City Council Committee Reports Now Available

Land Use Committee – 7/9/2019 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four single-family attached dwellings in two buildings, allowing single-family attached dwellings with three stories and to allow retaining walls greater than 4 ft within a setback at 499 Winchester Street
  • Request to amend the deed restriction adopted by a Board Order issued in 1968 regarding the Wells Avenue Office Park to allow solar carports at 181 Wells Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a parking stall within the front setback and five feet of the street at 30 Jacobs Terrace
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to legitimize an existing sign – allow for an 8.14 sq. ft. free standing sign at the front of the property in a planting bed at 112 Needham Street

Zoning and Planning Committee – 7/15/2019 Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Leigh Gilligan to the Conservation Commission
  • Re-appointment of Paul Snyder to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission
  • Re-appointment of Susana Lannik to the Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission
  • Proposal to amend the Zoning Ordinances to create a short-term rental ordinance that defines the short-term rental and bed and breakfast uses, identifies what zoning districts they would be allowed in and under what criteria, conditions, limitations and permitting processes
  • Proposal to amend Chapter 20 and 17 of the Revised Ordinances to create a short-term rentals with the City’s Inspectional Services Department and fire inspections to protect public health and safety (Note: the following provisions failed to carry: use limited to no more than 90 days/year; short-term rental can only be rented under 1 contract at a time; short-term rental in a detached structure on the same lot may be allowed by special permit

All other items were held including adoption of the Washington Street Vision Plan as part of the Comprehensive Plan; and the proposed Zoning Amendments and the proposed “temporary suspension” on local landmark designations.

Public Facilities Committee – 7/17/2019 Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Maria Leo to the Design Review Committee as a community representative for the Lincoln-Eliot project
  • Request for a grant of location on Washington Street in the vicinity of 2014-2060 Washington Street to accommodate a new driveway
  • Request for a grant of location to install 110′ of conduit from a manhole in Dedham Street in a southerly direction turning easterly to provide a new service to 116 Upland Avenue
  • Request for a grant of location in Commonwealth/Manet/Ward as part of an MWRA water main replacement project
  • Request for a grant of location in Ward Street as part of an MWRA water main replacement project
  • Request for a grant of location in Waverly Avenue as part of an MWRA water main replacement project
  • Request to appropriate $1,350,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School window replacement project and accessibility improvements
  • Request for review and amendments to the Procedures and Standards and Application Form as they relate to grants of location for Wireless Communication Facilities

Land Use Committee – 7/23/2019 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct an addition to the existing single-car garage, extending the non-conforming front setback, to allow parking within the setback and within five feet of the street at 1188 Chestnut Street (Note: This was approved by a vote of 3 in favor and 5 abstaining)
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a 35 ft, free standing sign at 157 Herrick Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a rear sunroom in the footprint of an existing deck, extending the non-conforming two-family use and creating an FAR of .37 where .36 exists and .34 is allowed at 138 Lincoln Street

All other items were held.

Programs and Services Committee – 7/24/2019 Report: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of John McDermott and Nancy Levine to the Elections Commission
  • Re-appointment of Vincent O’Donnell to the Newton Housing Authority

All other items were held. Note: The Blue Ribbon Commission’s Recommendation on Salaries for Elected Officials was discussed. See Report.

Zoning and Planning Committee – 7/29/2019 Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee held all items. Note: There was substantive discussion of the following items:

  • Request for approval and adoption of the Washington Street Vision Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan
  • Request for approval and adoption of the Washington Street Zoning Ordinance as an amendment to the Newton Zoning Ordinance
  • Proposal to amend the Chapter 22 of the Newton Ordinances to create a “temporary suspension” of local landmark designations

Land Use Committee – 8/6/2019 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a waiver of 14 parking stalls and allow assigned parking at 35-41 Lincoln Street

All other items were held. Note: There was a substantive committee discussion regarding the Northland petition – specifically with regard to the traffic and parking study, the Transportation Demand Management Plan and monitoring and reporting recommendations.