City Council Committee Reports

Land Use Committee – 1//8/2019:  The Land Use Committee approved the following items:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for an increase in the number of teachers and children in the childcare program and waive 17 parking spaces at 2330 Washington Street
  • Request for an amendment to a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow bank use at 71 Needham Street

The Land Use Committee voted to deny the following:

  • Request for an amendment to a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a detached carport for the existing single-family dwelling at 50-52 Rowe Street

All other items were held.

Programs and Services – 1//9/2019:  The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Julie Irish to the Council on Aging
  • Appointment of Melissa Sommer to the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Appointment and Re-appointment of Patricia Kerwin Derrick to the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Request to accept and expend $100,000 from the State Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Earmark Funds to conduct a feasibility study on the renovation, expansion and new construction of the Newton Senior Center
  • Request to amend Section 27-10 of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances to increase the maximum qualifying gross receipts amount for the Tax Deferral Program from $60,000 to $72,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2018 and for all subsequent years
  • Re-appointment of Sam Figler to the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Re-appointment of Matthew Stafford, Asa Fanelli, and Lisa Terrizzi  to the Health and Human Services Advisory Council
  • Re-appointment of Dina Conlin to the Licensing Board

Public Facilities – 1/9/2019:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the DPW Processing Recyclables to fund increased costs of processing recyclables due to changes in the recycling market
  • Request for a vote from the City Council to authorize submission of a Statement of Interest to the MSBA for funding for the replacement of the boiler and roof at Memorial Spaulding Elementary School and replacement of the roof at Underwood Elementary School
  • Request to accept and expend $100,000 from the State Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Earmark Funds to be used to conduct a feasibility study on the renovation, expansion and new construction of the Newton Senior Center
  • Request to transfer $1,300,000 from Free Cash to fund the continuation of a Feasibility Study/Schematic design and Site Plan Approval for the Lincoln-Eliot/Newton Early Childhood Program

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning – 1/14/2019:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for authorization to accept and expend funds provided by the Riverside MBTA property developer to cover the cost of independent consultant support for a vision plan for the Riverside MBTA property (Zoning and Planning  will meet jointly with the Finance Committee for this item) – See Planning memo here.
  • CPC (Community Preservation Committee) recommendation to appropriate $600,000 from the CPA Fund to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Cultural Alliance to supplement the previously granted CPA funds for rehabilitation of the Allen House(Zoning and Planning will meet jointly with the Finance Committee for this item)
  • Re-appointment of Ann Killilea to the Commission on Disability
  • Discussion and adoption of the Economic Development Strategy Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan – See Planning memo here.

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Discussion of the Visioning process for the potential development of the Riverside MBTA Station

All other items were held.

Finance Committee – 1/14/2019:  The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for authorization to accept and expend funds provided by the Riverside MBTA property developer to cover the cost of independent consultant support for a vision plan for the Riverside MBTA property (Finance will meet jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee for this item)
  • CPC (Community Preservation Committee) recommendation to appropriate $600,000 from the CPA Fund to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Cultural Alliance to supplement the previously granted CPA funds for rehabilitation of the Allen House (Finance will meet jointly with Zoning and Planning for this item)
  • CPC (Community Preservation Committee) recommendation to appropriate $30,000 from the CPA Fund to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Conservators for costs associated with holding conservation restrictions for 30 Wabasso Street and 20 Rogers Street (both acquired with CPA Funds)
  • Request to amend Section 27-10 of the Revised City of Newton Ordinances to increase the maximum qualifying gross receipts amount for the Tax Deferral Program from $60,000 – $72,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2018 and all subsequent years
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the DPW Processing Recyclables for increased costs or processing recyclables due to changes in recycling market
  • Request to increase the number of Full-Time employees in the Public Buildings Department by one custodian funded through the Council on Aging Formula Grant
  • Request to transfer $1,300,000 from Free Cash to fund the continuation of the Feasibility Study/Schematic Design and Site Plan Approval for the Lincoln Eliot/Newton Early Childhood Program
  • Request to accept and expend $100,000 from the State Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Earmark Funds to be used to conduct a feasibility study on the renovation, expansion and new construction of the Newton Senior Center
  • Re-appointment of David Spector to the Financial Audit Advisory Committee
  • Re-appointment of Maria Rosen as Constable for the City of Newton

All other items were held.

Land Use – 1/15/2019:  The Land Use Committee held a public hearing focusing on Traffic and Transportation Issues surrounding the Northland Development. The item was held.