TOWN OF NEEDHAM
NOTICE OF HEARING
In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L., Chapter 40A, S. 11, and the Needham Zoning By-Laws, Sections 7.4, 3.2.1, 18.104.22.168, 5.1.2, 5.1.3, and Major Project Site Plan Special Permit No. 2022-01 Section 4.2, the Needham Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM in the Charles River Room, Needham Public Services Administration Building, 500 Dedham Avenue, Needham, MA, as well as by Zoom Web ID Number 880 4672 5264 (further instructions for accessing are below), regarding the application of Needham Farmer’s Market, Inc., 227 Eliot Street, Ashland, MA, 01721 and the Town of Needham, 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA for a Special Permit under Site Plan Review, Section 7.4 of the Needham Zoning By-Law.
The subject property is located at Greene’s Field, Needham, Massachusetts, shown on Assessors Plan No. 50 as Parcel 31-02 containing 108,278, square feet in the Single Residence B District. The requested Amendment to Major Project Site Plan Review Special Permit would permit the operation of a farmers market on a portion of Greene’s Field on Sundays for the 2023 season. Needham Farmers Market (NFM) operated on the Town Common and Garrity’s Way during the seasons of 2017 to 2021; however, in 2022 NFM was required to relocate due to a planned renovation of the Town Common in 2022, with Garrity’s Way planned to be used for staging materials. The farmers market successfully operated on Sundays beginning on June 12, 2022 through November 20, 2022. NFM was notified that the Town Commons is not available for 2023 due to the new landscaping’s need for time for the new grass and trees to settle in and grow. Now, NFM request to use Greene’s Field for another season, from June 11, 2023 through November 19, 2023, inclusive, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with setup time for the vendors three hours before business hours and breakdown time two hours after the close of business. The farmers market proposes to have a maximum of 18 vendors, who will use booths, canopies or other temporary structures on site. In addition to the vendors, there will be tables, booths or canopies for nonprofit organizations, six artists, artisans, musicians, and NFM’s Market Manager. NFM also requests to obtain permission from the Planning Board to utilize Greene’s Field in 2024 if the Town Common is not yet ready and/or the Town Manager and Park and Recreation Director so approve/desire.
In accordance with the Zoning By-Law, Section 3.2.1, a Special Permit is required for a farmers market in the Single Residence B District. In accordance with the Zoning By-Law, Section 22.214.171.124, a Special Permit is required to waive strict adherence to the off-street parking requirements of Sections 5.1.2 and 5.1.3 of the Zoning By-Law (Off-Street Parking Requirements). In accordance with the Zoning By-Law, Section 7.4 and Major Project Site Plan Special Permit No. 2002-01 01 Section 4.2, a Major Project Site Plan Special Permit Amendment is required.
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The application may be viewed at this link:
https://www.needhamma.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=146&Type=&ADID= . 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 Hometown Weekly, March 9, 2023 and March 16, 2023.
Received and Posted by the Town Clerk's Office on 3/3/23 at 12:36 pm