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Farmer’s Market:  The Tuesday (Cold Spring Park from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (West Newton from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Farmer’s Markets are up and running. This Saturday, the Farmer’s Market, in collaboration with Paddy’s and Judith’s Kitchen, to host it’s first ever beer tasting event.  Samples will be available  from Jack’s Abby, Mighty Squirrel, Lord Hobo, & Willie’s Superbrew. Shop the market, taste the brews at Paddy’s, where you can also purchase full pours, & then purchase beer to take home from Judith’s Kitchen. Go here or here for more information on this and other exciting news from the Farmer’s Market. More information on the Crafts Beer Tasting can be found here.

Auburndale Community Library:  The Auburndale Community Library will host Summer Movie Night on Wednesday, July 18th – 7 pm featuring Black Panther (rated PG-13). Light nut-free refreshments will be served.

Summer in the Highlands:  The Hyde Community Center and the Newton Highlands Area Council will continue their summer series this Friday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m.  Concert: Stardust Band (Rock) Dusk Movie: Back to the Future

Sunday Concerts on the Green:  Sunday concerts on the Newton Center Green began last night but there are still 3 more in this series.

  • July 22nd – Classic Groove
  • July 29th – Lost Sugar Kings

Concerts begin at 6:30 and end at 8:00 p.m.  Be sure to stop at local businesses while you are in Newton Center!

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of July 15th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Brian Yates to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission
  • Two appointments to the Newtonville Historic District Commission:  Tarik Lucas and Peter Mooradian
  • Five re-apppointments to the Newtonville Historic District Commission:  Barbara Wales, John Martin, David Morton, Nancy Grissom and James Gross
  • Six re-appointments to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  Paul Snyder, Julia Malone Neville, Laurie Malcom, Donald Lang, Jeffrey Riklin, and Jay Walter
  • Discussion of the draft policy content outline of the new Zoning Ordinance
  • Discussion and possible adoption of the Needham Street Vision Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan
  • Request to amend the Inclusionary Housing Provisions of the Zoning Ordinance

Planning Memos are attached to the end of the agenda.

Charter Subcommittee:  The Charter Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Article 4 – School Committee
  • Article 11:  General Provisions
  • Article 12:  Transition Provisions
  • General Related Matters

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The only item on the agenda is a request to authorize the transfer of $100,000 from Budget Reserve to the FA Day/Bigelow Boiler Replacement Account for schematic designs for potential boiler replacement projects. The Committee will meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee on this item.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda can be found here. The Committee will meet jointly with the Finance Committee on a a request to authorize the transfer of $100,000 from Budget Reserve to the FA Day/Bigelow Boiler Replacement Account for schematic designs for potential boiler replacement projects. The Committee will then discuss the following items:

  • Appointment of Robert Hnasko to the Design Review Committee
  • Appointment of Puja Vorha and Jonathan Klein to the Citizens Commission on Energy
  • Review of proposed City Council regulations governing petitions for wireless communications
  • The Chair will entertain discussion on an update on the status of the Crescent Street Housing Project

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 15th

Washington Place Liaison Committee:  The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, July 16th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211 at Newton City Hall.  The agenda includes continued discussion of demolition activities and open discussion.

Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Monday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Appeal of a building permit issued at 738 Watertown Street  – proposed dwelling unit allegedly exceeds maximum FAR
  • Chapter 40B application by Newton Housing Authority to construct 55 one-bedroom apartments at 83 – 127 and 106 – 128 John F. Kennedy Circle

Board of License Commissioners:  The Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, July 17th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes:

  • Police Detail discussion
  • 3 one-day wine and malt and entertainment license applications (2 Balera Ballroom,1 Auburndale Cove)
  • 4 one-day wine and malt license applications for Church of the Redeemer
  • 2 Change of Manager applications (Legal Seafoods and Lasell Village)
  • 1 Change of Location application (Legal Seafoods – from 43 to 55 Boylston Street)
  • 1 Transfer of all alcohol license, new common victualler and new annual entertainment license (BOXX 109)  Note: request for 448 seats, entertainment license for 3 televisions, live and recorded music and hours of operation Saturday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Newton Housing Authority:  The Newton Housing Authority will meet on Tuesday, July 17th at 1:30 p.m. at 82 Lincoln Street in Newton Highlands.  The Notice of Meeting can be found here.

Newton Human Rights Commission:  The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Hate Incidents
  • Student Reports
  • Debrief from the Pride Event
  • New Business – Membership, Social Media, Ordinance Review, Fair Housing Commission, Human Rights Commission/Police Department co-branded brochure
  • Programming for 2018-2019

Newton Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Retirement Board:  The Newton Retirement Board will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room.  The agenda includes the following sign permit applications:

  • 650 Washington Street – Fabian Newtonville Gas and Repair
  • 870-880 Walnut Street – Domino’s
  • 55 Boylston Street – Porcelanosa
  • 33 Boylston Street – Simon Pearce

The agenda also includes design review for the Stanton Avenue/Golda Meir Expansion Project and the Lighting portion of the Street Design Guide.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, July 19th at 7:30 p,m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following requests for Certificates of Appropriateness:

  • Request to install speed feedback display unit at Hammond Street near 381 Hammond Street
  • Request to amend a previously approved window on left side of main house at 41 Chestnut Hill Road
  • Request to apply color stain to exterior stucco at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request to pave motor court area, install cobble and granite banding, build a retaining wall and add a built-in kitchen counter to rear terrace at 32 Suffolk Road
  • Request to install a generator, replace three condensers and install a heat pump, and replace basement window lintels at 38  Suffolk Road
  • Request to replace decking and deck railing, repair latticework, replace window with a door, install light fixtures, install a basement window and do exterior repairs at 61 Gatehouse Road
  • Request to change window and door program, install skylight and modify pool height at 46 Chestnut Hill Road
  • Request to demolish garage and build a new two-car garage, extend rear and side sunrooms, build rear deck and replace sunroom screens ad doors with windows at 20 Reservoir Avenue
  • Request to demolish house, garage and shed and build new house and garage, Request to install hardscaping, including driveway, motor court, terraces, walkways, walls and piers at 45 Old England Road
  • Request for approval of as-built and proposed design changes including driveway apron, modified doorway trim, raised kitchen window, stone chimney cap and corbled course, rain leader downspout, gutter and downspout locations and vent pipe enclosure at 46 Woodman Road.

The Commission will also provide feedback on replacement of single window with a pair of windows at 100 Suffolk Road.

Staff Memo can be found here and Packet documents can be found here.

Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Two Notices of Intent
    • Request to remove an existing family home (I think they mean demolish) and replace with a new single-family home with deck and driveway at 53 Brandeis Road
    • Request to construct a new single-family home with associated deck, infiltration and driveway at 1 Malvern Terrace
  • Three Requests for Certificates of Compliance
    • Construction of small addition on the rear of a single-family house at 101 Nevada Street
    • On-site sewer and water repairs at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (Boston College/Webster Woods/Former Mishkan Tefila)
    • Construction of a single-story building, new parking lot, drainage and landscaping at 170 Needham Street

Packet documents can be found here.

Notable Events

Sunday Concerts on the Green:  Sunday concerts on the Newton Center Green began last night but there are still 3 more in this series.

  • July 15th – The Elton Experience
  • July 22nd – Classic Groove
  • July 29th – Lost Sugar Kings

Concerts begin at 6:30 and end at 8:00 p.m.  Be sure to stop at local businesses while you are in Newton Center!

Farmers Market:  The Farmers Market on Tuesdays at Cold Spring Parks begins this week!  Click here for more details and be sure to sign up for the newsletter!

St Mary of Carmen Society Festival:  Th3 83rd Annual Festival will run from July 11th – July 15th.  For more information, go here.

Auburndale Community Library:  The Auburndale Community Library is hosting a Stuffed Animal Sleepover on Wednesday, July 11th. Wear your PJs and bring your stuffed animal to the Library to hear fun stories and then say Goodnight.  Pick up will be between 3 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, and receive a photo of your animal’s adventures at the library!

Feast of the Falls:  The annual Feast of the Falls will be held this Sunday, July 15th at 5 p.m. at the Echo Bridge in Upper Falls. 400 guests will be seated at one very long table to a four course gourmet dinner served by volunteers and dignataries, including Mayor Fuller!  For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

Summer in the Highlands:  The Hyde Center concert and movie series is in full swing.  This Friday, July 13th, the Gringo Kings and Despicable Me 3 will be featured.  Concerts begin at 6 and the movie begins at dusk.  For more information and a full calendar of events, go here.

City Council to Meet Monday, July 9th – MJ Ballot Questions, MU4 Moratorium on the Agenda

The City Council will meet on Monday, July 9th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.

Two ballot questions regarding retail marijuana will be before the City Council tonight – One ballot question would ask voters if they want to ban recreational sales in Newton and the other proposes to limit the number of recreational sales facilities to no less than 2 and no more than 4.

Both the Law Department and Councilor Albright issued memos for the Council’s consideration.

Also, there is a request by the Mayor to amend an item:  Request to amend the funding source on docket item #344-18- Request to transfer funds from the Executive Department Full-time Salaries Account and replacing it with the Planning Department’s Full-time Salaries Account to hire a consultant to develop a cultural strategy.  (Not sure:  but the docket item was to take the money from Current Year Budget Reserve -not the Executive Department Full-time Salaries Account but maybe it was amended in the Finance Committee). The request can be found here.

City Council Committee Reports Now Available

The following City Council Committee Reports are now available:

Programs and Services Committee Report – June 20, 2018:  The Programs and Services Committee voted to recommend approval of the following:

  • Appointment of John Castellot to the Institutional Biotechnology Committee
  • Three appointments to the Human Rights Commission:  Elizabeth Ingraham, Tamika Olszewski and David Kuppenheimer
  • Re-appointment of Michelle Freshman to the Health and Human Services Advisory Council
  • Three re-appointments to the Human Righs Commission:  Bryan Barash, Hattie Kerwin Derrick and Jane Brown
  • Request to increase the salary of the City Clerk/Clerk of the Council to $135,619 to match the percentage increase included in the FY2019 Budget for H-grade employees
  • Request that the City Council place a ballot question at a special election to be held this November as to whether the City should limit the number of retail recreational marijuana establishments operating in Newton to no fewer than 2 and no more than 4

 

Public Safety and Transportation Committee Report – June 20, 2018:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to recommend approval of the following:

  • Request for approval of the Walnut Street Newtonville Enhancements Project

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Committee Report – June 20, 2018: The Public Facilities Committee voted to recommend approval of the following:

  • Requests for Grants of Location for the following:
    • Install and maintain a gas main at Gay Street to 10 Clyde Street
    • Install and maintain a traffic control box on California Street (across from 367 California Street)
  • Appointment of Amy MacKrell to the Designer Selection Committee
  • Request for approval of the Walnut Street Newtonville Enhancements Project
  • Re-appointment of Peter Barrer to the Design Review Committee
  • Two re-appointments to the Citizens Commission on Energy:  Halina Brown and Jonathan Kantar

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee Report – June 25, 2018:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Request to amend City Zoning Ordinances to allow for a Shared Parking Pilot Program as an accessory use in Commercial Districts (see Memo from Council Baker) subject to 2nd call

The Zoning and Planning Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following items:

  • Request to amend City Zoning Ordinances to require any development in a business zone, limit the residential portion of the project to 50% of the total development
  • Request to amend City Zoning Ordinances so that Mixed Use 4 Zone is either eliminated, or dimensional controls are reduced; or a moratorium of two years be placed on any new MU4 Development or any combination of the three

Motions to approve the following failed to Carry in Committee:

  • Request to amend the City Zoning Ordinance to adopt an immediate moratorium on any zone changes and/or construction/development along both sides of Washington Street, including abutting properties, from the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue Washington Street in Auburndale/West Newton, to the intersection of Washington Street and Centre Street in Newton Corner.  This moratorium shall remain in place until Zoning Redesign and the proposed “actionable plan for the Washington Street Corridor” are completed.

All other items, including the Planning Department’s proposed draft ordinance regulating retail marijuana shops were held.

Finance Committee Report – June 25, 2018:  The Finance Committee met on June 25th and voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Request to transfer $240,000 from the following Full-time Salaries Accounts (Executive Office, Assessing, Treasury, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Planning) to fund back pay owed to the former Police Chief
  • Request to appropriate $9,831.31 to settle a claim resulting from a sewer backup
  • Request to appropriate $6,400 from the HP Fines – Disability Commission Receipts Reserved for Appropriation to fund the purchase and installation of Accessible Pedestrian Signals for Waverly and Tremont Street intersections
  • Request to transfer $30,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the Executive Office Consulting Account for the purpose of developing a Cultural Strategy for the City
  • Request to increase the salary of the City Clerk/Clerk of the Council to $135,619 to match the percentage increase included in the FY2019 Budget for H-grade employees

 

Land Use Committee Report – June 26, 2018:  The Land Use Committee met on June 26th and voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit previously granted to allow for a free standing sign at 1349 Centre Street
  • Request to Withdraw without Prejudice a request for an extension of time to exercise a previously granted special permit for the Turtle Lane project located at 283 Melrose Street
  • Request to allow a rear lot subdivision to create two lots, demolish the existing single-family dwelling and construct two new single-family dwelling units on each lot for property located at 156 Otis Street

All other items were held including Garden Remedies request for a special permit to allow for the retail sale of marijuana.