City Council Meetings – Week of February 24th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Proposal to amend Section 17-23(d) of the City of Newton Ordinances to include Overtime parking fines of $15 for metered spaces and non-metered time restricted spaces
  • Proposal to amend Chapter 29, Section 120 (a) Stormwater Use Charge by deleting the current rate structure and replacing it with the following rates:  $100 for 1-4 families 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 authorization to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve- Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime
  • Re-appointment of Charles Grillo, Jr. as a Constable
  • Request to authorize the Administration to supplement prior bond authorizations and apply bond premiums to the payment of capital project costs in accordance with the Municipal Modernization Act

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Re-appointment of Kelley Brown to the Planning and Development Board
  • Re-appointment of Daniel Green to the Conservation Commission
  • Progress Report of the Riverside Vision Plan – See Planning Memo
  • Review of the Draft Zoning Ordinance – Planning Department will provide a review of all Districts and present the Build-Out Analysis – See Planning Memo

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Two requests for an Extension of Time to Exercise  a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval:
    • to create two attached dwelling units, allowing waivers to the lot are requirements and lot area per unit requirements, to reduce the side setback requirement, to reduce the lot coverage requirement, to allow a driveway within 10’ of a side lot line and to allow parking within 20’ of a side lot line at 20 Dale Street/19 Simpson Terrace
    • to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling, front porch and detached garage and construct a two-story rear addition and attached garage for more than three vehicles and in excess of 700 sq. ft. increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at
  • A request for an Extension of Time to Open a Public Hearing until March 26th to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow retail marijuana sales in conjunction with an approved Registered Medical Dispensary and waive requirements such as facade, parking requirements, screening requirements, landscaping requirements, and lighting requirements at 24-26 Elliot Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a attached dwelling unit to the existing single-family structure,  reduce lot area, frontage and lot coverage  requirements, to reduce front and side setback requirements and to allow a driveway along the side lot line, requiring an amendment to Variance #99442 at 10 Pillion Court
  • Compliance Review of the Hancock Estates Special Permit
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert an existing single-family dwelling to construct a six-unit residential dwelling with, to construct a second three-story 34.5’ residential dwelling with three units, to allow ground floor units and reduction in parking requirements and waivers to other conditions including stall width, aisle width, driveway width, landscape screening and lighting at 424- 432 Cherry Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to  allow a 36’ three-story nine-unit multi-family dwelling with accessory parking or nine cars, to allow multi-family residential use on the ground level in a Business 1 District, and allow reductions and waivers to parking requirements, setback requirements, retaining wall heights and screening and lighting requirements at 39 Herrick Road

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a two-hour parking limit including Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., both sides, from Hammond Street to Suffolk Road to deter student and commuter parking – Note: This was held for trial of the following: No parking 8:00 a.m.
    to 10:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, Kingsbury Road,
    east side
  • Request for parking restrictions on the northern branch of Waban Avenue from #81 to #119 Waban Avenue between Manitoba Road and Crofton Road:  a) No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, on the northern side (residential side) of the northern branch of Waban Avenue, and b) Two-hour parking restriction, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, southern side (reservation side) of the northern branch of Waban Avenue to deter commuter congestion and enhance safety
  • Request for a two-hour parking limit  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., school days, east side, Paulson Road from Beacon Street to Evelyn Road
  • Requesting for review and changes to  parking duration at the parking meters on Lincoln and Walnut streets in Newton Highlands
  • Request for Resident Parking Only on Roberta Road
  • Request to change parking regulations on Cheswick Road, potentially to include joining the Auburndale resident parking program
  • Request to modify the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) Sec. TPR-145.
    Traffic-control signal locations, part (a) Traffic control signals shall be placed
    at the following locations, and part (b) Pedestrian hybrid beacons shall be
    placed at the following locations, so as to replace the damaged traffic signal on
    Lexington Street at the Burr School, which is currently listed in part (a) of TPR145,
    with a pedestrian hybrid beacon at the same location. – NOTE: Chair will request Motion for No Action Necessary.
  • Request to add No Right on Red restrictions into the TPR at the intersection of Church Street at Centre Street