City Council Committee Meetings – Week of November 12, 2017

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

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  appointment of Anne Killilea to the Commission on Disability, public hearing on an ordinance to allow food trucks in the City of Newton – initially restricted to Wells Avenue – (see Planning Department Memo), discussion on consideration of a zoning amendment to increase the inclusionary zoning unit requirement from 15% – 25%, require some inclusionary zoning units to be designated for middle income households and create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of units; and an update on Zoning Redesign. The agenda can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The regularly scheduled Finance Committee meeting has been cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is scheduled to discuss the following:  request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit to construct four
attached single-family dwellings in two buildings and to locate a driveway within 10 feet
of a side lot line at 5-7 Elm Street and 114 River Street, petition 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, petition for a special permit/site plan approval to relocate an existing dwelling, add a unit to the rear of the dwelling and construct two additional single-family attached dwellings in an MR-1 district, requiring a special permit at 336 Newtonville Avenue, petition for a special permit/site plan approval  to redraw lot lines of three existing lots into two irregular shaped lots,
creating a higher than allowable build factor of 28.08 where 20 is allowed at an
unnumbered lot, 22 & 26 Goddard Street, request to change the zone to
MR-3 for land located at 392-396 Langley Road(MR-2; Parcel 1), 400 Langley Road (MR-
2; Parcel 2), and 402-404 Langley Road (BU-1; Parcel 3) and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to to develop 20,000+ sq. ft. of gross square area by razing the existing two-family at 400 Langley and constructing a three-story, 20-unit multi-family
apartment building, legitimize a nonconforming deck and setback at 402-404 Langley
Road, a reduction of parking to 1.25 stalls per unit or 83 stalls, parking in the side
setback, a waiver of dimensional requirements for parking, a waiver for requirements
for end stalls, a waiver for the minimum aisle width, a waiver of perimeter screening
and interior landscaping requirements, a waiver for lighting and surfacing requirements
and a waiver to allow multi-family dwellings in the MR-3 zone, at 392-396, 400, 402-404
Langley Road, request to extend notification to abutters for special permit petitions, request fora discussion with the Planning & Development Department regarding the fees charged for Special Permits and what the actual costs are for issuing Special Permits, and a request for a report from the Planning Department re how many of the affordable units developed at Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street qualify for inclusion on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory List; if a property is not on the list, what can be done to make it eligible.  The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to hold a special meeting on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber to discuss the request to seek Home Rule Legislation to amend the Charter to reduce the size of the Council to 16 – 8 at-large with a residency requirement in each Ward and 8 – Ward only elected Councilors with a residency requirement in each Ward.  The agenda can be found here.  A memo from Councilor Sangiolo can be found here.

Real property/Reuse Committee:  The Real Property/Reuse Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  request to amend 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.

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m in Room 205. The agenda can be found here.