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Strict constructionalism in Great Barrington

In a letter to the editor, John Beacco writes, 'Restricting itself to the text of the bylaw and avoiding its social, economic and moral implications is expedient and not at all helpful to those living near the proposed project, or the selectboard that is charged as the special permit-granting authority.'

To the editor: 

The Great Barrington Planning Board abdicated its responsibility and employed a narrow interpretation of its bylaw in reviewing Fulcrum Enterprises’ application for a special permit to cultivate/manufacture cannabis along Van Deusenville Road in Housatonic. Restricting itself to the text of the bylaw and avoiding its social, economic and moral implications is expedient and not at all helpful to those living near the proposed project, or the selectboard that is charged as the special permit-granting authority. The planners could have discussed the many variables (odor, security, lighting, water, insecticides, etc.) and their possible consequences to an abutting residential neighborhood. The selectboard would have greatly profited from such a discussion. The very fact that a special permit is required for such a use strongly suggests controversy. Another set of minds would have helped.

John Beacco
Lee

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