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Downtown Streetscapes Committee
Meetings
  • 8 a.m.
  • Wednesday mornings
    • Wednesday,  Jan. 16, 2013
    • Wednesday,  Feb. 27, 2013
  • Charles River Room
    Public Services Administration Building
    500 Dedham Ave.
    Needham, MA 02492

Members
The Committee shall consist of 12 members, as follows:
  • One member or designee of the Board of Selectmen
  • One member or designee of the NBA or Downtown Business Owner
  • One member or designee of the Park & Recreation Commission
  • One member or designee of the Design Review Board
  • One member or designee of the Community Revitalization Trust Fund Committee
  • One member or designee of the Conservation Commission
  • One member or designee of the Planning Board
  • One member or designee of the Needham Commission on Disabilities
  • One member or designee of the Historic Commission
  • One member or designee of the Committee of Economic Advisers
  • One member or designee of the Needham Bikes
  • One property owner in Needham Center

Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings of the working group and to provide comment, feedback, and suggestions.

Staff Support
The Director of Public Works and Director of Planning and Community Development will be the staff liaisons for the committee and will be responsible for ensuring that meetings are posted and minutes are taken, transcribed, and posted on the website in a timely manner. Staff resources include representatives of Police and Fire Departments.

Charge
The Downtown Streetscape Committee shall provide guidance and make recommendations to the Needham Board of Selectmen concerning the Streetscape in Needham Center. Consistent with the Downtown Design Guidelines and Downtown Planning Study, the committee shall focus on the following elements in its deliberations:
  • Architectural elements
  • Bicycle accommodation
  • Composition and feel
  • Design approach
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Historic preservation
  • Holiday / special event accommodations
  • Landscaping
  • Lighting
  • Maintainability
  • Parking availability
  • Pedestrian accessibility
  • Pedestrian amenities
  • Signage
  • Snow removal
  • Street furniture
  • Traffic control

Timeline
The preliminary design plan should be completed on or about July 2013.

Documents

        Needham Downtown Streetscape Project - Draft Report

         Downtown Streetscape Presentation to the Board of Selectmen by BETA Group, 2/25/2014
  • 4491- Needham- Existing Elements Study