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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of July 24th

The Development Review Team will meet to discuss the following potential development projects:

  • 45 Beethoven Avenue – Special permit to exceed allowed floor area ratio (FAR) with an addition(SR2)
  • 19-21 Orchard Street –  Special permit to construct three attached dwellings (MR2)
  • 14 Samoset Road – Special permit to raze and reconstruct a nonconforming garage with a larger footprint (SR2)
  • 1 Keefe Avenue –  Special permit to establish a home business in existing two-family dwelling (MR1)

City Council Committee Meetings

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 – (NOTE Day and Room Change) – and is scheduled to discuss the following:  Request for exemption from parking regulations for residents of School Street and Pearl Street residents between Jewett and Emerson Streets, request for consideration of stop control at the intersection of Nonantum Street, Arlington Street and Shornecliffe Road, and the intersection of Nonantum Street at Hood Street, request for an accessible parking space in front of 154 Chapel Street, request for a 4-way stop controlled intersection at Pearl Street & Jewett Street, request for a change to the parking restrictions along Studio Road at the Aspen Avenue end on the side abutting the college to allow for 2-hour parking,  request for parking restrictions on Myrtle Avenue, Lake Avenue and Unity Street,  request to improve safety along Lasell Street and within the Williams School parking lot by modifying the access restriction onto Lasell Street, request for new RRFBs on Homer Street between City Hall and the Library, and a request for a yield sign on Washington Street, northbound, at the merge onto Beacon Street. The agenda can be found here.

Other City Boards and Commissions

The following other City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:

Crescent Street Working Group:  The Crescent Street Working Group is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 25th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  Property Management, Project Budget, Schedule and have an open discussion.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Board of Library Trustees:  The Board of Library Trustees are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 26th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Main Library .  In addition to hearing reports , the Trustees are expected to discuss the Library Building Improvements and review the draft plans for the Teen space draft plans.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:

  • Notice of Intent(continued public hearing) – DEP File #239-787 — Various Locations City-Wide — Routine maintenance of roadways and sidewalks, stormwater systems, sewer lines, and water lines.  The request is to streamline the permitting of routine maintenance and repair to City infrastructure under a generic Order of Conditions (OOC). To provide greater clarity about what is exempt, what will require coordination with the Agent under this OOC, and what will require an individual OOC.
  • Request for Determination of Applicability – 525 Walnut Street –Request to  restore old gravel driveway and install new curb cut
  •  Notice of Intent (cont’d) – 300 Hammond Pond Parkway –Request:  reconstruction of existing water and sewer services within 100’ buffer Zone of bordering vegetated wetlands, replacement of  a 3000 gallon underground storage tank (UST) and installation of a generator
  • Notice of Intent – minor plan change request – 65 Harwich Road – Request: Replace required BZ fence (75’) with 8 native shrubs in back yard of new single family home.
  • Notice of Inten (cont’d)  – 5 Vaughn Avenue – Request: Demolition of existing single family home to construct new single family home
  • Notice of Intent (cont’d)- 73 Beaconwood Road = Request: Demolition of existing single family Home to construct a duplex with drainage, landscaping, grading, and 12” culvert
  • Certificate of Compliance – 331 California Street/ Bridge Street. — Repair a portion of DCR’s Charles River Greenway between 331 California St and Bridge St to improve existing trail.
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Newton Yacht Club – Review revised Memorandum of Understanding for tree cutting, shrub planting, and stormwater improvements

The Commission will also review the Old Deer Park Trail.  The agenda can be found here, packet documents can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at 617-796-1134 or by email at:  jsteel@newtonma.gov.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following demolition requests:

  • 1171 – 1173 Washington Street – request to demolish the building – National Register property
  • Tower Road; Needham Street, and Charlemont Street bldgs – Demolition Review Request by MHC to review Adverse Effect finding
  • 1615 Beacon Street, LLC – Project Review Request to approve site alterations for use as music school
  • 27-29 Auburndale Avenue – Demolition Review Request to demolish house and buildings
  • 12 Ober Road – Demolition Review Request to demolish house
  • 108 Harwich Road – Demolition Review Request to demolish house
  • 738 Watertown Street – Demolition Review Request to demolish house
  • 9 Islington Road – Demolition Review Request to demolish house
  • 45 Claremont Street – Demolition Review Request to demolish house
  • 93-95 Withington Road – Demolition Review Request to demolish two-family building
  • 58 Cottage Street – Demolition Review Request to demolish house
  • 29 and 31 Greenwood Street, LLC – Partial Demolition Review Request to demolish rear additions on house; working session for barn
  • 386 Watertown Street – Waiver Request Request to waive demo delay

The Agenda can be found here, the Staff Memo can be found here, and the Packet Information can be found here. For additional information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at 617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.

City Council Meetings – Week of July 16th

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

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following:  appointment of Kathryn Cade as an alternative member of the Newton Conservation Commission, public hearing on a technical amendment to a zoning amendment to restore a reference to a density bonus incentives to an increase in inclusionary units for residential units in a Business or Mixed Use districts that were apparently inadvertently omitted from the ordinance (see Planning Memo), proposed zoning amendment to expand the definition of exempt lots to include lots changed in size or shape as a result of an adverse possession claim (see Planning Memo), discussion to consider mix of uses at Wells Avenue (see Planning Memo) and a request to restructure and increase fees (Note:  Committee likely to vote No Action Necessary).  The agenda can be found here.

Other Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 16th

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:

Lasell Neighborhood Council:   The Lasell Neighborhood Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, July 17th the Council will meet at 8:00 a.m. at Lasell College – Irwin Annex, 5 Cheswick Rd. The Council is scheduled to discuss the following:  parking, construction updates, litter clean-up initiatives, supporting green initiatives in the neighborhood, community participation and support. For more information, please contact Barney Heath by phone at: 617-796-1120 or by email at:  bheath@newtonma.gov.

Board of License Commissioners:  The Board of License Commissioners are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 18th at 7:30 p.m.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee:  The School Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 18th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center located at 100 Walnut Street and will meet in Executive Session to discuss the TAP MOA Agreement.  Notice of the meeting can be found here.

School Committee:  The School Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 18th at 8:15 a.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center located at 100 Walnut Street .  Notice of the meeting can be found here.

Newton Biosafety Committee:  The Newton Biosafety Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room 106c and is expected to discuss the following:  an rDNA permit application, the rDNA amended ordinance, review of applications and procedures, and setting an annual meeting date with community representatives in September or October.  The agenda can be found here.

Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 19th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108 at City Hall and is expected to discuss the following:  approval of the 2017 Exemption and Abatement Report.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Retirement Board:  The Newton Retirement Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 19th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.

SEPAC Meeting:  The SEPAC will have an open meeting on Wednesday, July 19th from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in Room 304 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street.  The agenda can be found here.

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Dept Conference Room (B10) and is expected to discuss the following sign requests:

  • 55 Needham Street – T‐Mobile,
  • 55 Needham Street – B.Good,
  • 275-281 Needham Street – New England Mobile Book Fair,
  • 1637 Centre Street – 7‐ Eleven,
  • 55 Boylston Street – The Container Store

The Commission will also conduct a conceptual design review for 392-404 Langley Road and also discuss Zoning Redesign (Zoning Reform Phase 2).

For more information, please contact Shubee Sikka by phone a:t 617-796-1139 or by email at:  ssikka@newtonma.gov .

Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, Room 207 and will discuss and review the following petition: #01‐16, 1521 Beacon Street, LLC’s request, to change the details of the project authorized by a previously issued Comprehensive Permit to Waban AMA Realty Ventures LLC for the construction of eight rental units (6 market rate and 2 affordable) located at 1521 Beacon Street. The proposed change is a change in the tenure of all eight units from rental to ownership. The purpose of this public hearing is for the Board to review the change and determine anew whether the project may be approved with the change. For more information, please contact Adrianna Henriquez by phone at:  617-796-1133 or by email at:  ahenriquez@newtonma.gov .

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 20th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to vote on the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:

  • 109 Old Orchard Road, to approve curbing installation; to install a gate; Kingsbury Road, to install asphalt berms;
  • 44 Old England Road, to replace fence and install mesh;
  • 135 Essex Road, to replace fence; and
  • 20 Malia Terrace, to repair garage and fence.

For more information, please contact:  Barbara Kurze at 617-796-1126 or bkurze@newtonma.gov.

 

Accessory Apartment Information Session – July 13th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Post 440

Accessory Apartments Informational Session: To learn more about accessory apartments – how to create one and available financing to renovate or bring one up to code, the City’s Planning Department staff will hold an informational session on Thursday, July 13th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street.  You can RSVP at:  accessoryapartments@newtonma.gov.  More information on the new accessory apartment ordinance  can be found here.  An informational brochure can be found here.

Two Council Committee Reports – now available

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, June 26th and voted to approve the following:  Mayor’s appointment of William Winkler to the Urban Design Commission, Mayor’s appointment of Doug Cornelius to the Newton Historical Commission, Mayor’s appointment of Ellen Katz to the Newton Conservation Commission, Mayor’s re-appointment of Jeffrey Zabel to the Newton Conservation Commmission, Mayor’s reappointment of Ira Wallach to the Newton Conservation Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Susan Lunin to the Newton Conservation Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Judith Hepburn to the Newton Conservation Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Dan Green to the Newton Conservation Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Norm Richardson to the Newton Conservation Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Richard Alfred to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Patricia Baker to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Patricia Bottomley to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Italo Visco to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Nancy Grissom to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Nancy Grissom to the Newton Historical Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Peter Diamond to the Newton Historical Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Laura Fitzmaurice to the Newton Historical Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Ellen Klapper to the Newton Historical Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Jean Fulkerson to the Newton Historical Commission, and Mayor’s reappointment of Mark Armstrong to the Newton Historical Commission. All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, June 21st and voted to No Action Necessary on the following items:  request to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus to construct a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, and an appeal of Traffic Council Decision of new yield sign on Walnut Hill Road – stop sign on Woodcliff Road, southbound.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Council Committee Meetings – Week of July 9th

The following Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  request to settle a claim for $9,120 from the Law Department’s Judgments and Settlements Account as settlement of a claim against the City for extensive damage to a fence that occurred during snow clearing operations, request to appropriate $338,397 from previously declared Overlay Surplus to cover the costs associated with Eversource undergrounding utilities associated with the Austin Street Parking Lot Redevelopment Parking Lot, request to appropriate $375,000 from previously declared Overlay Surplus and transfer $500,000 from the Publc Works Full-time Salaries Account and Public Works Street Department Health Insurance Accounts, and a request to transfer $10,000 from Budget Reserve to Veterans’ Benefits to provide funding for the final month of this fiscal year.  The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and is expected to discuss the following:  request for a special permit and site plan approval to amend Board Order #229-14 to allow a swing set on Lot 40 at 93 Bellevue Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a two-story addition and porch to the rear and side of the house and rebuild the existing front porch, continuing the non-conforming front setback and increasing the FAR from .54 to .64 where .48 is allowed at 11 Fairview Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to tear down and replace a two-family structure and allow a 4% reduction to the required lot area after combining lots at 19-21 Beaconwood Road, request for a special permit/site plan approval to amend Special Permit #102-06(15) at Kesseler Woods to allow relocation of the inclusionary zoning units by use of the Off-Site Development Option in conjunction with the rehabilitation of the apartment building at 219 Commonwealth Avenue resulting in an increased number of affordable units from the approved site of 179 Kesseler Way, and request for a special permit/site plan approval to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling, front porch and detached garage and construct a two-story rear addition and attached garage for more than three vehicles and in excess of 700 sq. ft. increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at 164 Highland Avenue.  The agenda can be found here.

Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 205.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 12th at 7:00 p.m. and will hold public hearings on the following:  petition for a grant of location to install one pole in front of #559 Centre Street and one anchor guy to upgrade existing service, petition for a grant of location to install conduit to provide new service to house #111 Bigelow Road, petition for a grant of location to install conduit in Walnut Street onto Austin Street terminating at a proposed manhole in front of Philip Bram Way, petition for a grant of location to relocate a pole as part of the undergrounding of existing service in Austin Street.  The Committee will then discuss the following:  request for authorization to take a non-exclusive easement from UBC Equity Partners, LLC over and upon a portion of the property known and numbered 19-33 Needham Street, Newton for the purpose of providing passage consistent with the use of the Upper Falls Greenway as a rail-trail, request that the Department of Public Works pilot a curbside food waste collection program, request for an update and discussion with the Department of Public Works and the Solid Waste Commission on the current status of Newton’s solid waste management and recycling program operations and performance objectives, future goals and objectives, staffing, program challenges, and survey data due to be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection, request for an update from the Department of Public Works’ about the Roads Program Strategy, and a request for a discussion with the Inspectional Services Department to explain the development of short and long term plans to identify and correct buildings, sidewalks, playgrounds, etc…that do not conform to American Disability Act (ADA) standards.  The Committee will entertain a motion for No Action Necessary on the following: update on funds accrued from voluntary contributions from Special Permits in Newton Centre, which can be made available to complete a safe pedestrian crossing at 714-724 Beacon Street via Special Permit Board Order #1-15,  update on the creation of a strategic plan for the improvement of streets and sidewalks in the City.