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Large House Review Study Committee Planning Board Presentation January 10, 2017

On January 10, 2017 the final recommendations of the Large House Review Study Committee were be presented to the Needham Planning Board.  The meeting was be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Needham Town Hall in Powers Hall.

Please click here to see a video of the Presentation.

Over the past several years, Needham has received an increasing number of applications to build residential structures that exceed the size and scale of other homes in the neighborhood, as well as the homes they replace.  A similar trend is occurring regionally, which has prompted other communities to develop new regulations and planning guidelines to address a range of issues including architectural integrity, development intensity, neighborhood character, open space, privacy and related concerns.  The Large House Review Study Committee (appointed by the Planning Board in March of 2014) has been studying the issue in Needham for the past two years and has now completed its work.  The Committee has developed a series of recommended standards and guidelines that it believes would better enable the Town to respond to the aforementioned housing trend moving forward. The proposed regulations address development intensity, architectural design, neighborhood compatibility, building setbacks, and overall structural bulk and mass to optimize aesthetic values, livability and community cohesion. 

The presentation at the January 10 Planning Board meeting will focus on Needham’s current regulatory approach as relates to single-family home construction in the Single Residence B and General Residence zoning districts and the regulatory measures which the Large House Review Study Committee now recommends that the Town pursue to better address the teardown and replacement activity occurring within Needham’s existing residential neighborhoods.  

See the full Webpage for the Large House Review Study Committee for documents from ALL of its meetings. 

Materials discussed at the January 10, 2017 Planning Board meeting:
Planning Board meeting Agenda
PowerPoint Presentation for 1/10/2017 meeting
Large House Review Study Committee Final Recommendations
Draft Zoning Article
Chronology Memorandum
Exhibits to the Above Noted Memorandum
Analysis of FAR, Lot Coverage, Conforming & Non-Conforming and Amount of Finished Space

Map of Dwelling Demolitions (per Building permits) for years 2010-2014 (thru May 12, 2014)
Map showing Floor Area Ratio in SRB District
Map showing Lot Coverage in the SRB District
Map showing Parcel Size in the SRB District
Map showing Parcel Values in the SRB District