Come Lunch Tuesday December 9th at 12:30

The last WCL Clothing Exchange of 2008 will be held on Decemebr 9th at the Josiah Smith Tavern in Weston Center.  Find fabulous deals and many Holiday Treasures for less!! After shopping till you drop, join Nancy Hughes President of WCL and MaryAnn Rogers Treasurer of WCL for lunch at 12:30.  Enjoy warm soup,  a […]

The last WCL Clothing Exchange of 2008 will be held on Decemebr 9th at the Josiah Smith Tavern in Weston Center.  Find fabulous deals and many Holiday Treasures for less!! After shopping till you drop, join Nancy Hughes President of WCL and MaryAnn Rogers Treasurer of WCL for lunch at 12:30.  Enjoy warm soup,  a sandwich, good conversation and great company!!!


Planning Board to Hire Architectural Consultant

The Weston planning board is hiring an architectural consultant in order to determine how to address “mansionization”, which many of the town’s changes and re-interpretations of square-footage limits and permitting requirements have been supposedly addressing.  The Town released a brief memo, copied below. Here is the original file, or read more below.

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The Weston planning board is hiring an architectural consultant in order to determine how to address “mansionization”, which many of the town’s changes and re-interpretations of square-footage limits and permitting requirements have been supposedly addressing.  The Town released a brief memo, copied below. Here is the original file, or read more below.

The Planning Board is seeking an architectural consultant who can assist the board in evaluating two different methodologies that address the concept of “mansionization” or construction of a large home in relation to its lot size. Both methodologies go through a process of reviewing architectural plans, and, in this evaluation, set a specific size of a house as a “trigger” for an in depth site plan review by the Planning Board. The methodologies use different methods of measuring a house to calculate the trigger for review. The Board is trying to evaluate these different methods of calculation of the trigger for review. Criteria include: relative difficulty/ease of use; do the methodologies encourage/discourage a particular type of design or feature? Does the threshold for review seem appropriate? Should it be larger/smaller? Do the items included in the RGFA make sense in evaluating mass of a house (garages, finished attics, basements if they are a Story Above Grade)? Do the numbers and assumptions built into the FA, MEEA, MVD, TMI make sense? Do they capture the mass of a house? How does this method compare to the RGFA in capturing mass of a house? How do the 2 methods compare when considering additions? Is either a significantly better predictor of mass impact than the other? Is either methodology more user-friendly?

1. RGFA Methodology: The first methodology, referred to as the Residential Gross Floor Area (“RGFA”), was adopted by the Town in 1997 and is used currently. The RGFA is calculated by measuring the proposed house from exterior wall to exterior wall. Attached or detached garages, both under the house or at grade, are calculated as part of the RGFA figure. Screened porches are included, decks are not. Finished attics are included, the space over a garage is included, basements are included if they are a Story above Grade, as defined in the Weston Zoning By-law.

2. Multi Tiered Methodology- This method is really four different methods including : 1. a Footprint Trigger (FA); 2. a Maximum Exterior Elevation Trigger (MEEA); 3. A Maximum Vertical Distance Trigger(MVD); 4. A Total Mass Index Figure(TMI). This methodology has not been used by the Town.

The consultant is expected to meet initially with the Planning Board to discuss the project goals, and to ensure that the consultant has a thorough enough understanding of the methodologies so that they can be applied to actual building plans. The plans will be provided by the Town Planner. The consultant will meet again with the Planning Board to review and discuss his/her results. the consultant is encouraged to meet with the Weston building Inspector for his input and explanation of how he interprets RGFA.

The analysis will compare 5 recent “real world” cases from examples selected from the Town’s records.


Rail Trail Meeting

On December 9th the Board of Selectman will meet with Dan Driscoll from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to explain the implications of the state’s lease of the Central Mass Rail line.

Make sure to attend!! Questions? Post a comment!

On December 9th the Board of Selectman will meet with Dan Driscoll from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to explain the implications of the state’s lease of the Central Mass Rail line.

Make sure to attend!! Questions? Post a comment!


Special Town Meeting December 1st, 7:30, High School Auditorium

There will be a Special Town Meeting tomorrow at the High School Auditorium.

Usually, Special Town Meetings are needed for year-end budgetary purposes, but also on the warrant will be Article 6, which will try to change the office of Town Clerk from an elected to an appointed position.  This will require the Selectmen to petition […]

There will be a Special Town Meeting tomorrow at the High School Auditorium.

Usually, Special Town Meetings are needed for year-end budgetary purposes, but also on the warrant will be Article 6, which will try to change the office of Town Clerk from an elected to an appointed position.  This will require the Selectmen to petition the state legislature for a Special Act, which the townspeople will then vote on. The idea to make this change came from the  Special Report of the Committee to Examine Town Government. The special report also recommended that the Board of Assessors and the Board of Health be made into appointed instead of elected positions.

Some questions I have:

  • What other towns have done this?
  • Is this really necessary?
  • Isn’t the Town Clerk (who would be appointed by the Selectmen) in charge of counting votes for who becomes a Selectman?

Weston Planing Board Meeting Wednesday November 19th at 6:30

Wednesday Nov. the 19th at 6:30 the Planning Board will meet with Town Council at the Town Hall in the Building Department to discuss proposed changes to Site Plan Review, This meeting is well worth attending for those property owners that are interested in monitoring how proposed changes can affect their property value.

Wednesday Nov. the 19th at 6:30 the Planning Board will meet with Town Council at the Town Hall in the Building Department to discuss proposed changes to Site Plan Review, This meeting is well worth attending for those property owners that are interested in monitoring how proposed changes can affect their property value.


10/22 Weston Planning Board Meeting to Discuss Changes to Zoning Bylaws

Wednesday, October 22nd at the Weston Town Hall Building Department (2nd floor), the Weston Planning Board will be discussing the Zoning Bylaws as they relate to SIte Plan Review. The Board will be addressing the way in which the Residential Gross Floor Area (RGFA) is calculated. The Board would like to hear from concerned citizens at the meeting. If you have any questions, concerns or comment you can email our Town Planner, Susan Haber. e-mail:Haber.S@westonmass.org or at the Weston Planning Board office in the Building Department, Town Hall, Weston,MA. 02493



10/22 Weston Emergency Reserve Corps Community Preparedness Event

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To help address this top priority issue, the Weston Board of Health and the Weston Emergency Reserve Corps is purchasing supplies in bulk and assembling 72-Hour Emergency Go-Kits.

The Weston ERC, Emergency Reserve Corps, is the local branch of a federally-funded organization that works together with FEMA, the Red Cross, and many other emergency management organizations etc in order to prepare the community for serious emergencies. The Weston ERC will be participating in a Community Preparedness Event at the Weston High School Auditorium from 7-9 on Wednesday, 10/22 . The Weston Board of Health, Weston Schools, Weston Fire Department, Weston Emergency Reserve Corp. Emergency Preparedness Kit order forms will be available. Kits cost $60.00 and include

Kit Contents: a backpack, emergency disaster guide, crank flashlight and radio with cell phone charger, tarp, tent, various first-aid and emergency supplies, and useful informational pamphlets including a Emergency Preparedness checklist, Family Communications Plan, how to ICE cell phones, and much more.


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Biagio – Waltham Riverview Italian

The nicest river-view dining in Waltham, Biagio is at 123 Moo
dy Street.

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Getting to eat on the deck looked difficult at first, but we went upstairs to the nearly-empty indoor bar and got on the list. Within about five minutes they found a spot for us outside, crowded towards the wall at a tiny table […]

The best river-view dining in Waltham, Biagio is at 123 Moody Street.

 

Getting to eat on the deck looked difficult at first, but we went upstairs to the nearly-empty indoor bar and got on the list. Within about five minutes they found a spot for us outside, crowded towards the wall at a tiny table with no view squeezed up next to some cigar smokers. Luckily, within a minute or two we were able to move to a better table when it opened up – in fact the best table in the house, right on the corner with a great view of the river and of the sun setting over Lyman Hill.

I got started with a glass of the red sangria, which was quite tasty and had a bit of fizz to it.

I’m not sure what was nicer- the watermelon salad, or the sunset.

I got the Arancini (fried spinach and mushroom risotto balls with marinara sauce) appetizer for my main course – while she tried the special, which was an asian-style lo mein with vegetables with sushi-grade salmon on top. Our waiter, Rett, was excellent. The food was good, the drinks were good, and the view was great. With a 20% tip and four drinks our total was about $110. This place definitely has the best river-view dining in Waltham, I would recommend giving it a try.