DESISTO

A proposal to redevelop the former DeSisto School property in Stockbridge in recent years triggered contentious discussions about the town's Cottage Era Estate bylaw.

STOCKBRIDGE — Property owners and renters are invited to attend a remote presentation Nov. 5 to learn about the town's Cottage Era Estate bylaw.

The discussion, led by author and lecturer Randall Arendt, will focus on conservation zoning strategies involving permanent protection of the town's rural atmosphere, open space, outdoor recreation and trails. It will begin at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Other topics include clean groundwater resources and approaches to deal with "the effects of more severe storms we're experiencing," according to an announcement from Town Administrator Michael Canales. Arendt will share his experience in "creating effective solutions for governments and individuals in developing bylaws that work to address conservation and redevelopment of properties," the announcement stated.

The bylaw sets conditions through which the Select Board can regulate the reuse of Cottage Era Estates in the community. It became a point of contention in recent years when a developer was seeking to transform the former DeSisto School property into a resort and residential complex.

Planning Board Chairman William Vogt is urging residents to attend the presentation.

"This is an opportunity to learn about Conservation/Open Space Design Zoning, an exciting but not particularly new concept that provides a more environmentally-friendly, town voter designed option to control the future of our town," Vogt stated.

Access information will be provided soon on the town's website, townofstockbridge.com. For more information, call William Vogt at 413-717-7618.