Openings on Boards & Committees (Updated) – Apply Online

Openings on Boards & Committees (Updated) – Apply Online

Updated 10/12/21: The following Town boards & committees will have one or more anticipated vacancies.  Please see the Town website at www.hopkintonma.gov for information about the duties of specific boards and committees.  Interested residents must apply via the online volunteer form at  Town of Hopkinton, MA: Boards 

Please note that all current board and committee members interested in reappointment MUST apply online via the link above.  Appointments would be made at an upcoming meeting of the relevant appointing authority.  For questions, please contact Elaine Lazarus at 508-497-9701 or elainel@hopkintonma.gov.

Hopkinton Historic District Commission

Current Vacancies:

  • 1 vacancy – resident or property owner of the district
  • 1 vacancy – At Large (no nominations were made by the Boston Society of Architects)

Committee Size: 7 members

Term Length: 3 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month on the second Thursday 

Description: Historic Districts in Massachusetts have three major purposes, as stated in Ch. 40C of Massachusetts General Law: 1.) To preserve and protect the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant to the history of the Commonwealth and its cities and towns; 2.) To maintain and improve the settings of those buildings and places; 3.) To encourage new designs compatible with existing buildings in the district. Read more about the Historic District Commission.

Woodville Historic District Commission 

Current Vacancies: 1

Committee Size:  7 members

Term Length: 3 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month on a Monday

Description:  The Woodville Historic District was created by Town Meeting in May of 2005 to preserve and protect the unique heritage of the Village of Woodville.  Read more about the Woodville Historic District.

Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board

Current Vacancies: 2

Committee Size:  5 members

Term Length: 2 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month as determined by the members

Description:  The purpose of the Hopkinton Affordable Housing Trust is to provide for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Hopkinton for the benefit of low-and moderate-income households. See also Hopkinton Bylaws Chapter 5, Article VII. Read more about the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Board of Appeals

Current Vacancies: 1 full member

Committee Size:  9 (5 full members, 4 associate members)

Term Length: 5 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically twice a month on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays

Description: The Board of Appeals has statutory powers under MGL c. 40A to hear and decide Appeals of decisions by the Municipal Inspector and other officials, to hear and decide applications for Special Permits and to hear and decide petitions for Variances. Read more about the Board of Appeals

Sustainable Green Committee

Current Vacancies:

Committee Size:  15

Term Length: 3 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month on the third Wednesday

Description: The mission of the Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee is to promote sustainable and environmentally responsible practices in the Town of Hopkinton. The Committee will assist town government, business and residents to implement sustainable policies and practices in the areas of energy, agriculture, conservation and commerce. The Committee will increase the public’s awareness of important environmental issues through education and outreach.

Council on Aging

Current Vacancies: 1 associate member

Committee Size:  9 members (7 full members, 2 associate members)

Term Length: 3 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month on the first Wednesday

Description: The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Council on Aging for the purpose of coordinating or carrying out programs designed to meet the problems of the elderly in cooperation with programs of the Commission on Aging established under MGL c. 6, 73. 

Veterans Celebration Committee

Current Vacancies: 3

Committee Size:  8 members

Term Length: 3 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month on a Tuesday

Description: This Committee was established to remember and honor our fallen Vets with an Annual Memorial Day Remembrance Celebration and to honor our local veterans with an annual Veteran’s Day dinner. Read more about the Veterans Celebration Committee.

Board of Registrars of Voters

Current Vacancies:  1 (Nominee of the Republican Town Committee)

Committee Size:  4 members

Term Length: 3 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically less than once a month (meets near election time)

Description: The Board of Registrars ensures that all elections conducted by the Town are fair and transparent. The chief duty of the Board of Registrars is to register voters. Registrars are obliged to sign the certification of signatures on petitions and nomination papers. Registrars are also instrumental in conducting recounts and holding hearings on election related challenges.

Design Review Board

Current Vacancies: 1 alternate member

Committee Size:  7 members (5 full members, 2 alternate members)

Term Length: 1 year 

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month on the 3rd Tuesday

Description: The Design Review Board shall review applications for site plan review submitted pursuant to Article XX. It shall evaluate such requests based on design criteria in this article. Its written findings shall be advisory to the Planning Board and shall be submitted to the Planning Board and the applicant along with any recommendations and conditions. Such findings shall contain explanation and rationale as appropriate. Read more about the Design Review Board.

Trail Coordination and Management Committee

Current Vacancies: 1 (recommended by the Conservation Commission)

Committee Size:  7 members (4 at-large, 3 recommended by other committees)

Term Length: 3 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month as determined by the members

Description: The TCMC will serve as a reference point for trails groups and the public, foster a user-friendly and open/transparent process, establish branding, promotion and public education, foster community engagement, and achieve sustainability. The TCMC will support and facilitate a coordinated approach to trail planning and management, comply with town plans, rules and regulations, and ensure the implementation of Town Meeting votes, adopted plans, regulations, regulatory decisions and board/committee actions.

Zoning Advisory Committee

Current Vacancies: 2 associate members

Committee Size:  9 full members (and up to 2 associate members)

Term Length: 2 years

Meeting Schedule: Twice a month on Mondays

Description: Its purpose is to review and develop proposals for zoning bylaw and zoning map amendments, and make recommendations to the Planning Board. Read more about the Zoning Advisory Committee.

Cultural Council

Current Vacancies: 1

Committee Size:  13 members

Term Length: 3 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month as determined by the members

Description: The council’s purpose is to administer the distribution of funds provided by the State Lottery, for a variety of cultural purposes. The Council may also conduct other activities to promote and encourage the arts.

Planning Board (Elected Board with Vacancy due to a Resignation)

Current Vacancies: 1 member (Interested parties must be a registered voter in the Town of Hopkinton and should apply online by September 27, 2021.) Read the Vacancy Notice

Committee Size:  9 members

Term Length: Expires at the next town election (5/16/22)

Meeting Schedule: Twice a month on Mondays

Description: The Board’s duties include adopting a Master Plan for the Town (the current Master Plan was most recently updated in 2017), conducting studies, and, when necessary, preparing plans of the resources, possibilities and needs of the Town for submission to the Board of Selectmen for their consideration. The Planning Board serves as the local authority for the Subdivision Control Law; adopting Rules and Regulations governing the subdivision of land in the Town of Hopkinton; reviewing all preliminary and definitive plan submissions, and endorsing approval-not-required plans. The board also drafts and submits zoning amendments for consideration by the Town. Read more about the Planning Board.

Cemetery Commission (Elected Board with an Anticipated Vacancy due to a Resignation)

Current Vacancies: 1 member

Committee Size:  3 members

Term Length: Expires at the next town election (5/16/22)

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month

Description: The Commission is responsible for overseeing the Town’s cemeteries. The Commission meets only when some issue needs attention. Some of the issues recently active are digitizing and providing access to all burial records for the Town cemeteries, and arranging for the cleaning and/or restoration of early headstones. Although not an immediate problem, the Commission also does the planning for additional cemetery space needs. The DPW handles the day-to-day operations and routine maintenance. Read more about the Cemetery Commission.



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