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Pittsfield Board Approves Site Plan For Cannabis Cultivation Facility

Berkshire Root's two-story, 100,000-square-foot cannabis cultivation facility got the OK from the Community Development Board but the next day the Zoning Board of Appeals voted to postpone its decision until November.

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Williamstown Planning Board, Ag Commission Work on Cannabis Production Bylaw

Since that time, the state's Cannabis Control Commission has defined ground rules for production in Massachusetts, and the town has seen one submission for a special permit under the 2017 bylaw to establish an indoor/outdoor grow facility on Blair Road.

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North Adams Planners OK Sporting Goods Store, Common Folk Move

William Preite applied to the board in August with his plans to open a sporting goods store in the former Doran's Carpet Shop to sell fishing and hunting gear, along with ammunition and firearms he described as high-end collectible pieces. Preite had pulled plans to open a store in Williamstown last year after encountering opposition.

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Williamstown Planners Prioritize Pot, Seek More Community Input

The planners agreed that a redo of the pot bylaw proposal is a priority in the next half year leading up to May's annual town meeting.

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Debate Over Solar Carports Heats Up in Clarksburg

The debate over the definition of the structures — and whether there was a permit issued for their construction — lead to heated exchanges between town officials and the owner at last week's Planning Board meeting.

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Pittsfield Planners Approve Downtown Homeless Shelter

The board approved the shelter’s application Wednesday with 12 conditions — one of which gives the downtown community two years to find an alternate location

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New Drive-Thru Eatery, Classic Car Business Approved in North Adams

The proprietors of the popular Freight Yard Pub were approved for a new venture in the former Dairy Queen on Curran Highway.

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Williamstown Planners Recommend Outdoor Pot Bylaw

Although the board heard from both proponents and opponents of outdoor production during the hearing, it was clear that the winning argument came from the farmers: Marijuana is a legal cash crop that can potentially make their operations more economically viable.

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New Housing Development Proposed For Tyler Street

The board acted upon an application from Mill Town Capitol to construct 20 residential units near Forest Place.

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Pittsfield Planners Delay Downtown Homeless Shelter Vote

The Community Development Board continued a hearing allowing more time to consider the development of a homeless shelter downtown.

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North Adams Planners Eye Penalties for Permit Scofflaws

The Planning Board is looking at a zoning change that would give it more authority over permit scofflaws.

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Williamstown Planning Board to Look at Impact of Land Regulations on Equity

The Planning Board wants to make a concerted effort to assess potential bylaw changes with an eye toward increasing equity.

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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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