GREAT BARRINGTON — Incumbents Jonathan Hankin and Malcolm Fick will return to their seats on the Planning Board after a challenge by newcomer Holly Hamer, who was initially prompted to run after being fired up over a controversial commercial solar array and plans for new hangars at Walter J. Koladza Airport.

Hamer had campaigned with a fresh, "big picture" look at new developments and other zoning issues in a growing, changing town, and said the board "is about the vision for the town," particularly with the "tremendous surge" in new projects.

Both Hankin and Fick said they wanted to follow through with the work they had started to balance new development with keeping the town's unique character and history intact.

Hankin, 71, an architect and real estate agent, has been on the board for 20 years, during which time board members rewrote the entire zoning bylaw "to make it more user-friendly, to make zoning fit into the character of the neighborhood," Hankin said.

He said all of this has helped bring properties into conformance with zoning, and kept many property owners out of expensive Zoning Board of Appeals hearings for improvement plans.

Hankin is also a member of the town's newly established Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board. He said he wants to keep "giving back" to the community through his work on the Planning Board.

"We're certainly not done," he said.

Fick, 68, a former software executive and school librarian, said during his four years on the board it "has done a lot toward advancing [the town's] master plan goals."

"But there is more work to be done," he added, noting all the development projects in the wings and underway. "The Planning Board still has the role of encouraging growth while trying to retain the heritage of town. I enjoy this challenge and want to make sure we don't destroy the town as we watch it grow."

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