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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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Adams, Economic Officials Explain 40R Housing Bylaw

But Tuesday's more than two-hour meeting explaining step by step the statute, the definitions, and how a Smart Growth Overlay District would work seemed to tamp down some of the controversy.

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Kennealy Points to Lack of Quality Housing as Economic Threat

And while there's still work needed in these areas, the adminstration is looking at what Kennealy is describing as a "major threat to the economy" statewide: Housing.

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Adams Holding Informal Information Session on 40R Smart Growth

Residents wishing to learn more about the town's consideration of a Smart Growth Overlay District are invited to a public information session on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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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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Williamstown OKs Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw

Eighty-six percent of voters at town meeting Tuesday approved an unamended version of the zoning bylaw amendment crafted by the Planning Board to allow construction of new accessory dwelling units in town.

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Polito Touts Housing Choices Bill in Williamstown

The Act to Promote Housing Choices would lower the threshold for most zoning bylaw amendments related to housing from its current two-thirds "supermajority" to a simple majority vote.

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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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Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Hears from Applicants

Even accounting for the town's continuing obligation to make payments toward a $1.5 million commitment to the Cable Mills project a commitment that falls under all three CPA designations the town still projects $533,318 in available funds for the fiscal 2020 funding cycle.

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Williamstown Renews Development Agreement on Cole Avenue Parcel

While Berkshire Housing continues to work on putting together funding for the $13.5 million project, the nonprofit and town continue to make sure it is "shovel ready" when financing is in place.

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Williamstown Zoning Board OKs Habitat for Humanity Project

Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity requested a comprehensive permit for the development of the adjacent lots at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street.

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Clarksburg, Williamstown Awarded State Housing Grants

The private water district was taken over last year by the town because of the cooperative's difficulty in finding trustees and addressing the significant infrastructure upgrades required for the more than 30-year-old district.

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Housing, Economy Discussed In First Housing Summit

Housing on upper floors of downtown buildings was forbidden for years. Even if a developer wanted to build apartments or condominiums it couldn't. But a handful of years ago, the city changed that. It created a zoning overlay district to broaden the scope of what could be developed.

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Habitat for Humanity Aims to Break Ground on Williamstown Project in Spring

Habitat for Humanity, which was chosen by the town's Affordable Housing Trust to build two single-family homes at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street, is looking for help from a local resident or business.

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Habitat's Long-awaited Condo Project Hits Permitting Snag

Habitat for Humanity's long-awaited Gordon Deming condominium project will continue to be long-awaited. Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is now thinking it will be unlikely to break ground on the $1.1 million project this fall as it works through the permitting process. The project was heralded by city and state officials when Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who awarded a $425,000 grant toward it last November but lining up permitting had proven to be a challenge.

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Old Debates Rehashed as Williamstown Planners Try to Focus on Future

The Planning Board on Tuesday held its second meeting since May's town election and the town meeting at which the prior board had hoped to bring an ambitious proposal to revamp the town's zoning bylaws before voters.

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BRPC: State's Housing Choice Program No Good For Berkshires

Gov. Charlie Baker is looking to curb a housing crisis in the Boston metro area through his Housing Choice Initiative. But the program will be used little, if at all, in the Berkshires where the issue isn't so much the need for new housing but for rehabilitation of housing. But, this area does rely heavily on such programs as MassWorks, PARC, and MassDOT's capital and complete streets and language in the Housing Choice Initiative puts the Berkshires at a disadvantage for those.

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Lt. Gov. Polito Delivers $425K For Habitat For Humanity Condo Project

Eight years ago Berkshire Gas donated a parcel of land on Deming Street to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. The non-profit worked with White Engineering to design a condominium project featuring three buildings, with two units in each.

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