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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.

Other Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 9th

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

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability is scheduled to meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204.  In addition to approval of its previous meeting’s minutes, the Commission will discuss the following:  CDBG Report, identify locations for potential FY18 CDBG funded access projects, discuss potential project(s) for FY18 Municipal ADA Improvement Grant , hear reports on HP Fines , and reports from the Treasurer and the ADA Coordinator and discuss a request for a MAAB Variance for 219 Commonwealth Ave.  The revised agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Jini Fairley by phone at  617-796-1253 or by email at:  jfairley@newtonma.gov

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board is scheduled to meet tonight at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss and possibly vote on the following:  Sunrise Development Rezoning Petition – Request to Rezone 29 Hovey Street from MultiResidence 2 to Business-Use 2 and 236 Auburn Street Housing Development –CAN-DO/Metrowest.  The Board will also discuss the Northland Rezoning petition and have an update on the Zoning Redesign project. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at:  617-796-1125 or by email at:  rpowers@newtonma.gov.

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  appeal of the March 31, 2017 Zoning Violation Notice issued by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services for a violation of the storm water management ordinance.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Adrianna Henriquez by phone at: 617-796-1133 or by email at:  ahenriquez@newtonma.gov.

Auburndale Historic District Commission: The Auburndale Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness: request to replace wood gutters at 84 Grove Street, request to replace front porch railing system, decking, column bases, and fascia board; to repair soffit and steps, and to install roof heating coils at 304 Central Street and receive an update regarding landscaping to be installed to mitigate vinyl fence for 304 Central Street.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:  617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. According to the Planning Department’s Friday Report, the EDC is expected to receive updates on the following:  N2 Innovation District, Washington Place Special Permit, Economic Development RFP, the Northland Proposal on Needham Street, the West Newton Square/Walnut Street Streetscapes, Wells Avenue Property Owners Meeting, and Zoning Redesign. The Chair will provide updates on the rDNA Ordinance and EDC Openings. There will also be a Wells Avenue Presentation. For more information, please contact Kathryn Ellis by phone at: 617-796-1122 or by email at:  kellis@newtonma.gov.

Human Rights Commission:  The Human Rights Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. and is expected to discuss the following:  debrief on the Pride event, Hate Crimes, Student Reports, Programming for fall, the December Human Rights Award event, the April Genocide exhibit, and co-sponsoring an upcoming event -How to talk about Race in 2017 with Ray Rickman, Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Druker Auditorium.  The agenda can be found here.

Charter Commission: The Charter Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and will receive public comments and will then discuss the following:  draft of letter to City Council, Ballot Question summary, and presentation to City Council.  The agenda can be found here.

Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 12th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following: discussion of City Hall inaction regarding new members,  review of proposed amendment to Kesseler Woods special permit, discussion on current and other relevant events, discussion about next steps re auditing of housing discrimination in Newton, discussion regarding events/training and publications, and a discussion re Zoning Redesign.  The agenda can be found here.

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee meeting previously scheduled for July 12, 2017 has been CANCELLED.

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Upper Falls Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to replace roof on house and shed and install skylight at 2-4 Shawmut Park, and request to expand the front bump out and build a rear addition and a shed at 969 Chestnut Street.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at: bkurze@newtonma.gov.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of July 9th

The following potential projects are scheduled to be reviewed by the Development Review Team this week:

  • 432 Cherry Street:  Special permit to convert existing office building into six dwelling units and construct additional structure with three dwelling units on-site (BU1)
  • 1224 Boylston Street:  Special permit for accessory apartment in existing detached structure (SR3).

Additional Announcements

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4th Celebration in Newton
Kids’ Morning
http://www.newtonma.gov/images/cultural_affairs/Cute_Kid_July_4_take_2.jpgsmall.jpgTuesday, July 4, 10am – Noon, Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace.
Free event for children ages 3 – 12 years. Children and families are invited to join in the Grande Pet Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Teddy Bear Parade and Foot Races. Free ice cream, candy and drinks complete the morning celebration – courtesy of Cabot’s Ice Cream. Cancelled in the event of rain.

Afternoon/Evening Events
Tuesday, July 4, Noon – 10pm – Albemarle Field/Halloran Sports Complex
The fun continues with kiddie amusement rides, craft vendor booths, food vendor booths, face painting and other childrens’ activities. The entertainment at the Gazebo is provided by Constantine the Magician, the YCCA Band and a Caribbean performance by D’Allegro Band from DESFOB, Inc. Then, the fun moves over to the main stage, with more free music and dancing from 6 – 9pm. Bring lawn chairs, try out the delicious food from the many food trucks and pick up your light-up novelties.  At 9pm, don’t miss the grand finale…a fantastic fireworks http://www.newtonma.gov/images/cultural_affairs/Winiker.jpgsmaller.jpgdisplay! Visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org  for details.  In the event of rain, the band and fireworks will take place on Wednesday, July 5th. 

 

Accessory Apartment Informational Session:  Learn about the new zoning changes that were made to allow the creation of Accessory Apartments by-right (without a special permit) on Thursday, July 13th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 440, 295 California St., Newton. RSVP accessoryapartments@newtonma.gov