Category Archives: Selectmen matters

BoS 1/16 materials

These are the back up materials for the 1/16/18 meeting – 20180116-materials




Office hours this Friday 9-10


Selectman Office Hours this Friday 9-10AM – After the snow shoveling

Selectman Osler “Pete” Peterson holds regular monthly office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM (his litigation schedule permitting).

Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters. Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on).

Peterson can be reached via 508-359-9190 or his blog about Medfield matters, where any schedule changes will be posted.


I started my re-election campaign this morning by pulling the nomination papers.  More soon –

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93-95 North Street 40B update

93-95 North street

Caitlin Dufault asked for an update in a comment to an earlier post, and I thought that there would be more general interest in my response, so I will include it here as well.


Tuesday evening at the 6:30 PM joint meeting of the Affordable Housing Trust Committee and the Board of Selectmen, there was a presentation by the developers of the 93-95 North Street 40B proposal, Dave and Rob MacCready. Because there is not agreement over the density (among other factors) of that proposal, and also because the Affordable Housing Trust has other proposals that are not as controversial, the Affordable Housing Trust voted to table the MacCready proposal.

Since that proposal is being put forward as a Local Initiative Program (LIP), it needs approval from the Board of Selectmen to proceed, which it does not now have. Where the Town of Medfield is currently in a safe harbor with respect to unfriendly 40B projects, if the developer opted to proceed while the town is in the safe harbor, the Zoning Board of Appeals could just deny the developer’s application for an unfriendly 40B comprehensive permit, so it could not proceed.

It is my expectation that the developers will next be trying to work out a more amicable proposal with the neighbors, which could then return to the Affordable Housing Trust Committee and the Board of Selectmen for their consideration.

Senior Housing Study Committee Report

Given the meeting about senior housing this Thursday, people may want to see the Senior Housing Study Committee Report via the link below.

20170615-Senior Housing Study Committee-draft report

Medfield Board of Selectman 459 Main Street Medfield, MA 02052 Re: Senior Housing Study Draft Report Dear Medfield Board of Selectman: June 15, 2017 The Medfield Senior Housing Study Committee hereby submits its Draft Report for your consideration and comment. Our Committee has quantified the growing senior 50+ population in Town, collected Senior home assessments and income, conducted a Medfield Senior Housing Survey, evaluated the financial aspects of selling and buying Senior friendly housing, and made recommendations to address what we see as a major housing issue among Medfield Seniors. Our Senior Housing Survey shows that a significant majority of Medfield Seniors have lived in Town for over 30 years and have a very strong attachment to friends and neighbors built up over the years. fu addition Medfield Seniors overwhelmingly wish to stay in Medfield if they can find reasonably priced - $300,000 to $450,000 and appropriate Senior housing. Over two thirds of Seniors we surveyed envision a condominium or single family as their next home. Our recommendations focus on solutions that can expediently make these wishes come true. While we see little opportunity for Seniors through the State's 40b Affordable Housing program, we suggest developing a 40b variant - Local fuitiative Project (LIP). To accomplish this LIP we suggest that we follow a recommendation of the recently completed Housing Production Plan (HPP). This involves the Town placing Town owned land such as Lot 1 and 3 off Ice House Rd. near the Senior Center into the recently created Affordable Housing Trust. The LIP project would be specifically for 55+ ranch style or apartment housing. We perceive that by making all or a portion of this land available in a LIP project appropriate Senior housing could be developed with price points between $300,000 to $450,000. Please do not to distribute this Draft beyond those for whom it was intended until the Committee is satisfied that it is ready to be distributed as a Final Report. Very truly yours The Medfield Senior Housing Study Committee ~~ Tony Centore, Chair


BoS Senior housing meeting 12/7


ConCom letter to MDEP re LCB

The second page of this letter did not scan as part of the meeting materials posted last week.

Medfield Conservation Commission Town Hall · 459 Main Street · Medfield, Massachusetts 02052-2009 (508) 906-3028 · Fax (508) 359-6182 · November 28, 2017 Denise Child Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection 8 New Bond Street Worcester, MA 01606 Re: Medfield LCB Senior Living Project, 561-563A Main Street, Medfield, MA DEP File No. 214-0635 Dear Ms. Child: I write on behalf of the Medfield Conservation Commission ("Commission") regarding the !September 13, 2017 letter from Massachusetts Historical Commission ("Mass Historical") regarding the referenced proposed Project. Mass Historical determined that the Project will have an i'adverse effect" on the Peak House, Clark Tavern, and Main Street Area through the inuloduction of visual elements that are out of character with and will alter the setting of a state Re~ister Property. Mass Historical indicates that it will be consulting with the MassDEP, the Applicant and the Medfield Historical Commission to explore alternatives that would eliminate, :rn:hlimize or mitigate the proposed Project's adverse effect of the visual impacts. The Commission shares the concerns of Mass Historical in addition to its concerns about the Project's impacts to the protected interests discussed below. The Commission would like to participate in ; ' these discussions as they relate to a proposed Project within its jUrisdiction. The Commission denied the proposed Project concluding that the Applicant failed to rebut the presumption that Vme Brook is perennial pursuantto 310 CMR 10.58(2)(a)l.a .. Approximately half of the Project is within Riverfront of Vine Brook and the Applicant failed to ovyrcome the presumption that the area is significant to protected interests. As a result, the PrJject fails to comply with the general performance standards at 310 CMR 10.58(4). The r Applicant filed a request with MassDEP for a Superceding Order of Conditions which the Cmpmission opposes. See attached February 3, 2017 letter addressed to Marielle Stone's attention from the Commission's Special Environmental Counsel. Given the size of Applicant's parcel, approximately 13.78 acres, adjusting the footprint loc~tion and or size of the facility footprint CQuld eliminate, minimize· or mitigate the adverse visya1 impacts identified by Mass Historical, as well as the unacceptable impacts to the wetlands resburces that resulted in the Commission's denial. Any adjustments of Applicant's plan should alsq comply with the wetland bylaw and ensure protection of the vernal pool in the Project area. i Th~ Commission requests the opportunity to discuss any proposals and to review and comment on any plans submitted by Applicant. The Commission reserves all rights and by its i participation does rrotwaive any rights, responsibilities or defenses. Please let me know at your earliest convenience how the Commission may further participate in these efforts. s£~ l;. p ~/'~ Ralph A. Parmigiane, Chairman Enclosure Cc: Brona Simon, Mass Historical Commission · Medfield Historic Commission /Medfield Board of Selectmen Mark G. Cerel, Medfield Town Counsel Margaret R. Stolfa, Medfield Special Environmental Counsel20171128-ConCom-ltr to MDEP-LCB_ConComletter_Page_2