City Council Committee Meetings – Week of October 1st

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

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will hold a special meeting TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211 to review a petition for a grant of location on Carlson Avenue.  The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and is expected to discuss the following:  request for a special permit/site plan approval to legalize third unit and non-compliant lot area per unit in the existing
non-conforming two-family at 69-71 Cherry Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct three additions including a mudroom, a second floor addition over an existing porch and extension of a kitchen, further extending the nonconforming FAR from .40 to .44 where .39 is allowed at 715 Commonwealth Avenue, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a 764 sq. ft. rear addition to allow for new living space and creating an FAR of .60 where .44 exists and .46 is allowed at 115 Nonantum Street, a request to rezone five parcels at: 156 Oak Street (Parcel 1), 55 Tower Road (Parcel 2), 275-281 Needham Street (Parcel 3), 260 Needham Street(Parcel 4), 160 Charlemont Street(Parcel 5) to BU4 from MU1 (NORTHLAND petition), and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to develop off-site, non-accessory, single-level
parking on the parcel at 55 Tower Road (Parcel 2) to serve the existing office building at
156 Oak Street (Parcel 1), requiring a waiver of 84 parking stalls, a waiver to allow nonaccessory parking on a lot separate from the principal use, waivers to allow parking
within setbacks, waivers to dimensional requirements for parking stalls, waivers to the
maximum width for entrance and exit drives, waivers for perimeter screening
requirements for parking facilities, a waiver to interior landscaping requirements for
parking facilities, waivers to lighting requirements for parking facilities, and waivers to
the requirement for curbing, wheel stops, guard rails, and bollards at 156 Oak Street
and 55 Tower Road.  The agenda can be found here. Please note that other items on the agenda have been postponed. Also please note that the Planning Department has issued a memo regarding developing a Vision for Needham Street which can be found here.

Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 3rd in Room 211 at 8:00 a.m. and will review Chapters 17 and 20 and other fees and fines. The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, October 4th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211 and then in the Council Chambers and is expected to discuss the following:  appointment of Ethan Tieger to the Newton Commonwealth Foundation, re-appointment of Bethel Charkoudian  Arthur Magni Peter Kastner, Byron Dunker, Andrew Stern, Richard Tucker, Patrick Palmer, Jack Neville, Michael Clarke, and Sam Figler to the Newton Parks and Recreation Commission, and will hold public hearings on the following:  citizens petition requesting requesting a Resolution from the City Council acknowledging the scientifically documented benefits of a later school time and supporting the Newton Public Schools to take action to delay high school start times and a citizens petition requesting adoption of measures ensuring the City Council on deal with local issues.  In addition, the Chair will entertain public comment on a request for an amendment to the City Charter to reduce the size of the City Council to 16 – 8 at-large and 8 Ward only should the Charter Commission’s proposal fail.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, October 4th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  petition for a grant of location to locate a pole on Windsor Road, update on progress and design of the Washington Street corridor (will meet jointly with Public Safety and Transportation) request for approval of the “City of Newton – Public Buildings Department – Building Design and Construction Sustainability Guidelines, request for a resolution from the City Council in support of H.2683/S.1845 that seeks to protect consumers from leaked gas while providing economic incentive to providers to repair infrastructure so as to reduce methane leaks into the environment, request for a discussion on how the City currently charges residents for sewer extensions and a re-appointment of Marian Rambelle to the Solid Waste Commission.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, October 4th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following:  update on progress and design of the Washington Street corridor (will meet jointly with Public Facilities), and a request for a discussion with the Fire Department and ISD on how he city may implement a policy and/or ordinance, which clearly states when a sprinkler system is needed in any new construction projects. The Chair will entertain a motion for No Action Necessary on the following items:  a request for a discussion of and 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, and a request for a letter in support of for the redesign of the Auburndale, West Newton and Newtonville Commuter Rail stations. The agenda can be found here.