City Council Committee Meetings – Week of June 18th

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

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and is expected to discuss the following:  petition to re-zone from Multi-Residence 2 to Business 2 and 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 (Sunrise Development), special permit/site plan approval to convert the existing detached truck storage structure into a residential unit and continue the office use in the front structure, constituting two uses on site at 46 Farwell Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval  to allow parking within 5’ of the street, in the front setback at 54 Lakewood Road,  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, and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to raze and replace a two-family structure and allow a 4% reduction to the required lot area after combining lots at 19-21 Beaconwood Road.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee meeting is cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on June 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  petitioning for a grant of location to relocate Pole T.86/E86 on Dedham Street at the intersection of Dedham Street/Brookline Street/Carlson Avenue to provide service, request for authorization to appropriate and expend $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 for authorization to appropriate and expend $375,000 from previously declared Overlay Surplus and transfer $500,000 from the below the Public Works Full-time Salaries Account and the Public Works Health Insurance Account for the 2017 Pavement Program, request for authorization to appropriate and expend $71,000 from Free Cash to construct an observation deck on the greenway walking corridor, request that the School Department and/or Executive Department provide updates on removal of asbestos and other toxic materials that were identified at the Aquinas site, the scope and timing of window replacement in particular, and renovations that may be necessary to facilitate short and long-term plans for uses and operations at the site, request authorization to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the construction of a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, request for a Resolution to the Mayor to consider hiring a composting expert: either a consultant, a composting operator, or the Mass DEP to review the Rumford Avenue Composting site,  a request that the Executive Office and the Commissioner of Public Works review the management of the entire Rumford Avenue site with the input of the Solid Waste Commission and present their findings to the Public Facilities Committee within a 3 to 6 month timeframe, and a request that the Executive Office, the Fire Department, and the Department of Public Works provide an update on fire safety issues at the compost operation at the Rumford Avenue Landfill including details about who is currently managing the site for fires.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  possible ordinance change regarding fines associated with a) reducing the fines with parking at a curb cut and  b) increasing the fines when parking at a fire hydrant, request for authorization to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the purpose of funding the construction of 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 regarding a) Stop sign on Walnut Hill Road, b) Stop sign on Woodcliff Road for southbound traffic and c) Median on Walnut Hill Road, so cars approach Woodcliff Road at a right angle to address safety concerns and deter speeders (NOTE:  the appeal was approved but the Stop sign request was held).  The agenda can be found here.

Real Property Reuse Committee:  The Real Property Reuse Committee meeting has been cancelled. The cancellation notice can be found here.

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:   request for the installation of a stop sign on Fountain Street (both directions) at the intersection with Highland Street, request for the addition of a stop or yield sign at Burnham Road, northbound, at Valentine Street, request for a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Fairway Drive and Bunker Lane in West Newton, request for a four-way stop sign or a traffic signal at the intersection of Fairway Drive, Waltham and Derby Street to address safety concerns., requesting a parking restriction on the west side of Cherry Street between River Street and a point opposite Raymond Place, request for  a) stop sign at Curve Street, southbound, at the intersection of Auburn Street and b) stop sign at Gilbert Street, northbound, at the intersection of Auburn Street, request that the Traffic Council investigate a 3-way stop sign at the intersection of Hagar and Concord Streets, request for parking restrictions for Fuller Street from intersection of Commonwealth Avenue to Braeburn Golf Course to address commuter parking issues, on behalf of Jini Fairley, ADA Coordinator, requesting a discussion and possible changes to Traffic Council Policy 2: Residential Handicap Parking Spaces,  and  requesting a change to the official Newton Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the west side of Bowdoin Street so as to match the posted 2-hour parking limit signs. There would be no change to the posted signage.The agenda can be found here.