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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.

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.

Charter Advisory Committee: Appointed by the Board of Selectmen every 10 years and charged with reviewing the Town's bylaws and making recommendations back to the Board.

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.

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.

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

  • Date: 03/18/2020 7:00 pm - 7:59 pm  

This meeting will be held by teleconference because of COVID-19 precautions.
You may participate in this meeting by dialing in.

Toll-free phone number: (844) 875-7777

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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 pm

17 Maverick Street – Legacy Place, LLC

Request for six-month extension of Variance granted on April 5, 2019 to construct a new, two-family dwelling. Representative: Kevin F. Hampe, Esq.

7:01 pm

70 Hastings Street - Joseph Federico

Request for a Special Permit to construct a single-family dwelling that would exceed the allowable maximum impervious lot coverage (25% required, 37.2% proposed). The +/- 8,681 sq. ft. subject property is located at 70 Hastings Road, Dedham, MA, Map 182 Lot 91, and is within a Single Residence B Zoning District (SRB) and Aquifer Protection Overlay District. Town of Dedham Zoning Bylaw Sections 8.2, 9.2, 9.3 and Table 2. Continued from February 19, 2020

7:05 pm

909 Providence Highway - Amy McGrath c/o Sterling Sign

Request for waivers from the provisions of the Dedham Sign Code to install a +/- 113 sq. ft., internally illuminated wall sign (Autobahn USA); wall signs above the roof line are not permitted. The +/- 21,658 sq. ft. subject property is located at 909 Providence Highway, Dedham, MA, Map 149 Lot 24, and is within a Research, Development & Office Zoning District (RDO) and Single Residence B Zoning District (SRB). Town of Dedham Sign Code Section 237-19(E) and Table 2. Continued from February 19, 2020

7:10 pm

118 Bridge Street - David Flynn

Request for a Special Permit to convert a pre-existing nonconforming five (5) unit residential building to six (6) unit residential building (new dwelling unit in the existing basement area) with ten (10) off-street parking spaces. The subject property is located at 118 Bridge Street, Dedham, Map 25, Lot 6 and is within Limited Business (LB) and General Residence (GR) Zoning Districts and the Flood Plain Overlay District (FPOD). Dedham Zoning By-Law Section 3.3.2, 8.0, 9.2, 9.3 and Table 1.

7:15 pm

142 Oakdale Avenue - Adam Maislen

Request for a Special Permit to extend/alter a pre-existing nonconforming two-family dwelling (via dormers) and a Special Permit to construct dormer(s) within the pre-existing nonconforming front yard setback. The subject property is located at 142 Oakdale Avenue, Dedham, Map 142, Lot 80 and located within a Single Residence B (SRB) Zoning District. Dedham Zoning By-Law Section 3.3.2, 3.3.3, 4.1, 9.2, 9.3 and Table 2.

7:20 pm

56 Greenlodge Street – Andrew & Ashley Pepoli

Request for a Special Permit for the creation of an accessory dwelling unit and Waiver to allow the accessory dwelling unit to be located on a lot that does not provide ten percent greater land area than required by the dimensional regulations (12,463 sq. ft. provided, 13,750 sq. ft. required). The subject property is located at 56 Greenlodge Street, Map 167, Lot 64 and within a Single Residence B (SRB) Zoning District. Town of Dedham By-Law Sections 3.3, 7.7, 9.2, 9.3, 10, Table 1 and Table 2. Representative Peter A. Zahka, Esq.

7:25 pm

110, 200, 210, and 214 Elm Street and 119 Quabish Road – Legacy Place, LLC

Request for such relief and/or waivers from the Dedham Sign Code to amend the Legacy Place Sign Program, to define and allow murals, new pylon signs (42 ft. in height, same as existing pylon signs) providing for up to ten (10) tenant sign panels, internally and externally illuminated monument signs, and a Special Permit for a retaining wall in excess of four (4) ft. The subject property is located at 110, 200, 210, and 214 Elm Street and 119 Quabish Road, Dedham, MA, Map 162 Lots 1, 3, 44 and 45, Map 150 Lot 5 and is within a Research, Development & Office (RDO Zoning District and is a Planned Commercial (PC) Development. Dedham Sign Code Sections 1-12; Table 1 &2. Dedham Zoning By-Law Sections 6.5.2, 9.2, and 9.3. Representative Peter A. Zahka, Esq.


Old/New Business

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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