City Council Committee Reports – Week of April 15th

Land Use Committee Report – April 3, 2018:  The following items were recommended for approval:

  • 2 Terrace Avenue – Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for additional space over a two-car garage exceeding the FAR from .41 to .43  Draft Council Order can be found here.
  • 2095 Commonwealth Avenue (Auburndale Starbucks) – Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a restaurant with more than 50 seats, allow a free standing sign (withdrawn), allow for more than 2 secondary signs, waivers to the interior landscaping requirement, parking waivers for parking in the front setback and for aisle width.  Draft Council Order can be found here.
  • 333 Nahanton Street (Jewish Community Center) – Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend the site plan to construct a 2-story 4,352 sq. ft. addition at the rear of the existing gymnasium. Draft Council Order can be found here.
  • 93 – 105 Union Street (Piccadilly Square) – Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for a Comprehensive Sign Package and waivers for individual signs. Draft Council Order can be found here.

Land Use Committee Report – April 10, 2018:  The following items were recommended for approval:

  • 80 Union Street – Request to Withdraw an application for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a prior Board Order issued for 70-80 Union Street and 93 Union Street and eliminate a requirement for 4 off-site parking stalls at 93 Union Street.
  • 133 Park Street – Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to enclose first and second floor porches and construct a two-story side addition exceeding the FAR of an allowed .37 (existing is .34) to a proposed FAR of .48. Draft Council Order can be found here.
  • 36 Cummings Road – Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-story addition to the rear of a house and the side of a house extending the existing non-conforming structure. Draft Council Order can be found here.
  • 110 Parker Avenue – Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a second story addition and attic space further increasing the non-conforming setback and increasing the FAR from an allowed .48 (existing is .38) to .50. Draft Council Order can be found here.
  • 64 Green Park – Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to replace a two-story enclosed porch with a two story addition further increasing the non-conforming FAR from an allowed .36 (eixsting ,51) to .53. Draft Council Order can be found here.
  • JFK Circle – Newton Housing Authority – Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a prior Board Order and remove 26,366 sq. ft. of land from 83-127 and 106-128 JFK Circle to develop 55 affordable elderly housing units (requiring Chapter 40B Comprehensive Permit), extend non-conforming setbacks and parking waivers. Law Department memo and draft Council Order can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee Report – April 9, 2018:  All items were held. There was an in-depth discussion about two items and a brief update on the Washington Street Corridor Action Plan.

  • Shared Parking Pilot Program – See Planning Memo here.
  • Zoning Redesign Series – See Planning Memo here.

Finance Committee Report – April 9, 2018:  The Finance Committee approved submittal of the FY2017 Comprehensive Financial Audit Report and other external audit reports:  FY2017 Single Audit Reports – GAO and OMB Reports and  Management Letter. All other items were held.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee Report – April 4, 2018: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • proposed amendments to the Pilotless Aircraft Ordinance (Drones) – suggested amendments in response to Federal Court’s decision striking down registration requirements and other prohibitions
  • appeal of Traffic Council’s decision for flashing warning lights at LaGrange Street and instead – install pedestrian activated signal with a flashing yellow light
  • No Action Necessary – Discussion item on preparedness for automated, electric and shared vehicles

The Committee also had substantive discussion on the City’s ability to test and implement self-driving vehicles.

Public Facilities Committee Report – April 4, 2018:  All items were held but the Committee had substantive discussions on the following:

  • Update on the Organic Waste Composting Pilot Program from the Director of Environmental Affairs, Waneta Trabert as well as a general discussion of the status of contaminated recycling and sustainable materials management – See the end of the Committee Report for the Director’s excellent presentation!
  • Review of proposed City Council ordinances/regulations regarding petitions to install wireless communications facilities and poles

Traffic Council – April 12 ,2018:  The Traffic Council voted to approve the following:

  • Parking restriction on Lexington Street (Ward 4) near the pedestrian crosswalk that leads to Burr Elementary School field
  • Parking restrictions on Hawthorne Avenue (Ward 4) – entire length on the east side, from Woodland Road to to Unity Street on the west side, and a two-hour limit all days and all hours from Unity Street to Aspen Avenue on the west side
  • Parking restrictions on Amy Circle (Ward 5) – No parking east side from Beacon Street to a point 175 feet northerly, two-hour limit from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. west side from Beacon Street to a point 175 feet north of Beacon on the east side
  • Stop sign at the intersection of Wolcott Street extension and Wolcott Street (Ward 4).

The Council voted No Action Necessary on the following items:

  • Request to review traffic flow on Ellis Street (Ward 5)
  • Request to study speed and traffic flow on Radcliff and Tamworth Roads (Ward 5)
  • Request for traffic calming measures on Washington Street from Beacon Street to Aspen Avenue (Ward 4)
  • Request for speed study, traffic calming measures, and a raised crosswalk at Auburn Street and Woodland Road (Ward 4)