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  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, generally. For specific schedule, check with Department.
  • Open to public
  • Charles River Meeting Room
    First Floor, Public Services Administration Building
    500 Dedham Avenue


The Planning Board consists of five elected members for terms of such length and so arranged that the term of at least one member will expire each year and their successors shall be elected for terms of five years each.

Current Membership:  Paul S. Alpert (Chair), Adam Block (Vice Chair), Natasha Espada, Martin Jacobs, Jeanne McKnight.

General Purpose

The Planning Board is charged with broad statutory responsibilities under M.G.L. c. 41 s. 81- A/D to guide the physical growth and development of Needham in a coordinated and comprehensive manner. More specifically, the Board is legally mandated to carry out certain provisions of the Subdivision Control Law (M.G.L., c. 41, s. 81K-81GG) and of the Zoning Act (M.G.L., c. 40A).

The legal responsibilities of the Planning Board are found at the local level in the subdivision regulations and procedural rules of the Planning Board and in the town’s zoning by-laws.