Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Zoning changes key in developing economic centers.
Needham isn't the only community along Route 128 looking to grow local revenue by growing its business base. The Boston Globe reports that Newton and Waltham are also working on plans to boost economic development in their towns, and nearby Dedham is "reaping millions in new tax revenue" thanks to the development of its Legacy Place shopping center, according to a recent article published on Boston.com. Following passage of several key zoning changes at Needham's fall special Town Meeting, the Globe reports that Economic Development Director Devra Bailin and the Council of Economic Advisors are continuing to meet with property owners, businesses and local tenants to consider the best way to develop Needham's New England Business Center, …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Voters will consider senior center funding plan, Stretch Energy Code approval and new zoning rules at the fall meeting on Nov. 7.
Needham Town Meeting members will consider changes to zoning in the New England Business Center district, adoption of the Stretch Energy Code designed to make homes more energy-efficient and funding for the new senior center at the fall special Town Meeting scheduled a week from today on Monday, Nov. 7. Officials recently posted the full warrant on the town Web site, and the document can also be viewed on this page, to the right. The special Town Meeting will be held on Nov. 7 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the James Hugh Powers Hall inside the newly renovated Town Hall, 1471 Highland Ave. A list of Needham Town Meeting members can also be viewed at right.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Officials say articles approved at Monday’s special Town Meeting will help the community catch the next wave of development.
Hoping to be part of the next wave of economic development, Needham Town Meeting voters on Monday approved two zoning changes designed to make the town a little more attractive to prospective businesses. Article 1 on the special Town Meeting warrant allows personal fitness centers to be located in the town’s industrial districts, provided there are enough off-street parking spaces available. Fitness clubs without sufficient off-street parking could be allowed by special permit. “Landlords in industrial districts are finding that personal fitness establishments would like to go into their buildings,” Planning Board chairman Ron Ruth said. He said the change would help buildings in these areas—many of which are currently “underutilized”—to…
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Town Meeting tables zoning bylaw change until talk resumes Monday, May 9.
Residents looking to bring a farmers market to Needham have to wait until Monday to see whether their efforts will pay off. Confused by a flurry of amendments to the original article, Article 11 on the annual Town Meeting warrant, members requested the item be tabled so proponents could rewrite the language the way they wanted it and provide voters with copies of the changes. Town Meeting voted to defer the issue until after the special Town Meeting on Monday, May 9, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Newman Elementary School. It will be the first item of business taken up when the annual meeting resumes, followed by Community Preservation Act articles, Articles 31-34, which were about to be discussed when members voted to adjourn for the …
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Board discusses zoning articles for May 2 annual Town Meeting.
When it comes to the height of buildings in Needham Center and bringing a farmers market to town, selectmen are not all on the same page. The board on Tuesday weighed in on a dozen zoning articles for the May 2 annual Town Meeting warrant, voting unanimously to support all of them except for two submitted by citizen’s petition: One that would reduce the allowable height of buildings in Needham Center and one that would allow for a farmers market in town. In their last regular meeting before the annual Town Meeting—which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2 at Newman Elementary School—the selectmen heard presentations from Town Planner Lee Newman, Planning Board chairman Ron Ruth and proponents of four petition articles before deciding …