City Council Meetings – Week of December 9th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Jonathan Lewis as a Trustee of the Chaffin Educational Fund
  • Appointment of Lucia Panichella as Trustee of the Horace Cousens Industrial Fund
  • Request authorization to accept a gift of $100,000 from the estate of Margorie D. Moerschner and to amend Section 18 of the Revised Ordinance of the City of Newton for the purpose of establishing the Marjorie D. Moerschner Fund for the Poor which will be overseen by the Horace Cousens Fund
  • Request to appropriate $3.250,000 from the Community Preservation Fund to the Planning and Development Department for a grant to the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly to create 60 units of permanently affordable, deed-restricted housing for seniors and chronically homeless individuals with disabilities at 160 Stanton Avenue
  • Request to amend the Stormwater Use Charge Ordinance deleting the current rate structure and replacing it with the following:  $100 for 1-4 family dwellings, and $$0.0425 per square foot of impervious surface area, except that if the square footage charge multiplied by the total impervious area of the parcel equals a sum less than $150.00, then the annual fee shall be $150.00
  • Request for a vote by the City Council to complement the vote of the School Committee to authorize the School Department to issue an Request for Proposals for food services for a period of one year with four renewable one-year terms
  • Request for authorization to transfer $350,000 from Wage Reserve to the Fire Department’s Full-time Salaries Fire Rescue Account to supplement funding required for the settlement of the FY2019 MOA that was ratified by the International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Request for authorization to transfer $95,844.51 from the Fire Pumper Replacement Account to various Fire Department Accounts
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a grant of $4,999 from the State Department of Energy Resources to evaluate the feasibility of microgrid at Newton North HIgh School
  • Request authorization to transfer $7,000 from HP Fines – Disability Commission to the Operations Access Account to fund “Operation Access Enforcement” a special detail enforcing  the accessible HP parking regulations during this holiday period

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion with the Director of Planning on conducting a vision process for the potential development of the land around the Riverside MBTA Station
  • Public Hearing on a proposal to amend Chapter 30 to implement a deferred effective date for the Ordinance of December 31, 2019 or such other appropriate date, for the purpose of allowing the Planning Department to complete a comprehensive study thereof
  • Public Hearing on a request to adopt the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan
  • Public Hearing on a request for amendments to the Inclusionary Housing Provisions of Chapter 30 to increase the required percentage of affordable units; to require that some affordable units be designated for middle income households; to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units; and to clarify and improve the ordinance with other changes as necessary
  • Discussion and review relative to the Draft Zoning Ordinance

Please note that the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and the Planning Department’s memo on proposed amendments to the Inclusionary Housing Provisions of the Chapter 30 can be found at the end of the agenda.

Notice of the Public Hearings can be found here. Note: the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance is not listed on the Notice.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. According to the agenda, there will be a presentation on Housing and Economic Impacts on the petition to rezone three parcels for the Northland Development and the request for a special permit and site plan approval to allow for a mixed use development atqa1 Northland.

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of 16 Beech Street
  • Request removal of a two-hour parking limit 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. both sides the entire length of Fairview Street
  • Request a “No Left Turn” restriction on Auburn Street in the area of 164 – 158 Auburn Street to restrict left turns from Auburn Street into the driveway of the parking lot of the Brookline Infant Toddler Center of Newton, 1900 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for temporary and permanent changes in terms of the location, duration,
    and pricing of public parking spaces, location of traffic signals, and changes to
    traffic circulation within and proximate to the Washington Street corridor in
    West Newton, to include abutting blocks of intersecting streets, in order to
    facilitate the reconstruction of the Washington Street corridor
  • Request for temporary and permanent changes in terms of the location, duration,
    and pricing of public parking spaces, and changes to traffic circulation within
    and proximate to the Walnut Street corridor in Newtonville, to include abutting
    blocks of intersecting streets, in order to facilitate the reconstruction of the
    Walnut Street corridor
  • Request to remove Bullough Park, one-way street from Berkshire Road southerly to Commonwealth Avenue from the official Traffic and Parking Regulations in order to fix an inconsistency and not make any changes in the field
  • Request to rescind the Traffic Council vote on October 25, 2018 of TC65-18 (TPR NO. 443) Sec. TPR-84 speed zones designated from the Traffic and Parking Regulations
  • Request to add a pedestrian signal on Commonwealth Avenue at Pamela Court
  • Request to extend the current “no parking 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.” parking prohibition on the east side of Lexington Street, between Auburn Street and Commonwealth Avenue, to a “no parking 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.” prohibition, to help improve traffic circulation”