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Pittsfield Board Hesitant to Develop Short Term Rental Regulations

The council asked for a response by June with an expectation that they would give guidance on a process for short-term rentals yet the board is hesitant to take action without all of the information in front of them.

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Williamstown Planning Board Candidates Differ on Bylaw Proposals

Carin DeMayo-Wall and Kenneth Kuttner each have spoken before the Planning Board directly to argue for and against some of the most discussed bylaw amendments the board has proposed.

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Lee Bank to Start Construction on Second Pittsfield Location

The Community Development Board reviewed and approved the proposal's landscaping plan on Tuesday. This was the condition of a prior approval made last summer before the issuance of a building permit.

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Dream Away 'Glamping' Proposal Draws Vocal Opposition

Nearly 150 people logged into a virtual public hearing on Wednesday to express their concerns about a proposed 48-acre glamping facility at Dream Away Lodge.

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North Adams Planners OK Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation

Rustin Kluge of New England Alchemy is planning to grow marijuana and process it at 537 Ashland St., currently the home of Berkshire County Construction.

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Dalton Planners Consider Drive-Thru Bylaw

On Thursday, the Planning Board continued the vote on a proposed drive-through bylaw amendment that would allow such a facility at any primary business use. The panel will take up the proposal again at its next meeting on Wednesday.

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Lanesborough Planners, Cannabis Dispensary at Odds Over Signage

The signage at Liberty Market Dispensary has caught the attention of the Planning Board, which argues it violates state Cannabis Control Commission regulations, despite the business saying it is in compliance.

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Pittsfield Board OKs Gale Ave Extension to Accommodate Two Houses

The applicants are also required to maintain or restore the condition of Gale Avenue to pre-construction conditions and limit the extended road to 18 feet per approval of the Fire Department and the services department.

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North Adams Planners Approve Repair Shop, Temescal Parking Changes

The shop will operate weekdays from 8 to 5 and Saturday's from 8 to noon. Lebovitz also plans to work with McCann Technical School to offer credit work for students.

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Cheshire Planning Board Hears Concerns about Proposed Cabins

Twenty residents attended Monday's Planning Board hearing to voice concerns about cabins proposed to be built at 836 Outlook Ave.

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Williamstown Planning Board Moves Some Bylaw Revisions to Drafting Phase

The Planning Board last week made incremental progress on proposed bylaw changes it hopes will allow the town to make incremental progress toward becoming more accessible to a wider range of people.

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North Adams Planners OK New Apartments in Eagle Street Block

The structure will have three apartments on each of the second and third level. Two will be two-bedroom units and the third will be one-bedroom. The two-bedrooms will be just over 1,000 square feet and the one-bedroom 761 square feet. The larger units will both have two full-bathrooms.

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Community Development Board Endorses Tyler Street Fire House Redevelopment

In line with the other classic buildings he has converted into apartments, the goal is to restore the fire house’s original glory.

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Lanesborough Planners OK New Building Design for Cannabis Dispensary

The board approved plans for the 3600 square foot building on Monday, with the only condition being the color scheme gets approved by the board once it is determined. Construction of the new building will follow the demolition of the current structure, formerly Arizona Pizza.

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Eagle Street Developer Stymied by Tech Issues at Planning Board

Planners had anticipated reviewing a proposal for eight apartments in the Tower & Porter Block on Eagle Street. Owner Veselko Buntic had submitted the plans for approval. Buntic, who has bid to purchase the Mohawk Theater, told the City Council and residents at a hearing on his plans for the theater, that he would be moving forward with the Eagle Street project.

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North Adams Planners Get Apartment Plans for Porter Block

He explained at last week's City Council meeting that his plans had been slowed by a number of issues, including his partners in the two buildings. He said he now owns both properties free and clear and is ready to begin work.

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Williamstown Planning Board Continues to Grapple with Dimensional Change Proposal

The Planning Board this month continued to discuss major revisions to the zoning bylaw that it could bring to town meeting as early as this May.

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Pittsfield Board Grants Special Permit for Carr Hardware Window Art

The panel approved a special permit last week that allows the modification of a pre-existing, non-confirming storefront display to accommodate the store's previously installed artwork.

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North Adams Planners OK Lumberyard in Hardman Industrial Park

Duquette has owned Stanley's Lumber and Building Supplies in Adams since 2016 and also operates Berkshire County Construction.

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Williamstown Planners Consider Comprehensive Changes to Zoning Bylaw

Winters kicked off the board's 2021-22 meeting cycle with a "maverick" proposal to slash the current code's requirements for frontage, setbacks and lot size in the residential districts in an effort to increase the number of available lots and, he hopes, increase the housing stock in an effort to make housing more affordable in the town.

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Railroad Museum Offices Expanding on Main Street

Global Cultural Asset Management was approved by the Planning Board on Monday to take over the spaces formerly occupied by a nail salon and Greylock Federal Credit Union, about 4,100 square feet.

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North Adams Planners Approve Planned Brewery Patio

Plans for the proposed brewery at the former Eagles Hall, on 515 Curran Highway, go back to 2018. At the time, applicant Spinney said a substantial remodel of the hall, which closed in 2017, would have to be done.

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Williamstown Planning Board Talks Changes to Address Housing Supply

The Planning Board last week discussed whether and how the town could implement changes to its zoning bylaws in order to increase the amount of housing stock in town.

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Adams Planners Amend Pot Bylaws to Allow Industrial Park Cultivation

Although there was some hesitancy among board members last Monday, the board ultimately made way for the new use in areas zoned IP with a special permit.

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Lanesborough Planning Board Wants Zoning Uses Updated

Some proposed usages of the former Vacation Village property were cited as examples, including an operation to produce coffee pods, or K-cups, that has recently encountered complications, and may need to obtain a new special permit from the board next month.