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On the Watertown Seal is a picture of an English Colonist and an Indian exchanging, as peace tokens,  bread for fish.  Captain Roger Clap landed at Nantasket Point in 1630 and rode up Charles River to Gerry's Landing with the first party of Watertown Colonists.
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Planning Board



The Planning Board members have knowledge of planning, architecture, engineering, law and other related fields.  The Planning Board is charged with addressing both long and short range planning issues before the Town.  They consider applications for site plan, special permits, variances, and rezoning, often recommending to the permit granting authority.


About The Meetings


  • Second Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted
  • Meetings start at 7:00 PM and are televised on local cable channel
  • Town Council Chamber, second floor, 149 Main Street


Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available two weeks prior to the meetings

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Minutes are available following approval by the Board

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Five members serve a 3-year term.

 John B. Hawes Jr., Chairman  110 Garfield Street  Term Expiration: 2/15/2018
 Jeffrey W. Brown  50 Stoneleigh Circle  Term Expiration: 2/15/2018
 Janet Buck  212 Boylston Street  Term Expiration  2/15/2019
 Gary Shaw  77 Russell Avenue  Term Expiration: 2/15/2019
 Payson Whitney  475B Arsenal Street  Term Expiration 2/15/2020



Steve Magoon, Planning Director

Ingrid E. Marchesano, Clerk to the Board

Gideon Schreiber, Senior Planner
Andrea Adams, Senior Planner

Planning Board

Town Hall Administration Building

149 Main Street

Watertown, MA 02472

PH (617) 972 6417

Fx  (617) 972 6484


Related Documents 
Zoning Ordinance
Zoning Map