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The Council of Economic Advisors was established by the Board of Selectmen in October 2005. It is charged with six general tasks relating to the promotion of economic development in Needham: (1) study, investigate, and appraise town-wide economic conditions and trends; (2) promote, assist and encourage the preservation, development and location of new and existing industry, business, and commerce; (3) assist the town in attracting the preferred mix of goods, services, housing, recreation, and entertainment in the appropriate districts; (4) make recommendations on improving permitting and licensing functions in the town; (5) evaluate and advise the Town on ideas for zoning changes that will improve the economic vitality of the town; and (6) advise and make recommendations to appropriate officials, agencies, boards, and town departments on issues of economic development.

There are 15 members on the Council and its membership composition is comprised of, to the extent practical: member of the Board of Selectmen, member of the Planning Board, representatives of a large business located in Needham, a development attorney, representative of a major tenant in the Needham Crossing, representative of a downtown business, a commercial real estate broker, a representative of the Needham Business Association, a representative of the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce, a representative of a local bank, a commercial developer, and residents at-large.

There are several vacancies for which the Board of Selectmen seek candidates with the following qualifications: representatives of a large business located in Needham, representative of a major tenant in the Needham Crossing, representative of a downtown business, a commercial real estate broker, and a resident at-large.

The Council meets as required at 7:30 a.m., usually on Wednesday mornings. 

The Town of Needham is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the Conservation Commission. The Needham Conservation Commission is a seven-member volunteer Board appointed by the Board of Selectmen to administer the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and Regulations and the Needham Wetlands Bylaw (Article 6) and regulations. The Commission also oversees the Town's conservation lands including Ridge Hill Reservation. Applicants must be a resident of Needham. No specific experience is required, although familiarity with the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act permitting process is desirable. Applicants must be registered voters of the Town. Interested individuals are requested to submit an application consisting of a brief letter of interest, including a summary of relevant experience (if any) and contact information.  Vacancies may remain open until a suitable candidate has been appointed.

The Historical Commission was created to ensure the preservation, protection, and development of the historical assets that are the visible evidence of the Town of Needham's history. The commission conducts research to identify places of historic or archeological value, and seeks to coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes. The commission communicates with the Board of Selectmen about recommendations as to the whether an asset should be certified as an historical or archeological landmark.

The functions of the Historical Commission include: assisting residents in obtaining historical information about the town; reviewing proposed demolition projects in accordance with the demolition delay by-law (2.11.5); and working with the town in the evaluation of the future use of historic buildings.

The Commission is comprised of seven members and meets as necessary, usually in the evening. This vacancy is for a three-year term.

The Community Preservation Act is state-wide act enabling legislation to allow cities and towns to choose to create a new funding source that can be used to address three core community concerns, plus recreation:  acquisition and preservation of historic buildings and landscapes; acquisition and preservation of open space; and creation and support of affordable housing.

The responsibilities of the  Community Preservation Committee (CPC) are to evaluate proposals and to make recommendations to Town Meeting for the appropriation of community preservation funds. 

The time commitment for this Committee varies throughout the year, but generally meets once or twice a month throughout the fall into spring before Town Meeting.  Meetings are generally held on Wednesdays. 

There are five statutory members on the CPC, with appointees from the Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Housing Authority, Parks and Recreation Commission, and Planning Board. There are four additional members, with two appointed by the Board of Selectmen and two appointed by the town moderator.   This vacancy is appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

The purpose of the Commission is to advise municipal officials, public and private agencies, and other individuals in order to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and Local disability laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.). It's charge is to promote full integration of persons with disabilities into the community, provide information, referrals, and technical assistance to individuals, businesses, and organizations in all matters pertaining to disability issues, and to participate in a variety of forums and media events to develop public awareness of persons with disabilities and encourage compliance with the A.D.A.

The Commission on Disabilities also provides grants to community based organizations to make it possible for persons with disabilities to participate more fully in programs and activities within Needham.

The Commission is comprised of nine members and meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Needham Public Library Community Room.

The general purpose of the Technology Advisory Board is:
  • To provide technical assistance to all town departments and the School Department in the formulation of technology plans and capital requests for voice, data and video systems;
  • To advise the Town Manager in the review of capital requests for voice, data, and video systems, taking into consideration the goals of maximizing efficiency and cost effectiveness, minimizing unnecessary redundancy, and insuring, to the extent possible, the compatibility of each request with other existing or proposed systems; 
  • To advise the Permanent Public Building Committee on the specifications to be considered for voice, data and video systems when constructing or renovating Town Facilities; and advise the Town Manager and town departments on matters relating to information technology policy, specifically with reference to issues of security, privacy, future technology and possible provision of government services through information technology.

This Board generally meets once a month on Mondays, usually starting at 4:30 p.m.  There is one vacancy on this Board.  Qualified candidates should have a background with technology systems and networks. 

The Board of Selectmen are seeking candidates who are interested in serving on the Council on Aging. There are two vacancies available at this time. The Council on Aging is the Town’s general oversight board for matters affecting elders, and works directly with department staff and other town agencies on a wide range of programs and issues. Committee meetings are at least monthly from September through June, and more often as necessary. Interested individuals must be registered voters in the Town.

Established in June, 1999, the purpose of the Committee is to receive gifts and bequeaths that will be used towards lasting improvements of the public common areas in the Town. Improvements will consist of items such as benches, sculpture, artwork, hardscape, lighting, etc.

Its mission is to revitalize Needham public spaces and bring more art into the public venue through the use of private funds. The NCRTF fund allows private citizens, organizations and businesses to contribute to the NCRTF general fund to help support a variety of NCRTF projects or directly towards a specific NCRTF project within the Town.

The Board of Selectmen recently expanded the member composition from five to seven in order to reflect a cross section of member perspectives within the Town. The Board is seeking candidates who are active in the Needham Art Community to represent the one membership representing the Needham Art Community.

This Committee meets once a month.

The charge of this Committee is to act as liaison between the Golf Club and the Board of Selectmen.  The Committee will meet to ensure that the club is operated as intended under the terms of the lease agreement and to report to the Board on Golf Club operations and refer issues for the Boards' resolution.


The Cultural Council supports community-based projects and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of Needham, through dispensing public funding allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. They also sponsor events such as New Year’s Needham and the Spring Arts Festival, for which money is raised separately.

The Council is responsible for informing the public about the availability of public funding for cultural projects and for reviewing and approving applications. The budget of the Massachusetts Cultural Council is determined annually by the state Legislature.
Support is also provided to the Needham Cultural Community through the facilitation of communication among the many cultural organizations and their collaboration through NeedArts and other venues.

Residents who have experience or an interest in the arts, event planning, fund raising, marketing, record keeping and public relations are urged to apply. Also needed are someone to assume the role of Treasurer next year and volunteers who want to take on leadership roles. Meetings are generally the third Monday of each month at 7 pm. Membership terms are for three years.
Applicants must be residents of Needham. Interested individuals are requested to submit an application consisting of a brief letter of interest, including a summary of relevant experience and contact information. Applications may be submitted in writing or by email or may be completed online at: Vacancies may remain open until a suitable candidate has been appointed.

Applications, or any questions or requests for information, may be submitted to:

Needham Board of Selectmen
Attn: Ms. Sandy Cincotta
Town Hall
1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492
Tel: 781-455-7500 extension 204