Ziemba

Williams College Gets OK for Solar Installation
"My concern is that the second-floor guests like a mountain view." — Bhavin Shah

Willamstown Motel, Chopsticks Cleared to Expand
"Generally speaking, any time this board grants a variance, someone complains." — ZBA member David Levine

North Street Development Passes Williamstown ZBA
"We are not here to deny the petitioner the ability to develop his parcel." — Andrew Hoar

North Adams Cab Company Plans to Relocate
"It is in a neighborhood, and it's not given the same leeway as a business on Main Street." — Chairman Donald Pecor

Pittsfield Board Approves Expansion For Pediatric Development Center
"Sadly, that street has changed now, because we have no more residences on the street." — John Roccabruno

Williamstown ZBA OKs Phased Completion of Weston Field
The athletic department wants to allow the field hockey team to begin practicing on its field starting Aug. 29.

North Adams ZBA Holds Off on Cab Request, OKs Studio Plans
"If you want to get a different location you would have to start from square one with a whole new application and review." — Peter Milanesi

Pittsfield ZBA Postpones Permits For Poultry, Porch & Poster
"I would be willing to screen it. I'd be willing to put a privacy fence or whatever is needed." — Pauline Zervas

BArT Gets ZBA OK, But Building Project on Hold
"We are determined to complete this expansion; however, we must complete it within our budget." — Julia Bowen

Pittsfield Resident Denied Backyard Chickens Permit
"If we do grant this, it would destroy the harmony of the neighborhood." — John Fitzgerald

Adams ZBA Questions Planners Solar Bylaw Authority
"It's a blatant effort on their part to take that part away from the Zoning Board, so they can control it." — Peter West

Clark Wins Permission to Keep Parking on North Street
"I'll be blunt: The primary reason it was temporary was we didn't think we'd need it after the construction period." — Donald Dubendorf

Adams Residents Take Solar Issue to Superior Court
"It's an industrial use. An industrial use belongs in an industrial zone." — Andrew Hochberg

Questions Linger for Adams Planners Over Solar Bylaw
"We have probably over 100 years worth of experience, all five of us sitting here." — Sandra Moderski

Adams ZBA Rules in Favor of East Road Solar Project
"Anybody who disagrees with the decision, there's ways to get that overturned." — Peter Gutmann

Adams Selectmen Concerned by Unruliness at ZBA Meeting
"The people who fight the project have every right to fight the project. But don't make it personal." — Jonathan Butler

Letters: Solar Development Law Needs Clarification
I'm a big believer in sustainable and renewable energy sources and thus a pretty big supporter of wind and solar they just make sense.

Adams ZBA OK's Truck Signs, Pitching Academy
"What we're experiencing is a lot of difficulty with trucks entering in the wrong place." — Timothy Brown

Former Pittsfield Church Eyed For Day Care
"The intent is to get the building up and running." — Steve Barry

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