City Council Committee Reports Now Available

The following City Council Committee Reports are now available:

Programs and Services Committee Report – June 20, 2018:  The Programs and Services Committee voted to recommend approval of the following:

  • Appointment of John Castellot to the Institutional Biotechnology Committee
  • Three appointments to the Human Rights Commission:  Elizabeth Ingraham, Tamika Olszewski and David Kuppenheimer
  • Re-appointment of Michelle Freshman to the Health and Human Services Advisory Council
  • Three re-appointments to the Human Righs Commission:  Bryan Barash, Hattie Kerwin Derrick and Jane Brown
  • Request to increase the salary of the City Clerk/Clerk of the Council to $135,619 to match the percentage increase included in the FY2019 Budget for H-grade employees
  • Request that the City Council place a ballot question at a special election to be held this November as to whether the City should limit the number of retail recreational marijuana establishments operating in Newton to no fewer than 2 and no more than 4

 

Public Safety and Transportation Committee Report – June 20, 2018:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to recommend approval of the following:

  • Request for approval of the Walnut Street Newtonville Enhancements Project

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Committee Report – June 20, 2018: The Public Facilities Committee voted to recommend approval of the following:

  • Requests for Grants of Location for the following:
    • Install and maintain a gas main at Gay Street to 10 Clyde Street
    • Install and maintain a traffic control box on California Street (across from 367 California Street)
  • Appointment of Amy MacKrell to the Designer Selection Committee
  • Request for approval of the Walnut Street Newtonville Enhancements Project
  • Re-appointment of Peter Barrer to the Design Review Committee
  • Two re-appointments to the Citizens Commission on Energy:  Halina Brown and Jonathan Kantar

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee Report – June 25, 2018:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Request to amend City Zoning Ordinances to allow for a Shared Parking Pilot Program as an accessory use in Commercial Districts (see Memo from Council Baker) subject to 2nd call

The Zoning and Planning Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following items:

  • Request to amend City Zoning Ordinances to require any development in a business zone, limit the residential portion of the project to 50% of the total development
  • Request to amend City Zoning Ordinances so that Mixed Use 4 Zone is either eliminated, or dimensional controls are reduced; or a moratorium of two years be placed on any new MU4 Development or any combination of the three

Motions to approve the following failed to Carry in Committee:

  • Request to amend the City Zoning Ordinance to adopt an immediate moratorium on any zone changes and/or construction/development along both sides of Washington Street, including abutting properties, from the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue Washington Street in Auburndale/West Newton, to the intersection of Washington Street and Centre Street in Newton Corner.  This moratorium shall remain in place until Zoning Redesign and the proposed “actionable plan for the Washington Street Corridor” are completed.

All other items, including the Planning Department’s proposed draft ordinance regulating retail marijuana shops were held.

Finance Committee Report – June 25, 2018:  The Finance Committee met on June 25th and voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Request to transfer $240,000 from the following Full-time Salaries Accounts (Executive Office, Assessing, Treasury, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Planning) to fund back pay owed to the former Police Chief
  • Request to appropriate $9,831.31 to settle a claim resulting from a sewer backup
  • Request to appropriate $6,400 from the HP Fines – Disability Commission Receipts Reserved for Appropriation to fund the purchase and installation of Accessible Pedestrian Signals for Waverly and Tremont Street intersections
  • Request to transfer $30,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the Executive Office Consulting Account for the purpose of developing a Cultural Strategy for the City
  • Request to increase the salary of the City Clerk/Clerk of the Council to $135,619 to match the percentage increase included in the FY2019 Budget for H-grade employees

 

Land Use Committee Report – June 26, 2018:  The Land Use Committee met on June 26th and voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit previously granted to allow for a free standing sign at 1349 Centre Street
  • Request to Withdraw without Prejudice a request for an extension of time to exercise a previously granted special permit for the Turtle Lane project located at 283 Melrose Street
  • Request to allow a rear lot subdivision to create two lots, demolish the existing single-family dwelling and construct two new single-family dwelling units on each lot for property located at 156 Otis Street

All other items were held including Garden Remedies request for a special permit to allow for the retail sale of marijuana.