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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of September 24th

The following City Council Committees will meet this week:

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet jointly with the Programs and Services Committee TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:

  • Request to increase the number of years the City can lease Weeks House from 65 years to up to 99 years.

The Finance Committee will then meet to discuss the following item:

  • Request for an appropriation of $300,000 for historic rehabilitation and $677,700 for affordable housing from the Community Preservation Fund to CAN-DO to create 8 units of permanently affordable housing $977,000 for CAN-DO to create 8-units of affordable housing at 236 Auburn Street, Auburndale,
    including 5 units in a congregate home to be owned and operated by the Barry L. Price

The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet jointly with the Finance Committee TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:

  • Request to increase the number of years the City can lease Weeks House from 65 years to up to 99 years.

The agenda can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee Meeting:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the following:

The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to discuss the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to use a portion of the legally nonconforming wholesale site to cut and fabricate stone countertops, further extending the nonconforming use to manufacturing at 966 Watertown Street;
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to  expand the existing
    auto service business to allow the sale and service of up to ten used cars and waivers to requirements for parking facilities at 454-458 Watertown Street;
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a swing set on Lot 40 at 93 Bellevue Street;
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a single-story rear addition extending the existing non-conforming two-family
    use at 893 Watertown Street;
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct 3 new dormers and increase the size of one existing dormer, exceeding the allowable size of dormers and increasing the FAR to .48 where .46 is required and .42 exists at 18 Meredith Avenue;
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to to create a third commercial space for ground level health club use and to allow a waivers for 15 parking stalls or to allow required stalls off site at 60 Needham Street;
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze the existing detached garage and construct an attached garage, mudroom and kitchen, extending the existing non-conforming front setback, requiring a variance to allow a rear setback of 7.6’ and increasing the FAR to .55 where .40 is allowed and .50 exists at 168 Allerton 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 (Atty Stearns Letter re:  Kesseler Woods proposal can be found here) ; and
  • Request to change the zone from MR2 to Business 2 at 29 Hovey Street and an adjacent property on Hovey Street and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct elderly housing with services in excess of 20,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area, consisting of 85 living units in a four-story structure not to exceed 48’ in height and Floor Area Ratio not to exceed 2.0, extending the existing nonconforming front setback and constructing a retaining wall greater than 4’ in a setback at 431 Washington Street, 29 Hovey Street, and the adjacent unnumbered lot to the north on Hovey Street. (Planning Memo can be found here, Atty Buchbinder Letter re:  Revisions to Sunrise can be found here, and Sunrise responses to Traffic Questions can be found here).

The agenda can be found here.

Other City Board and Commission Meetings

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

Crescent Street Housing and Rev. Ford Playground Expansion Project Group:  There will be an opportunity for the community to provide input on the project as well as get an update on Tuesday, September 26th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Auburndale Community Library, 375 Auburn Street.  The most recent design for the project can be found here.  For more information, please contact Amanda Berman by phone at: 617-796-1147 or by email at:  aberman@newtonma.gov.

Auburndale Historic District Commission: The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the War Memorial Auditorium. The following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness will be reviewed: request to expand the driveway area at 63 Hawthorne Avenue;  request to amend the previously approved project for a rear addition and deck at 17 Leighton Road; request to install air conditioning condensers at 33 Hancock Avenue;  request to expand and pave the driveway area at 16 Williston Road; and a  request to install two 70-foot tall field light poles at 70 Studio Road, Lasell College-continuation. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at: 617-796-1129 or by email at: bkurze@newtonma.gov. The agenda can be found here.

Elections Commission:  The Elections Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 26th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following:  Certification of the Preliminary Election, Review of the Election Commission’s mailing for the November election, and an Update on the Election Commission’s Charter Education Forum for October 12, 2017. The agenda can be found here.

Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and will hold a public hearing on the following:  a request for a variance of approximately 7.5 feet from the 15 feet rear yard setback requirement of the Newton Revised Zoning Ordinance for an old (pre-1953) lot in order to build an attached two-car garage. The agenda can be found here.

Board of Licensing Commissioners:  The Board of Licensing Commissioners is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B10 (Planning Conference Room) and is expected to discuss the following:  60 Needham Street – Big
Picture ;  996 Walnut Street – Pediatric House Call Igor Stavitsky MD; 391 Langley Road – International Dance Sport Studios, 385 Ward Street – Temple Emanuel School, 33 Boylston Street – Legit. For more information, please contact Shubee Sikka by phone at: 617-796-1139 or by email at:  ssikka@newtonma.gov.

Health Advisory Council:  The Health Advisory Council is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Health Conference Room 106C.  The agenda can be found here.

Youth Commission:  The Youth Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 27th – time is not listed on the agenda.  The agenda can be found here.

Community Meeting:  Update on the Rumford Landfill Solar Project on Thursday, September 28th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The Notice of the Meeting can be found here.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, September 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria and will discuss the following requests of Certificate of Appropriateness:

  • Request to install granite curbing to deal with water erosion issues for property located at 339 Hammond Street and 15, 27, 30, 33, 39 Kingsbury Road;
  • Request for approval of installed curbing and edging. Violation for property located at 109 Old Orchard Road;
  • Request to replace asphalt roof sections in-kind and to replace 31 window
    inserts for property located at 30 Kingsbury Road;
  • Request to install garden fence and gate – (Continuation) for property located at 314 Hammond Street; 
  • Request to amend a previously approved application: relocate condensers and
    generator, remove rear stairway, and changes to dormers, roof plan, railing
    systems, doors, windows and downspout materials for property located at 44 Woodman Road;
  • Request to demolish part of basement wing and replace with three-car garage.
    Restore historic pathways for property located at 152 Suffolk Road; and
  • Working session for Request for Commission feedback on exterior repairs and on removing garage ell and installing new foundation, addition, side porch and carriage house for property located at 521 Hammond Street.

The agenda can be found here.

Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following: Eagle Scout Candidate Presentation, Notice of Intent for a minor drainage plan change at 777 Dedham Street (Mt. Ida College – Swap pervious pavement (on approved plans) for 4 tree box filters (on new proposed plans); Notice of Intent to construct  6 single family homes and driveways, construct a private road, increase flood storage capacity and implement restoration planting plan along river.at 56 Farwell Street;  Notice of Intent to demolish an existing Single Family Home to construct a duplex with drainage, landscaping,
grading, and 12” culvert at 73 Beaconwood Road (continued);  request for a Certificate of Compliance for an addition at 20 Parsons Street, and a request for a Certificate of Compliance for an addition at 431 Albemarle Road.  The agenda can be found here, and packet documents here.  Please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at: 617-796-1134 or by email at:  jsteel@newtonma.gov.

The Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  Request to find the Whipple Beal Cast Iron Fence to be historically significant for CPA purposes, request to remediate the full demolition of a house at 37 Radcliffe Road, request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rebuild a local landmark barn as a house, request to demolish a house at 14 Emerson Street, request to demolish a building at 294 Woodcliff Road, request to demolish a building at 87 Levbert Road, request to demolish a building at 5 Harwich Road, request to demolish a building at 53 Brandeis Road, request to demolish a building at 11 Fairhaven Road, request to demolish a building at 21 Renee Terrace, request to waive a demolition delay at 400 Cherry Street, request to demolish a building at 268 Melrose Street, request to demolish a building at 935 Beacon Street, request to add a side addition, and alter the front facade at 185 Franklin Street, request to add a rear addition and an underground garage to the front of the house at 14 Pond Avenue.  The agenda can be found here, Staff Memo can be found here and Packet documents can be found here.

For more information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at:  617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.

 

City Council Reports Now Available

The following City Council Committee Reports are now available:

Public Facilities Committee ReportSeptember 6, 2017:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, September 6th and approved the following;  appointment of Brita Lundberg to the Solid Waste Commission, petition for a grant of location to install conduit from an existing vault at the corner of Church Street to existing vault in front of 25 Maple Avenue,  petition for a grant of location to install conduit from existing vault near 8-14 Mount Ida Street to a pole located at the corner of Newtonville Avenue, petition for a grant of location to install 45’+ of conduit from existing manhole to upgrade the existing service at house #413 Hammond Street, petition for a main drain extension in Park Avenue from the existing main drain at Cotton Street 1to a proposed manhole located in front of 94 Park Avenue, petition for a main drain extension in Suffolk Road from an existing drain in Suffolk Road to a proposed drain manhole located in front of 46 Suffolk Road, and an update on the FY18 Accelerated Roads Program.  The report can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee Report – September 6, 2017:  The Programs and Services Committee met on Wednesday, September 6th and approved the following:  request to increase the membership of the Board of Library Trustees.  The following items were voted No Action Necessary:  proposal to place a non-binding ballot question on the November ballot:  Do you support rezoning village centers to allow four‐  and five‐story mixed‐use buildings near public transit with retail on the first floor and apartments above, as the City is recommending to update Newton’s Zoning Ordinance for future growth?, and and citizen’s petition requesting discussion and to repeal Ordinance A‐102, the Welcoming City ordinance, or put the ordinance before the voters in the next municipal electionAll other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Land Use Committee Report – September 7, 2017:  The Land Use Committee met on Thursday, September 7th and voted to approve the following:  Class 1 Auto Dealer License for Flaherty Equipment Sales Corporation, Class 2 Auto Dealer License for the City of Newton, a request for a Consistency Ruling regarding 103 Court Street, request for $977,000 for CAN-DO to create 8 units of affordable housing at 236 Auburn Street, a request for a special permit/site plan approval to replace the existing non-conforming detached garage with an expanded, connected garage, continuing the non-conforming front setback of 11.4’ where 25’ is required at 155 Monadnock Road, a request for a special permit/site plan approval  to construct a second story addition over an existing sunroom on the side of the house, extending the non-conforming side setback at 191 Grant Avenue, rewquest for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a 3 story rear addition, further increasing the non-conforming 3-story dwelling where 2.5 is the maximum allowed by right at 170-172 Sumner Street,  ad a n petition for special permit/site plan approval to construct a 3-story building, up to 36’ high, allow an FAR of 1.5, waivers to allow parking in the side setback, waiver to allow parking within 5’ of a building or structure containing dwelling units, waivers to allow a reduction in the parking requirement to 1.25 per dwelling unit, relief from parking facility landscaping, and a waivers to the lot area per unit in a multifamily dwelling by 25% to allow for an affordable unit at 386-394 Watertown Street. All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Finance Committee Meeting – September 11, 2017:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, September 11th and voted to approve the following: request to accept and expend the Assistance to Firefighters’ grant, which is a 90/10 reimbursable grant in the amount of $76,091 for the purchase of Personal Safety/Bailout systems, request to enter into an up to 5-year contract for ambulance services, request to accept and expend the Green Communities Grant in the amount of $196,157 for energy efficiency improvements to the Franklin, Underwood, Williams, and Memorial Spaulding Elementary Schools, request to approve sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments for 193 Ward Street, 1445 Commonwealth Avenue, 2 Newbury Terrace, 69 Southgate Park, and 77 Fair Oaks Avenue, request to accept and expend a grant of up to $147,500 from the
Massachusetts Department of Transportation offered as part of their Complete Streets
Program, and a request for $977,000 for CAN-DO to create 8-units of affordable housing at 236 Auburn Street from the Community Preservation Act, request to re-appoint Rosemary Larking to the Taxation Aid Committee.  All other items were held. The report can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee – September 11th  -The Programs and Services Committee met on Monday, September 11th and voted to approve the following:  requesting the City Council, as required by MGL 43B, Section 11,order the Newton Charter Commission’s proposed new charter to be submitted to the voters of the City of Newton for their approval on the November 7, 2017 municipal ballot. The ballot question to read: “Shall the City of Newton approve the new home rule charter recommended by the Charter Commission as summarized below: Yes. No.”  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee – September 11th –  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, September 11th.  All items were held.  The report can be found here.

City Council Meetings – Week of September 17th

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

Real Property Reuse Committee:  The Real Property Reuse Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  request to amend to Chapter 2, Section 7. Sale or lease of city owned real property, of the City of Newton Revised Ordinance, 2012 (The Real Property Reuse Ordinance) to clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties; and to address any other changes that might be needed. The agenda can be found here.

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of September 17th

The following City Boards and Commissions will meet this week:

Elections Commission:  The Elections Commission is scheduled to meet on September 18th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following:  Certification of the results of the September 12, 2017 Preliminary Election; Ballot position drawing for the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election;  Review of the text of the Charter Commission Question for the November ballot;  Update on the Election Commission mailing for the November Election.; Review of the Election Calendar for the November 7, 2017 Election; Discussion with the Interns about their Election night experience ; Other Business.  The agenda can be found here. 

Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to meet tonight, Monday, September 18th in Room 205 at 7:00 p.m. The agenda can be found here.

School Committee:  The School Committee will meet on Monday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee Special Meeting:  The School Committee will hold a special meet and greet on Monday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m. to meet with Student Advisory in Room 210 at the Ed Center.  The Agenda/Notice of Meeting can be found here.

Council on Aging: The Council on Aging will meet on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street.  The agenda can be found here.

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers and will discuss the following:  approval of a substantial amendment to the FY2018 Annual Action Plan, Reprogramming of FY18 Neighborhood Improvement Funding and FY18 Architectural Access Funding to Newton Corner Pedestrian Improvements And Newton Corner Curb Cut; and will discuss the Northland /Needham Street redevelopment project.  The agenda can be found here.

Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, September 20th in Room 108.  The agenda can be found here.

Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 20th at the Main Library, Trustee’s Room.  The agenda can be found here.

City Council Meetings – Week of September 10th

The following City Council Committee meetings will be held this week:

Zoning & Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, September 11th at 8:00 p.m., in Room 205 to discuss the following:  a proposed zoning amendment for the lodging houses; a proposal to amend ordinances to add licensing requirements and criteria for lodging houses;  a proposed ordinance to allow food trucks on Wells Avenue;  and a proposed discussion of the proposed economic development strategy. The agenda can be found here.  Please contact James Freas by phone at:  617-796-1137 or by email at:  jfreas@newtonma.gov.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet jointly with the Finance Committee  on Monday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and discuss the following: request by the City Clerk to place the  question of the new proposed charter on the ballot, a request to appropriate $6,400 from Budget Reserve to mail the Charter Commission’s report, and a request to increase the number of years the City is authorized to lease the Weeks House.  The agenda can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet jointly with the Programs and Services Committee on Monday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  request by the City Clerk to place the  question of the new proposed charter on the ballot, a request to appropriate $6,400 from Budget Reserve to mail the Charter Commission’s report, a request to increase the number of years the City is authorized to lease the Weeks House, a request to accept and expend the Assistance
to Firefighters’ grant, which is a 90/10 reimbursable grant in the amount of seventy-six
thousand ninety-one dollars ($76,091) for the purchase of Personal Safety/Bailout
systems, a request to accept and expend the Green Communities Grant in the amount of $196,157 for energy  efficiency improvements to the Franklin, Underwood, Williams, and Memorial Spaulding Elementary Schools, a request for approval of the following mentioned sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments; said betterments to be levied under the provisions of MGL Chapter 83, Sec. 26, authorizing the assessment of betterments for construction, a request for authorization to accept and expend a grant of up to $147,500 from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation offered as part of their Complete Streets Program, recommendation for appropriation of $300,000 for historic rehabilitation and $677,700 for affordable housing for a total of $977,000 from the Community Preservation Fund, to the Planning & Development in Newton (CAN-DO), to create 8 units of permanently affordable rental housing at 236 Auburn Street, Auburndale,
including 5 units in a congregate home to be owned and operated by the Barry L. Price
Rehabilitation Center, as described in CAN-DO’s proposal submitted to the Community
Preservation Committee in May 2017, request to enter into an up to 5-year contract
for ambulance services, re-appointed of Rosemary Larking as a member
of the Newton Taxation Committee for a term of office to expire April 30, 2018, and re-appointment of Doris Breay, as a Trustee of the Horace Cousens Industrial Fund for a term to expire June 1, 2020. The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee meeting has been cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.