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New Greenfield master plan presentation postponed

Unveiling planned for next week

GREENFIELD — The unveiling of the town’s new Sustainable Master Plan has been postponed due to reports of an impending winter storm for Tuesday night into today.

According to Planning Board Chairwoman Roxanne Wedegartner, who is also a member of the committee that had planned to present the town’s new master plan to the public on Jan. 21, the presentation will be Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Sloan Theater in Greenfield Community College.

The new, green master plan took 16 months to create and is expected to include suggestions for preserving open space and agricultural land, promote energy efficiency throughout town, and encourage more use of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as public transportation, to reduce the town’s carbon footprint.

The committee looked at everything from agriculture and natural resources to housing and education, along with tourism, a creative economy, economic development, transportation, facilities, services, energy, and natural, historic and cultural issues facing the town. It held several public workshops and forums over the past year and an half.

The committee consisted of residents, community leaders, town leaders and local environmentalists.

The last comprehensive master plan in Greenfield was completed in 1974 and updated in 2001.

The project, which was led by Vanasse Hangen and Brustlin, was funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

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