Category Archives: Planning

Chipotle coming to Medfield Shops?

Per Town Planner Sarah Raposa, “A representative for the plaza will be going to the planning board for informal review on Monday, July 20th.”

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Medfield Planning Board Vacancy – Associate Member

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Medfield Planning Board Vacancy – Associate Member

Released June 30, 2020

The Town of Medfield Planning Board is seeking to fill 1-2 vacant Associate Member positions.  Anyone who may be interested should submit a letter of interest to Sarah Raposa at sraposa@medfield.net by September 1, 2020.

The Planning Board is an elected town board of five members, each with a five-year term. The purpose of the Planning Board is to guide the development of the Town in the best interests of all its residents. The Board has very specific responsibilities and authorities as granted by Massachusetts General Laws and the Medfield Zoning By-Laws.

The Planning Board generally meets in the evening 2-3 times per month. Regular meetings are scheduled for the first and third Monday and there is often an additional work session scheduled.  Associate member attend and participate in all meetings though are not considered voting members of the Board. This allows Associates to learn about the intricacies of the Planning Board in preparation for running in the local election.

The Planning Board is responsible for the review and approval of all subdivisions (the division of a tract of land into two or more lots) through a comprehensive process prescribed by MGL Chapter 41 Sections 81L-GG and Town Code Article 310 involving review by relevant regulatory agencies, public hearings, covenants with developers, performance bonding, and ongoing compliance monitoring.

Under “Site Plan Approval” and “Special Permits” in the Zoning By-Laws (MGL Chapter 40A and Town Code Article 300), the Board also has the responsibility to assure that prior to any new construction or significant changes to an existing structure, other than single family dwellings, such factors as community needs, abutters’ concerns, visual amenities, safety issues, and environmental and historic features on the site and in adjacent areas are considered.

Any requests for Zoning By-Law changes or amendments are also reviewed by the Board. Public hearings are held to allow input from any abutters or other interested citizens. The Board is required to provide a recommendation on any Zoning By-Law amendment at Town Meeting, where a two-thirds vote is required to approve the change.

The Planning Board serves as a resource to assist interested individuals with the process of proposing plans or projects under the Zoning By-Laws. Communications are maintained on an ongoing basis with related Town agencies including the Zoning Board of Appeals and other planning interests within the Town such as the historical entities, Medfield State Hospital, and affordable housing.

Letters should describe your interest in the Planning Board as well as any professional experience or other qualifications that will complement the Board. Relevant experience includes land use law, real estate, engineering, and construction however; planning board members come from a broad spectrum of life. Ideal candidates must be open-minded, willing to learn and put time in between meetings, and be capable of reading and understanding the Medfield Zoning Bylaws. Accordingly, please contemplate the following in your letter of interest:

  • Do you have ideas about the direction the Board should be headed? If so, have you thought about integration of those ideas (meaning how the idea coalesces into existing regulations or whether new regulations would need to be created)?

 

  • Land use boards such as the Planning Board, do not always have the kind of discretion to approve or deny a specific project that residents often think they have. It is important to recognize and avoid any conflict of interest; not to pursue special privileges, and maintain confidentiality. Are you prepared for being thought of as a villain by some and a hero by others?

 

  • Planning Boards wear two hats, proactive and reactive, and the schedule is robust. The proactive hat is devoted to long-range planning and is often difficult to quantify as the effects aren’t recognized for several years, if at all. The reactive hat focuses on subdivisions and site plan review and the effects are more immediately seen and felt in the community. How would you rationalize your reactive hat with your proactive hat? Do you see an overlap?

 

For questions regarding the Planning Board or this specific position please contact Sarah Raposa, Town Planner at sraposa@medfield.net.

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Volunteer to Serve on a Committee

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PS: other vacancies here

Affordable Housing Trust: Click Here for Announcement

Medfield State Hospital Development Committee: Click Here for MSHDC Announcement

Medfield Historical Commission: Click Here for MHC Announcement

Planning Board: Click HERE for PB Announcement

 

Take survey for TWMPC

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TWMP Forum #2 Follow-up Survey

KEY ISSUES This survey is the second in a series of attempts to reach out to Medfield residents for their input into the planning process for the future of the…… Read on

TWMPC follow up Survey

Virtual Forum #2

June 07, 2020

TWMP Forum #2 Follow-up Survey

KEY ISSUES This survey is the second in a series of attempts to reach out to Medfield residents for their input into the planning process for the future of the…… Read on

TWMPC’s Public Forum #2 – 5PM this Sunday

Please review the background materials via the link below –

Zoom Instruction Guide Added

Townwide Master Plan – Prep for the Second TWMP Forum on 6/7

 Medfield_logo_color_Final wTag_300CMYKVirtual Forum #2: Sunday, June 7 at 5 pm Zoom link and documents available for review now… Read on

 

Forum #2 Zoom Instructions Guide

The Townwide Master Planning Committee and consultant team are performing an enumeration of existing resources which will result in an Inventory and Assessment of Existing Conditions of the Town’s resources.

The purpose of the Forum is to gain Medfield citizen input on the 8 goals and objectives.  Each goal has up to 3 objectives with ideas on strategies on how to achieve them.

Let us know if you have any questions or comments by using THIS form.

  • Format: There will be a presentation and interactive polling with a follow-up survey for feedback on the draft goals, objectives, as well as the impact of covid-19 on short and long term planning.
  • Zoom link or RSVP forthcoming.
  • Medfield TV to stream on local TV.
  • Let us know if you have any questions or comments by using THIS form.
  • Look for the meeting flier in the 6/4 edition of the Hometown Weekly

Prepare for Forum #2 by reviewing the Summary Sheets. Download 1-9 as one PDF HERE or individually by Element below: 

  1. Housing Summary
  2. Economic Development Summary
  3. Historic & Cultural Resources Summary
  4. Natural, Open Space, and Recreational Resources Summary
  5. Transportation Summary
  6. Public Facilities and Services Summary
  7. Medfield State Hospital Summary
  8. Land Use & Zoning Summary
  9. Sustainability Summary 

Townwide Master Planning Committee (TWMPC)

  • Jay Duncan, Chair
  • Teresa James
  • Jessica Reilly
  • Mary McCarthy
  • Tom Erb
  • Roberta Lynch
  • Kevin Ryder
  • William Harvey
  • Michael Pastore
  • Jerry Potts
  • Philip Stashenko
  • Laurel Scotti
  • Sean Kay
  • Cynthia Greene
  • Matt Triest
  • Osler L. Peterson
  • Sarah Raposa, Town Planner
  • Kristine Trierweiler, Town Administrator

Let us know if you have any questions or comments by using THIS form.

Clark Tavern 5 condo proposal

Clark Tavern Proposal

The application to turn the Clark Tavern into a five unit condominium development (two in the renovated/expanded existing structure and three all new behind) has been filed and the plans are now available on-line at the town website.

 

Posted on: June 1, 2020

Clark Tavern – Historic Property Reuse

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The project requires the following approvals under the Medfield Zoning Bylaw:

Section 5.6 (ZBA Special permit for historic properties, adaptive reuse) 14.10 (ZBA special permit criteria), and 14.12 (PB site plan approval). The Medfield Board of Health will also review the stormwater component of the application per their more stringent rules and regulations.

ZBA Application HERE

Planning Board Application HERE

Preliminary schedule via Zoom:

  • July 8 – Joint Planning Board and ZBA meeting scheduled to kick-off the application (open PB & ZBA public hearings, present concepts, identify issues, continue as needed)
  • August – Board continuances as needed

More information will be posted as it is received.

TWMPC public forum, 5PM, 6/7

Virtual Forum #2

Townwide Master Plan

Virtual Public Forum on

Sunday 6/7/20 at 5 pm

YOU ARE INVITED by the Townwide Master Plan Committee TO JOIN A VIRTUAL PUBLIC FORUM to share findings and ask for input regarding priorities for the Town’s future.

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2020 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Format: There will be a presentation and interactive polling with a follow-up survey for feedback on the draft goals, objectives, as well as the impact of covid-19 on short and long term planning.
Purpose:

  • To share our INVENTORY and assessment of EXISTING CONDITIONS of the Town’s RESOURCES
  • To validate what we have heard in terms of GOALS for the future of Medfield
  • To identify any new PRIORITIES due to the impact of COVID-19

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

https://zoom.us/j/95956156234?pwd=aGE1RmxlVk5scndXc TZCb1B6MDN6QT09

Password: 185165

There will be a few minutes before the meeting starts for you to test your audio/video with the ability to use the Chat feature for some technical assistance using Zoom. Additional Zoom resources are available on the Town’s website (under “News Flash”).

Or Join by Phone: Dial: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 

Meeting ID: 959 5615 6234 

Please note: phone users will not be able to participate in the live polling but will be able to respond to the follow-up survey.

For more information regarding the Townwide Master Plan: https://town.medfield.net/350/Townwide-Master- Planning-Committee

Please add your comments or questions regarding the Townwide Master Plan here: https://forms.gle/izUGhBseGLh1Yw8D6

Prepare for the forum by reviewing the following documents:

TWMPC’s virtual public forum at 5 PM on Sunday, June 7

Virtual Forum #2

YOU ARE INVITED… by the Townwide Master Plan Committee… TO JOIN A VIRTUAL PUBLIC FORUM When: Sunday, June 7, 2020 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Why: To share findings and ask for input regarding priorities for the Town’s future. Zoom link available on the Town’s Website: www.town.medfield,net Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: https://zoom.us/j/95956156234?pwd=aGE1RmxlVk5scndXc TZCb1B6MDN6QT09 Password: 185165 Or Join by Phone: Dial: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 Meeting ID: 959 5615 6234 There will be a few minutes before the meeting starts for you to test your audio/video with the ability to use the Chat feature for some technical assistance using Zoom. Additional Zoom resources are available on the Town’s website (under News Flash”). For more information regarding the Townwide Master Plan: https://town.medfield.net/350/Townwide-Master- Planning-Committee Please add your comments or questions regarding the Townwide Master Plan here: https://forms.gle/izUGhBseGLh1Yw8D6 Purpose: • To share our INVENTORY and assessment of EXISTING CONDITIONS of the Town’s RESOURCES • To validate what we have heard in terms of GOALS for the future of Medfield • To identify any new PRIORITIES due to the impact of COVID-19 • The following documents are available on the Town’s website for review: • Draft Summary Sheets • Preliminary Vision and Goals Document • Volume II: Inventory and Assessment of Existing Conditions Contact Sarah Raposa, Town Planner with questions sraposa@medfield.net or (508) 906-3027 Townwide Master Plan: Medfield, MA LIST OF GOALS AND OBJECTIVES Order does not in any way imply or indicate priority GOAL 1.0 Protect Medfield’s TOWN CHARACTER Objective 1.1. Celebrate the DOWNTOWN and work to increase its vitality. Objective 1.2. Preserve and enhance Medfield’s HISTORIC RESOURCES Objective 1.3. Protect, enhance, and connecting existing NATURAL FEATURES and acquire additional OPEN SPACE Objective 1.4. Guide DEVELOPMENT and REDEVELOPMENT so that is in keeping with the Town’s character. GOAL 2.0 Make GETTING AROUND TOWN safe and pleasant Objective 2.1. Improve traffic congestion and make traveling by AUTOMOBILE safer. Objective 2.2. Improve existing infrastructure and extend PEDESTRIAN and BICYCLE networks Objective 2.3. Explore the possibilities for providing PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION GOAL 3.0 Encourage ECONOMIC ACTIVITY Objective 3.1. Diversify the TAX BASE Objective 3.2 Become more BUSINESS-FRIENDLY GOAL 4.0 Provide a range of HOUSING options Objective 4.1. Provide smaller units for older adults, younger adults and others looking for more AFFORDABLE housing Objective 4.2. Encourage the development of alternative housing types GOAL 5.0 Provide PUBLIC FACILITIES and SERVICES that meet the needs of all residents. Objective 5.1. Support excellence in EDUCATION Objective 5.2. Continue to plan, manage and maintain municipal FACILITIES Objective 5.4. Improve municipal UTILITIES GOAL 6.0 Support the reuse of the STATE HOSPITAL Objective 6.1. Implement the Medfield State Hospital Master Plan Objective 6.2. Reuse the buildings and campus to meet TOWN NEEDS GOAL 7.0 Support HEALTH AND WELLNESS of residents Objective 7.1. Maintain existing and provide additional opportunities for RECREATION Objective 7.2. Promote HEALTHY LIFESTYLE choices, especially for YOUTH Objective 7.3. Support older adults to AGE IN PLACE Objective 7.4. Attract a more DIVERSE POPULATION to live in Town. Objective 7.5. Expand opportunities for COMMUNITY GATHERING GOAL 8.0 Improve GOVERNANCE and plan for FUTURE RESILIENCE Objective 8.1. Improve TOWN GOVERNANCE Objective 8.2. Promote measures that respect and protect the ENVIRONMENT20200607-MedfieldTWMP-Forum2_Invite-and-Goals (002)_Page_2

Take the small business survey

From our Town Planner, Sarah Raposa –

ATTENTION: Medfield Microenterprises The Town of Medfield has the opportunity to pursue funding in order to create a local microenterprise grant program. Microenterprises are businesses with 5 or fewer employees, one of which is the owner. In order to determine the amount of the prospective funding request and how the program will operate if funded, we need to know more about microenterprises in Medfield. Please take this short survey: https://forms.gle/21XyGaYof2VAoKym9

The Town of Medfield has the opportunity to pursue funding in order to create a local microenterprise grant program. Microenterprises are businesses with 5 or fewer employees, one of which is the owner. In order to determine the amount of the prospective funding request and how the program will operate if funded, we need to know more about microenterprises in Medfield. Please take this short survey: https://forms.gle/21XyGaYof2VAoKym9

 

 

Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner

George Lester Proclamation

George Lester Proclamation

George Lester was honored at the Select Board meeting last night for enumerable services to the Town of Medfield, and most especially for twenty-five years of serving on the Planning Board.

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