1. 'Big crowd' at South Hadley meeting to unveil 'smart growth' zoning proposal surprises officials

    'Big crowd' at South Hadley meeting to unveil 'smart growth' zoning proposal surprises officials

    Curiosity about a proposal to stimulate economic development near the former Big Y plaza brought a big crowd to a recent public forum. The initiative targets an approximately 14-acre plot on Newton and Lyman streets, that includes the plaza, for both commercial and residential development. The proposal, according to a town document released prior to the July 11 meeting, would create the "Newton Street/Lyman Street Smart Growth District." Separate residential and business zoning districts currently govern land use in that area. Town officials hope to adopt a regulation known as 40R, which refers to a chapter of Massachusetts general ...

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    1. I gather most of you are familiar with what is being suggested, to some degree.
    2. We didn't mention 40R in the master plan.
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