Greenfield

Heritage District focus of meeting

GREENFIELD — The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday regarding two proposed changes to the town’s zoning ordinance.

The most significant proposal, according to Planning Board Chair Bob Marshall, is a recommendation to create a Neighborhood Heritage District overlay intended to protect the characteristics of the village area. If approved, the ordinance would set up a Neighborhood Advisory Committee, appointed by the Select Board, to review new construction and additions visible from public roads, as well as demolitions, parking expansion and removal of mature trees. That committee would then make recommendations to the Planning Board.

Marshall said the Planning Board made a number of changes to the proposal following a meeting in December.

“We’ve tried to make it less cumbersome to property owners,” Marshall said on Tuesday. “We’ve made it smaller. We’ve eliminated application fees. We’re now allowing fencing that is consistent with other fencing already in the neighborhood.”

The proposal now calls for the district to extend only about a half mile from the center of town in either direction on Forest Road and on Slip Road, and about one-third of a mile along Sawmill Road and Francestown Road.

The second proposal to be discussed is a expansion of the Industrial Overlay District to include about 300 feet of land on the east side of Sawmill Road just west of the intersection with Crotched Mountain Road. Marshall said nearby land in the district along Sawmill Road is already used for industrial purposes and this would be an appropriate area for further expansion. Access would have to be from Route 31 and the steeply sloping portions of the properties along Crotched Mountain Road would not be included.

“We want to buffer our existing Village District around Sunset Lake,” Marshall said.

The hearing, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the town office, is intended to solicit more feedback on both proposals, according to Marshall.

“We want to make sure we give people ample opportunity to have input, especially on the Neighborhood Heritage District,” he said.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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