The Berkshire Eagle reports the North Adams City Council was not five minutes removed from a laborious and confusing discussion about updating a zoning ordinance to allow a distillery at the Greylock Mill when it approved, with no debate, a $5,000 request to work with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to update the city's zoning ordinances.

"We just had a perfect example of why updating and clarifying our zoning process is beneficial for the city," Mayor Thomas Bernard said.

The city is working with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission in an effort to begin to analyze a menu of items related to zoning, ranging from parking regulations to allowed uses.

The work will include updating and modernizing city zoning maps, reviewing the uses allowed in each district and potentially combining some districts, where appropriate.