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headshotI’m Peter Nottonson, a candidate for Natick Planning Board. Although, as an architect, I have an extensive planning background, my desire to continue on the Board is driven by my dedication and enthusiasm for seeing that Natick continues to develop in a way that will not only enhance the lives of our residents and merchants, but will keep Natick a vital and important community in the Metro West area.

The election of 2010 resulted in the election of the Associate Member being voted to the full member position. This vacated the position of Associate Member. I was appointed to that position by a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board. As Associate Member, I participated in discussions of all issues and almost all decisions before the Board. The position has been both challenging and fulfilling. In the fall of 2011 a full member of the Board resigned. I was once again interviewed and selected by a joint committee of the Board of Selectmen and the Planning board to fill the full position. I was required by law to run for election to the remainder of the term of the full position. As of March, 2012 I am a full member of the Natick Planning Board.

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headshotI’m Peter Nottonson, a candidate for Natick Planning Board. Although, as an architect, I have an extensive planning background, my desire to continue on the Board is driven by my dedication and enthusiasm for seeing that Natick continues to develop in a way that will not only enhance the lives of our residents and merchants, but will keep Natick a vital and important community in the Metro West area.

The election of 2010 resulted in the election of the Associate Member being voted to the full member position. This vacated the position of Associate Member. I was appointed to that position by a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board. As Associate Member, I participated in discussions of all issues and almost all decisions before the Board. The position has been both challenging and fulfilling. In the fall of 2011 a full member of the Board resigned. I was once again interviewed and selected by a joint committee of the Board of Selectmen and the Planning board to fill the full position. I was required by law to run for election to the remainder of the term of the full position. As of March, 2012 I am a full member of the Natick Planning Board.

     Life in Natick

  • Bought first Natick home in 1962
  • Designed and assisted in the construction of the Ben-Hem Elementary playground
  • After Natick we moved around a lot, but ended up back in the area once again
  • Before returning to Natick, we spent many years in Boston
  • Member of the Licensing and Building Use Committee of a large neighborhood association
  • We addressed several similar topics to those of the Natick Planning Board
  • Moved back to Natick where our youngest son and his four children live
  • My wife and I plan to retire in Natick

 

 

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Experience

Professional Experience

From a professional perspective I am a licensed architect and have had my own firm since 1981. We specialize in short- and long-range hospital planning projects. Although still active, I have scaled back, leaving me the time to dedicate to the Planning Board. Many of my hospital projects have involved planning beyond the boundaries of the project site. I have worked closely with abutters, residents and merchants, community groups, fire and police, and zoning and building departments. I also have had to familiarize myself with many zoning, building, and other regulations, which are different for each of the jurisdictions I've worked in. All of these skills help me as a member of the Board. My objectives as a Planning Board member are straightforward. I would like to complement the existing board with architectural expertise that currently does not exist.

Applying Experience to the Board

In my role on the Planning Board I address the specifics of the projects being presented. I use my expertise to ensure that each proposal is thoroughly evaluated as to its appropriateness and local, state and federal regulation compliance. Some of the issues that I personally supported are the new high school, the community/senior center and open space including walking and bike trails.

       Background

  • Licensed architect for 36years
  • Started own firm 30 years ago
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Boston Society of Architects
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • One year term as Associate Natick Planning Board
  • Presently full member Natick Planning Board

 

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Support

Supporters of Peter Nottonson

Wayne Chouinard
Phyllis Dank 
Chris D’Antonio 
Debbie Evers 
Steve Evers 
Ben Greenberg 
Deb Greenberg 
Jim Harris 
Susan Harris 
Sandra Hewitt 
Paula Hornstein 
Sig Hornstein 
Christie Jackowitz
David Jackowitz
David Margil 
Jodi Margil 
Julie Margil 
Merna Margil 
Ginger McEachern 
Natick Forever 
Eric Nottonson 
Kim Nottonson 
Nancy Nottonson 
Dennis O’Hare 
Richard Peristere 
Jim Pritzker 
Judi Pritzker 
Richard Salkind

Your Vote Matters

Your vote is important to me.  If elected, I will continue support comprehensive planning, including issues being addressed by other town boards such as school, finance and zoning. I will also support comprehensive planning for Natick as it relates to our neighbors in surrounding Metro West communities. I will use my experience in planning as well as my love for Natick, to promote smart and responsible growth for our town. I would be very happy to chat with anyone having any questions for me. For now I’m asking for your vote to the Planning Board seat.

 

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Goals

Goals for Downtown

One of my prime objectives is to further develop the downtown in order for it to become a stronger supporter of the town economy as well as an inviting and safe place for people to spend both their days and evenings. Yes, it will take money. But the money alone won’t do all of it if we don’t have a vision and a plan as to how to spend it. We don’t have to begin by throwing tax dollars at the plan. The monies can come in part from private businesses that can profit in conjunction with our success. The plan can be designed and phased for implementation in a logical and affordable sequence. A thoughtfully conceived design plan that enhances the towns appearance can be a beginning.

Solutions to the Issues Downtown

We have a clean downtown but have we maximized the aesthetics? This can mean more green space, cohesive signage, functional, attractive lighting and better traffic flow. Sidewalk seating and even trees can by furnished through private donations in honor or memory of a special person. In addition, scheduled, specific, evening shop openings that include a wide variety of “browsable” retail shops. A crucial issue will be parking. Private development of parking will have maximum incentive for the developer and maximum benefit for the town. We should provide creative incentives for the development of the above street level spaces in beautiful, but presently underutilized, buildings.

Controlling the Population

This may be considered for condos or apartments. Also, we should evaluate and permit zoning changes for new and appropriate functions to be built in prime downtown areas. Another important facet of the downtown development will be to attract a variety of new restaurants for day and evening use. One essential incentive has been distribution of liquor or beer and wine licenses. Population is an existing criterion for the distribution. We can mandate additional criteria that will help maintain and control these spots. For example: time of operation, trash control, food with liquor. Some existing parameters will need to be reevaluated and possibly revised.

How I Can Help These Problems

In my role on the Planning Board I address the specifics of the projects being presented. I use my expertise to ensure that each proposal is thoroughly evaluated as to its appropriateness and local, state and federal regulation compliance. Some of the issues that I personally supported are the new high school, the community/senior center and open space including walking and bike trails.

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