PLANNING BOARD MEETING RE: MARIJUANA CULTIVATION TUESDAY, FEB. 11, AT 7 PM

On Tuesday, Feb 11th at 7:00pm in Town Hall, the Williamstown Planning Board will discuss proposed zoning bylaws regarding indoor and outdoor marijuana cultivation. The Board's proposal includes allowing indoor cultivation by special permit in the Limited Industrial zone. Outdoor cultivation would be allowed by special permit in Rural Residence zones on parcels of 5 acres or larger, with required setbacks.

At its Feb. 11th meeting, the Planning Board will be working towards finalizing its proposed bylaws to present to Town Meeting in May. The Board welcomes public input.

You can watch a tape of the Planning Board's discussion of these issues at its January 14th meeting here:  https://www.willinet.org/municipal-meetings/.  The iBerkshires article regarding that meeting is here:  https://www.iberkshires.com/story/61533/Williamstown-Planning-Board-Weighing-New-Pot-Bylaw.html

Last year, an application for a special permit for an outdoor marijuana plantation on Blair Road was presented to the Zoning Board of Appeals by Massflora, a subsidiary of a Colorado-based company. For more information about the ZBA proceedings on that proposal, see https://www.iberkshires.com/story/59563/The-Fear-of-Smell-Pungent-Pot-Plants-Worry-Williamstowners.html and other articles posted at iBerkshires.com. In May, Massflora withdrew its application for a special permit.