City Council Meetings – Week of June 9th

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, June 10th at 7:30 p.m – (NOTE: LATE START) in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Proposal to amend Chapters 20 and 17 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Newton to create a short-term rental ordinance with fees that would require registration of short-term rentals with the City’s Inspectional Services Department and fire inspections to protect public safety and health
  • Request to appropriate and expend $2,000,000 from Free Cash to develop 25% conceptual design of the Washington Street Corridor in order to make the improvements to the corridor eligible for the State’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) funding
  • Request authorization to to acquire by purchase the West Newton Armory building and land located at 1135 Washington Street for affordable housing, and further requesting that the sum of $1 be appropriated from the Municipal Building Maintenance/Building Improvements Account to fund all costs associated with the acquisition of the property
  • Review and Acceptance of the submission of the 2020-2024 Five-Year Financial Forecast

Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning and Development Board: The Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Zoning amendments (requested by the Developer) for the Riverside Station/355 Grove Street and 399 Grove Street – Sections 4.2.3 and 4.2.4 relative to the MU3 District*
  • Zoning amendments (proposed by the Lower Falls Improvement Association (LFIA)) for the Riverside Station/355 Grove Street and 399 Grove Street – Sections 4.2 and 7.3.5 pertaining to the MU3/Transit-Oriented Zoning District*

*See Planning Memo which covers both items

The Committee will then meet jointly with the Planning and Development Board to hold public hearings on the following:

  • Proposal to amend Chapter 30 of the City of Newton Zoning Ordinances, in order create short-term rental ordinance that defines the short-term rental and bed and breakfast uses, identifies what zoning districts they would be allowed to in and under what criteria, conditions, limitations and permitting process
  • Proposal to amend Chapter 20 and 17 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Newton to create a short-term rental ordinance with fees that would require registration of short-term rentals with the City’s Inspectional Services Department and fire inspections to protect public health and safety
  • Request for amendments to the Inclusionary Zoning provisions of Chapter 30, Newton Zoning Ordinance, to apply the requirements to any project including seven or more residential units; to increase the required percentage of affordable units for projects of a certain size; to require that some affordable units be designated for middle-income households; to create a new formula for calculating for payment in lieu of affordable units and fractional cash payments; to waive certain inclusionary zoning requirements for 100% deed restricted affordable developments; to strengthen the Elder Housing with Services requirements; and to clarify and improve the ordinance with other changes as necessary – See Planning Memo
  • Request for approval to grant a conservation restriction at 30 Wabasso Street to the Newton Conservators – See Planning Memo

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-story rear addition, creating an FAR of .67 where .48 is allowed an .47 exists at 18 Upham Street
  • Request for NO ACTION NECESSARY for a Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for a 9-unit multi-family dwelling at 39 Herrick Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for 36 foot 3-story 9-unit multi-family dwelling with accessory parking for 9 cars, to allow for multi-family residential use on the ground level in a BU1 District, to allow a reduction to one parking stall per unit, to waive 18 stalls on the parcel associated with the multi-family dwelling (Lot 7), to allow off-site parking facilities (Lot 6), and to allow various setback, aisle width, maneuvering space, waive screening and lighting requirements and allow for a 4 foot retaining wall in a setback at 17-31 and 39 Herrick Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a rear-lot subdivision to create two lots, abandon the two-family use in the existing structure and create a second single-family on the rear lot, extending the existing non-conforming side setback at 41 Washington Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four single-family attached dwellings in two buildings, to allow reduced setbacks, to increase the allowed setbacks, to increase the allowed lot coverage, to allow a driveway within 10 feet of the side lot line, and to allow a 4 foot retaining wall in a setback at 145 Warren Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan to allow changes to the approved site plan at 2171 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to demolish and existing non-conforming single-family dwelling and a two-family dwelling, combine the lots and construct six dwelling units in two buildings, extending the non-conforming residential use, to allow ground level residential use in a BU2 District, to allow a three-story structure, to allow for an FAR of 1.1 in a three-story structure and extend a non-conforming side setback at 180, 184-186 Adams Street

Joint City Council and School Committee: The City Council and the School Committee will meet jointly on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 111 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The agenda will focus on updates from the School and Executive Department staff, on immediate, mid-term, and long-term school building projects.

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

  • Request to make Cliff Road a one-way street
  • Request implementation of a one-side parking restriction on Withingon Road to allow school bus access without difficulty
  • Request a stop or yield sign at the junction of Herrick Road and Union Street for cars descending from Herrick Road onto Union Street
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Judith Road – both sides
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Brentwood Ave between Walnut Street and Judith Road
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Garland Road, west side, between Beacon Street and Brentwood Road
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Carthay Circle, both sides, entire length
  • Request to change the following regulations in the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Walnut Park: (4) Live Parking; a) North side, from a point 465 feet south of Waban Park southerly 200 feet