All Boards & Committees (A-Z)

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All boards, commissions, and committees consist of volunteers who contribute their time for the benefit of Dedham. These committees work toward solving complex issues and recommending policy that helps to shape the kind of community in which we live. Dedham is fortunate to have many volunteers whose skill and technical knowledge can be applied in the Town Government.


There are often times various opportunities available, which may correspond with your expertise and/or interest. Terms of office vary, and are described on each board, commission or committee page.  View the Boards & Committee Vacancies Page to view information on current vacancies.

A-Z List

Board of Assessors: Oversees the annual valuation of real estate and personal property within the Town for taxation purposes.

Board of Health: Formulates and enforces rules and regulations to protect the environment and public health.

Board of Library Trustees: Maintain the two public libraries in Town—the Main branch on Church St and the Endicott branch on Mt. Vernon St.

Board of Selectmen: Serve as the chief executive office of the Town, formulating policy directives and guidelines for all Town agencies, oversees licensing, and makes appointments to Town offices, boards, and committees.

Building, Planning & Construction Committee: Evaluates Town buildings and determines the need for constructing new buildings, or renovating or adding onto existing buildings.

Bylaw Review Committee: Reviews amendments that are to be considered by Town Meeting and makes recommendations on them.

Capital Expenditures Committee: makes recommendations on improving Town-owned buildings and allocates funds for Town projects and studies.

Civic Pride Committee: Promotes civic pride and works to preserve and beautify public spaces.

Coalition for Drug & Alcohol Awareness: Works to educate and involve the community in preventing and addressing substance abuse.

Commission on Disability: Advocates to improve access for persons with disabilities in commercial and public buildings, playgrounds, and schools.

Commissioners of Trust Funds: Manage and control funds given to the Town for the use of those funds in various scholarship, charity, and memorial trusts.

Conservation Commission: Protects wetlands, related water resources, and adjoining land areas.

Council on Aging Board: Works to address the concerns and needs of aging residents.

Cultural Council: Supports artistic projects and activities, and works with their state counterparts to secure distribute funds for the arts.

Design Review Advisory Board: Provides information, recommendations, and professional design review of proposed buildings and signage.

East Dedham Revitalization Committee: Studies and proposes ways to improve the economic landscape, land uses, and treatment of natural and cultural resources of East Dedham village.

Endicott Estate Commission: Maintains one of the Town's most prominent historic buildings, the Endicott Estate.

Finance & Warrant Committee: One of the most important voices on Town finances which makes recommendations on all Town financial matters, most notably the budget.

Historic Districts Commission / Historical Commission: Oversees historic preservation, contextual compliance, and design review within the Town's designated local historic districts.

Housing Authority: Provides housing assistance to low-income residents through State and Federal programs.

Human Rights Commission: Supports the human rights of groups, organizations, and individuals against discrimination in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town services, insurance, banking, credit and health care.

Master Plan Implementation Committee: Discusses the goals and progress of the various action items in the Master Plan and provides assistance in achieving them.

Open Space & Recreation Committee: Oversees open space in Town and keeps the Town current with State requirements for open space or recreation plans and with opportunities and eligibility for State funding.

Parks & Recreation Commission: Promotes physical education, play, recreation, sport and other programs for people of all ages.

Planning Board: Studies and plans for the needs of the Town for current and future development and land use.

Public Service Recognition Committee: Recognizes citizens whose actions exemplify the spirit of public service with an annual award.

School Building Rehabilitation Committee: Oversees and supervises the design, construction, reconstruction, major alteration, renovation, enlargement, major maintenance, demolition, and removal of Dedham Public Schools' buildings.

School Committee: Oversees Dedham's public schools by appointing leadership, reviewing and approving budgets, and setting school education goals and policies.

Sustainability Advisory Committee: Advises the Board of Selectmen on strategies for advancing local commitment to renewable energy.

Public Service Recognition Committee: Recognizes citizens whose actions exemplify the spirit of public service with an annual award.

Town Meeting: 270 Dedham residents are tasked each spring and fall with representing the townspeople and acting as a lawmaking body. Members are elected by the voting precinct they reside in.

Transportation Advisory Committee: Reviews Traffic Calming Request Forms to determine if they are eligible for potential traffic calming measures.

Youth Commission: Supports students and young people and provides recreational and health programming.

Zoning Board of Appeals: Hears challenges to decisions made by the Building Commissioner or the Planning Board.

Upcoming Meetings

Zoning Board of Appeals

Zoning Board of Appeals

AGENDA:

NOTE:  Times noted for each agenda item are approximate and subject to change. No public hearing item will begin before the start time assigned to it, and it may in fact begin later than the time scheduled.

7:00 p.m.

99 Quincy Avenue, VAR-11-17-2285: To be allowed a variance for a front yard setback of feet instead of the required feet to construct a portico over the front door for protection against the weather. Town of Dedham Zoning Bylaw Section 4.1, Table of Dimensional Requirements

7:05 p.m.

Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, 387 Washington Street, VAR-10-17-2274: To be allowed a Special Permit and variance as necessary to install wireless communication equipment Town of Dedham Zoning Bylaw Section 8.3.4

7:10 p.m.

Dedham Marketplace, LLC, 95 Eastern Avenue and 600 Providence Highway, VAR-10-17-2276: To be allowed such relief or waivers as required from the Town of Dedham Sign Code for signs at 95 Eastern Avenue and 600 Providence Highway to be in accordance with a Sign Package that includes a total sign area of 1,433 square feet inclusive of wall signs with a total area of 1,174 square feet (including awning signs with a total area of 252 square feet and window signs), three free-standing signs with a total area of 249 square feet (one at 113 square feet, one at 130 square feet, and one at 6 square feet, two free-standing signs with a height of 23 feet, and free-standing signs with a front yard setback of 15 feet and 1 foot. Town of Dedham Sign Code Sections 237-8, 237-14, 237-19, 237-21, 237-22, 237-23, 237-29, 237-30, Table 1, and Table 2

7:20 p.m.

RAR Jefferson at Dedham Station, MA, Inc., 1000 Presidents Way, VAR-10-17-2279: To be allowed a modification of the Comprehensive Permit Conditions 9, 10, and 11 pursuant to Massachusetts General Law c 40B s. 21 and 760 CR 56.07:

  1. Propose to add access to and from Rustcraft Road in addition to current access at Presidents Way 
  2. Parking stalls shall be minimum of 8.5 feet wide - they have altered layout of parking field in SW corner to accommodate relocated entrance only driveway.
  3. Propose to install two-way electronic parking gate at entrance at Presidents Way, controlled by residents' fob access and activated by emergency vehicle sirens as required by Dedham Fire Department.

 

Old/New Business*

  • Review of Minutes, November 15, 2017  

*This item is included to acknowledge that there may be matters not anticipated by the Chair that could be raised during the meeting by other members of the Committee/Board, by staff, or by the public.

 
  
   
 
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