Kohl Conservation Commission and Planning Board Hearings Slated for December 11

The Conservation Commission and Planning Board have scheduled hearings for December 11 on Kohl Construction’s application for a Special Permit and Site Plan Review for its North Street woods condo project. Concerned citizens are urged to attend. Northampton Conservation Commission AgendaDate: Thursday December 11, 2008 Time: 5:30 PM Place: City Hall Hearing Room (use back […]

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Notre Dame Northampton Charrette Critical of Hospital Hill Plans, Fleshes Out Alternative

The Notre Dame Design Studio circulated the following announcement yesterday. They will present their final proposals from the Northampton Charrette to the public on Saturday, December 13th at 2:30pm at Northampton High School. The public is encouraged to attend. Hi everyone, In response to feedback from a number a people requesting more information about our […]

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Video and Slides: Public Forum on Innovative Approaches to Manage Northampton’s Solid Waste, 11/19/08

Here is a complete Google video of the Public Forum on Innovative Approaches to Manage Northampton’s Solid Waste, a special meeting of Northampton’s Board of Public Works. This meeting, also known as the Landfill Alternatives Forum, took place on November 19, 2008 in the Community Room of John F. Kennedy Middle School. Jeff Edelstein moderated. […]

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Video: Northampton State Hospital Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting, 11/17/08

Here is a complete Google video of the November 17 meeting of the Northampton State Hospital Citizens Advisory Committee. The video is 3 hours long, and was recorded by Lachlan Ziegler. The meeting took place in Florence in the John F. Kennedy Middle School Community Room. Roughly the first hour of the meeting presented the […]

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Kohl Construction Applies for Special Permit and Site Plan Review

Kohl Construction, doing business as Tofino Associates and Northern Avenue Homes, filed an application for Special Permit and Site Plan Review with the Planning Board on November 13. You may download the application (PDF, 15.3MB) and the full-scale architectural plans (PDF, 9.2MB) associated with it. The Conservation Commission and the Planning Board intend to hear […]

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Video: School Committee Meeting of November 13; Citizens Ask Bridge Street School Be Saved

Here is a complete Google video of Northampton’s School Committee meeting of November 13. The video is 2 hours and 7 minutes long, and was recorded by Lachlan Ziegler. The agenda of this meeting is available here. In the public comment period at the start of the meeting, two citizens spoke in favor of saving […]

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Bloomberg: “U.S. Housing Starts, Permits Drop to Record Low Pace”

Bloomberg reports today: …Building permits, a sign of future residential projects, dropped 12 percent to a 708,000 pace, the lowest since at least 1960… Compared with October 2007, work began on 38 percent fewer homes… The decrease in starts was led by a 31 percent decline in the Northeast… “We are in a crisis situation,” […]

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Video: November 13 Planning Board Meeting: Hazards Mitigation Plan; Zoning Revisions Committee; Hotel Northampton Complaint; Hospital Hill Diverging from Vision of Planned Village; Comments on Notre Dame Charrette Website

Here is a complete Google video of the Northampton Planning Board meeting of November 13, 2008. The video is 2 hours and 49 minutes long.Here are selected highlights of the meeting: 0:00:00-0:58:49Discussion of the Proposed Local Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (PDF)0:00:00-0:15:50… Summary of planning process and highlights of plan 0:15:04-0:15:28… Planning Board member George Kohout and […]

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Best Practices Meeting of November 12: Video; Discussion of Term Limits

Here is a complete Google video of the Best Practices Committee meeting of November 12. It’s 2 hours and 57 minutes long. This video is also available in two parts at Vimeo (part one, part two). See the preliminary minutes from the meeting and a picture of the written-on whiteboard here. In many areas the […]

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Best Practices Meeting of November 12: Hammering Out the Recommendations

Here are the preliminary minutes of the Best Practices Meeting of November 12. Members debated which recommendations to put forward to the City Council. Accompanying the minutes are pictures of the whiteboard used at the meeting (left and right halves with overlap). The image is also available at higher resolution as a PDF. We will […]

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