City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Public Facilities Committee – February 20th:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend Section 17-3 of the City of Newton Ordinances adopting the FCC’s presumptively reasonable application fees for wireless attachments and new pole construction and conduct cost studying in the coming months to document the City’s time and expenses regarding these applications
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime

All other items were held.

Finance Committee – February 25th:  The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Amendments to Section 17-23(d) of the Newton City Ordinances to include fines for overtime parking violations – $15.00 for metered and unmetered spaces
  • Amendments to Chapter 29, Section 120(a) Stormwater Use Charge by deleting the current rate structure and replacing it with $100 charge billed quarterly for 1-4 family dwellings and all other properties $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 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 Constable for the City of Newton
  • Request to apply bond premiums to for payment of each capital project cost and the amount authorized  to be borrowed for each such project shall be reduced by the amount of any such premium so applied

Zoning and Planning Committee – February 25th:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of Kelley Brown to the Planning and Development Board
  • Re-appointment of Daniel Green to the Newton Conservation Commission

All other items were held. Please be sure to read the report for a detailed discussion of Zoning Redesign and the Build-out Analysis.

Land Use Committee – February 26th:  The Land Use Committee voted to APPROVE the following:

  • Request for an Extension of Time to exercise a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to create two attached dwelling units, allowing waivers and reductions of other requirements such as lot area, parking, setback, and lot coverage requirements
    at 20 Dale Street/19 Simpson Terrace
  • Request for an Extension of Time to exercise a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval 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 in excess of 700 sq. ft. and increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at 164 Highland Avenue
  • Request for an Extension of Time to Open a Public Hearing to amend Special Permit Council Order #288-18 to allow retail marijuana sales in conjunction with as the approved RMD (Registered Medical Dispensary) and waive additional requirements such as facade transparency, parking requirements (stall dimensions, aisle width, screening, landscaping, and lighting requirements)  at 24-26 Elliot Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert an existing single-family dwelling to construct a six-unit residential dwelling, to construct a second three-story 34.5’ residential dwelling with three units, allow ground floor units, and allow reduction and waivers of parking and lighting requirements at 424-432 Cherry Street

The Committee voted NO ACTION NECESSARY on the following request:

  • Request for a review of compliance of the current Hancock Estates project with the
    approved special permit

Traffic Council Report – February 28th:  The Traffic Council voted to APPROVE the following:

  • Parking prohibited between 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on the East Side of Kingsbury Road, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays
  • Parking meter time limit changed from 1 hour to 2 hours for parking meters along Walnut Street and Lincoln Street
  • Addition of Cheswick Road to the Auburndale Village Parking District with the following restrictions:   2-hour limit, all days, all times in front of the Lasell College properties; no parking 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., all days + parking by Auburndale Permit Only, Sept 1 to May 15, remainder of Cheswick Road, both sides
  • Addition of “No Right Turn on Red” restrictions at the intersection of Center and Church Street – all approaches

The Traffic Council voted to DENY the following:

  • Request for parking restrictions on the northern branch of Waban Avenue from #81 to #119 between Manitoba and Crofton
  • Request for a two-hour parking limit 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on School Days, east side of Paulson Road from Beacon Street to Evelyn Road

The Traffic Council voted No Action Necessary on the following item:

  • Request to modify the TPR (Traffic Parking Regulations) regarding pedestrian hybrid beacons to replace damaged traffic signal on Lexington Street near the Burr School

All other items were held.