Emailed from Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, today about upcoming hearings on possible annual town meeting (ATM) zoning changes – 20181030-SR-mlu-form7pbn – HEARING NOTICE – ATM 19 – 12-03-18 w Maps
Board of Selectmen
Warrant Committee (bcc)
Building Commissioner (cc)
Planning Board (bcc)
RE: Proposed Zoning Amendments for ATM 2019
- Proposed “Upper Spring Street Overlay District” (series of 4 articles) – proposes to revert this area to pre-2017 zoning for a portion of Spring Street / Rt 27 where increased density may actually be appropriate (with added review criteria). The Planning Board heard some opposition to the density reduction in 2017 from a group of residents in this neighborhood and agreed that while they did have a uniqueness to their area, it was too late to try to pull their neighborhood from the RU district in the months leading up to ATM 2017. The Planning Board pledged to revisit the topic after town meeting (and has since discussed informally at public meetings amongst themselves and the neighbors). The Planning Board thinks this overlay district provides the options that the neighbors were after without creating a burdensome zoning amendment. There are some advantages to having at least one by-right multi-family zoning district and is worth the broader discussion.
- Rezone the West Street / Peter Kristof Way area from Residential Suburban (RS, 20k sf single family house lots) to Business Industrial (commercial) which will make the area more compatible with surrounding land uses.
- Update the Use Table with proper citations (provides consistency in the terminology used within the Medfield Zoning Bylaw which should have been updated in 2014 with the codification process; “housekeeping”)
Hard copies of the proposals are in your mailboxes and a pdf version is attached as well as on the Planning Board’s webpage.
There will likely be one more proposal but it hasn’t been advertised yet. Its an update of the ZBA’s special permit criteria (to match the PB’s SP criteria adopted in 2017). Mark Cerel provided the draft amendment last week and the PB and ZBA are holding a joint meeting next week to review.
Sarah Raposa, AICP