Planning Board

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Members 

The Planning Board is comprised of five voting members who are elected for a five year term:

  • Chair – Paul McKechnie (exp. 2024)
  • Vice Chair – James Brand (exp. 2025)
  • Clerk – Sarah Lemke (exp. 2026)
  • Member – Teresa James (exp. 2027)
  • Member – Seth Meehan (exp. 2023)
  • Blake McDermott, Associate (annual appt exp. 2023)
  • Jamie Sullivan, Associate (annual appt exp. 2023) 

Regular Meetings

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • First and third Monday of the month
  • Chenery Room (second floor meeting room)
    Medfield Town House
    459 Main Street
    Medfield, MA 02052

Correspondence for Board members may be submitted to: PlanningBoard@medfield.net or Planning Board, 459 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052

Planning Board Members May 1, 2017

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Project Applications Submitted to the Planning Board and Other Initiatives

09/19/22 - Wayfinding Project

09/19/22 - ATM 2023

09/15/22 - Chipotle Final Decisions and Plan Set

08/15/22 - Final Guidelines for Multi-Family Zoning Requirement for MBTA Communities

07/18/22 - Chipotle Public Hearing #4

07/18/22 - Trinity Pre-Application Meeting re Medfield State Hospital District under §300-20 for Multifamily Use (Core Campus, West Slope, North Field), §300-14.16 for Inclusionary Zoning (and Local Action Units process), and Stormwater Management under§235for Land Disturbance Activity)  /   Draft Application

07/18/22 - Medfield Community Planning Grant Final Reports: 

  1. Zoning Diagnostic 
  2. Open Space Neighborhood Development
  3. Mixed Use Overlay District
  4. Route 109 Sidewalk Concept
  5. Opportunity Test Sites

06/06/22 - Chipotle Public Hearing #3

06/27/22 - Work Session #6 with Zoning consultants Ted Brovitz and Peter Flinker - Medfield Mixed Use Overlay District (MUOD) and Open Space Residential Development (OSRD) 

Schematic Sidewalk Plan 5.23.22 (pdf)

MEDFIELD OPEN SPACE NEIGHBORHOOD DEV BYLAW Version 2.0 May 2022 (pdf)

MEDFIELD MUOD ZONING BYLAW Draft 2.0 May 2022 (pdf)

MEDFIELD MUOD ZONING BYLAW Draft 2.0 May 2022 TOC (pdf)

06/07/22 - Land Use Boards Meeting - Trinity re Local Permitting Processes

06/06/22 - Zoning Diagnostic with Barrett Planning Group Draft Memo for 06-06-22

06/06/22 - Chipotle Public Hearing #2

06/06/22 - MSHD Zoning Bylaw Amendment to allow for the development of Building 13 in the buildable area of the North Field. The Master Plan called for that building to be demolished so the zoning did not account for reuse. Trinity intends on rehabilitating Building 13 and as such needs a zoning amendment to allow for multi-family development with ancillary infrastructure. Link to posting

05//23/22 - Work Session #5 with Zoning consultants Ted Brovitz and Peter Flinker - Medfield Mixed Use Overlay District (MUOD) and Open Space Residential Development (OSRD) 

2 MEDFIELD PB SITE PLAN REVIEW DESIGN GUIDELINES Res and Mixed Use Development Ver. 2.0 May 2022 (pdf)

3 MEDFIELD PB SITE PLAN REVIEW DESIGN GUIDELINES Town Center Ver. 1.0 May 2022 (pdf)

1 MEDFIELD PB SITE PLAN REVIEW DESIGN GUIDELINES Purpose and Applicability Ver. 2.0 May 2022 (pdf)

0 MEDFIELD PB SITE PLAN REVIEW DESIGN GUIDELINES 0 Table of Contents Ver. 2.0 May 2022 (pdf)

MEDFIELD PB SITE PLAN REVIEW DESIGN GUIDELINES Ver. 2.0 May 2022 (pdf)

05/16/22 - Public Hearing: Chipotle 230 Main Street

05/16/22 - Favermann #3

05/02/22 - Annual Town Meeting (Zoning Articles)

04/25/22 - Work Session #4 with Zoning consultants Ted Brovitz and Peter FlinkerMedfield Mixed Use Overlay District (MUOD) and Open Space Residential Development (OSRD) 

Preliminary Article 7 Open Space Neighborhood Development (which replaces existing Article 7 Open Space Residential Development)

Draft Site Plan Review Design Guidelines for Residential and Mixed Use Development

DRAFT 04-25-22 Medfield_Sidewalk_Schematic_Plans (pdf)

03/21/22 - Work Session #3 with Zoning consultants Ted Brovitz and Peter Flinker - Medfield Mixed Use Overlay District (MUOD) and Open Space Residential Development (OSRD) Existing Conditions Report: Link

MUOD ZONING BYLAW Preliminary Draft March 10, 2022 

03/07/22 -  Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments Public Hearing #3 

Mark Favermann, Favermann Design, Wayfinding Grant Working Group #2

02/28/22 - Work Session #2 with Zoning consultants Ted Brovitz and Peter Flinker


02/07/22 -  Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments Public Hearing #2

Mark Favermann, Favermann Design, Wayfinding Grant Working Group

  • Supports Master Plan Recommendation 1.1.2, 2.2.2
  • Welcomes visitors to Medfield and orients them to the town’s historic and cultural amenities
  • Provide clear and concise signage to indicate parking regulations and restrictions for on-street and off-street locations.
  • Provide wayfinding signage to inform and guide motorists to parking areas and pedestrians to Downtown destinations and back to their vehicle.

Housing Production Plan 

January 31, 2022: JM Goldson has finalized the second draft of the Housing Production Plan for adoption at upcoming BoS / PB Meetings (dates TBD): 

The Plan will subsequently need to be sent to DHCD for final approval.  

01/24/22 - Work Session with Zoning consultants Ted Brovitz and Peter Flinker to kick off planning work for:

  • Update Open Space Residential Development Zoning Bylaw
  • Update Mixed use regulations for the Route 109 Corridor and Downtown Medfield

Kick-off Meeting Presentation

01/10/22 - Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments Public Hearing #1

Overview

The Medfield Planning Board came into existence in 1924 and was established under Chapter 41 of the Massachusetts General Laws in 1951.

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 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 involving review by relevant regulatory agencies, public hearings, covenants with developers, performance bonding, and ongoing compliance monitoring.

Under “Site Plan Approval”, in the Zoning By-Laws, 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 groups within the Town such as the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee.

The Medfield Master Plan was adopted by the Planning Board on October 4, 2021

In June 2018, TRIC and SWAP met jointly in Medfield for conversation and a presentation by Francis Goyes, MAPC's Regional Housing and Land Use Planner, as part of the "Living Little" project, which investigates small housing typologies in the SWAP and TRIC subregions of the MAPC.

The “Living Little” report was finalized on June 1, 2018, following working meetings with the town planners of Foxborough, Medfield, Medway, Sherborn, and Stoughton. The final report includes analysis and accompanying case studies of smaller housing alternatives, such as detached accessible dwelling units, cottage developments, “tiny houses,” and “tiny home” clusters, as well as assessment of barriers to this kind of development, such as infrastructure, regulation, and health codes.

Click here for the Phase I Report and here for the Presentation

Living Little Phase II:

1. Why Living Little? https://youtu.be/Zf6dtAg9pfs

There’s more to Greater Boston’s housing crisis than simply a lack of affordable housing. In the region’s suburbs, where most housing is single-family detached houses, there is also a lack of different types of housing, which leads to a mismatch between available housing options and the needs of the people who live here.

 2. Barriers to Living Little https://youtu.be/X1qwyLmjA9s

If so many people want smaller housing options, why does it seems like huge, expensive houses the only things being built in many suburban towns? This video explains breaks down housing costs and the ways that local policy can encourage certain types of housing.

 3. Living Little in our Communities https://youtu.be/XZ5rZV8aX2Q

In most suburban neighborhoods, it’s no longer legal to build modest homes like duplexes or backyard cottages. But these rules can be changed!

Living Little Phase III: Digital Toolkit