2020 Annual Town Meeting Articles

The 2020 Annual Town Meeting begins on March 30. 

The Planning Board is sponsoring a number of articles that are included on the warrant for the 2020 Annual Town Meeting. For more information and to access the 2020 Annual Town Meeting warrant, refer to the Town Clerk’s Town Meeting page.

In addition to a brief description of the articles, this page includes supporting documents for those articles. 

Mark Your Calendars!

Planning Board Public Hearing on Annual Town Meeting Articles 
February 3, 2020 - 6:30 PM in the Great Hall, Town Hall

Planning Board Public Hearing on Amendment to Historic District Overlay Zoning District (Article 29)
March 4, 2020 - 6:30 PM in the Kingsbury Room, Police Station

Following the public hearing, the Planning Board will issue a report including recommendations on the articles that will be included in the Advisory Book and submitted to Town Meeting.

Planning Board Articles:

ARTICLE 29. To see if the Town will vote to establish a Historic District to be located at 323 Washington Street (Parcel ID 74-12) and to amend the Zoning Map of the Town of Wellesley by applying the Historic District Overlay Zoning District to said land (Co-sponsored by the Historic District Commission and the Historical Commission)

ARTICLE 30. To see if the town will vote to correct the omission of the Large Scale Solar Overlay District in the list of districts in Section 1A of the Zoning Bylaw by amending Section 1A

ARTICLE 31. To see if the Town will amend the Zoning Bylaw to require Large House Review for single family dwellings, two-family dwellings, and Town Houses in the General Residence Districts

ARTICLE 32. To see if the Town will vote to amend section 16E of the Zoning Bylaw to (1) clarify the intent and purpose of the bylaw, (2) require increased mitigation actions, (3) increase the scope of protected trees, (4) allow other factors to be included in determining contributions to the Tree Bank Fund, (5) conform to Article 55 of the Town’s General Bylaws, and (6) update the bylaw’s terminology (Co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Commission)

ARTICLE 33. To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 16F, Natural Resource Protection (NRP) Development, of the Zoning Bylaw, to (1) increase flexibility in the design and layout of the lots within a NRP Development, (2) ensure that all such developments comply with lighting requirements in Section 16G, and (3) update terminology

ARTICLE 34. To see if the Town will vote to delete Section 22E of the Zoning Bylaw in its entirety, given the 2018 Annual Town Meeting vote under Article 28 to prohibit Marijuana Establishments

ARTICLE 35. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to update statutory and regulatory references and associated changes resulting from the enactment of Chapter 55 of the Acts 2017

Selected Other Articles:

ARTICLE 36. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw by revising Section 16C, Drainage Review, as needed to comply with the requirements of the current USEAP/MassDEP General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts (the "MS4 Permit"), or to take any other action in relation thereto. (Board of Public Works)