Adams Town officials are looking to get creative to allow more commercial investment that will expand the tax base and reduce the tax rate.

The town's zoning — the regulations that establish where residences, commerce and industry can set up in town — previously was reviewed in the 1970s, said Donna Cesan, director of community development for Adams. After five decades, much of the zoning is outdated and, in some places, not observed at all.

The town is proposing to go through its commercial, residential and industrial zones along the Route 8 corridor and, later, zoning to allow for more commercial development, to correct zoning for some properties that have different uses, and to unify some areas that are split between two zones.

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