1. Developer pans Easthampton anti-big box zoning proposal at 'informal' meeting of Economic Development Industrial Commission

    Developer pans Easthampton anti-big box zoning proposal at 'informal' meeting of Economic Development Industrial Commission

    A proposed zoning amendment designed to limit so-called "big box development" is set for a Feb. 18 public hearing, despite an assertion from developer Bernard Gawle during a recent meeting that the measure will "kill new growth."  The amendment, introduced by City Council President Joseph McCoy in October, would limit the size of any development to 50,000 square feet, with an exception for "wholesale, transportation, and industrial" uses within the industrial zoning district. A joint hearing of the Planning Board and City Council Ordinance Committee is set for Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Municipal Building at ...

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    1. I feel that this is the most destructive amendment I've ever seen.
    2. Along with other potential benefits, the proposed ordinance amendments, if adopted, will assure that no big-box retailers will find a home in Easthampton.
    3. They have been meeting informally just to get going, There's a lot of new energy there.
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