City Council Committee Reports now available

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, November 27th and voted to approve the following:  request for authorization to transfer $109,200 from the Budget Reserve Snow and Ice Account to fund overtime staffing expenses and tree services incurred and anticipated because of wind storms, request for authorization for $1,507,105 from bonded indebtedness to upgrade the City’s financial system, request to appropriate and expend $215,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a bucket truck for the forestry division, request to appropriate $213,000 from bonded indebtedness to renovate 3 tennis courts at McGrath Park, request for authorization for $192,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purchase of two Parks and Rec Trash and Recycling Vehicles, request for an abatement for a curb betterment at 321 Central Street, request to appropriate $5 million from the November 13, 2017 Overlay Surplus to fund the Accelerated Roads Program, request to accept a $44K grant from MassDEP to support the City’s recycling program, request to appropriate $35, 674 to settle a claim, and request to appropriate $26,000 to support changes in the Comptroller’s Office. All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Real Property Reuse Committee:  The Real Property Reuse Committee met on Monday, November 27th and voted to approve the following:  request for amendments 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 report can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, November 28th and voted to approve the following:  request for a Consistency Ruling relative to a previously issued special permit for 37 Hamlet Street – Houghton Village – to allow for the replacement of an existing maintenance shed and add 159 square feet of space to extend a community room, request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit to rehabilitate Farwell Hall, construct an addition and grant a parking waiver and associated relief from parking lot requirements at 157 Herrick Road, request for Withdrawal without prejudice for 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, requiring a waiver of 84 parking stalls, a waiver to allow non-accessory 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,special permit/site plan approval to legalize a third unit and non-compliant lot area per unit in the existing non-conforming two-family at 69-71 Cherry Street, and special permit/site plan approval to relocate an existing dwelling, add a unit to the rear rear of the dwelling and construct two additional single-family attached dwellings in an MR-1 district for property located at 336 Newtonville Avenue, request for a zone change 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 raze an existing two-family at 400 Langley Road and construct a 20 unit 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.  (See the following links:   Draft Council Order for Zone Change, Draft Council Order – clean and redline version, and Perkins Eastman memo).  The Committee also voted No Action Necessary on a request to rezone five parcels 156 Oak Street (Parcel1), 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.  The report can be found here.

 

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, November 29th and voted to approve the following:  request for approval of the West Newton Square Enhancement Project, request to extend the trial program for removal of snow from sidewalks, request to appropriate $5 million fro Overlay Surplus Declaration to fund the Accelerated Roads Program. The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a petition for a grant of location to install a pole on the southerly side of Bellevue Street in front of 35 Howard Street.  There was also substantive discussion of the Crescent Street project to create 8 units of housing and a renovated playground.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, November 29th and voted to approve the following:  request to extend the trial program for removal of snow from sidewalks.  The Committee voted to No Action Necessary on a request for updates on the Washington Street Design.  The Committee – after several motions – voted to hold the West Newton Enhancement Project.  The Report can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, November 27th and voted to approve the following:  a zoning amendment to include lodging house ordinance to promulgate rules requiring annual fire, safety and health inspections and a licensing requirement.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.