Egremont set to discuss zoning changes


EGREMONT — The town's Planning Board will host a public hearing on proposed bylaw changes that would divide the town into three separate zoning districts, each with reformatted use and density regulations.

The public hearing is on Wednesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. in the North Egremont Fire House.

The proposed amendments will divide the present general district into three districts: the Rural District, the North Village District and the South Village District, according to Planning Board chairwoman Helen Krancer.

Krancer said the board has been working diligently on the proposed amendments. The town's overall lack of bylaw protection was the principal impetus for the new regulations. In Egremont, as with many towns, if a use is not mentioned in town bylaws, it is presumed to be not allowed.

The new proposals will include updated intensity and use regulations for the two proposed Village Districts, as well as provisions for what would be termed "split lots" between the Rural and Village Districts, Krancer said.

In addition, said Krancer, the proposals call for amendments of current commercial and common driveway requirements for the three districts and limits on the footprints and the size of commercial buildings in all three districts. Presently, for example, there are no limits for commercial buildings in any part of town.

Krancer encouraged residents to attend the hearing.

"We want to see what people have to say," she said. "We want people to come and we want people to express their opinions."

The proposed amendments can be viewed at the town hall, the library, the North Egremont Store and online at under Planning Board information.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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