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Williamstown Planning Board Candidates Meet in League of Women Voters Forum

The two candidates for one seat on the Planning Board found a lot of common ground in a forum held last week.

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Beck, Carlisle Contend for Williamstown Planning Board Spot

It is a local election season like none we have seen before, and the town's two candidates in the only contested election on the ballot are missing out on opportunities to see the voters and make their case.

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North Adams Planners Approve Printing Company Move

The Planning Board held a brief meeting on Monday night to approve one application and allow another to withdraw.

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Buying Price Chopper Building

The 60-year-old building had been occupied by Central Markets and its successor Price Chopper until the latter closed in 2016. The property has been for sale but has not evoked enough interest from a buyer despite the neighborhood's hopes a small grocer might be interested.

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Adams Updating 50-Year-Old Zoning Maps

The Planning Board got an update at a Monday workshop on the proposed zoning boundaries and how an information session on the new zoning went last week.

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Pittsfield ZBA Continues Seymour Street Marijuana Cultivator Hearing

The brief meeting on Wednesday was to act on the request of proposed indoor marijuana cultivators who asked to continue the hearing until February.

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North Adams OKs Restaurant at Greylock Works

The Planning Board on Monday night approved the addition of the restaurant, The Break Room, to the renovated mill space on State Road.

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Pittsfield Community Development Sees Tyler Zoning Amendment

The board heard a presentation from City Planner CJ Hoss on Tuesday night and signed off on some changes that would modernize zoning in that area and create more flexibility.

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Adams Planners Recommend Adoption of 40R Overlay District

The vote was 3-2 with Chairman David Rhinemiller, Dave Krzeminski and Lisa Gazaille in favor and Sandra Moderski and Michael Mach against. The matter will now get passed to the Board of Selectmen to be put on a warrant article which will then be taken up at Town Meeting.

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North Adams Planners OK High End Union Street Housing

The Planning Board on Monday approved Moresi Commercial Investments' request Monday for a change of use to operate mixed occupancy of commercial and residential use in an I-2 zone at 26 Union St.

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Pittsfield Planners OK Three-Story Marijuana Cultivation Facility

Berkshire Roots was given the OK to go forward with the construction of a three-story grow facility but only after making some final design concessions.

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Cheshire Residents Opposed to Pot Farm on Stafford Hill

And the Planning Board again extended the hearing for the proposed outdoor marijuana cultivation operation as both planners and residents continued to air concerns.

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Community Development Board Denies Marijuana Dispensary Extra Parking

Girard said they reached out to the city's engineering department, building commissioner, and the permitting coordinator and submitted some new plans. He said because the change was so minor the building inspector signed off on it and they blocked off the area and prepared for construction.

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Walmart Preparing Space for Online Grocery Pickup

The Planning Board in a brief meeting on Monday gave the OK to the 18-foot by 73-foot canopy for Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust and approved several other businesses.

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Adams Planning Second Information Session on 40R Zoning

The 40R Smart Growth Overlay District would target certain areas for redevelopment into market rate and affordable housing with potential for commercial clients as well. However, the proposed adoption of the state measure created opposition among residents who fear it will negatively impact the town's character and open the door to low-income housing.

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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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