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Notable Events

Cold Spring Park Farmer’s Market:  Tuesday, August 14th

Featured Farmers include: Dick’s Market Gardens, Freitas, Nicewicz Family Farm, Wally’s Vegetables, Good Roots ,FarmFlats Mentor Farm, Heaven’s Harvest Farm, We Grow Microgreens

Lemonade:  When Life Give You Lemons

Knife Sharpening:  Bobby Mac
Mushrooms:  Mycoterra Farm
Home & Garden Plants:  Buzz & Thrive
Nepali Cusine:  Bridges Nepali Cuisine
Olive Oil:  Olive Connection
Eco-Boutique:  Upland Road
Pasta:  Deano’s Pasta
Bagels:  OMG! Bagels
Cheese & More:  Foxboro Cheese
Pasture Raised Meats:  Lilac Hedge Farm
Turkey Salad:  Bob’s Turkey Farm
Kosher Pizza:  Zayde’s Market

 

Summer in the Hyde:  All Movies and Concerts are free and take place outside on the Hyde Playground. In case of rain, the entertainment moves inside the Hyde Gym. Bring blankets and beach chairs.

  • August 17 6:00 p.m. Concert:  Legit Band (oldies rock) Dusk Movie: Early Man

West Newton Farmer’s Market:  Saturday, August 18th  

Is the hot weather turning your dog into a summer blob? Well, grab a leash and bring your pup to Newton’s Elm Street Farmers’ Market for their first ever Dog Days of Summer event. Some of the highlights will include:
  • Laszlo Family Farm with their award-winning dog treats.
  • A spin to win prize wheel & raffle sponsored by W. Newton-based Tail Waggerz, providing dog day care, boarding & grooming.
  • Training Demo and Q&A with She’s A Keeper Dog Training
  • Free Pupsicles for the first 50 dogs
  • Dog Contests
  • Dog Photo Booth

Affordable Housing Opportunities and Poll Workers Needed

Affordable Housing Opportunities:

  • SEB is accepting applications for 2 affordable condominiums being built at 1521 Beacon Street in Newton, MA. One home will be sold at an affordable price to households with incomes at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. The other home will be sold at an affordable price to households with incomes at or below 65% of the Area Median Income. Completed applications and required income documentation must be recieved, NOT POSTMARKED by 2:00 p.m. on August 20, 2018. More information
  • Hancock Estates is an 88 unit rental apartment community.  4 of these apartments will be available to households with incomes at or below 80% AMI, 1 unit will be available to households with incomes at or below 65% AMI, and 4 apartments will be made available to households at or below 50% AMI (the Low-Income units).  Units include in-unit washers and dryers, and include one parking spot. More information

Poll Workers Needed:

  • The City Clerk’s Offices is looking for poll workers for both the upcoming September 4th Primary and the November 6th elections.  More information and an application can be found here.

City Council Meetings – Week of August 13th

Open Meeting Law Training – The Law Department will provide a training session on the Open Meeting Law for City Councilors on Monday, August 13th at 6:45 p.m. in Room 211.  The Meeting Reminder Notice can be found here.

Full City Council Meeting:  The Full City Council will meet on Monday, August 13th at 7:45 p.m.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.

The Full City Council will be taking up the proposed Zoning Amendments to create a Shared Parking Program Pilot.  A memo from the Planning Department can be found here and Proposed Amendments to be offered at the Council Meeting can be found here.The Council will also be taking up the Needham Street Vision Plan. The Final Updated Draft can be found here.

The Full City Council will also take up proposed zoning amendments limiting current MU4 Zoning – including a proposal for a moratorium on MU4 development.

And….the Full City Council will reconsider the Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan approval for an 18 unit development on Adams Street which failed to receive the necessary votes for approval at the last full Council meeting.  There is correspondence related to this petition which can be found here.

City Council July/August 2018 Committee Reports – Now Available

Land Use Committee Report – July 10th:  The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointments of Lynn Yetra and Kenneth Lyons to the BC Neighborhood Council
  • Request to amend a previously approved special permit/site plan approval to allow non-accessory parking to lease 496 parking stalls to off-site, third party users at 199 Boylston Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval for a 5-year permit for temporary parking waiver of approximately 153 spaces to hold an annual tent sale at 175 Boylston Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow 4 outdoor tables to be added to an existing restaurant (40 Carrots) at 225 Boylston Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to combine two parcels to allow four attached dwelling units in two structures and reduction in setback requirements at 21-25 Gardner Street

The Public Hearing on the Request for a special permit/site plan approval for a medical marijuana dispensary at 24-26 Eliot Street was closed and the item was held.  The report contains testimony presented at the public hearing.

Zoning and Planning Committee – July 16th:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Brian Yates to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission
  • Appointments of Tarik Lucas and Peter Mooradian to the Newtonville Historic District Commission
  • Re-appointments of Barbara Wales, John Martin, David Morton, Nancy Grissom, and James Gross to the Newtonville Historic District Commission
  • Re-appointments of Paul Snyder, Julia Neville, Laurie Malcom, Donald Lang, and Jeffrey Riklin to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission

All other items were held.

Finance Committee – July 18th: The Finance Committee held a special meeting and met jointly with the Public Facilities Committee to approve a request to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve to the F.A. Day /Bigelow Boiler Replacement Account for schematic design study for potential boiler projects.

Public Facilities Committee –   July 18th:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve to the F.A. Day /Bigelow Boiler Replacement Account for schematic design study for potential boiler projects
  • Appointments of Puja Vohra, and Jonathan Klein to the Citizens Commission on Energy

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – July 30th:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of Jay Walter to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission
  • Discussion and adoption of the Needham Street Vision Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – August 7th:  The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to Withdraw without Prejudice a request to amend a previously approved special permit/site plan approval to relocate a condition from building permit requirements and insert it under the Certificate of Occupancy Requirements for 392-396, 400, 402-404 Langley Road
  • Request for an Extension of Time to exercise a previously granted special permit/site plan approval to construct an accessory apartment above a three-car at 41 Dorset Road 
  • Request for an Extension of Time to exercise a previously granted special permit/site plan approval to allow an association of persons in a common dwelling where inhabitants will share common living spaces at 27 Waverly Avenue
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to enclose the front porches adding approximately 158 sq. ft. to the structure exceeding the allowed FAR at 22 Beecher Place
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a single-story two-car garage and front entry vestibule exceeding the allowed FAR at 47 Rokeby Road
  • Request to amend a previously approved special permit/site plan to allow for the retail sale of marijuana at Garden Remedies (red-lined version of Draft Council Order)

All other items were held.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 11th

Washington Place Liaison Committee Meeting:  The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.  The agenda can be found here.

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability has cancelled its regularly scheduled meeting this week. Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, August 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes an Open Meeting Law Primer given by City Clerk, David Olson, Economic Development Updates, an update from the Chair of the Commission and a discussion on Marijuana Establishments.

Auburndale Historic District Commission Meeting:   The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for a request to replace windows at 10 Fern Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace a front porch decking and make repairs at 115 Windermere Street
  • Executive Session – update of appeal by the City of Newton of the MAPC Review Panel Decision

Staff memo can be found here and packet documents can be found here.

Board of Assessor’s Meeting:  The Board of Assessor’s will meet on Wednesday, August 15th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108.  The meeting notice/agenda can be found here.

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following seven requests for sign permits (CCRM Fertility Boston – 300 Boylston Street; Leisure Nails – 310 Walnut Street; Citizens Bank – 1188 Centre Street; Learning Efficiency – 833 Beacon Street; Moldova Restaurant – 342-344 Watertown Street; Nothing Bundt Cakes – 170 Needham Street; and CyberArk – 60 Wells Avenue #103) one fence appeal (36 Spiers Road) and one Design Review (182-184 California Street). Staff memo can be found here.

Designer Selection Commmittee:  The Designer Selection Committee will meet on Thursday, August 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room in the Library.  The agenda includes interviews of the short list of respondents for the Lincoln-Eliot NECP Project.

 

Notable Events – Week of August 5th

Farmer’s Market:  Be sure to visit the Farmer’s Market which is open on Tuesdays at Cold Spring Park (1:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (9:30 a.m.- 12:30p.m.)

Antebellum Architecture of West Newton Hill – Walk past homes built in the 1850s and learn about their architectural highlights and the people who lived here. The tour also includes the story of the fountain at the corner of Chestnut and Highland Streets installed in memory of Catherine Porter Lambert, and the house she lived in, built in 1854. Information is based on research by the West Newton Hill Preservation Initiative. Donation, $10 per person. Register at newtonma.gov/HNwalks. Wednesday, August 8th beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Meet at the corner of Otis and Lenox Streets in West Newton.  Contact 617-796-1450 for more information or go here.

Dancing in the Parks –  The series of musical events continues on Wednesday, August 8th from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Coletti-Magni Park, 386 Watertown Street featuring the Mighty Silverbacks.

Summer in the Hyde:  The Hyde Community Center and the Newton Highlands Area Council will continue:

  • August 10 6:00 p.m. Concert: Crowes Pasture (Bluegrass)
    Dusk Movie: Frozen

Land Use Committee to Meet – Tuesday, August 7th

The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted special permit/site plan approval (#285-17) to relocate Condition 22(h) from building permit requirements and insert it under Certificate of Occupancy requirements for 392-396, 400, 402-404 Langley Road
  • Request for a two-year extension of time to exercise a special permit/site plan approval to construct an accessory apartment above a 3 car garage at 41 Dorset Road
  • Request for a two-year extension of time to exercise a special permit/site plan approval to  allow an association of persons in a common dwelling where inhabitants will share common living spaces at 27 Waverley Avenue
  • Request for special permit/site plan approval to enclose the front porches adding approximately 158 square feet to the structure creating an FAR of .49 where .48 is allowed at 22 Beecher Place
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a single-story two-car garage and vestibule creating an FAR of .41 where an FAR of .39 is allowed and currently exists at 47 Rokeby Road
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a three-story addition in the BU1 District to allow for a building in excess of 20,000 square feet, to extend the non-conforming structure in regard to height, and side setback, to allow a restaurant with more than 50 seats, to waive the A+B+C parking formula, to allow an overall reduction in parking, to waive parking and landscaping requirements at 1314 Washington Street and 31 and 33 Davis Street (Sovereign Bank property) (see also Parking Counts memo)
  • Request to amend a previously granted special permit/site plan approval to allow the retail sales of marijuana for Garden Remedies 697, 691, 681 Washington Street and 2 Court Street (see also Response to Questions)
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow a registered medical marijuana dispensary in a non-conforming structure and waive parking and landscaping requirements at 24-26 Eliot Street (see also Response to Questions)

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 5th

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Briefings on Zoning Redesign, Inclusionary Zoning, Economic Development Action Plan, Marijuana Establishment Zoning and Washington Street Vision Plan
  • Election of Officers
  • Designation of Community Preservation Committee Representative
  • Board Training
  • Upcoming Fall Schedue

Election Commission:  The Elections Commission will meet on Wednesday, August 8th at 8:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the review of the Fall Election Calendar, Update on the Marijuana Question and Initiative Petition, review of the Ballot Question mailer, Election Chair for 2018 and the setting of Commission meeting dates for the fall.

Conservation Commission Vernal Pool Ordinance Working Group:  The working group will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Newton Free Library Room 2F.  The agenda can be found here.

Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, August 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Four Notice of Intents:  51 Oakland Avenue – proposal to demolish portion of the single-family house and construct several additions with associated stormwater management and mitigation plantings, 33 Wayne Road – proposal to demolish existing single-family home and construct a new single-family home with associated driveways and utilities, 53 Brandeis Road – proposal to demolish and existing single-family house and construct a new single-family house with associated deck and driveway, and 1 Malvern Terrace – proposal to construct a new single-family house with associated deck, driveway and infiltration.
  • Certificate of Compliance:  380 Quinobequin Road – for work done under an Order of Conditions #239-769 for an addition and mitigation plantings

Packet documents can be found here.

Designer Selection Committee:  The Designer Selection Committee will meet on Thursday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room.  The agenda includes interview of the short listed OPM respondents for Lincoln-Eliot NECP Project and Designer Response Reviews and Review of responses, deliberate, score and short-list designer respondents for interviews.

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, August 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness at 1238 Chestnut Street to amend previously approved windows, window trim and window program on the 1899 Building and discussion of Letter of Support for nomination of the Echo Bridge and historic railing for Preservation Massachusetts 2018 Most Endangered Historic Resource List.

Staff memo can be found here and Packet Documents can be found here.