Town Seeks to Fill Openings on Planning Board, Zoning Board and Other Boards

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The Town of Watertown has several openings on volunteer boards and commissions, including the Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Board and Traffic Commission, according to an announcement from the Town Manager’s office.

Town Manager Michael J. Driscoll is seeking Watertown citizens interested in serving on the following Town Boards, Commissions and Committees in accordance with Ordinance # 2007-46, an Ordinance on the Timing and Process of Appointments to Town Boards, Commissions and Committees.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest accompanied by a resume or other information concerning background or experience by email to or Town Manager’s Office, 149 Main Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.

Board/Commission: Zoning Board of Appeals

Description: Zoning Board of Appeals grants all special permits and variances needed for certain construction and development projects. Candidates should have knowledge of M.G.L. Chapter 40A, the Zoning Act, as well as architecture, engineering, landscape design, construction, planning, law, or related field. Board meets once a month, usually the last Wednesday of each month; special meetings, as required.

Board/Commission: Planning Board

Description: Planning Board makes recommendations on all special permits, variances, site plan reviews, and Zoning Ordinances-Map amendments. Conducts other land-use planning studies as needed. Candidates should have background in architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, land-use planning, construction, or any related fields. Board meets 2nd Wednesday of each month

Board/Commission: Conservation Commission

Description: Conservation Commission acts on all petitions relating to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 8C, the Wetlands Ordinance, and other matters relating to the conservation protection and enhancement of watershed, open space, passive recreational, and natural resource areas. Candidates should have background or knowledge of environmental science, landscape design, horticulture or related field. Commission meets 1st Wednesday of each month.

Board/Commission: Traffic Commission

Description: The duties and responsibilities of the Traffic Commission shall include: study the traffic situation in the Town and shall suggest and advise the Town Manager in ways and means to regulate traffic in the Town and recommend changes and amendments to the Traffic Rules and Orders of the Town with a view towards reducing accidents and relieving traffic congestion. The Traffic Commission meets the last Wednesday of each month.

Board/Commission: Board of Assessors

Description: The Board of Assessors are responsible for the fair and equitable valuation of all real and personal property. Candidates should have background in assessment administration, real estate appraisal, law or related fields. Board meets as needed.

Board/Commission: Watertown Housing Authority

Description: Commissioners are responsible for establishing operating procedures and policies for the Authority. Persons with an understanding and appreciation for the housing needs of low-income residents in the community are encouraged to apply. The Housing Authority meets the second Monday of each month.

Board/Commission: Council on Aging

Description: The Council on Aging identifies needs and interests of older residents in Watertown, educates the community about the needs of seniors, formulates policies, and promotes services and programs to meet senior needs and work with professional staff and volunteers to provide programs. Board meets second Wednesday of each month.

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