City Council Committee Meetings – Week of March 10th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Jim Shaughnessy as Director of Assessing Administration
  • Request authorization to submit Statement of Interest to the MSBA for consideration of funding for a renovation/addition of Countryside Elementary School, designated as the highest priority for a major project after Cabot Elementary School and the Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School and the Newton Early Childhood Program
  • Request to appropriate $1,364,006 from bonded indebtedness for to fund  incidental and/or related costs, of replacing the boilers at Bigelow Middle School which the City may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)
  • Request to amend Section 17-3 of the City of Newton’s Ordinances and adopt the FCC’s presumptively reasonable application fees for wireless attachments and new pole construction and conduct studies of the costs to document the City’s time and expenses regarding these applications
  • Request to amend the non-resident parking permit fee from $25 to better cover the costs and encourage alternatives to driving in parts of the City where demand is high
  • Request to rescind the city’s acceptance of Section 22F of the Mass General Laws Chapter 40 which authorizes certain municipal boards and officers to fix reasonable fees for the issuance of certain licenses, permits, or certificates
  • Request for an ordinance amendment requiring divestment from direct or indirect investment in fossil fuel companies
  • Request to amend Council Order #51-19 to authorize the transfer of $1,250,000 from the Angier Elementary School Project Account to the Capital Stabilization Account to the Accelerated Roads Program
  • Request to amend the FY2019 Budget Council order by increasing Retirement Accounts in both the Sewer Funds Benefits Account and the Water Funds Benefit Account by decreasing Sewer Maintenance and Operation by $188,067 and decreasing Water Maintenance and Operation by $302,283
  • Request to re-appropriate unspent bond funds for completed projects to new projects (see agenda for full listing)

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment and Re-appointment of David Kayserman, 33 Hancock Street, as a member of the Auburndale Historic District Commission
  • Request to amend Chapter 30, Section 4.4.1. Business, Mixed Use & Manufacturing Districts. to allow Registered Marijuana Dispensaries and marijuana retailers by special permit in Limited Manufacturing and Manufacturing Districts – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance 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 – See Planning Memo
  • Continued discussion of the Draft Zoning Ordinance – with overview of the Development Review Process – See Planning Memo

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda will be solely focused on the Northland Development specifically an overview of the project revisions as they relate to site design, open space and fiscal/economic impacts. See Planning Memo.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber for a conceptual review of a proposed Riverside Station Mixed-Use/Transit Oriented Development. The agenda can be found here and the Concept Plans can be found here.