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Lanesborough Planning Board Extends Solar Permits

Engie North America Inc. was seeking an extension to special permits previously issued for projects at 405 South Main St. (Skyline Country Club), 550 North Main St. (Pillar LLC), and land on Partridge Road owned by Petricca Development.

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Mass MoCA to Transform Marshall Street Parking Lot into Park

The installation by award-winning artist Martin Puryear has been stored in crates in the corner of the parking lot behind Big Y for the last couple years after being on display in Philadelphia and New York City.

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Proprietor's Lodge Gets Permanent Certificate of Occupancy

The Community Development Board gave city staff the go-ahead to award Proprietor's Lodge a permanent certificate of occupancy.

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Pittsfield Community Development Approves Two Marijuana Cultivator Site Plans

The Community Development Board approved two site plans Tuesday for marijuana cultivation establishments.

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Planning Board Recommends Zoning Change for Former Church Lot

The property, which comprises the former St. Francis of Assisi church location and its rectory, was split into three different zones: residential, industrial and commercial.

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Strong Opposition Leads Adams Planners to Delay Zoning Vote

The Planning Board was split on the amendment that would designate certain areas in town for mixed-use development and agreed to continue the hearing to gather more information.

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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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