City Council Meetings – Week of May 21st

The following City Council committees will meet this week:

Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning and Development Board:  The Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning and Development Board will meet TONIGHT, May 22nd at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following:  Submission of the Annual Action Plan to HUD (see Planning Presentation here), a  zoning amendment to rezone 160R Stanton Avenue (water tower site) from Public Use to Multi Residence 3 to prepare the site for multi-family affordable housing development;  updates on the Zoning Redesign project, and a joint meeting with Finance regarding a request to transfer of $125,000 from the Planning Department’s salary account to create a Citywide Economic Development Strategy. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact James Freas at 617-796-1137 or jfreas@newtonma.gov.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet TONIGHT, May 22nd at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and discuss the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $10,547.25 from the Law Department’s Legal Claims/Settlements Account for full and final settlement of claim against the City resulting from damage to a storefront during snow clearing operations; request authorization to appropriate the sum of $2,700,000  from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of providing additional funding for the continuation of the implementation of the City’s Water Main Improvement Plan, request authorization to appropriate $2,600,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the removal and replacement of the Laundry Brook culvert adjacent to the proposed Cabot School, up at the Horace Mann School for an oil leak that occurred in 1998, requesting authorization to transfer $15,000 from various accounts to the Public Building Department for the development of a public information plan regarding the site clean-up at the Horace Mann School for an oil leak that occurred in 1998, request authorization to accept and expend $22,400 from a Massachusetts Emergency Management Grant to purchasing equipment and related items for the new Emergency Operations Center, request authorization to transfer $75,000 from the Planning Department Full-time Salaries Account and $50,000 from the Economic Development Full-time Salaries Account to a specific project account to be established for the purpose of funding the creation of a citywide economic development strategy. and a request  to appropriate and expend $250,000 from the Override Capital Stabilization Fund for the purpose of renovating the space on the 1st floor of the Ed Center which has been vacated by the relocation of the Pre-K Program to the Aquinas site to house the Central High School Program, additional professional development meeting space, and general office space.  The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and discuss the following:  request for a Consistency Ruling to allow for modification to the approved site plan for Chestnut Hill Square, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct six dwelling units with shared underground parking by combining three lots for property located at 16-26 Dalby Street, request to rezone certain parcels of land from Multi-Residence 2 to Business Use 2 for land located on Hovey Street and a special/permit site plan approval to construct 85 living units of elderly housing with services in excess of 20,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area 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 for property located at 431 Washington Street, 29 Hovey Street,  and the adjacent unnumbered lot to the north on Hovey Street (see Planning memo here), and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to amend Special Permit #2-15 to allow a 1/3 reduction in the number of required parking stalls or a waiver for 386 stalls, dimensional relief to allow conformance with the existing parking facility and waivers with regard to the number, size, location and/or height of signs at 300 Boylston Street (see Planning Memo here).  The agenda can be found here.