The first of two upcoming public forums on MBTA Community Zoning is on Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellesley Police Department. Learn about this new law and the Town's plans for compliance.
In 2021, Massachusetts passed the MBTA Communities Zoning law that requires all communities in the State with access to MBTA transit services such as the Commuter Rail, "T" subway, ferry, or bus service to provide zoning that allows for multi-family housing to be built by-right within a half-mile of station areas.
Wellesley has three Commuter Rail stops and is a designated "Commuter Rail Community." As such, the Town must comply with this law by December 31, 2024.
Community members are encouraged to attend one of the two public forums. Forum #1 will take place in-person on Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsbury Room, Wellesley Police Department (485 Washington Street). This meeting will be live streamed on Wellesley Public Media.
Forum #2 will take place on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom ONLY. To attend the Zoom meeting, sign up in advance using this registration link. This meeting will be recorded and uploaded to Wellesley Media for viewing.
Meeting presenters will be Wellesley Executive Director Meghan Jop and Planning Director Eric Arbeene.
Questions? Please email the Planning Department and visit the MBTA Community Zoning webpages to learn more.