TOWN OF NEEDHAM
NOTICE OF HEARING
Revised March 20, 2020 to Accommodate Conversion from On-Site to Remote Participation
In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L., Chapter 40A, S.5, the Needham Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 7:05 p.m. regarding certain proposed amendments to the Needham Zoning By-Law to be considered by the May 2020 Annual Town Meeting.
Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, Section 18, and the Governor’s March 15, 2020 Order imposing strict limitations on the number of people that may gather in one place, this public hearing of the Needham Planning Board is being conducted via remote participation. No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but the public can view and participate in this meeting while in progress by remote access following the instructions detailed below. The subject hearing had previously been noticed for the Needham Town Hall, Powers Hall, 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA.
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Members of the public attending this meeting virtually will be allowed to make comments if they wish to do so, during the portion of the hearing designated for public comment through the zoom app.
Persons interested are encouraged to call the Planning Board office (781-455-7550) for more information. A copy of the complete text of the proposed article is detailed below. The article designation given has been assigned by the Planning Board for identification purposes only. An article number will subsequently be established by the Select Board for the Warrant.
ARTICLE 1: MAP CHANGE TO GENERAL RESIDENCE B ZONING DISTRICT
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Needham Zoning Bylaw by amending the Zoning Map as follows:
Place in the Single Residence B Zoning District (i) all that land now zoned Single Residence A bounded generally to the northwest by a point at the northwesterly end of Parcel 73 on Needham Assessor’s Map No. 66, to the northeast by the State Circumferential Highway, to the southeast by Kendrick Street, and to the northwest by Hunting Road; said land comprising Parcels 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72 and 73 on said Map No. 66 and Parcels 25, 26 and 27 on Needham Assessor’s Map No. 58; as well as (ii) all that land now zoned Single Residence A bounded generally to the northwest by Kendrick Street, to the northeast by the State Circumferential Highway, to the southeast by Cheney Street, and to the southwest by Hunting Road, said land comprising Parcels 1, 2, 3, 4, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 on said Map No. 58.
So much of said land comprising Parcels 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72 and 73 on said Map No. 66 and Parcels 25, 26 and 27 on Needham Assessor’s Map No. 58 being bounded and described as follows: Beginning at a point on the northeasterly side of Hunting Road at the northwesterly end of Parcel 73 on Needham Assessor’s Map No. 66; thence running southeasterly along the southwesterly side of the State Circumferential Highway a distance of 1,792.15 feet to Kendrick Street; thence running westerly and northwesterly along the northerly side of Kendrick Street, 328.72 feet to Hunting Road; thence running northwesterly along the northeasterly line of Hunting Road, 1,359.60 feet, to the point of beginning.
And so much of said land comprising Parcels 1, 2, 3, 4, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 on Needham Assessor’s Map No. 58 being bounded and described as follows: Beginning at a point on the southerly side of Kendrick Street, at the intersection with Hunting Road, thence running westerly 250.08 feet to the southwesterly side of the State Circumferential Highway; thence running generally southeasterly along the southwesterly side of the State Circumferential Highway a distance of 224.63 feet to Cheney Street; thence running southerly along the westerly line of Cheney Street a distance of 371.7 feet to the intersection with Hunting Road; thence running northwesterly along Hunting Road, a distance of 14.19 feet; thence running southerly by Hunting Road, along a curved line, a distance of 68.91 feet; thence running northwesterly along the northeasterly side of Hunting Road 444.24 feet; thence running along a curved line at the intersection of Hunting Road and Kendrick Street a distance of 95.20 to the point of beginning.
Be any or all of said measurements, more or less.
ARTICLE 2: AMEND ZONING BY-LAW – PEDIATRIC MEDICAL FACILITY IN NEW ENGLAND BUSINESS CENTER DISTRICT
To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning By-Law as follows:
1. In Section 1.3 Definitions, by adding the following after the existing definition of “Hospital, Community” and before the existing definition of “Hotel or Motel”:
Hospital, Pediatric: A Hospital in which not less than three-quarters of its patients are Pediatric Patients as defined in 105 CMR 130.700 and which provides a broad range of ambulatory and inpatient services to children and young adults under the age of twenty-six (26).
2. In Section 1.3 Definitions, by adding the following after the existing definition of “Medical Clinic”, and before the existing definition of “Medical Laboratory”:
Medical Facility, Pediatric shall mean a facility with one or more of the following uses each primarily (not less than three-quarters) for children and young adults under the age of twenty-six (26), where, in each case, the uses are owned, operated or managed directly by a Pediatric Hospital or through a corporate affiliate controlled by a Pediatric Hospital (excluding any affiliate which is a hospital whose primary purpose is the provision of health care services to adults): (i) doctor’s offices, dentist’s offices, orthodontic services, psychiatric, psychological and other mental health services, imaging and laboratory services, sale, rental and repair of medical devices and equipment or other health care or health care services on an ambulatory or outpatient basis; (ii) professional, business or administrative office; (iii) a medical clinic or medical, surgical, psychiatric, dental, orthodontic, or psychologist group practices comprised of three or more such professionals; (iv) facility for the provision of testing, analytical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical or other health care support services, equipment or procedures; (v) Determination of Need Required Equipment or Determination of Need Required Services as each is defined in 105 CMR 100; (vi) cell generation, gene therapy, and infusion treatment; (vii) medical offices; (viii) diagnosis or medical, surgical, restorative or other treatment that is rendered within said facility on an ambulatory or outpatient basis, including, without limitation, patient and retail pharmacy, physical, speech and occupational therapy, transitional care and rehabilitation respite, palliative care and behavioral medicine, specialty clinics, radiation oncology, alternative medicine treatment, mobile diagnostic services, meeting and conference facilities, stock rooms, laundries, staff and administrative office; (ix) accessory uses customarily conducted in coordination with any of the foregoing, including, without limitation, retail establishments, cafeteria, gift and coffee shops, indoor athletic exercise facility, and research laboratories.
3. In Section 3.2.4 Uses in the New England Business Center District, by adding a new subsection (j) to subsection 18.104.22.168 Uses Permitted by Special Permit, to read as follows:
(j) Medical Facility, Pediatric
4. In Section 5.1.2. Required Parking, by adding a new subsection (19), to read as follows:
(19) Medical Facility, Pediatric One (1) parking space per 290 square feet of floor area
5. In Section 5.1.2. Required Parking, by renumbering existing subsection (19) “Mixed Uses” as
subsection (20), and renumbering existing subsection (20) “Any use permitted by this Zoning By-Law” as a new subsection (21).
Interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing and make their views known to the Planning Board. This legal notice is also posted on the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association’s (MNPA) website at (http://masspublicnotices.org/).
Needham Times, March 26, 2020 and April 2, 2020.
Date and time posted:
Friday, March 20, 2020