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Williamstown Planners Talk About Changes to Secondary Dwelling Bylaw

The Planning Board on Tuesday discussed whether it wants to propose that town meeting revisit the question of secondary dwelling units on residential lots. The idea provoked a lengthy discussion at annual town meeting in May 2012, when the meeting ultimately adopted a zoning bylaw that allowed for the conversion of a home into a two-family unit and the conversion of pre-existing accessory buildings (barns or carriage houses, for example) into dwelling units.

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Adams Looks at Medical Marijuana Dispensary Process

The Selectmen and Zoning Board of Appeals got a detailed primer on medical marijuana, zoning and state laws. The joint session held at the Selectmen's workshop meeting Wednesday included a presentation by attorney Jody Lehrer and was prompted by discussions over the taxation potential of marijuana dispensaries.

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Williamstown Voters Pass Waubeeka Hotel Bylaw

Voters on Tuesday approved a zoning bylaw that creates an overlay district that would allow the creation of a hotel on the Waubeeka Golf Links property.

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Clarksburg Planners Recommend Wind, Telecommunication Bylaws

The Planning Board voted Wednesday to recommend some updates to the town's zoning bylaws to cover wind energy generation facilities and wireless telecommunications. Town meeting will take up the amendments on May 25. The board held a brief public hearing on Wednesday at the Senior Center attended by a handful of people. The several amendments were considered priorities as the board reviews the town's zoning, which has changed little since 1993. The board also voted to recommend a few chang

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Clarksburg Selectmen See Proposed Zoning Changes

The Select Board has scheduled a public hearing for two zoning articles to be put on the annual town warrant. Planning Board Chairman David Sherman said his board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment, with the help of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, has revamped some of the zoning bylaws.

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No Compromise Reached in Lanesborough Fowl Bout

The Board of Selectmen are giving Kara Zaks until April 11 to get her flock of fowl down to less than 20. Led by her abutter Clark Gable a number of residents have complained about Zaks raising somewhere around 80 ducks, chickens and roosters on about a half acre of property in the densely populated Narragansett neighborhood. The two have been trying to reach a compromise on the number of fowl allowed but failed to reach an agreement. The Selectmen are now saying by April 11 the flock needs t

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Williams Science Center Project in Front of Zoning Board

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday evening will continue a hearing to consider Williams College's new science center. The college and its consultants were before the board on Jan. 21 to discuss topics ranging from stormwater management to light pollution to the height of the new, 170,000-square-foot science center.

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Cheshire Selectmen Concerned Over Dog Waste & Strippers

"If you go there and look on the lefthand side, there must be 60 bags, so I don't know if really helps out a lot." — Peter LeFebvre

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North Adams Planners OK Events at Greylock Mill, New Zoning Ordinance

"Once it's a legal use you cannot go back to an illegal use." — Wayne Wilkinson

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Williamstown Economic Development Committee Meets with Planning Board

"We've got a lot of green grass in Williamstown. We love our green grass in Williamstown." — Chris Winters

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North Adams Council Reviews Zoning Change for Non-Conforming Lots

"We're the only community that does not have this ordinance in place, excepting Hancock, which has no zoning." — Councilor Wayne Wilkinson

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Williamstown Planning Board Encourages Waubeeka Hotel Proposal

"I'm going to hang on as long as I can. How long can I do it for? I don't know. I don't know how long I can last." — Michael Deep

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Cheshire Planning Board Hopes to Resurrect Master Plan Efforts

"It's a first step because it is going to take a long time." — Dan Speth

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Lanesborough Considering Fowl Bylaws To Solve Neighbor Complaints

"We looked at it from a couple different angles." — Paul Sieloff

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Committee Approves Changes To North Adams Zoning Ordinances

ďThe city was built out in a very tight manner, and everyone walked to work so they didnít have cars and they didnít need the space we have these days.Ē — William Meranti

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Williamstown Planning Board Looking at Subdivision Rules

"Another group of people I've found is older, long-term Williamstown people who are 'tired of those landscape bills.'" — Ann McCallum

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Clarksburg Motorcycle Club Disputing Zoning Order

"I have no problem with your club. I have an issue with the zoning that has to be resolved." — Selectman William Schrade

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North Adams Planners Approve Shared Artisan Space

"We hope that its location on Main Street will help bring vibrancy to downtown." — Kate Barber

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Cheshire Water Protection Bylaws Saved; Bridge Being Closed

"If they want to come, let them come. If they don't, it is their loss." — Carol Francesconi

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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

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Cheshire Water Protection Bylaws May Lapse Over Missing Info

"It went to the attorney general's office and the office refused it and put it on hold it has been on hold since 2007." — Charlie Howard

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