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MSH zoning passes at STM

651 Yes, 295 NO

68.8% Yes

The vote at the special town meeting last night to change the zoning at the Medfield State Hospital had to pass by a two-thirds vote (i.e. 66.67%), and it got 68.8%, meaning that it both passed by the slimmest of margins and that it was also preferred by a landslide majority of residents in attendance.

Next steps will be for the Development Committee to:

  • vet requests for qualifications from developers,
  • draft a request for proposals (RFP), and
  • then solicit requests for actual development proposals.

Those proposals will then tell the town what the real world market actually thinks.

The selectmen will select from among the proposals.  The town, as the property owner, can write into the land disposition agreement with the developer, whatever assurances the town feels are needed to safeguard both the property and the town’s long term interests in the property.

Ultimately, the chosen proposal and the land disposition agreement will be submitted to the residents at a town meeting for their approval, which vote will again require a two-thirds vote to proceed.  The town residents are thereby assured full control over any development that will occur.

The attendance at the STM last night was large enough that the cafeteria was employed as an overflow space, and the cafeteria was reportedly full as well.

The following was part of the official report published by Town Clerk Carol Mayer:

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VOTED: To amend the code of the Town of Medfield Chapter 300 Zoning by adding a new Article 300-20, Medfield State Hospital District as printed in the warrant and further to amend the official zoning map as printed in the Warrant except in Section 2. Definitions. “MSHD Map” substitute 89 acres for 135 acres, Section 3A. Establishment of Medfield State Hospital District substitute 89 acres for 135 acres and Section 3B. Sub-Zones substitute six Sub-Zones for eight Sub-Zones. MOTION PASSED BY 2/3 VOTE YES-651, NO- 295 (11/18/2019)

And you are directed to serve the Warrant by posted an attested copy thereof, in the usual places for posting warrants in said Medfield, fourteen days at least before the time of holding said Special Town Meeting.

Hereof fail not and make due return of this Warrant with your doings thereon, unto the Town Clerk at the time and place of the Special Town Meeting aforesaid. Given unto our hands this thirty first day of October, Two-Thousand and Nineteen.

Gustave H. Murby /s/
Osler L. Peterson /s/
Michael T. Marcucci /s/
BOARD OF SELECTMEN

By virtue of this Warrant, I have notified and warned the inhabitants of the Town of Medfield, qualified to vote in elections and at town meetings, by posting attested copies of the same at five public places fourteen days before the date of the Special Town Meeting as within directed.

Constable: Robert Flaherty /s/
Date: October 31, 2019

A TRUE COPY ATTEST:
Carol A. Mayer, CMMC /s/
Town Clerk

STM Fact Sheet

The Town of Medfield has prepared the following fact sheet for the special town meeting (STM) tonight –

Medfield State Hospital (MSH) The Board of Selectmen has prepared this informational sheet to aid in the discussion of Article 2 TERMS MSH Campus Total Acreage for the campus North of Hospital Road is comprised of 89 acres and 36 buildings Zoning Zoning is a tool that municipalities can use to govern how land is used, the size of buildings, and how buildings relate to their surroundings. Zoning bylaws typically create districts that allow and prohibit certain uses. Zoning bylaws can also include dimensional requirements and design guidelines. Any change to zoning requires a 2/3 majority vote at Town Meeting MSHD Medfield State Hospital District is a proposed new district with zoning guidelines that will regulate the type and location of uses at the Medfield State Hospital Property Inclusionary Zoning Medfield has adopted inclusionary zoning which requires developers of new multifamily housing developments to also include affordable units in their project MSH Land Disposition Agreement Agreement between the Town and the Commonwealth that outlines the terms of the 2014 sale of the property and outlines all of the conditions of the sale. The document is recorded at the Registry of Deeds BI Zone The MSH property is currently zoned BI or Business/Industrial, which is not in line with the vision outlined in the State Hospital Master Plan DCAMM Commonwealth’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance RFI/RFQ/RFP Request for Information/Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals TIMELINE 1892 State begins construction of an asylum for long term high need patients 2003 State closes MSH and transfers remaining patients to Westborough State Hospital and transfers control of the property to DCAMM 2008 Board of Selectmen (BOS) and DCAMM agree to a 440 mixed use residential plan of 440 housing units. DCAMM subsequently fails to obtain legislative approval for the project and project isn’t carried out. 2013 Town completes year long mediation with DCAMM which leads to the opening of the Charles River Gateway and discussions to purchase the property 2014 Town Meeting approves the purchase of MSH from the State for a price of $3.1 million to be paid over 10 years 2014 Board of Selectmen (BOS) appoints the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee (MSHMPC) 2018 MSHMPC presents Master Plan to the BOS 2018 BOS appoints the MSH Development Committee to determine marketability of the master plan 2019 BOS call a Special Town Meeting to vote on the rezoning of the MSH property M S H C o s t s 2 0 1 4 t o D a t e $ 3 . 1 M i l l i o n P u r c h a s e P r i c e $ 7 4 1 , 6 7 3 O p e r a t i o n s a n d M a i n t e n a n c e $ 5 1 4 , 5 1 5 P l a n n i n g C o s t s $ 3 0 9 , 7 4 3 R e v e n u e Medfield State Hospital District Frequently Asked Questions What are we actually voting on? Currently the site is zoned BI or Business Industrial. Town Meeting is being asked to vote to rezone the MSH property to permit a development along the lines of the framework in the Master Plan which calls for mixed use of various types of housing, commercial, arts and cultural, open space, agricultural, and recreation/sports and reuse of the existing buildings. What are the next steps if the zoning is approved? The Town of Medfield owns the land so if zoning passes, the BOS will seek proposals from developers that are consistent with the MSH Master Plan and its District Zoning guidelines. If the BOS determines one of those proposals is in the best interest of the Town, then another Special Town Meeting will be called so that you can vote on the town’s land disposition agreement with the developer. That vote will also require a 2/3 majority vote. What are the next steps if the zoning is NOT approved? The BOS has not discussed nor voted on what they will do if the zoning does not pass. There is no official position or plan at this time. Why was a traffic study not done for this plan? Any development proposal will certainly impact traffic flow to and from the state hospital site. At this stage, there is no specific development proposal that would require a developer funded traffic study. If the Town paid for a traffic study at this point, it would be evaluating a hypothetical scenario. Reviewing developers’ traffic studies and ideas to mitigate increased traffic will be a key part of the Town’s due diligence when analyzing developers’ proposals, if the zoning is approved. If the zoning is approved, are there any uses of the land that the BOS could approve without Town Meeting Authorization? The BOS could only allow the use of the property for the municipal purposes that the zoning permits as of right. The BOS could continue to license the property for purposes like filming, car shows, and other specific events, as it has been doing since the town purchased the property. Why can’t the town solicit RFP’s first, before deciding on whether or not to rezone the state hospital site? The work of the MSH Development committee showed that potential developers have made it clear that they will not make the required investment to develop a proposal for the redevelopment of the MSH site without having the necessary zoning in place first, as a clear indication of the town’s support for redevelopment at the site. The Medfield Board of Selectmen would like to thank all of the committees, volunteers, town departments, and the legislative delegations that have worked on the Medfield State Hospital project over the years. The countless hours invested in this project have been invaluable to the Town in charting the path forward in our ultimate use of this site. Medfield State Hospital Reuse Committee Medfield State Hospital Environmental Review Committee Medfield State Hospital Mediation Committee Medfield State Hospital Advisory Committee Medfield State Hospital Negotiating Committee Medfield State Hospital Building and Grounds Committee Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee Medfield State Hospital Resource Committee Medfield State Hospital Development Committee20191118-MSH STM Information Sheet_Page_2

BoS 10/31

The Select Board will meet this Thursday at 9AM –

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                  TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED:

 

 

 

           MEETING                              TOWN CLERK
             NOTICE  
 

POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED.

 
  Board of Selectmen  
                                   Board or Committee  
 

 

PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Town House, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

Thursday, October 31, 2019 9:00 AM

   

 

 

Agenda (subject to change)

 

 

9:00 AM           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

 

 

Citizen Comment

 

Discussion

Special Town Meeting Articles

  1. Cable 8 Appropriation
  2. Medfield State Hospital Zoning

 

Action Items

            Board of Selectmen to vote on the Special Town Meeting Articles

Board of Selectmen to vote to sign the Warrant for the Special Town Meeting, November 18, 2019                     

MSH timeline to STM

From Town of Medfield alert and website – a timeline from now to the special town meeting (STM) on the Medfield State Hospital zoning on November 18. 2019. –

Medfield State Hospital

Thank you for visiting our webpage about the Medfield State Hospital. Use the links on the left to learn more about the strategic reuse master plan, proposed zoning, and other information about the former state hospital.

A Special Town Meeting will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 to consider adopting the strategic reuse master plan’s proposed zoning.

Please contact Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, with any questions or requests for additional information.

Sign up for Medfield State Hospital Master Plan Committee newsletters here. Use this link to view archived newsletters.

Agenda and minutes for MSHMPC meetings since 2017 can be found at the Town’s agenda center by clicking here.

For archived MSHMPC minutes, please click here.

A Walking Tour will be held on September 29, 2019. For more information, please see below.

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Rezoning – Presentation to BoS (9/3/19)

Rezoning Article at Special Town Meeting on Monday, November 18, 2019

Presentation

Schedule:

September 3, 2019 Kick-Off Meeting (Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, MSH Master Planning Committee, MSH Development Committee, Warrant Committee)
September 6, 2019 Legal Notice Ad due to The Press
September 13, 2019 Legal Ad # 1 for Public Hearing Notice
September 20, 2019 Legal Ad # 2 for Public Hearing Notice
October 3, 2019 Public Hearing  on Rezoning before Planning Board
October 7, 2019 Public Forum
October 21, 2019  Public Hearing, night 2 before Planning Board
October __, 2019 TBD Warrant Committee consideration
October 29, 2019 Final Language of Zoning Article to Board of Selectmen
October 29, 2019 Town Meeting Warrant Finalized by Board of Selectmen
November 4, 2019 Notice for Special Town Meeting to be posted 14 days prior
November 18, 2019 Planning Board submits verbal report & recs to Town Mtg
November 18, 2019 Special Town Meeting

 

 

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Tribute to Mike Sullivan

Medfield TV’s Olivia Deval, a senior at Medfield High School and soon to be Babson student, crafted a nice video tribute to Michael Sullivan, that was played at the start of the annual town meeting (ATM) last night, resulting in a standing ovation of appreciation for Mike.  Our first town meeting without Mike for the last 44 years.

 

Town Meeting Monday – 7PM

From the Moderator, Scott McDermott – NB starts at 7PM, not 7:30

2019 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING INVITATION Friends and neighbors: When spring comes to Medfield, it becomes my pleasure to invite you to attend our Annual Town Meeting next Monday evening, April 29, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Amos Clark Kingsbury High School gymnasium. Please note that 7:00pm is our new starting time. I encourage all voters to come to Town Meeting. Together we are the legislative branch. Our collective determinations next Monday continue to set the course of Medfield’s future. Our votes become local laws and regulations; the budgets approved will determine the town’s operating and capital expenditures. I’m pleased to report, compared to the last three years, the coming Town Meeting will consider a significantly smaller agenda of warrant articles. It should be a very straight- forward evening conducting the town’s business. . Thank you for your consideration of this invitation. I hope to see many of you. May we all have a great spring and summer here in our special spot on the east bank of the Charles River. All the best, Scott Scott F. McDermott Town Moderator TOWN OF MEDFIELD Scott F. McDermott Town Moderator I encourage you to review the Report on the Warrant recently mailed to every resident of Medfield. The Report contains the text of all of the articles coming before the Town Meeting. Importantly, the Report (pages 5 to 17) also contains a highly informative snapshot of Medfield’s finances. We have a special place to call our home. We value education, community, open space, safe streets and homes, the well-being of the young and the well-being of the old, quality municipal services, and the advancement of local commerce. It takes hard work and open communication to do the work of self-government. Our Annual Town Meeting, even with all of its imperfections, is the night we gather to speak with one another and deliberate as a law-making body. Please join us at Town Meeting on Monday evening. Scott New Start Time20190425-SM-Town Meeting Invitation_Page_2

ATM Warrant Articles (draft)

Draft as of 2/5/2019 –

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD

WARRANT FOR THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

2019

 

On Monday, the twenty-ninth day of April 2019 commencing at 7:00 PM the following Articles will be acted on in the Amos Clark Kingsbury High School Gymnasium, located at 88R South Street in said Medfield, viz.

 

Article 2.  To see if the Town will vote to accept the reports of the several Town Officers for the past year.

 

Article 3.  To see if the Town will vote to accept the following names sums as Perpetual Trust Funds for the care of lots in the Vine Lake Cemetery, the interest thereof as my be necessary for said care, viz.

 

PERPETUAL CARE 2018
Scalfarotto, Henry $600.00
Armstrong, Barbara P 600.00
Caruso, Roger and Claudette 3,000.00
Morreale, Charles and Hope 3,000.00
Fawcett, John W, 1,500.00
Caughey, Kevin J and Lisa A 600.00
O’Rourke, Joann 600.00
O’Rourke, Joann 600.00
O’Rourke, Joann 600.00
Colella, Geraldine A 3,000.00
Barros, Nestor Abel 750.00
Joseph, Margaret 600.00
Fedor, Robert G 600.00
Clair, Joseph P & Lauren M 3,000.00
Bain, Deborah 750.00
Johnson, Stephen C 600.00
Kallio, Richard W 3,000.00
O’Brien, Eric and Erin 3,000.00
Mark R Fuglestad 3,000.00
Robert Curry 3,000.00
Anthony & Marlene Kalinowski 600.00
Anthony & Marlene Kalinowski 600.00
TOTAL $33,600
   

 

 

(Cemetery Commissioners)

 

Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to set Expenditure Limits for 53E ½ Revolving Funds established under the Code of the Town of Medfield, Chapter 117 Departmental Revolving Funds for Fiscal Year 2020, as follows:

 

Section   Amount
5.1 Fire Alarm Revolving Fund  
5.2 Ambulance Revolving Fund  
5.3 Advance Life Support Revolving Fund  
5.4 Community Gardens Revolving Fund  
5.5 CENTER at Medfield Building Maintenance Revolving Fund  
5.6 Library Revolving Fund  
5.7 Respite Care Revolving Fund  
5.8 Transfer Station Recycling Revolving Fund  
5.9 Former State Hospital Revolving Fund  
  Total  

 

 

Or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 5.  To see if the Town will vote to accept M.G.L. Chapter 44 §53F ¾ to establish a Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) Access and Cable Related Fund, to reserve cable franchise fees and other cable-related revenues for appropriation to support PEG access services and oversight and renewal of the cable franchise agreement, and vote to transfer all cable related funds, except the annual license fee, which shall be credited to the General Fund, and to appropriate a sum of money for said purposes, the fund to begin operation for fiscal year 2019, which begins on July 1, 2018, or do or take any other relating thereto.

 

Article 6.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money and determine in what manner said sum shall be raised for the purpose of paying a FY18 unpaid bill of the XXXXX Department in the amount of $XXX, or do or take anything in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 7.  To see if the Town will vote to fix the salary and compensation of the following elected officers: Moderator, Town Clerk, Selectmen, Assessors, School Committee, Trustees of the Public Library, Park and Recreation Commissioners, Planning Board, Housing Authority, and Trust Fund Commissioners, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

Article 8.  To see if the Town will vote to amend the Personnel Administration Plan and Classification of Positions and Pay Schedule, effective July 1, 2019, as set out in the warrant, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Personnel Board)

 

Article 9.  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds, sums of money requested by the Selectmen or any other Town Officer, Board, Commission, or Committee to defray operating expenses of the Town for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2019, or such other sums as the Town may determine, as required by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 41, Section 108, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 10. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate from the FY2020 Tax Levy and/or transfer from available funds and/or borrow for capital expenditures, including the following:

 

FY2020 Capital Budget

 

 

And to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or trade Town-owned equipment and or property, as set out in the warrant report, the proceeds of which shall be applied to the FY20 Capital Budget procurements, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Capital Budget Committee)

 

Article 11.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money and transfer said sum from the Municipal Building Stabilization Fund created under Article 43 of the 2018 Annual Town Meeting for the purpose(s) and amount(s) below:

 

Purpose Amount
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 12.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money and determine in what manner said sum shall be raised, to be sued with funds from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Town of Millis, for the purpose of making repairs to the Bridge Street (West Street) Bridge and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into contracts with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Town of Millis and private contractors and to accept and/or receive funds and/or grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Federal Government and/or private parties for such purpose, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Medfield, Bylaws, Chapter 30 Finances, Section 30-6 Disposal of personal property by deleting “having a value of $1,000 or less”, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Director of Public Works)

 

Article 14.  To see if the Town will vote to transfer $XXX funds received from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for the Town’s share of the fee charged for Uber, Lyft, or other ride sharing services originating in the Town, said funds to be used for road and or sidewalk improvements, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 15.  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen, with the approval of the Water and Sewerage Board, to lease space on the Mount Nebo water tower for up to ten years for the installation and/or maintenance of cell tower antennae, on such terms and conditions as they may deem to be in the best interests of the Town, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 16.  To see if the Town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept a parcel of land off Indian Hill from Joseph and Deborah Desisto, containing approximately 1.04 acres, identified on the Assessor’s Maps as Map 3, Lot 62 for conservation purposes, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 17.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money and determine in what manner said sum shall be raised for the purpose of making repairs to the Danielson/Ritchie Pond dam, and that the Conservation Commission be authorized to apply for and receive federal, state and/or private grants or loans, and to enter into contracts with private contractors to undertake such repairs, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Conservation Commission)

 

Article 18.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money and determine in what manner said sum shall be raised for the purpose of making improvements to the economic vitality of the Town, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 19.  To see if the Town will vote to transfer a sum of money from sewer betterments-paid-in-advance, to the Sewer Stabilization Fund, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Town Administrator)

 

Article 20.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money and determine what manner said sum shall be raised for the purpose of making an annual contribution  to the Other Post Employment Benefits Trust Fund, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen and OPEB Trustees)

 

Article 21.  To see if the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Medfield Bylaws, to add a new Chapter 195 Plastic Checkout Bag Prohibition, as follows:

 

Chapter 195 Plastic Checkout Bag Prohibition.

Section 195-1 Purpose and Intent.

 

Plastic bag ordinances have proven to be effective in reducing plastic bag consumption and litter and are part of a growing global movement towards sustainability.  As of January 1, 2019, 88 cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have enacted bylaws to reduce plastic bag usage.

 

The purpose of this bylaw is to eliminate the usage of thin-film, single-use plastic bags at checkout by all merchants in the Town of Medfield, on and after the effective date specified herein.

 

The Town is committed to protecting the environment and the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens.  This will help reduce the common use of plastic checkout bags and encourage the use of reusable bags by consumers, thereby reducing local land and aquatic pollution, advancing solid waste reduction, maintaining Medfield’s exterior beauty and improving the quality of life for the citizens of the Town.

 

Section 195-2 Definitions.

 

Checkout bags:  A carryout bag provided by a store to a customer at the point of sale or other point of departure for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise from the establishment.  Checkout bags shall not include bags, whether plastic or not, in which loose produce or products are placed by the consumer to deliver such items to the point of sale or checkout area of the stores.

 

Recyclable paper bag:  A paper bag that is:

 

  1. 100 percent recyclable, including the handles
  2. contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and
  3. displays the words “recyclable” and “made from 40% post-consumer recycled content” (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.

 

Retail establishment:  Any retail operation located in the Town which sells goods, food or provides personal services to the public, including restaurants.

 

Reusable checkout bag:  A sewn bag with stitched handles that is:

  1. specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse;
  2. can carry 25 lbs. over a distance of 300 feet; and
  3. is made of cloth or other machine washable fabric provided, that it may not be constructed of polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride.

 

Section 195-3 Requirements for Checkout Bags and Exceptions.

 

If any retail establishment, as defined in Section 195-2, provides checkout bags to customers, the bag must be either a recyclable paper bag or a reusable checkout bag, as defined in Section 195-2.

 

Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable or biodegradable shopping bags to stores.  Retail or grocery stores are strongly encouraged to make reusable checkout bags available for sale to customers at a reasonable price.

Thin-film plastic bags used to contain dry cleaning, newspapers, produce, meat, fresh produce, bulk foods, wet items and other similar merchandise, typically without handle, are still permissible under this bylaw.

 

Section 195-4 Violations and Enforcement.

 

Any retail establishment violating the requirement(s) contained in Section 195-3 of this bylaw shall be subject to a fine as follows:

First Offense:                                                  Warning

Second Offense:                                             $ 50.00

Third and Subsequent Offenses:                    $100.00

 

Each day that a violation continues shall be treated as a separate offense.

 

This bylaw may be enforced by the Medfield Police Department, the Building Commissioner and Building Inspectors and the Board of Health Agent(s).

 

Section 195-5 Effective Date.

 

This bylaw shall take effect on and after November 1, 2019.

 

and to authorize the Town Clerk to renumber, re-letter, and/or to take any other action necessary to reformat this new bylaw to fit within the established format of the Code of the Town of Medfield, or do act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Transfer Station and Recycling Committee)

 

Article 22.  To see if the Town will amend the Code of the Town of Medfield, Bylaws, Chapter 270, Water, Article 1 Water Conservation: Water Use Restriction and Ban a new Section to add a new section to read as follows:

 

Fire Hydrant Access: No person shall obstruct access to a fire hydrant. Fire hydrants shall have a three (3) foot clear radius measured from the center of the stem on the top of the hydrant. No foliage, fencing, parking space, or other object shall obstruct the clear area. No person may landscape to change the grade around the base of the hydrant so as to prevent the use of a four inch cap. Location where existing objects, such as but not limited to building, walls, fences, trees, or sloping grades that does not permit a three (3) foot clearance radius, may be granted a waiver by the XXXXX Department. Before any waiver of the regulation is granted, all other possible locations must be considered,

 

And that the Town Clerk be authorized to change the numbering of the bylaws as appropriate, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Town Counsel and Fire Chief)

 

 

Article 23.  To see if the Town of Medfield will vote to create an overlay district consisting of the following parcels as shown on the map titled “Proposed Upper Spring Street Overlay District (USSOD)” dated 10/09/18 which is on file with the Town Clerk and Planning Department (37-044, 37-044-01 through 11, 37-046, 37-047, 37-048, 37-049, 37-197, 37-039, 37-040, 37-04, 37-042, 37-043, 37-045, 37-015, 37-033, 37-035, 37-036, 37-037, 37-034, 37-031, 37-032, 36-123, 37-029, 37-030);

And further, to see if the Town will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 1 Table of Use Regulations, by adding the new section in bold as follows:

 

  Use A RE RT RS RU B BI IE
1 Residential
EXISTING

1.4.

Multi-family dwelling, including public housing for the elderly (See § 300-14. 15 & §300-14.16) NO NO NO NO SPPB NO NO NO
PROPOSED

1.4.a

Multi-family dwelling, including public housing for the elderly in the USSOD

(See § 300-14. 15 & §300-14.16)

NO NO NO NO PB NO NO NO

 

 

And further, to see if the Town will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 3 Table of Height and Bulk Regulations, by adding a new entry in bold as follows:

 

 

 

 

    Minimum Required
    Lots Yards
    Area* Perfect            
Zoning   (square Square Frontage Width Depth Front Side Rear
District Use feet) (feet)** (feet) (feet) (feet) (feet) (feet) (feet)
EXISTING

RU

 Multi-family dwelling  (three units)  30,000  200×200  200  200  100  30 20  50
  Lot area per additional unit

(4+ units)

8,000              
PROPOSED

RU (USSOD)

Multi-family dwelling  (three units) 24,000 200×200 200 200 100 30 20 50
  Lot area per additional unit

(4+ units)

6,000              

 

And further, to see if the Town will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300-14.12. Site plan approval by Planning Board, by adding a new language in bold as follows:

  • For multifamily site plans for which more than one structure is proposed, placement of structures on the site is appropriate to the site and compatible with its surroundings. To achieve this finding the Board shall review the proposal for:
    1. There shall be no more than two garage bays (or two interior parking spaces as defined by the Zoning Bylaw) per unit and they should be oriented so that they are in character with the streetscape and surrounding properties.
    2. Each dwelling unit should have access to private yard, patio, or other private outdoor space.
    3. Negative visual impacts of the development, if any, are screened from adjacent properties and nearby streets by landscaping or other site planning techniques. The Planning Board, in its discretion, may require additional screened buffer zone for the privacy of directly abutting properties. Screening can include use of existing trees and plants, new vegetation, fencing, or a combination of these options.
    4. Each parking space or driveway serving a multi-family dwelling shall be set back at least 10 feet from any side lot line and rear lot line and shall be designated on the site plan.
    5. Adequate provisions for snow removal or on-site storage should also be demonstrated.
    6. The access, egress, and internal circulation are designed to provide a network of pedestrian-friendly streetscapes.
    7. The dwellings are sited and oriented in a complementary relationship to: each other, the common open space, and the adjacent properties.

 

And further, to see if the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Medfield Chapter 300 Zoning, Article 14 Administration and Enforcement Section 300-14.16 Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw by adding the new language shown in bold as follows:

 

300-14.16.A. Applicability.

  • In all zoning districts, the inclusionary zoning provisions of this section shall apply to the following uses:

 

  • Any project requiring a special permit under Chapter 300, Zoning, Attachment 1, Table of Use Regulations, Section 1.4, or Site Plan Approval under Chapter 300, Zoning, Attachment 1, Table of Use Regulations, Section 1.4.a that results in a net increase of six or more dwelling units, as measured over a 10-year time period, whether by new construction or by the alteration, expansion, reconstruction, or change of existing residential or non-residential space.

 

or do or act anything in relation thereto.

(Planning Board)

 

Article 24.  To see if the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Medfield Chapter 300 Zoning, Article 14 Administration and Enforcement Section 300-14.10 Special Permits by Board of Appeals by deleting Subsection E and its Sub-subsections (1) through (10) in their entirety and replacing them, as follows:

 

  1. After the public hearing required by Subsection C has been concluded, the Board of Appeals may grant a special permit if it concludes that a special permit is warranted by the application and the evidence produced at the public hearing and if it makes the following specific findings of fact:

 

  • Overall design is consistent and compatible with the neighborhood, including as to factors of building orientation, scale, and massing.
  • Vehicular traffic flow, access and parking and pedestrian safety are properly addressed such that the proposed use will not result in a public hazard due to substantially increased vehicular traffic or parking in the neighborhood.
  • Drainage, utilities and other infrastructure are adequate or will be upgraded to accommodate development.

(4) The proposed use will not have any significant adverse effect upon properties in the neighborhood, including property values.

(5)  Project will not adversely affect or cause substantial damage to any environmentally significant natural resource, habitat, or feature or, if it will, proposed mitigation, remediation, replication, or compensatory measures are adequate.

(6) Number, height, bulk, location and siting of building(s) and structure(s) will not result in abutting properties being deprived of light or fresh air circulation or being exposed to flooding or subjected to excessive noise, odor, light, vibrations, or airborne particulates.

(7)  Water consumption and sewer use, taking into consideration current and projected future local water supply and demand and wastewater treatment capacity, will not be excessive.

(8)  The proposed use will not create any hazard to public safety or health in the neighborhood.

(9)  If public sewerage is not provided, plans for on-site sewage disposal systems are adequate and have been approved by the Board of Health.

 

Or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Planning Board)

 

Article 25.  To see if the Town will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 1 Table of Use Regulations by updating the language used to cite regulatory references within the Zoning Bylaw (deleted text shown as strikethough, new text is shown in bold):

 

  Use A RE RT RS RU B BI IE
1 Residential
1.5 Open space residential development

(See Article 7 § 300-7)

NO SP SP SP SP NO NO NO
4 Commercial/Business (See Article 14 § 300-14)
4.21. Commercial communications and

television towers (See Article 17 § 300-17)

               
4.21a. Personal wireless communications

facilities (See Article 17 § 300-17)

               
4.30. Adult uses (See Article 18 § 300-18)                
4.32. Large-scale solar photovoltaic

facilities (see Article 19  § 300-19)

               
5 Wholesale and Manufacturing (See Article 14 § 300-14)
5.8. Earth removal, transfer or storage

(see Article 12  § 300-12)

               

 

Or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Planning Board)

 

Article 26.  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to dispose of, by sale or ground lease, a parcel of Town-owned land shown as “Parcel A” (Hinkley South) on a plan of land captioned “Approval Not Required (ANR) Survey Medfield Senior Center Medfield, Massachusetts” prepared by DiPrete Engineering, 990 Washington Street, Suite 101A, Dedham, MA 02026 dated June 26, 2018 and recorded at Norfolk County Registry of Deeds in Plan Book 672 at Page 75, containing 5.48 acres, to a private developer, pursuant to the provisions of G.L. Chapter 30B, Section 16, on such terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen determine to be in Town’s interests, to develop and construct up to twenty-four single- or two-family homes, to be made available to senior households qualifying for market rate or affordable housing and, if deemed necessary or desirable, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to enact special legislation to enable said development, and/or construction, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 (Affordable Housing Trust)

 

 

Article 27.  To see if the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Medfield Bylaws, Chapter 15 Affordable Housing Trust Fund by adding the new language shown in bold as follows and deleting the language shown as strikethroughs:


Chapter 15. Affordable Housing Trust Fund

There shall be a Board of Trustees of the Medfield Affordable Housing Trust Fund, composed of one ex officio non-voting member and seven voting members. The Town Administrator or the Town Administrator’s designee shall serve as the ex officio member. The voting members shall include: a member of the Board of Selectmen (chosen by the Board of Selectmen), a member of the Affordable Housing Committee (chosen by the Affordable Housing Committee), and five six members appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

 

(Affordable Housing Trust)

 

Article 28.  To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Assessors to use a sum of money form free cash in the Treasury for the reduction of the tax rate for the fiscal year 2019, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Assessors)

 

Placeholders:

  • Town Clerk bylaw format authorization
  • Historic Commission definition of demolition
  • Medfield State Hospital Redevelopment Committee Funding
  • Water and Sewer bylaws and regulations (note from Mike’s file??)