Monthly Archives: October 2018

Proposed Zoning Amendments for ATM 2019

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)

Town Counsel

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

Town Planner


^/ MARTHA COAKLEY ATTORNEY GENERAL THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS DlVISION 10 MECHANIC STREET, SUITE 301 WORCESTER,MA01608 (508)792-7600 (508)795-1991 fax www.mass.eov/aeo Notice ofPlanning Board Hearing Relative to Proposed Zoning By-Law Amendments Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 40A, §5 —i The Planning Board ofthe Town ofMEDFIELD will hold a public hearing to discuss proposed ameg^mefits to the town's zoning by-laws. The public hearing will be held as follows: ,0 co Place: Date: Time: Town Hall. 2nd Floor, Chenerv Room "-io-n o-n m ^—)^3rT-. t'T? "-l^. r»ir-ft -5cr 3 3> t20181030-SR-mlu-form7pbn - HEARING NOTICE - ATM 19 - 12-03-18 w Maps_Page_220181030-SR-mlu-form7pbn - HEARING NOTICE - ATM 19 - 12-03-18 w Maps_Page_320181030-SR-mlu-form7pbn - HEARING NOTICE - ATM 19 - 12-03-18 w Maps_Page_420181030-SR-mlu-form7pbn - HEARING NOTICE - ATM 19 - 12-03-18 w Maps_Page_520181030-SR-mlu-form7pbn - HEARING NOTICE - ATM 19 - 12-03-18 w Maps_Page_620181030-SR-mlu-form7pbn - HEARING NOTICE - ATM 19 - 12-03-18 w Maps_Page_720181030-SR-mlu-form7pbn - HEARING NOTICE - ATM 19 - 12-03-18 w Maps_Page_820181030-SR-mlu-form7pbn - HEARING NOTICE - ATM 19 - 12-03-18 w Maps_Page_9

BoS tonight

Revised agenda for the Board of Selectmen tonight – 20181030-agenda-2.jpg

TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED: TOWN CLERK MEETING NOTICE 11.·:........til~ f 1 L.,.V . ;,; i1n uf MEDFIELD. MASS Zul8 UCI 30 A IQ: 21 POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. ,., ... ,.·-,c-.,-- n,,.. THE '!i·'·1 t. Ji .. i- ·n· h~/, 1 r,· ER ll' Board of Selectmen '{__ 'f;1 ~ •_r ... _ f' Board or Committee *REVISION* PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Warrant Room, 1st floor, Executive Session Tuesday October 30, 2018@ 6:00 PM Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd floor Tuesday October 30, 2018@ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 6:00 PM Declare meeting open 6:00 PM Vote to go into Executive Session: Exemption #2: To conduct strategy session in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel: discussion and possible vote on compensation and other terms and conditions of an employment agreement to be offered to new Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler (if necessary) 7:00 PM Call to order Disclosure of video recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Action Items Vote to authorize Chairman Marcucci to sign MSBA Dale Street Elementary School Study Enrollment Certification Vote to sign Lease Agreement between the Town, as Landlord, and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless as pertains to cell tower on new water tower at hospital site Discussion Items Discussion concerning Assistant Town Administrator position and organization and structure of Town Administration upon the appointment of Kristine Trierweiler as Town Administrator Selectman Murby would like to discuss signs within the public way /.~::: ; / I r i f I

STM – 3rd try

Thank you Bill and Patti for alerting me to the blog being off line.  When I looked into it this morning, it turned out to be because I had upgraded to a paid subscription to eliminate the ads, and WordPress had asked me to verify things via an email sent to a gmail account I never use, so the account had been suspended.  Now all verified and back in business.

Not sure why all the pages have not been posting, but here is the missing first page.  Since posting all of the pages seemed to cause the problem, I will just post the one page that got dropped before.

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STM votes – 2nd posting – with all the pages

This is a PDF of Carol Mayer’s posting this morning – 20181029-STM VOTES Oct 29 2018, and below are JPG’s of it –


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STM actions

Posted this morning by the still elected town clerk, Carol Mayer –


Never have so few . . .

To paraphrase Winston Churchill –

Never have so few,

caused so many,

to lose so much sleep!

red sox

STM Monday at 7:30PM

From Town Moderator, Scott McDermott this afternoon –

October 27, 2018 Hello Neighbors and Friends: I am writing to encourage you to attend our SPECIAL TOWN MEETING on Monday evening at 7:30pm at the Amos Clark Kingsbury High School gymnasium. The Town Meeting serves as the legislative branch of our town government. We have an Open Town Meeting – every registered voter has the right and privilege to attend, participate, and vote. It is quite a powerful opportunity to address, and have a direct hand in, the future direction of Medfield. Our Board of Selectmen called the Special Town Meeting to consider a series of important initiatives:  Lee Chapel at former MSH. Authorize the Board of Selectmen to lease a portion of former MSH including Lee Chapel and infirmary with surrounding land for up to 99 years for purpose of developing and operating an arts and cultural center  Senior Housing. Amend our zoning code to create Senior Housing Residential Development Overlay District and authorize the Board of Selectmen to dispose of by sale or lease a certain parcel of land on 5.48 acres to a private developer to construct affordable/moderately priced residential housing for seniors  Town Charter Changes. Amend the Town Charter to change from an elected Town Clerk to an appointed Town Clerk and to further amend the Town Charter to change the date of Annual Town Meeting from the last Monday in April to the first Monday in May  The Center at Medfield. Appropriate funds to open the CENTER on Saturdays through June 2019 and pay for staffing, operating expenses, programming, meals, utilities, and associated costs  Town Water Supply. Transfer a sum of money from the balance of the Iron/Manganese project funding voted at April’s Annual Town Meeting for the purpose of studying and/or implementing the reduction of unaccounted for water in Town's water supply On the Town’s website, there is an excellent summary of the Warrant, including the recommendations of the Board of Selectmen and the Warrant Committee, and pertinent explanatory handouts: We have a quorum requirement of 250 voters to act on the articles of the Warrant. It is sometimes not easy to gain a quorum for a Special Town Meeting – particularly at a busy time of year (and with Patriots on MNF!) With an eye on due process and appropriate legislative consideration, we will move with all reasonable expedience on the articles before us. It should not be an exceptionally long evening Please come. Bring a friend. And please forward this communication to your friends and neighbors. There is a lot going on in Medfield – this is an important time for your involvement in town affairs and an important evening for you to vote as a member of our legislature and as a believer in the virtues of participatory democracy. We continue to showcase our talented student musicians – a high school string quartet will welcome you to the meeting from 7:00-7:30pm. I look forward to seeing you on Monday night. Very truly yours, Scott TOWN OF MEDFIELD Scott F. McDermott Town Moderator

DHCD OK’s Medfield Meadows

The following letter was received by the Board of Selectmen today, wherein Department of Housing and Community Development approved the John Kelly 40B at the corner of Dale Street and Route 27.  –

Commonwealth of Massachusetts DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Charles D. Baker, Governor + Karyn E. Polito, Lt. Governor + Janelle L. Chan, Undersecretary October 19, 2018 Mr. Michael Marcucci Chair, Board of Selectman Town of Medfield 459 Main Street Medfield, Massachusetts 02052 Mr. John P. Kelly Medfield Meadows, LLC 18 Forest Street Sherborn, Massachusetts 01770 RE: Medfield Meadows, Medfield, Massachusetts REeEIVEO OCT 2 fl l0 1B MEDFIELD SELECTMEN Determination of Project Eligibility under the Local Initiative Program (LIP) Dear Messrs. Marcucci and Kelly: I am pleased to inform you that your application for project eligibility under the Local Initiative Program (LIP) for the proposed Medfield Meadows project has been approved. This approval is based on your application that sets forth a plan for the development of 36 residential units: 12 homeownership units and 24 rental units. The proposed sales prices and rents of the LIP units are generally consistent with the standards for affordable housing to be included in a community's Chapter 408 affordable housing stock. As part of the review process, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) staff has performed an on-site inspection of the proposed project sites. DHCD has made the following findings: 1. The proposed project appears generally eligible under the requirements of the Local Initiative Program, subject to final program review and approval; 2. The site of the proposed project is generally appropriate for residential development; 3. The conceptual plan is generally appropriate for the site on which the project is located; 4. . The proposed project appears financially feasible in the context of the Medfield housing market; I 00 Cambridge Street, Suite 300 Boston, Massachusetts 02 11 4 617.573.1100 Page 2 Medfield Meadows - Medfield, MA 5. The initial proforma for the project appears financially feasible and consistent with cost examination and limitations on profits and distributions on the basis of estimated development costs; 6. The project sponsor and the development team meet the general eligibility standards of the Local Initiative Program; 7. The project sponsor has an executed Purchase and Sale agreement for the site. The proposed project must comply with all state and local codes not specifically exempted by a comprehensive permit. Please provide us with a copy of the comprehensive permit as soon as it is issued. The DHCD legal office will review the comprehensive permit and other project documentation. Additional information may be requested as is deemed necessary. Following the issuance of the comprehensive permit, the specifics of this project must be formalized in a regulatory agreement signed by the municipality, the project developer, and DHCD prior to starting construction. As stated in the application, the Medfield Meadows project will consist of 36 units, 9 of which will be affordable: 12 homeownership units, three of which will be affordable and eligible for inclusion on the Town's subsidized housing inventory; and 24 rental units, six of which will be affordable and all of which will be eligible for inclusion on the subsidized housing inventory. The affordable units will be marketed, rented and sold to eligible households whose annual income may not exceed 80% of area median income, adjusted for household size, as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The conditions that must be met prior to final DHCD approval include: 1 . A final affirmative fair marketing and lottery plan with related forms shall be submitted that reflects LIP requirements including consistency with the Comprehensive Permit Guidelines, Section Ill, Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plans; 2. Any changes to the application it has just reviewed and approved, including but not limited to alternations in unit mix, sales price, rents, development team, unit design, site plan and financial pro forma reflecting land value, must be approved by DHCD; 3. The project must be organized and operated so as not to violate the state antidiscrimination statute (M.G.L. c1518) or the Federal Fair Housing statute I ~ i t ! Page 3 Medfield Meadows - Medfield, MA (42 U.S.C. s.3601 et seq.). No restriction on occupancy may be imposed on the affordable unit (other than those created by state or local health and safety laws regulating the number of occupants in dwelling units); and 4. The Town shall submit to DHCD the finalized details of the comprehensive permit. The Department expects that the development team will work closely with the public safety officials of the Town to address concerns relative to access for emergency vehicles fo all buildings on the property. As the Medfield Meadows project nears completion of construction, DHCD staff may visit the site to ensure that the development meets program guidelines. When the units have received Certificates of Occupancy, the developer must submit to both DHCD and the Medfield Board of Selectmen a project cost examination for the comprehensive permit project. This letter shall expire two years from this date or on October 17, 2020 unless a comprehensive permit has been issued. We congratulate the Town of Medfield and Medfield Meadows LLC on your efforts to work together to increase the Town's supply of affordable housing. If you have any questions as you proceed with the project, please call Alana Murphy at 617-573-1301. Catheri e Racer Associat Director cc: Sarah Raposa, AICP, Town Planner Michael Sullivan, Town Administrator Stephen Nolan, Zoning Board of Appeals Office of the Chief Counsel, DHCD Enc. RESPONSIBILITY FOR COST CERTIFICATION: By your signature below, Medfield Meadows, acknowledges and accepts this approval letter, including the obligation under law to provide the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Town of Medfield with a project cost examination .. Signature: ___________ _ Name (print): __________ _ Date: ---~--~------~ Upon receipt, please make copy of this letter and return a signed copy to Division of Housing Development, Department of Housing and Community Development, 100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114 ATTN: Local Initiative Program Medfield Meadows, ·Medfield, Massachusetts LOCAL INITIATIVE PROGRAM-COMPREHENSIVE PERMIT Sponsor: Medfield Meadows, LLC 18 Forest Street Sherborn, MA 01770 Project Addresses: 41 Dale Street Medfield, MA 02052 This project will provide ownership opportunities according to the following breakdown: Utility #of #of #of Gross Allowance Type of Unit Maximum Sales Units Bdrms Baths SF (Rental) Price/Rent Condo Fee (HO) Market Units 3 1 1 750. $2, 100 (rental) 13 2 1 900 N/A $2,520 2 3 1.5 1,300 $2,990 Market Units 1 2 2.5 1,600 TBD $528,000 (ownership) 8 3 2.5 1,800 TBD $594,000 LIP Units 2 1 1 750 $153.00 $1,089 (net) (rental) 3 2 1 900 $226.00 $1,265 (net) 1 3 1.5 1,300 $286.00 $1,436 (net) LIP Units 1 2 2.5 1,600 TBD $191,500 (ownership) 2 3 2.5 1,800 TBD $210,900 Total Units 3620181019-DHCD-ltr from_Page_220181019-DHCD-ltr from_Page_320181019-DHCD-ltr from_Page_4


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STM this Monday 7:30PM

town meeting

This alert from the Town of Medfield website –


October 26, 2018 9:39 AM

Reminder Special Town Meeting on Monday, Oct 29, 2018 7:30 PM

Reminder there is a Special Town meeting on Monday, October 29, 2018, at 7:30 PM. The meeting will take place in the High School Gymnasium. Please visit the Special Town Meeting page to review the eleven articles and related information.

Special Town Meeting cannot begin until there is a quorum of 250 registered voters.