City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Land Use Committee –  10/02/2018: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to Withdraw without Prejudice a request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a nine unit multi-family dwelling at 39 Herrick Road
  • Request to appropriate $3 million in CPA funds for a grant to the Newton Housing Authority to create Haywood House, a permanently affordable rental development consisting of 55 one-bedroom units for seniors at JFK Circle
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan approval to allow reconfiguration of an existing tandem driveway to allow two side-by-side stalls within 5′ of a setback and within 5′ of a street on the corner lot at 27 Albion Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan approval to construct side and rear additions to create an attached garage, accessory apartment, and additional living space exceeding FAR and extending the non-conforming 3.5 story structure at 58 Rochester Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan approval to relocate an existing carriage house and attach it with a breezeway to a new multi-level principal structure addition, extending the non-conforming height and exceeding the FAR at 44 Ballard Street

All other items were held or postponed.

Programs and Services Committee – 10/03/2018:  The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of Ouida Young as Acting City Solicitor until a permanent replacement is hired or until November 5th when the temporary appointment may be extended by the City Council
  • Extension of re-appointment of Ouida Young as Acting City Solicitor be further extended from November 5th until November 16th in order to align with her scheduled retirement
  • Resolution to reaffirm public accommodation non-discrimination laws

Public Facilities Committee – 10/03/2018:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Robert Hnasko to the Design Review Committee
  • Appointment of Tamar Warbug to the Designer Selection Committee
  • Appointment of Karen Slote to the Solid Waste Committee
  • Appointment of Steve Siegel to the Design Review Committee
  • Request to appropriate $800,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the replacement of the roof at the Crafts Street garage
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the installation of air conditioning units at the Carr School

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a petition for a grant of location to install conduit in Moulton Street.

All other items were held.  Please note the report contains a detailed discussion of the Organics Pilot and Recycling IQ Program and a discussion with DPW regarding the steel workers lockout.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – 10/03/2018:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appeal of a Traffic Council decision to create a one-way on Derby Street from Waltham Street to Cherry Street westbound

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a request for a discussion regarding the roll-out of Lime Bikes.

Land Use Committee Report – 10/09?2018:  The Land Use Committee met and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to Withdraw without Prejudice a Request for a Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert an existing single-family dwelling to a three-story, six residential unit building with ground floor units, to construct a second three-story, three residential unit building with ground floor units and waivers of other requirements for property located at 424-434 Cherry Street
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan to allow the addition of dormers to the attic level where 3.5 stories exist and 2.5 stories is allowed at 47 Lewis Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raise the roof of the existing 2.5 story house and add oversized front and rear dormers to the attic level and creating a third story where 2.5 is allowed at 63 Cherry Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a multi-family development in a business district with more than 20,000 gross floor area, with a three-story structure 41′ in height containing a 12 unit dwelling with ground floor units and allow waivers of other requirements at 189-193 Adams Street/Quirk Court (See Letter opposing Adams Street petition – Cerqua  and Letter opposing Adams Street petition – French

All other items were held.  The report contains detailed notes on the Public Hearing regarding the Kesseler Woods petition and a Financial Analysis on Hancock Estates.

Zoning and Planning Committee Report – 10/10/2018:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Community Preservation Funds for professional services related to protection of open space at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway

The report can be found here.  The report contains committee review of Zoning Redesign discussion.