Meanwhile, the Agricultural Commission is going forward with a plan to propose a competing bylaw amendment that would allow outdoor production by special permit and with more restrictive setback requirements than currently in place.
One of the articles brings the town's bylaw on non-conforming structures into compliance with the commonwealth's current law on the subject. Another creates a regulatory framework for long and common driveways.
The Planning Board last week heard from several residents who want it to prohibit outdoor production of marijuana in the language of an updated bylaw the board intends to send to May's annual town meeting.
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.
After a brief executive session Tuesday, the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority voted to support Berkshire Kind's intent to purchase land in the business park and erect a 20,000 square foot grow facility.
Stafford Green Inc. is seeking a special permit to grow organic marijuana on about five acres of land at 80 Stafford Hill Road. Frank Maguire, president of the company, and his team were on hand to hear concerns and questions from the board and residents.
Chad Cellana and Trenten Lynch of New England Regional Dispensaries (NERD) are proposing to build a pot production greenhouse and retail outlet at 28 Cross Road, within the marijuana overlay district approved at town meeting two years ago.
The town will soon be closed off to new prospective marijuana retailers but that could change in two years.
The Board of Selectmen solidified its process for approving community host agreements on Monday, a requirement for a potential company to seek state permits. The town has limited the number of retailers to two and has one host agreement approved and another one in the works.
A Brooklyn chocolatier who previously was looking to build a cannabis-infused chocolate factor at the Berkshire Mall is now looking to purchase the former Arizona Pizza building on Cheshire Road.
Lev Kelman, the owner of Brooklyn Dark, said on Wednesday that he's made an offer on the building at 660 Cheshire Road and is looking to close on it by mid-June. Kelman is now going through the process of applying to the state for permits to manufacture the THC-infused chocolates and that includes a