The North Adams City Council took the first step toward adopting new regulations on Tuesday that would allow the city to set speed limits as low as 20 mph in some areas.

The Berkshire Eagle  reports that the council voted unanimously to adopt, into the city’s own ordinances, state legislation that would allow the city to set speed limits of 25 mph on downtown business district roads and 20 mph in special designated safety zones.

The proposal will require a second approval from the council before it officially is adopted.

City Council member Benjamin Lamb says that although an important first step, adopting the state legislation does not change speed limits in the city, but it gives the city a mechanism by which to implement lower speed limits where it sees fit.