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Needham Planning Board, 5/16/23

Technical difficulties plagued the Needham Channel coverage of this meeting, but we are able to present the full session. The Needham Planning Board had a full agenda heading into the night. At this meeting, several long-term projects were put to rest with the board, which came to agreements on the Wingate project and the medicinal marijuana dispensary special permit. They also adjusted the board’s leadership for the upcoming year and discussed a special committee for future zoning initiatives. The meeting is available for viewing in the window below:


1) Minutes

2) Board Reorganization

3) Public Hearing: 29-37 Franklin Street

Sira Naturals, Inc., d/b/a Ayr, Petitioner.
Proposal to eliminate the “appointment-only” operational requirement for the facility.

4) Public Hearing: 1502 Highland Avenue
Tristan Roveto, Petitioner.
Request to occupy the Premises for a Personal Fitness Services Establishment.

5) Public Hearing: 1032 Great Plain Avenue
Shallots Needham, Inc. dba Sweet Boba, Petitioner.
Request to renovate first floor space for use as a retail bakery with an accessory eat in/take out counter and 6 seats.

6) De Minimus Change to Special Permit: 1471 Highland Avenue
Town of Needham, Petitioner.
Regarding proposed design change to the MBTA bus shelter at the Town Common.

7) Decision: 101-109 Chapel Street
Ceed Corp, d/b/a Cook Restaurant, Petitioner
Request for further parking waiver to allow for additional seating (outdoor seats, which will subsequently be reviewed by Select Board).

8) Decision: 589 Highland Avenue
Wingate Development, LLC, Petitioner
Request to permit adding a third floor to the building, which would add an additional 22 IL units,for a total of 72 IL units, of which 12.5%, or 9 units, will be affordable.)
Please note: this hearing is continued from the March 7, 2023 meeting of the Planning Board.

9) Agreement: 920 South Street
Brian Connaughton, Petitioner
Scenic Road Act and Public Shade Tree Act

10) Zoning Board of Appeals Agenda for May 18, 2023

11) Report from Planning Diretor and Board Members

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