Category Archives: Planning

Open Space & Recreation Plan Forum – 7:00 PM 12/5

From Town Planner, Sarah Raposa –

Medfield Open Space and Recreation Plan Forum

7:00 PM Monday December 5, 2022

A virtual public forum

Please join us and share your ideas.

Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee

Medfield and its partners have been very successful and preserving land and developing recreation and trails, most recently the new Medfield Rail Trail.  Town Meeting, our amazing volunteers, and our generous partners have made this possible.

We know, however, that we can do more to make these and future resources available to our residents.

Please join us as we chart our course for the next seven years.


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: This is a recurring webinar
Topic: Open Space and Recreation Planning Committee

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 738641

Or Telephone:
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TOMCAP workshop this Thursday at 7 PM

From the Medfield Energy Committee – Learn the details of the draft Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan (TOMCAP). At the annual town meeting (ATM) last year the town voted as a town goal to have the town achieve Net Zero by 2050, and since then the Medfield Energy Committee has been working diligently to plan out how that can get done. A draft Climate Action Plan is now ready for release and to share. Participate in this interactive workshop this Thursday, May 19 at 7 PM to craft the final details of the Climate Action Plan for your town.

TOMCAP release imminent – Workshop on 5/19

TOMCAP, the Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan, has been drafted & will be available for public comment soon.

A public workshop on TOMCAP will be facilitated by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council on May 19th at 7PM in the Dale Street School cafeteria.  All Medfield residents are invited to learn about the plan and comment on it before it is finalized.

Chipolte permitting begins at Shaw’s Plaza

From Town Planner, Sarah Raposa –

Departmental Review
(ZBA Special Permit & PB Site Plan Approval)
FYI to Boards, Commissions, Committees

Comments Due By: 05/09/22 (noon)            
ZBA Hearing Date: 05/11/22 (7 pm)
PB Hearing Date: 05/16/22 (7 pm)
– R K Medfield, LLC (owner/applicant) seeks the following relief from the PB: RK Medfield, LLC (owner/applicant) seeks Site Plan Approval for the project known as “Chipotle.” The proposed project is includes the construction of a new 2,325 +/- sf building on the northwestern corner of the site, as well as associated sidewalks, landscaped areas, stormwater management components, utilities, and an outdoor seating patio. Minor parking modifications to include ADA parking are also proposed. The property is located at 230 Main Street (at the Shaws Plaza which is the subject of Site Plan Approvals from January 29, 1979 and November 23, 1987.
– R K Medfield, LLC (owner/applicant) seeks the following relief from the ZBA:
1)    A Special Permit under the Medfield Zoning Bylaw (the “Bylaw”) – 300 Attachment 1 :3 Sec. 4.2 to allow the construction of a building for use as a restaurant in the northwest corner of locus on an area that is currently a grass slope.
2)    A Special Permit under Bylaw Sec. 300-8.2.G that the proposed parking to be provided for the new restaurant building will be adequate.
3)    As an alternative to item #2 above, a Variance from the parking requirements of Article 8 to allow the proposed parking to be provided for the new restaurant building will be adequate.
4)    A Special Permit under Bylaw Sec. 300-9.1.C.(3) to allow the expansion of the existing nonconforming property where the existing maximum lot coverage already exceeds the 40% limit set forth in Bylaw Sec. 300-16.8.A.(2)(a) so that the maximum impervious lot coverage will change from the current 64.5% to a proposed 65.5%.
The property is the subject of ZBA Decision Nos. 309 (1979) and 874 (2001).
The property is located at 230 Main Street (at the Shaws Plaza) in the B Zoning District with Partial Secondary Aquifer Overlay and is shown on Assessors’ map 51 as lot 058. 
o      No comment                 o      Comments below (or attached):
See links for Applications, site plans, arch plans, sign plans, stormwater report, traffic report

Sarah Raposa, AICP
Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
Office Phone: (508) 906-3027
Work Cell: (339) 206-1773

Preview town’s Climate Action Plan – forum at 7:30PM tonight

you can click on to join the webinar.

Medfield Master Plan

Email this afternoon from Sarah Raposa, Town Planner –

The Medfield Planning Board is pleased to approve the Medfield Master Plan and sincerely thanks the Townwide Master Planning Committee members as well as the hundreds of residents, town board/committee/commission members, and staff that participated in the nearly  two-year process. The Board is in the planning stages of developing a “master plan summit” meeting where pertinent town entities can periodically assess the Plan’s progress with implementation, and make adjustments, as necessary. 


retains its small-town feeling, even enhances the community’s feeling of being close knit, by welcoming newcomers and increasing communication between the Town and its residents, holding more festivals and events and using social media to communicate and stay connected.

… has created a range of formal opportunities for people to meet, to involve themselves in athletic and non-sports activities in a new and expanded Recreation Center/ Community Center, which provides family activities, and programs and other opportunities to for the community to gather. Intergenerational interaction is encouraged. Additional programs geared at older adults and teens support their specific needs for socializing and recreating.

… has continued to improve its downtown so that it is a vibrant living room for the Town’s residents to dine, shop and run into each other. The center has become more pleasing aesthetically and presents an improved pedestrian experience.

… reuses its vacated State Hospital and it is now a vibrant and vital part of the Town. The chapel has been converted to a cultural and arts center, the historic buildings have been renovated for a variety of uses, and the historic landscape provides opportunities for recreation including hiking, kayaking on the Charles River and enjoyment of the beautiful views.

… preserves and promotes its historic features by protecting historic structures and telling and promoting Medfield’s unique stories in a number of ways.

… connects and acquires additional open space and it is made available to residents for passive and active recreation. Natural features such as woods and lakes are protected for residents to enjoy.

…addresses traffic safety and congestion issues by providing alternatives to travel by automobile including safe and pleasant pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure as well as public transportation options.

… continues to support excellence in education by maintaining state-of-the-art schools and supporting the library in its efforts to provide life long learning and programing for all ages.

… attracts residents from diverse socio-economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds, celebrates this diversity, enriching the lives of all its residents.

… supports older adults who wish to age in place by expanding programming that provide opportunities for socializing, health and wellness, and transportation. Also provides appropriately designed and located, smaller and moderately priced housing units in which to downsize.

… provides a variety of housing types that are attractive to young adults, those who live with a disability, seniors, and others wishing to live independently or common quarters.

… diversifies its tax base so that more funding is available to pay for updating and expanding facilities and services, local jobs are created and more establishments locate in Town to expand the available goods and services and “things to do.”

…supports the expansion of its cultural and arts community, making it more accessible to all and integrating it into the Town’s creative economy.

…provides wholesome activities for teens, including places for them to “hang out,” activities and programs that help them reduce stress and prevent substance abuse and other unhealthy behaviors.

… attains sustainability and future resiliency goals including becoming carbon zero, increases its use of renewable energy sources, continues to recycle, is mindful of water usage, and implements other measures to protect the environment and mitigate for negative impacts of climate change.

…improves transparency and communication in town government and continues to engage citizens in decision-making and recruits a broader cross-section of volunteers. Public facilities are well-maintained, a preventive maintenance plan is systematically implemented, and state-of-the-art services are provided to all residents. 

Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
Office Phone: (508) 906-3027

Work Cell: (339) 206-1773

TOMCAP information and survey

From the Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan (TOMCAP), working group of the Medfield Energy Committee –

After reading the fact sheet below you can access the questionnaire at

Medfield Plans to Decarbonize
to Meet Our Net Zero by 2050 Goal
The Medfield Energy Committee is asking all residents to complete
a questionnaire so your thoughts, concerns and ideas can be
included in the development of the Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan TOMCAP.
n After reading the fact sheet below you can access the
questionnaire at
n It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
n If you want to participate in the development of the
TOMCAP please email us at
Please pass this on to friends and neighbors!
This event is not sponsoreed or endosed by the Medfield Public Schools.
Medfield Emissions InventoryResidentialBuildings 39.1%PassengerVehicles 41.6%C&I Buildings and Manufacturing Industries 12.3% Municipal Buildings 3.0%Commercial Vehicles 1.6%Other 0.5%Wastewater Treatmentand Discharge1.2%Municipal Vehicles 0.5%Waste 0.2%(2017 Baseline)Town of MedfieldCLIMATE CLIMATE ACTIOACTIO N PLANN PLAN
Medfield is Planning for Decarbonizing
Medfield voted to support a Net Zero 2050 Goal and to develop a Climate Action Plan to reach that goal (Town Meeting, May 2021).
This public outreach effort by the Medfield Energy Committee (MEC) aims to inform and engage residents in developing the Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan (TOMCAP).
What is Net Zero carbon emissions?
The Medfield Net Zero 2050 goal is in line with Federal and Massachusetts goals and strategies. "Net Zero" means that we reduce most greenhouse gas emissions and offset the rest. Most reductions will be achieved through personal actions that are voluntary and make economic sense.
What strategies are available to reduce our emissions significantly?
Medfielders can remove the most carbon by driving an electric vehicle, installing a heat pump to heat and cool your home, reducing energy needs (insulation, high efficiency lighting and appliances) and supporting
electricity made from renewable sources.
When do I act?
The best time to make low carbon choices is at natural transition points, such as when you need replace your car, upgrade your heating/cooling system, or renovate your home.
Why “electrify everything”?
Massachusetts has already moved away from coal-generated electricity. Our local grid is substantially less fossil-fuel intensive than previously and is mandated to continue to improve. The consensus path, at all levels, to continue to reduce carbon footprint is to “Electrify Everything”.
Why buy an electric vehicle (EV)?
In Medfield, the largest source of GHG gases is from our cars (42%). To significantly reduce our carbon footprint, most new cars will need to be electric. Starting in 2035, only EVs can be sold in Massachusetts.
EVs are already quiet, clean, highly efficient, over all less expensive, require less maintenance, offer huge
public health benefits and new options are becoming available.
What about our homes?
In Medfield, running our homes produces close to 40% of our carbon emissions. We can reduce our
energy needs, use heat pumps for heating and cooling needs and shifting to renewables.
1. Get a free MassSave energy audit and use their incentives and rebates to insulate your home and get the highest efficient lighting and appliances.
2. Electrify your HVAC. Heat pumps are currently the most efficient technology for heating and cooling homes. MassSave offers substantial incentives for installing heat pumps.
3. Install solar panels directly or support solar installations through a community solar program. This can be profitable while supporting the transition to local renewable electricity.
Want to get started? Find information & resources on the Action Portal at
If you want to engage with the TOMCAP process, email us at
Where do Medfield’s carbon
emissions come from?
The MEC carried out a
Greenhouse Gas Inventory
of Medfield, pictured on
the right. The vast majority
of carbon emissions come
from our cars and our
homes (81%).
Please take our
informational questionnaire
Use to access the Questionnaire
This fact sheet will be a handy
companion to the questionnaire.
Thank you!
Medfield Emissions InventoryResidentialBuildings 39.1%PassengerVehicles 41.6%C&I Buildings and Manufacturing Industries 12.3% Municipal Buildings 3.0%Commercial Vehicles 1.6%Other 0.5%Wastewater Treatmentand Discharge1.2%Municipal Vehicles 0.5%Waste 0.2%(2017 Baseline)Town of MedfieldCLIMATE CLIMATE ACTIOACTIO N PLANN PLAN

Trash survey by Girl Scouts Chloe McCormack & Amelia Meehan

From Girl Scouts Chloe McCormack and Amelia Meehan, Girl Scout Troop 74900,

Survey link  

Post-COVID planning for downtown – please take the survey

From Town Planner, Sarah Raposa –

In December 2020, the Town of Medfield submitted an application to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to take part in the Local Rapid Recovery Planning Program (LRRP). The LRRP is intended to provide municipalities in Massachusetts with the opportunity to develop actionable, project-based recovery plans tailored to the unique economic challenges and COVID-19 related impacts to downtowns, town centers and commercial areas across the Commonwealth. Additional information is available on the LRRP website.

There are three phases for this program:

Phase 1 (Diagnostic) was completed from April to June 2021 and included data collection from the study area (see below for a map of the study area, Note: not shown, but the study area includes Basil’s on Frairy Street) to assess the current state of the physical environment and its impacts on customers and businesses and the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses in the study area.

Phase 2 (Project Recommendations) is currently ongoing and involves reviewing data compiled during Phase 1 and obtaining feedback from the community to develop recommendations for projects intended to help Medfield achieve its recovery goals.

Phase 3 (Rapid Recovery Plan Development) will be completed in August 2021 and will involve development of strategic project recommendations based on information gathered in Phases 1 and 2 and best practices collected from communities throughout the Commonwealth and the country. BerryDunn was paired with the Town to serve as Plan Facilitator for the program. On April 14, 2021 a BerryDunn team conducted a site visit of Medfield’s study area. The team collected data on the physical and business environment and presented findings to the Board of Selectmen on June 1, 2021. The BerryDunn team is currently working with Town officials to obtain feedback from the community for Phase 2. Please use the links in the survey to provide your thoughts on the study area, including suggestions for physical improvements, regulatory changes, economic development challenges, or simply your experience as a business owner, employee, customer, resident, or visitor to downtown Medfield. 

The LRRP approach considers six facets of downtown economic development including: 

  • Public Realm:  streets, sidewalks, public parks and other public spaces
  • Private Realm: commercial buildings, storefronts, parking lots and open space on private property
  • Revenue & Sales:  strategies for increasing revenue of existing businesses; issues impacting business growth and customer traffic
  • Administrative Capacity:  government regulations, staffing and oversight; organizational management of the district or business association
  • Culture & Arts:  public art, arts and cultural institutions, businesses, events, educational facilities, etc.
  • Tenants Mix:  attraction and retention of businesses and particular business types

Comments, suggestions and ideas are loosely organized in these categories above and can be posted on the Ideas Wall or by using the Study Area Map.

Survey Webpage: 

We appreciate your thoughts!


Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
Office Phone: (508) 906-3027

Work Cell: (339) 206-1773

Out of Office: last week of July and last week of August

Town gets $160,500 state grant

The email below came this afternoon from the Department of Housing and Community Development about the Town of Medfield being awarded a $160,500 state grant towards engineering and design of intersection improvements at West Street and Rte. 27 – which needs a better traffic signal.

Medfield The Town of Medfield will direct funding toward engineering and design of intersection improvements at the Route 27 (North Meadows Road) and West Street intersection.  $160,500 

Assistant Town Administrator, Nick Milano tells me that credit is mainly due to Town Planner, Sarah Raposa, qualifying the Town of Medfield under the Choice Community program.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Charles D. Baker, Governor  Karyn E. Polito Lt. Governor  Jennifer D. Maddox, Undersecretary
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114 617-573-1100
March 23, 2021
Mr. Osler Peterson
Chair, Board of Selectmen, Medfield
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052
Dear Mr. Peterson:
On behalf of Governor Charles D. Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito, I am pleased to award Medfield a FY 2021 Housing Choice Community Capital Grant in the amount of up to $160,500. Congratulations on being one of the successful applicants.
This award is contingent the execution of a grant contract between Medfield and DHCD and the satisfaction of its special conditions and requirements. We will send your grant contract to the contact person identified in your application.
All grantees will be provided guidance regarding grant administration and contract requirements, including training about how to administer this grant. This will help ensure that all grantees understand their contractual and regulatory obligations before proceeding with activities for which DHCD has authorized grant funding. If you have any questions concerning this award, please contact Chris Kluchman, FAICP, by email
Congratulations once again. I look forward to working with you to address Medfield’s housing and community development needs.
Jennifer D. Maddox
Undersecretary, DHCD

Dear Chair Peterson – 
Please find attached a copy of the award letter for your community’s FY 21 Housing Choice Community Capital grant.  Congratulations, and thank you for all the work you are doing to promote housing production in Massachusetts. Please keep this digital letter, no hard copy will be sent.  Here is a link to the Commonwealth’s press release about the grant awards.  
I expect the grant contract will be sent to you and your staff in the next few weeks.  
Chris Kluchman______________________________

Chris Kluchman, FAICP

Deputy Director, Community Services Division

DHCD, 100 Cambridge Street, Ste 300

Boston, MA  02114

cell:  857-288-9141 *please use this number until further notice*

desk:  617-573-1167