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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.

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

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.

John R. Aplin, Trustee of Aplin Realty Trust, 331 Whiting Avenue: To be allowed a Special Permit for retaining walls with a maximum height of 9 feet (amending ZBA Decision # VAR-03-17-2205, dated April 19, 2017, granting a Special Permit for retaining walls with a maximum height of 6 feet). Town of Dedham Zoning Bylaw Sections 6.5.2, 9.2, and 9.3 (continuation from 1/17/18, to be withdrawn by the applicant and the applicant’s attorney)

John R. Aplin, Trustee of Aplin Realty Trust, and Andrew and Jane Weiss, 331 Whiting Avenue and 335 Whiting Avenue: To be allowed a Special Permit for retaining walls with a maximum height of 9 feet (amending ZBA Decision # VAR-03-17-2205, dated April 19, 2017, granting a Special Permit for retaining walls with a maximum height of 6 feet). Town of Dedham Zoning Bylaw Sections 6.5.2, 9.2, and 9.3

7:05 p.m.

Stacy Soley, 438 Mount Vernon Street: To be allowed such Special Permits and/or variances as required to extend the length of an existing garage that is 4.5 feet from the property line instead of the required 10 feet. Town of Dedham Zoning Bylaw Section 3.3.4 Variance Required, Section 9 Special Permits, and Section 4.1, Table 2, Table of Dimensional Requirements

 

7:10 p.m.

Peter and Meghan Hamilton, 35 Highland Street: To be allowed such Special Permits and/or variances as required to construct a two-car garage that will be 4.9 feet from the property line instead of the required 10 feet, and a Special Permit for an accessory dwelling unit in a single family dwelling. Town of Dedham Zoning Bylaw Section 4.1, Table of Dimensional Requirements and Section 7.7

 

7:15 p.m.

Philip and Wendy Bryan, 19 Cranberry Lane: To be allowed a left side yard setback of 4.5 feet instead of the required 10 feet and a rear yard setback of 10.5 feet instead of the required 20 feet to construct a new room and a two-car garage after demolition of an existing game room. Town of Dedham Zoning Bylaw Section 4.1, Table of Dimensional Requirements

 

7:20 p.m.

218 High Street, LLC, Stephen Clifford, Manager, 218 High Street: To be allowed to construct a two-family dwelling on 10,321 square feet of land on Lot 111-3 instead of the required 11,000 square feet, a front yard setback of 15 feet instead of the required 20 feet, a waiver of the combining requirements so that Lot 111-67 retains its status as a special lot size exception for a single family dwelling, and a 15 foot front yard setback for Lot 111-67 instead of the required 20 feet. Town of Dedham Zoning Bylaw Section 4.1 Table of Dimensional Requirements, and Section 4.5.1

 

 

Old/New Business*

  • Review of Minutes, January 17, 2018

*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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