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Stockbridge town plan forum announced

The Stockbridge Planning Commission announced April 26 that it will be holding a Town Plan Forum Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Stockbridge Central School. The purpose of the meeting will be to share the commission's conclusions to date in its year-long planning effort to revise and update the Stockbridge Town Plan. During that time the Commission talked to residents, analyzed the views of 156 Stockbridge households that participated in a town-wide Resident Survey, and convened a well-attended Planning Forum.

"We've worked hard and received unprecedented feedback from our community," said Bill Edgerton, Planning Commission Chairman.

"Now it is time to share our initial conclusions and hear what people think."

Commission findings to be presented and discussed on May 14 include:
•    Prohibiting new construction of primary structures (both residential and commercial) in the town's White and Tweed River floodplains to better protect lives and property.
•    Creating a new Central School Hamlet Area on Rt. 107 to encourage appropriately-sized retail development and develop more of a town center.
•    Eliminating the town's current Business Enterprise areas on Rt. 107 west of the Town Office.
•    Creating a Mixed-Use/Light Industrial area on Rt. 107 abutting Animations to foster local job creation.
•    Prohibiting primary retail development (excluding restaurants) in the town's Rural Residential areas to help protect the town's rural character and deter sprawl.

All Stockbridge residents and property owners are encouraged to attend this Forum.  For further information, call 234-5106.