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- attending and speaking at the Commission meetings- watching the meetings on cable television and submitting written comments- discussing the Charter Review with friends and neighbors- inviting a Commission member to their social or civic group to discuss the review process- involving young people by discussing the Charter Review in class and inviting a Commission member to speak
Additionally, most of these items will be posted on the bulletin board in front of the Town Clerk's Office, in the basement of the Town Hall, 149 Main Street.
You can e-mail questions and comments to all Commission members at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you do not have e-mail, you can call the Council Clerk at 617-972-6470 with any questions or comments for the Commission members. More...
Federal regulations do not address the disposal of smoke detectors, heatdetectors, flame detectors and/or other types of fire detection systems and/or components. More...
If the detector is just chirping, thumping, or buzzing, it probably means that the battery is low. Replace the battery as soon as possible. Without a working battery, a smoke detector can't do its job and the risk of dying in a fire increases greatly.
You may also drop off a photo at the office which is located at the Health Department:Town Hall149 Main St.Watertown, MA 02472
We also recommend posting flyers on the telephone poles of your neighborhood.
The Commission is not intended to be burdensome to property owners within the Historic District, but rather, to be helpful in administering change and enhancing the value of the buildings and places within the Historic District.
The Commission is responsible for reviewing the appropriateness of exterior design changes and additions to existing buildings and structures, as well as new construction and demolition, within the Historic District.
Interior changes to properties within the Historic District are not subject to review by the Historic District Commission.
If you would like to confirm whether your property falls within the boundaries of the Mount Auburn Street Historic District, contact the office of the Preservation Agent at (617) 972-6473.
Property owners contemplating interior alterations need not obtain Historic District Commission approval. For complete information please see the Watertown Historic District Ordinance below. Please note: Exterior and interior alterations may still need approval from the Building Inspector.
Although it may not be necessary to have the Historic District Commission review items excluded from the Commission’s responsibility, please feel free to present your ideas to the commission. Over time it would help everyone in the District plan for growth and change. Watertown Historic District Ordinance
The Commission recommends applications be submitted 60-90 days prior to the commencement of any work.
Completed applications should be submitted to the Office of the Historic District Commission according to the schedule to have a hearing at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission.
Applications must include photographs, material and color samples, manufacturers’ illustrations, and plans and plot plans, as necessary. 2009 Meeting Schedule
If you have any questions about your property and the Mount Auburn Street Historic District, please call the office of the Preservation Agent at (617) 972-6473. 2009 Meeting Schedule
A mortgage survey is not a plot plan. The mortgage plan is usually prepared by the mortgage holder for their puposes and a copy given to the homeowner. They usually contain disclaimers such as, "not to be used to locate property lines".
Home Office - Business within the dwelling operated by the residents with no employees, no deliveries, and no customers that visit the site.
Home Occupation - Allowed by Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Business, occupation or sale of articles produced on the premises where sold, conducted in the dwelling by residents, allowing no more than two non-residential employees, not occupaying more than 25% of the area of the dwelling and not changing the residential character of the dwelling.
In order ensure the Town’s compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act; the town has implemented a new permit application process to streamline the review of instances where an accommodation is necessary for an individual’s or individuals’ disability. Below are links to the staff memorandums to the Commission on Disabilities, Application and Process Flow Chart, and the Reasonable Accommodation Questionnaire/ Application.
Feel free to contact the Zoning Office or Building Division for any questions you may have.
Memorandum to the Commission on Disabilities (March 20, 2012)
Memorandum to the Commission on Disabilities (April 18, 2012)
Application and Process Flow Chart
Reasonable Accommodation Questionnaire/Application