League of Women Voters Forum, Feb 12

The Teardown Next Door

The next League of Women Voters Friday Forum, "The Teardown Next Door," will be on Friday, February 12, at the Needham Library. The forum will open at 9:15 am with light refreshments, and the presentations will begin at 9:30 am.

Needham is known as a well-run town that is valued for its location and school system. It is also one of the hottest towns for teardowns and new construction of larger houses. Neighbors and residents live with construction noise and many are concerned about the changing look and feel of their neighborhood.

How does Needham's zoning by-law currently regulate teardowns and new construction? What other state and local regulations govern demolition and rebuilding? What rights do neighbors have in the demolition and construction permitting process?

"The Teardown Next Door" focuses on the existing rules that govern teardowns and new construction particularly on smaller lots. We will examine the permitting process from demolition to occupancy. Speakers will also consider the reconstruction of 2-family houses, and the role of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Historical Commission, and Conservation Commission.

Speakers include Lee Newman, Needham Planning Director, and David Roche, Needham Building Commissioner. A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

The forum is free and open to the public. All residents are welcome. Come and be part of the discussion of this timely topic. More information can be found here.

For more information visit www.lwv-needham.org or email president@lwv-needham.org.

The Board of the Heights Association would like to hear your input. If you have suggestions for meetings, or input on the tentative schedule for next year. Contact us at outreach@nhna.org.