Agricultural Commission Meeting

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Town Hall 2nd Floor Meeting Room
A meeting of the Agricultural Commission

NOTICE OF MEETING

Inhabitants of the Town of Greenfield:

You are hereby notified that there will be a meeting of:

Public Body: Agricultural Commission

Date: October 26, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Town Hall Meeting Room, 14 Court Sq.

Old Business

* Topics anticipated to be discussed:

1)Article for the newspaper discussing GAC’s work

New Business

2) Open Space Plan Goals for Agricultural

3) 2014 Master Plan: Land Use Element

4) GAC goals for 20018, discussion w/Town Planner

Minutes

Greenfield Agricultural Commission Meeting, July 20, 2017 at 7p.m., Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Greenfield Town Hall, 14 Court Square, Greenfield MA 01301. Called to order at 7:30 p.m. Adjourned at 8:23 p.m.

Members present: Nathaniel Hussey, Bob Sagor, & Andrea Moorhead.

Members absent: Denise Leonard

Documents circulated:

*Minutes from April 27, 2017 meeting

*7-Year Action Plan, Objective A3, from 2012 Open Space & Recreation Plan

Actions taken:

*Approved the April 20, 2017 minutes with a 3 to 0 vote.

*Decided to keep Warren Facey and Josh Breitner on our email list.

*Decided to invite Eveline MacDougall to a fall meeting to discuss her work establishing the Pleasant Street Community Garden.

*Decided to set goals for 2017-2018 and beyond at the September and October meetings.

*Decided to invite Eric Twarog and Maureen Pollock from the Department of Planning & Development to the October 26 meeting with a vote of 3-0.

*Decided to check town budget for Chapter 61, 61A, & 61B allocations.

*Confirmed date of next meeting, September 28, 2017, 7 p.m., Town Hall.

Discussion:

*Update on search for a new member for 2017-2018.

*Reaffirmed the GAC’s opposition to large-scale solar farms on agricultural lands.

*Discussed the importance of coordinating the GAC’s short and long-range goals with the 2012 Open Space and Recreation Plan objectives.

*Reviewed pages 151 and Appendix D, pages 3-4, of the 2012 Open Space and Recreation Plan: 7-Year Action Plan: “A3: Educate, Protect, and Preserve Important Agricultural Lands” in preparation for the September meeting.

*Discussed writing an article for The Greenfield Recorder to explain GAC’s on-going and new projects and to invite people to submit an application to join GAC.

*Mentioned the need for future discussion of the possibility of assuming the management of conservation lands.

* Please note that the list of topics in this notice was comprehensive at the time of posting, however the public body may consider and take action on unforeseen matters not specifically named in this notice.

Executive session may be called.

Posted to: Agricultural Comm.