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School Committee to hold Virtual Public Hearing regarding the Proposed FY2021 Budget – TONIGHT

The School Committee will hold a virtual Public Hearing TONIGHT, March 30th beginning at 7:00 p.m. There are two ways for the public to listen to and/or participate in virtual school committee meetings:

  • Join the Zoom Meeting by Phone or Computer. Under both options you will be automatically muted with video off upon entering the meeting. Please leave your video and audio muted so that the meeting can proceed without interruption. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/390017072 Meeting ID: 390 017 072 Dial in: +1 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 390 017 072
  • Listen in on NewTV’s broadcast – Visit the NewTV website for more information.

The agenda can be found here and the Superintendent’s Proposed FY2021 Budget can be found here.

School Committee to hold a Virtual Executive Session – Tuesday, March 31st at 7:30 p.m.

The School Committee will hold a Virtual Executive Session on Tuesday, March 31st at 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discuss strategy re: Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teacher’s Association (NTA), Newton Public Schools Custodians Associations (NPSCA), and Newton Educational Secretaries Association (NESA).
  • Discuss strategy regarding demonstrably likely litigation matter (?) involving the transportation contracts

Joint Advisory Planning Group for the West Newton Armory to hold a virtual meeting on April 2nd

The Joint Advisory Planning Group (“JAPG”) for the West Newton Armory will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. You can join the meeting using this link: https://zoom.us/j/999042642 According to the Planning Department’s Friday Report, the agenda includes:

  • Presentation by Jonathan Yeo, City Chief Operating Officer, and David Olson, City Clerk.

Additional information on the JAPG – West Newton Armory (including past – but not the current agenda) can be found here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 29th

Fair Housing Committee: The Fair Housing Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, April 1st at 8:00 a.m. To Join the Zoom Meeting click here:  https://zoom.us/j/8429428454, The agenda includes the following:

  • Riverside
  • Nominations for Office
  • Update on Membership
  • Other business

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a virtual Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m. To dial into the meeting via telephone, call in by dialing 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID: 842 942 8454. To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your phone, download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app in any app store or at www.zoom.us. At the above date and time, click on “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 842 942 8454. To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your computer, at the above date and time, go to www.zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 842 942 8454. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Comprehensive Permit pursuant to Chapter 40B to construct a 204 unit residential development, which will include 51 affordable housing units and approximately 22,382 square feet of commercial, office and retail space, all on approximately 3.4 acres of land located in a Manufacturing Zoning District at 15 Riverdale Avenue
  • Review and Approval of February 5, 2020 Minutes

Conservation Commission: The Conservation Commission will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your phone, download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app in any app store or at www.zoom.us. At the above date and time, click on “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 842 942 8454. To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your computer, at the above date and time, go to www.zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 842 942 8454. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for treatment of Crystal Lake to prevent algal blooms at 30 Rogers Street – City of Newton
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for parking expansion and stormwater management improvements at 125 Wells Avenue – Solomon Schecter Day School
  • Request to amend an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) to reference new plans – lawn leveling, retaining wall replacement, and tree removal – and condition proposed work at 79 Staniford Street
  • Request for a continuance to April 23, 2020 for a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for the multi-use Chapter 40B development at 15 Riverdale Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance (“COC”) for Laundry Brook culvert replacement at 229 Cabot Street – City of Newton
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance (“COC”) for an addition and deck at 7 Great Meadow Road

The Packet Documents can be found here.


What’s Up This Week in Newton? Number of Reported Covid-19 cases increase in Newton, Request for $250,000 for Emergency Operations – Supplies “should the need arise”, Zoning and Planning Committee to discuss Open Space and Recreation Plan and Zoning Redesign, and Union Twist – Retail Marijuana and Riverside on Land Use Agenda.

COVID-19 Cases in Newton: According to the City’s website, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 14 as of March 20, 2020. The United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley and the City of Newton have created a fund – Newton COVID-19 Care Fund to help families and individuals who have been financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Go here for more information and to donate.

$250,000 Request for COVID-19 Emergency Operations and Supplies – TONIGHT – The Finance Committee will discuss and vote on a request to transfer $250,000 from June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash to an Emergency Operations and Supplies Account ” for the purpose of being prepared to act, should the need arise.” The agenda can be found here.

The Open Space and Recreation Plan and Zoning Redesign are on TONIGHT’s Zoning and Planning Committee’s Agenda.

Retail Marijuana and Riverside Mixed-Use Development on Tuesday’s Land Use Committee Agenda. The Land Use Committee will discuss and review a proposed retail marijuana shop to be located at 1158 Beacon Street, Union Twist. In addition, the Land Use Committee, focusing on Design Guidelines and project updates, will also take up the proposed Riverside Change of Zone and Special Permit/Site Plan Approval request. Responses to previously submitted Councilor questions can be found here.

City Council Meetings – Week of March 22nd

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet Virtually ( To view this meeting, use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/484531654) on Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request discussion of the 2020-2027 Open Space and Recreation Plan, a letter stating that the Zoning and Planning Committee reviewed the Plan, and adoption of the plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan – Chair’s Note: This item will be taken up in order to outline the process for review and adoption of the Open Space and Recreation Plan, and to set a public hearing. The first draft is being completed pursuant to significant public input and is to be available for review by March 23 – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a review, discussion, and direction relative to the draft Zoning Ordinance – – See Planning Memo
  • Request for an amendment to Chapter 30 of Newton’s Zoning Ordinance, section 3.4.4 on garages (delayed implementation until July 1). This ordinance has been delayed five times
  • Request for a review of the zoning requirements for single-family attached dwelling units
  • Request to amend Chapter of the Revised City of Newton Ordinances to eliminate mandated parking minimums to improve the vitality of local businesses, reduce the cost of housing, and support the climate action goals – Chair’s Note: Items in italic will be taken up within the context of zoning redesign and specifically as it relates to Article 3.

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet (Virtually – To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/698611335) on Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to accept and expend an $8,500 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) for marketing and technical advice for a “Heat Smart” program
  • Request to accept and expend a $250,000 MassDot Workforce Transportation grant for a new technology-enabled ride-share shuttle for Newton’s thriving Wells Avenue innovation district and the new UMass Amherst Mount Ida campus
  • Request to accept and expend a $15,000 grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to provide financial assistance for qualified seniors in the City of Newton to receive the services of Newton at Home Inc.
  • Request to appropriate and expend $7,000,000 and authorize a general obligation borrowing of an equal amount for the estimated design and construction costs associated with Water Main Improvements in FY2021 and authorization to apply any premium received upon the sale of the bonds or notes, less the cost of preparing, issuing, and marketing them, and any accrued interest received upon the delivery of the bonds or notes to the costs of the project and to reduce the amount authorized to be borrowed for the project by like amount
  • Request for $1,105,000 in CPA funding be awarded to the Newton Housing Authority for the acquisition of the CAN-DO Housing Portfolio
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to a non-lapsing Public Buildings Department account for the evaluation and recommendations for the upgrade of the Police Headquarters HVAC System
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from the June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash for the purpose of providing interior and exterior improvements at the Horace Mann School at 225 Nevada Street
  • Request to transfer $250,000 from the June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash to Acct #0121030-543500 Emergency Operations-Supplies account for the purpose of being prepared to act, should the need arise
  • Request to accept $270,000 of lighting equipment as well as authorization to accept more funds to be expended on the installation of a field light system for the Newton South High School Winkler Stadium Field which is on Newton Parks and Recreation property. The funds are being donated by the Newton South High School Booster Club
  • Request to transfer $650,000 from the June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash to the Newton Public Schools for the purpose of reimbursing Newton Public Schools for one-time costs associated with several projects that were necessary to accomplish the move of the Horace Mann Elementary School community to the former Carr School on Nevada Street
  • Request to approve the settlement of Workers’ Compensation Claim #003554 in the amount of $62,500. The funds will be appropriated from Acct# 67A109A-515201- Municipal Workers’ Compensation – A motion to go into Executive Session may be entertained.

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 24th (Virtually – To view this meeting using Zoom use this link: https://zoom.us/j/789503846) at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a retail marijuana establishment, to waive the minimum driveway width for two-way traffic, to waive perimeter screening requirements and to waive lighting requirements at 1158 Beacon Street – Union Twist
  • Request for a Change of Zone and a Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development of residential units, office, retail, personal services, restaurant, hotel, and related commercial uses not to exceed 1,025,000 square feet of gross floor area, with residential uses comprising not less than 60% of the total gross floor area with a residential density of not less than 800 square feet per unit with not less than 560 units nor more than 620 units with special permit relief and/or waivers…at the Riverside MBTA station. – NOTE: The presentation and discussion will be focused on Design Guidelines and project updates. – See Planning Memo and Responses to Councilor Questions

Traffic Council to Meet on Thursday, March 26th

The Traffic Council will meet (Virtually – To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/295270496) on Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request a “No Parking” restriction on Phillip Bram Way, both sides, entire length
  • Request for stop signs at the following intersections…. before (north of) Commonwealth Avenue to enhance pedestrian and bike safety on the Commonwealth Avenue Carriage Way
    • Wauwinet Road, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Prince Street, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Bristol Road, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Dartmouth Street, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Exeter Street, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Temple Street, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Wimbledon Circle, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Chesterfield Road, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Oldham Road, southbound, at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive, Day Street, and Fuller Street
    • Windermere Road, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Central Street, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Rowe Street, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
    • Islington Road, southbound, at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive
  • Request to approve a stop sign on the Commonwealth Avenue carriageway at Dartmouth Street
  • Request to approve a stop sign on the Commonwealth Avenue carriageway at Bristol Road
  • Request to approve a stop sign at the Kenrick Terrace southbound approach to Kenrick Street
  • Request to remove the following stop sign from the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR): Hillside Road at Terrace Avenue, westbound. Note that there is no stop sign at this location in the field.
  • Request for a 3-way stop sign at Herrick Road and Chase Street to enhance safety.
  • Request that a stop sign be added into the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) at the following location: Warren Street, westbound, at Glen Avenue. Note that a stop sign exists at that location and will not be removed.
  • Request that a stop sign be removed from the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) at the following location: Church Street, 37 feet west of Oakland Street, eastbound. Note that a stop sign does not exist at that location and no change will occur.
  • Request that stop sign entries be modified in the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) at two locations. Note that stop signs exist at both intersections, but on opposite approaches, and no change will occur in the field. This item fixes errors in the TPR. The locations include:
    • Brookside Avenue at Albemarle Road
    • Jewett Street at Boyd Street
  • Request that stop signs be added into the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) at several locations. Note that stop signs at all of the following locations exist in the field and no change will occur. The locations include:
    • Albemarle Road southbound at Crafts Street
    • Beach Street, southbound, at Washington Street
    • Bellevue Street northbound at Newtonville Avenue
    • Cedar Street, southbound at Commonwealth Avenue main 2-way roadway
    • Chase Street westbound at Herrick Road
    • Collins Road westbound at Fenwick Road
    • Crescent Street northbound at Robinhood Street
    • Crosby Road northbound at Commonwealth Avenue
    • Davis Street westbound at Highland Street
    • Eddy Street southbound at Washington Street
    • Ellis Street northbound at the Route 9 eastbound ramp
    • Elm Street northbound and southbound at Webster Street

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 22nd

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 25th – REMOTE MEETING – at 7:00 p.m. Instructions for REMOTE Meeting can be found on the agenda which includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for approval of two repaved or resealed driveway areas and two installed cobblestone aprons (Violation) at 25 Nancy Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace windows at 25 Nancy Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace windows. Continuation at 36 Acacia Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove the downspout and leader box on the front of the right-side open porch and to keep the downspout and leader box on the back of the open porch (Violation) at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to keep the fence sections between 100 Suffolk Road and driveway area which replaced a similar fence (Violation) at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to keep the single-bay garage balustrade and fascia as-built (Violation) at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a black aluminum handrail on the right-side terrace steps leading to the open porch at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to finalize details for octagonal porch roof and roofline and the new windows on the angled wall, and to remove the previously approved gutters and downspouts at 521 Hammond Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the door at the new left-side entry portico, to convert the left garage door to a window, to finalize details for the new window to the left of the entry porch, and to remove the previously approved entry porch gutters and downspouts at 521 Hammond Street
  • Request for feedback and working Session for feedback on project to install a driveway and two-car garage and 521 Hammond Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness and approval of work done to repair stucco, window trim, gutters, and shutters. Repaired areas will be painted to match the existing colors (Violation) at 20 Acacia Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for approval of installed gravel path with cobblestone border and cobblestone driveway apron (Violation) at 8 Nancy Road
  • Reapplication for a Certificate of Appropriateness to grant a new Certificate of Appropriateness for the project approved in 2015 to apply stone veneer to the front elevation of the house and garage. The Certificate of Appropriateness has expired at 8 Nancy Road

The Packet Documents can be found here.

Youth Commission: The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 25th – REMOTE MEETING – at 5:00 p.m. Instruction for REMOTE Meeting cam be found on the agenda which includes the following:

  • Attendance – Check – in
  • Discuss meetings with Guidance Departments and Administration
  • HGSE Project Updates
  • Other – Plans for Further Meetings

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet (Virtually – To Join the Zoom Meeting click here: https://zoom.us/j/8429428454) on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appeal of a Notice of Zoning Violation on the existence of illegal apartments at 129 Grassmere Street

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet (Virtually – To Join the Zoom Meeting click here: https://zoom.us/j/8429428454) on Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to review local landmark report for 1253 Washington Street (National Register) WILL NOT BE HEARD
  • Request to renew a Certificate of Appropriateness for 31 Greenwood Street, LL
  • Two Full Demolition Requests
    • Request to demolish buildings at 9 Inish Circle
    • Request to demolish buildings at 67-69 Ripley Street
  • Five Waiver Requests
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 227 Cherry Street
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 15 Sharon Avenue
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 56 Pratt Drive
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 40-42 Athelstane Road
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 58-60 Allison Road
  • Request for Partial Demolition to remove the roof, side, rear, and alter the front facade at 19 Garland Road
  • Request for a Waiver Amendment at 66 Hartman Road

The Staff Memo can be found here and the Packet Documents can be found here.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of March 22nd

The following potential projects/proposals will meet virtually with the Development Review Team this week:

  • 41 Washington Street – Addition to two-family dwelling with possible accessory apartment
  • Oak Hill Middle School (130 Wheeler Road) – Proposed three classroom addition
  • Newton Golf Course (212 Kenrick Street) – Discussion re: golf course facilities

The Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.