Planning Board Public Hearing on Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation
and other topics on Wednesday July 22nd at 7pm by Zoom
Here’s the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86320982866 (phone access numbers are also listed in the PB’s meeting packet)
1. Citizens’ Petition To Allow Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation.
In March, the Planning Board after public hearing recommended to Town Meeting a Marijuana Regulation Reform Bylaw to regulate indoor marijuana cultivation and to disallow outdoor marijuana cultivation in Williamstown.
In response to the Planning Board’s proposed ban on outdoor cultivation, a Citizens’ Petition has been filed to allow outdoor cultivation by special permit in Rural Residence 1, 2 and 3 zones. The Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on the Citizens’ Petition on Wednesday, July 22nd at 7pm by Zoom. The Board will hear from petitioners as well as the public and will consider what, if any, recommendation to make to Town Meeting regarding the Petition.
At the upcoming Town Meeting on August 18th, voters will first be asked to vote on the Planning Board’s Marijuana Regulation Reform Bylaw and will then be asked to vote on the Citizens’ Petition which, if passed, will reverse the Planning Board’s ban on outdoor cultivation.
For the text of the Planning Board’s Marijuana Regulation Reform Bylaw and the Citizens’ Petition, see https://sites.google.com/williamstownma.gov/planning-board/upcoming-meeting-packet?authuser=0
2. Citizens’ Petition Regarding Farm Events.
The Town’s current zoning bylaw allows six farm events (weddings and family celebrations) per year. This Citizens’ Petition proposes to increase this allowance to ten per year. At the upcoming Public Hearing, the Planning Board will consider what, if any, recommendation to make to Town Meeting regarding this Petition.
3. Reopening Public Hearing Regarding Non-Conforming One and Two-Family Properties.
In March, the Planning Board after public hearing recommended to Town Meeting bylaw amendments regarding extending non-conforming structures on one and two family properties. The Board is reopening its public hearing to consider whether its proposed changes should apply only to dwellings or also to outbuildings.