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Greenfield master plan to debut Wednesday

GREENFIELD — The town’s new, sustainable master plan, which will guide Greenfield for the next decade or more, will finally be unveiled on Wednesday during a presentation to the public at Greenfield Community College.

The 36-member committee that created the new 258-page plan had planned its debut last Tuesday, but postponed the presentation due to an impending winter storm.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Sloan Theater in GCC.

The plan includes suggestions for preserving open space and agricultural land, promoting energy efficiency throughout town, and encouraging more use of pedestrian and bike paths to reduce the town’s carbon footprint.

Once the plan has been unveiled, it will be sent to the Planning Board for its approval, said Eric Twarog, the town’s director of planning and development.

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

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

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

According to Twarog, HUD gave the town $40,000 to help pay for the project and the town used a Community Development Block Grant of $78,542 to pay for the rest.

Wednesday’s presentation will not include comments from the public, as those forums were held throughout the process.

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