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CITY OF NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS

Planning Board
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Meeting Notice

Monday, June 8, 2020


The North Adams Planning Board will hold a meeting on Monday, June 8, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. via teleconference.

Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §18, and the Governor’s March 15, 2020 Order imposing strict limitation on the number of people that may gather in one place, this meeting of the North Adams Planning Board will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible. Specific information and the general guidelines for remote participation by members of the public and/or parties with a right and/or requirement to attend this meeting can be found on the City of North Adams website, at http://www.northadams-ma.gov/index.php?nav_id=13. For this meeting, members of the public who wish to listen to the meeting may do so in the following manner: via teleconference at https://zoom.us/j/99518291804, see specific call instructions located at the end of the meeting notice. No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on the City of North Adams website an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.


AGENDA

Chair statement for virtual meetings

Roll call 6:00 p.m.

Public hearings new business

• Case No: SPA2020-17 Application of Berkshire Hills Development Co., LLC for property located at River Street. Special permit requested for a site plan approval to reconfigure the current parking in a B-1 and B-2 zone.

Approval of minutes

• Planning public hearing – May 11, 2020
• Regular meeting – May 11, 2020

New business

• Case No: SPA2020-17 Application of Berkshire Hills Development Co., LLC for property located at River Street. Special permit requested for a site plan approval to reconfigure the current parking in a B-1 and B-2 zone.

Adjournment


Michael Leary, Chairman
North Adams Planning Board
Posted June 1, 2020


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Time: June 8, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.

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CITY OF NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS

Planning Board
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REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

June 8, 2020

Call to order 6:00 p.m.

Chair statement for virtual public hearing

Chairman Leary read the following statement: Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §18, and the Governor’s March 15, 2020 Order imposing strict limitations on the number of people that may gather in one place, this public hearing of the North Adams Planning Board is being conducted via remote participation. No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but the public can listen to this meeting while in progress via teleconference. Members of the public attending this meeting virtually will be allowed to make comments if they wish to do so, during the portion of the hearing designated for public comment, by teleconference.

Members present virtually Chairman Michael Leary, Lisa Blackmer, Lynette Ritland Bond, Robert Burdick, Kyle Hanlon,
Kayla Hollins, Paul Senecal, and Larry Taft

Members absent Brian Miksic

Others present virtually Barbara Canale, Jeff Grandchamp, Charlie LaBatt, and William Meranti, Building Inspector

Public hearings new business

• Case No: SPA2020-17 Application of Berkshire Hills Development Co., LLC for property located at River Street. Special permit requested for a site plan approval to reconfigure the current parking in a B-1 and B-2 zone.


Chairman Leary opened the public hearing to Jeff Grandchamp. Mr. Grandchamp explained that the plan is to take the interior parking lot and relocate to the east end. They would also like to use the vacant parcel on the northwest corner of Veazie and River Streets for parking. The new plan would improve the traffic pattern and cut down on traffic entering and exiting River Street.

Chairman Leary requested questions from the board. Member Senecal inquired about what will replace the parking lot behind the Porches. Mr. Grandchamp stated that it would be grass/open space.

Member Ritland Bond inquired about the landscaping plan. Mr. Grandchamp explained that the mature trees would stay and they would add more as necessary.

Member Hanlon inquired about whether the removal of one lot and the addition another would change the impervious amount of surface area. Mr. LaBatt explained that there would be a slight reduction overall. They plan to install stormwater management similar to what was done 20 years ago.

Chairman Leary requested questions or comments from others on the call. No questions.

Chairman Leary requested a motion to close the public hearing. Member Blackmer made a motion to close the public hearing. Member Senecal seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion carried.

Approval of minutes

• Planning public hearing – May 11, 2020

Chairman Leary requested a motion to approve the minutes of the Planning public hearing for May 11, 2020. Member Hanlon made a motion to approve the minutes. Member Blackmer seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion carried.

• Regular meeting – May 11, 2020

Chairman Leary requested a motion to approve the minutes of the Planning public hearing for May 11, 2020. Member Hanlon made a motion to approve the minutes. Member Blackmer seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion carried.

New business
• Case No: SPA2020-17 Application of Berkshire Hills Development Co., LLC for property located at River Street. Special permit requested for a site plan approval to reconfigure the current parking in a B-1 and B-2 zone.

Chairman Leary requested a motion to approve. Member Hanlon made a motion to approve. Member Senecal seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion carried.

Adjournment Motion to adjourn 6:08 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Michelle Ells
Planning Board Secretary




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