How to Participate in Town Government - Week of September 18, 2022

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As of this post, there are six meetings of Town of Westwood government this week. Highlights include:

  • Discussion of September PFAS results and litigation at Dedham-Westwood Water District's Tuesday meeting
  • Inadvertent tree removal at the Hanlon Elementary School Project, to be discussed by Conservation Commission on Wednesday
  • Hanlon-Deerfield Elementary School Project Environmental Impact & Design Review (EIDR) Approval, to be discussed by Planning Board on Tuesday.

More about how to join these meetings of town government and other meetings happening this week are below.


Youth & Family Services Advisory Board September Meeting via Zoom, Monday, September 19, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes discussion about a Holiday Giving Program, update on Wentworth Hall, and the director's report, among other items.

To join, click here. Or visit Zoom, click "Join a Meeting" and enter Meeting ID 875 4566 6023 and passcode 558417. Alternatively, join by phone by dialing, toll-free: 833-548-0282 or 877-853-5257 or 888-475-4499 or 833-548-0276. For better call quality, dial by your location: +1 312-626-6799 or +1 646-931-3860 or +1 929-205-6099 or +1 301-715-8592 or +1 309-205-3325 or +1 564-217-2000 or +1 669-444-9171 or +1 669-900-6833 or +1 719-359-4580 or +1 25- 215-8782 or +1 346-248-7799 or +1 386-347-5053


Recreation Commission Meeting via Zoom, Monday, September 19, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. On the agenda are a discussion about Westwood Day 2022, inclusive programming, fall registration, and financial updates, among other items.

To join, click here. Or visit Zoom, click "Join a Meeting" and enter Meeting ID 898 8878 9908 and 407441. Alternatively, join by phone, by calling, toll-free: 833-548-0276 or 833-548-0282. For better call quality, dial by your location: 1 312-626-6799 or +1 646-931-3860 or +1 929-205-6099 or +1 301-715-8592 or +1 309-205-3325 or +1 719-359-4580 or +1 253-215-8782. 

A recording of this meeting will be available on Westwood Media Center's YouTube channel.


Dedham-Westwood Water District General Business Meeting via Zoom or in-person, Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Discussion will include monthly PFAS results for September and an update and potential action on PFAS litigation. There will also be discussion on the water main replacement project at Hillcrest Place and Beverly Lane, and updates on new and existing projects.

Join by attending the meeting, in-person, at 50 Elm Street in Dedham, or join via Zoom by clicking here. Or visit Zoom, click "Join a meeting" and enter Meeting ID 864 2343 0163 and passcode 013204.



Westwood Planning Board Public Hearings and Meeting via Zoom, Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. The Planning Board will review Proposed Minor Modifications to Environmental Impact & Design Review (EIDR) Approval for Hanlon-Deerfield Elementary School Project affecting Landscape and Utilities Plans. It will also continue public hearings on (1) an EIDR application for the proposed gas station and convenience store redevelopment at 394 and 396 Providence Highway, (2) an EIDR application for a proposed dumpster enclosure at Daltile at 345 University Avenue, and (3) a Wireless Communications Overlay District EIDR for Verizon alterations to an already non-conforming facility.

The board will also review the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Action items. It will also have a pre-application discussion of an anticipated special permit application for proposed mixed use development at 22 Everett Street.

To join, click here. Or visit Zoom, click "Join a Meeting" and enter Meeting ID 838 1671 7958 and passcode 569087. Alternatively, join by phone by dialing, toll-free: 877-853-5257 or 888-475-4499 or 833-548-0276 or 833-548-0282. For better call quality, dial by your location: +1 312-626-6799 or +1 646-931-3860 or +1 929-205-6099 or +1 301-715-8592 or +1 309-205-3325 or +1 719-359-4580 or +1 253-215-8782 or +1 346-248-7799 or +1 386-347-5053 or
+1 564-217-2000 or +1 669-444-9171 or +1 669-900-6833.

This meeting will also be livestreamed by Westwood Media Center on its YouTube channel.


Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearings via Zoom, Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. The board will hear three applications. Meeting materials are viewable here.

One application is filed by Michael Walsh in an appeal from a decision by the town's building commissioner that residential use at 9 Westwood Terrace is not permitted in the Local Business B district. The applicant had proposed a home office that would encroach on the side and rear setbacks. 

A second application is related to a request by Michael Stallings for a variance where a sunroom addition was built under a building permit that had been issued for a detached shed at 129 Dover Road. The new addition does not meet rear setback requirements. 

The third appeal concerns Benjamin Haughey's  application for a special permit for a variance to allow an accessory apartment at 754 High Street. The accessory apartment would be 461 square feet larger than is permitted under Zoning Bylaw Section 8.5.6.3.

To join, click here. Or visit Zoom, click "Join a Meeting" and enter Meeting ID 835 9637 6647 and passcode 248654. Alternatively, join by phone by dialing, toll-free: 833-548-0282 or 877-853-5257 or 888-475-4499 or 833-548-0276.

For better call quality, dial by your location: +1 646-931-3860 or +1 929-205-6099 or +1 301-715-8592 or +1 309-205-3325 or +1 312-626-6799 or +1 253-215-8782
or+1 346-248-7799 or+1 386-347-5053 or+1 564-217-2000 or+1 669-444-9171 or+1 669-900-6833 or+1 719-359-4580.


Conservation Commission Public Hearing and Meeting via Zoom, Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. The commission will discuss inadvertent tree removal at the Hanlon Elementary School Project ( DEP #338-0725). A public hearing will also be held regarding a new gas station with utilities and parking at 394 Providence Highway (DEP #338-0738).



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