Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments

Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments for ATM 2020

Public Hearing Notice for 1/6/20 Planning Board meeting: HERE 

Pursuant to the provisions of MGL ch. 40A §5, the Medfield Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 8:05 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020, at the Medfield Town House, 459 Main Street, for the purpose of accepting public comments on the following proposed amendments to the Town of Medfield Zoning By-laws:

Item 1: To see if the Town of Medfield will vote to rezone parcel ID 43-030, 37 Janes Avenue from Business-Industrial (BI) to Business (B) as shown on the map titled “Proposed Rezone of 37 Janes Avenue” dated 6/3/19 which is on file with the Town Clerk and Planning Department; and to amend the Zoning Map accordingly. This amendment rezones one residential use parcel located in the BI zoning district to the B zoning district. The property is contiguous with B zoning. B zoning provides for the ability to apply for a special permit from the ZBA for an accessory apartment. BI does not.

Item 2: To see if the Town of Medfield will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 1 Table of Use Regulations, by adding the new section “Adult-only retail tobacco store” And further, to see if the Town of Medfield will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Article 2.1, by adding the definition for “Adult-only retail tobacco store” in appropriate alphabetical order. This new language would prohibit establishments from solely selling vape and tobacco products and paraphernalia in Medfield.

Item 3: To see if the Town of Medfield will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 1 Table of Use Regulations, by adding a new section for “Food Trucks / Mobile Food Vendors” which would allow the non-permanent placement of food trucks / mobile food vendors on private property in certain zoning districts via a Determination of Change of Use per Section 300-14.12 A (Site Plan Approval) by the Planning Board. Determinations will be made based on review the impacts of such use, hours of operation, proposed location(s), noise, odors, traffic, circulation, parking, trash/waste, seating, access to facilities, signage, permission from property owner, etc. Special town-wide events, mobile food sales in the Right-of-Way, or catering of private parties in residential zoning districts are not affected by this bylaw. Mobile food vendors may also require approvals by the Board of Selectmen and/or Board of Health.

Item 4: To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Code of Medfield, MA, Chapter 300, Zoning, Article 6 Area, Height and Bulk Regulations, Paragraph 6.2 Area Regulations by adding a new subsection 4 which would add a section which would allow the Board of Appeals to review and approve, on a case-by-case basis, the encroachment of decks, porches, etc., into the required setback. The current process requires a variance which has strict statutory requirements which cannot typically be lawfully applied since most deck or porch extensions are for more functional and subjective proposes.

Item 5: To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Code of Medfield, MA, Chapter 300, Zoning, Article 6 Area, Height and Bulk Regulations, Paragraph 6.2 Area Regulations K to align with the provisions of the MA State Building Code which do not require a building permit for accessory structures (i.e. sheds) under 200 sf and delete the confusing specific size requirement. This amendment would require a building permit and code review for accessory structures but leave the setback requirements as-is. 

Item 6: To see if the Town of Medfield will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 1 Table of Use Regulations, by adding a new section for “Rooftop PV on permitted primary and accessory structures” and a new Article 21 for rooftop solar panels and PV parking canopies.

All interested persons should attend the public hearing. A copy of the proposals is on file with the Town Clerk and Planning Department, and may be inspected during regular business hours.

SARAH LEMKE, CHAIR

MEDFIELD PLANNING BOARD

THE PRESS                      

December 13, 2019

December 20, 2019

10/23/19 - Medfield State Hospital District Language and Map As Recommended by the Planning Board - HERE

10/21/19 - Medfield State Hospital Rezoning Public Hearing #2 (final) - Revised text and Map

09/06/19 - Medfield State Hospital Rezoning Public Hearing on 10/03/19 - Proposed Text and Map

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3/19/19 Planning Board Handout: Guide to Proposed Zoning Bylaw Changes for 2019 Annual Town Meeting

2/4/19: The Planning Board voted to include the following zoning bylaw amendments for inclusion in the 2019 ATM Warrant (Full Text HERE):

  1. Upper Spring Street Overlay District (USSOD)

    • Boundary of USSOD

    •  Edit to Use Table

    • Edit to Height & Bulk Table

    • Site Plan Review Criteria

    • Edit to Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw

  2. Use Table edits for consistency in terminology

  3. ZBA Special Permit Criteria



Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments for ATM 2019

Public Hearing Notice for 01/07/19 PB Meeting: HERE for ZBA Special Permit Criteria amendments and HERE for Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw amendments:

  • Item 1: 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 with the criteria found in Section 300-14.15 Subsection E and its Sub-subsections (1) through (9).
  • Item 2: 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 language relating to multi-family site plan approvals (as proposed by the Planning Board on 12/3/18).

Public Hearing Notice for 12/3/18 PB Meeting: HERE 

(note: all items have been continued to 1/7/19)

  • Proposed Upper Spring Street Overlay District (allows pre-2017 density and process for the area on the east side of Spring Street between Maple Street and Baxter Park, see map in notice)
  • Proposed West Street/Peter Kristof Way Rezone (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)  
  • Table of Use Clarifications (provides consistency in the terminology used within the Medfield Zoning Bylaw which should have been updated in 2014 with the codification process; "housekeeping")


Special Town Meeting 10/26/18

Senior Housing Residential Overlay District (SHROD)

10/29/18 STM Handout

Click HERE for SHROD handout 

10/1/18 - Public Hearing #2 re SHROD v2

Click HERE for a memo regarding revisions to the draft Senior Housing Residential Overlay District bylaw following the first public hearing and information session. To be considered by the Planning Board at their meeting on 10/1/18. Click HERE for the revised presentation.

9/26/18 Information Session on Proposed SHROD Bylaw

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: The Center, Ice House Road

9/10/18 Planning Board Public Hearing - continued to 10/1/18

Notice of Planning Board Hearing Relative to Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments Pursuant to MGL ch 40A Section 5 (with full text of the proposed Senior Housing Overlay District

For 8/14/18 BoS Meeting

Memo: Proposed Senior Housing Residential Development Overlay District Bylaw (Revised)

For 7/31/18 BoS Meeting

Memo to BoS re: Draft Proposed Bylaw and Schedule

Senior Housing Zoning Impacts Map

ATM 2018 - For Public Hearing on January 8, 2018