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What will Greenfield look like in 10 years? In 20 years?

Workshop set for Saturday

GREENFIELD — Have you ever wondered what Greenfield will look like in 10 to 20 years?

If so, a community workshop to kick off the Greenfield Sustainable Master Plan effort will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and you will have a chance to share your vision.

The free event will be held at Four Rivers Charter Public School, 248 Colrain Road.

Some of what the town’s Sustainable Master Plan Committee would like to know is what people appreciate about Greenfield, what areas need improvement, and how people view different issues, like economic development, housing needs, transportation options and protecting natural and historic resources.

“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to talk about and plan our future for 10 years,” said Planning Board Chairwoman Roxann Wedegartner. “We’re a diverse community and we want to encourage people from across the spectrum in Greenfield to come and share their ideas about shaping the future of Greenfield.”

The Planning Board will spend the next nine months reviewing the current master plan and making changes to update it and add the “sustainable” aspect.

It is expected the town could have a new master plan before the end of the year.

“Using sustainability as the over-arching theme means that every aspect of the plan will take into account social, economic and environmental issues, and that we create strategies that meet the needs of current and future generations in Greenfield without compromising the systems on which they depend,” said Eric Twarog, the town’s director of planning and development.

A short overview of the project will be presented at the workshop, and then attendees will participate in discussions.

The workshop is the first of three to be held over the next nine months.

On Saturday, there will be coffee, doughnuts, pizza and more served. The committee said all of that is thanks to the generosity of Adam’s Donuts, Athens Pizza, Brass Buckle, Cookie Factory, Foster’s Super Market, Green Fields Market, Magpie Woodfired Pizza, Richard D. Smith Paper Co., Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters, Sofia’s Pizza and Village Pizza.

Other ways for residents to share their ideas would be to comment on Facebook (Greenfield Sustainable Master Plan), attend subcommittee meetings, or visit: www.greenfieldmasterplan.com and use MindMixer there.

For more information, you may also call Twarog at 413-772-1549.

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