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Planning Board Associate Member: Anette Lewis

Educational Background:

  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.)
  • Boston University (B.A. Philosophy-Government) – Fels Foundation Fellowship

Experience on Town Boards:

  • Board of Road Commissioners (merged into DPW)
  • Associate Planning Board Member

Other Service to the Town & Community:

  • Master Plan Advisory Task Force
  • Wayland Real Asset Planning Committee
  • DPW Assessment Committee
  • Finance Director Search Committee
  • Town Counsel Search Committee
  • Multiple Town Meeting Advisory Committees
  • Election Day Poll Worker – Inspector, Warden, Clerk
  • Wayland School’s Early Childhood Advisory Council (founded The Children’s Way)
  • Girl Scout Troop Leader & Silver Award Advisor

Professional Experience:

  • Practicing Land Use and Environmental Attorney
  • Former Member, Advisory Board Task Force, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris)
  • Contributing Author, The Law of Hazardous Waste: Management, Cleanup, Liability and Litigation (Matthew Bender & Co., Inc.)

Candidate Statement: 

I am Anette Lewis, a 40-year resident of Wayland and a land use and environmental attorney.  I am running for Associate Planning Board Member, having been elected and served in that position twice before.  I believe that my extensive background and attention to detail will be an asset to the Board.

I have attended numerous state-level training sessions for Planning Boards and I have a comprehensive knowledge of Wayland’s zoning bylaws and the Planning Board’s six sets of regulations – Site Plan Review & Approval, Subdivision, Conservation Cluster Development, Mixed-Use Overlay District, Affordable Housing Special Permits, and Aquifer Protection District.  The Board also is responsible for overseeing and enforcing the Scenic Roads bylaw.

The Associate can only vote on Special Permits that come before the Board.  But, traditionally in Wayland and in other communities, the Associate picks up the slack especially with regard to procedural matters and compliance with bylaws.  Over the years, I have put together crucial timelines laying out milestones and timeframes within which the Planning Board is required to take action.  This is most important to stave off lawsuits and also to avoid what is known as “constructive approval” where, if the Board misses the date for issuing a decision, an applicant’s filing is “deemed approved” without the Board even having issued its decision or imposed any conditions.

For 10 years, while I was an elected Road Commissioner (a board that was merged into our Department of Public Works in 2010), we worked collaboratively with the Planning Board on layout of roadways within conservation clusters and subdivisions, location of curb cuts for driveways, and design and control of storm water drainage.

By way of additional Planning Board-related background, I served on the committees that produced the 2004 Wayland Town Master Plan and the 2017 Wayland Real Asset Planning Committee Report.  The report of that latter committee presented a long-range facilities plan, siting strategy, and capital funding plan to assist the Town with making informed decisions regarding major capital projects.  And, it included a list of town-owned parcels of land detailing their physical characteristics, legal information such as deed references and property restrictions, and recommendations for future uses.

I was a member of the initial advisory council that founded The Children’s Way.  And I have served on numerous other town committees over the years.  If you vote at the Town Building, you may recognize me as a long-time election-day poll worker.  I am currently on the Board of Directors of the Wayland Historical Society and a Director of the Wayland Garden Club.

As Associate Planning Board Member, I will provide historical perspective and necessary attention to detail to support the efforts of the current board.  I ask for your vote on Tuesday, April 23.