City Council Meetings – Week of April 29th – Budget Discussions continue

Charter Subcommittee:  The Charter Subcommittee will meet on Monday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following items for discussion:

  • Article 3 – Executive Branch and Term Limits
  • Article 5 – Financial Procedures
  • Article 6 – Administrative Departments

Zoning and Planning Committee and Land Use Committee Special Joint Meeting:  The two committees will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 30th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 to discuss the following:  8th Grade Day Middle School presentation on the linkage between zoning and affordable housing and a discussion with the Planning Department and Sasaki Associates about the upcoming zoning maps and districts.  The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The agenda includes the following:

  • request for an update on the Riverside MBTA Special Permit and the petition from the City to the Mass DOT and the MBTA to issue a new RFP for a ground lease at the MBTA Station
  • request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a previously granted special permit to allow for the location of a new driveway at 5-7 Elm Street
  • petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for a for-profit learning center in the existing day care located at 227 Washington Street
  • request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a special permit/site plan approval to allow for the removal of dormers, redistribution of living space and enclosing a portion of a patio, resulting in a reduced FAR of .59 where .62 was approved and .44 is allowed at 23 Howe Road
  • request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow additional attic space above an attached garage, creating an FAR of .35 where .33 is allowed for property located at 138 Arnold Road
  • request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a mudroom and half bath, connecting an attached garage, as well as a basement addition for
    improved exterior access, extending the existing nonconforming FAR to .48 where .39 is allowed and .45 exists 48 Cotton Street
  • request for a special permit/site plan approval  to amend a previously granted
    Special Permit to allow a for-profit learning center in the second-floor office space at 180 Needham Street

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee is meeting on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes budget review for the following departments:

The CIP can be found here and the Supplemental CIP can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Budget and CIP review for the Department of Public Works
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from Free Cash to fund the Oak and Christina Streets Intersection project
  • Request to appropriate $175,000 from Free Cash to fund additional sidewalk and pedestrian improvements in Newton Corner including landscaping and a new bus shelter
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash and transfer $200,000 from the DPW Admin Full-time Salaries Account to the following accounts:  $215,000 to DPW Admin Electricity; $$50,000 to DPW Vehicle Maintenance; and $135,000 to DPW Transportation.

The CIP can be found here and the Supplemental CIP can be found here.