City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Public Facilities Report – 11/6/2019: The Pubic Facilities voted to approve the following:

  • Petition for a Grant of Location to install and maintain a gas main in Boulder Road to provide services to 19 and 28 Boulder Drive
  • Request authorization to install sewer extension for the Farwell Street Subdivision consisting of 6 new single-family homes
  • Request to name the intersection of Walnut Street and Lincoln Street John O’Hara Square
  • Request to transfer $86,800 from Interest Temp Loans to a Capital Project Account under Public Buildings Department for the purpose of funding the replacement of the leaking boiler at the Police Headquarters
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a grant of $52,000 from MassDEP as part of the Recycling Dividends Grant Program to support the City’s Waste Diversion Program
  • Request to transfer $88,000 from Free Cash to the DPW Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue
  • Request authorization to revise ordinances related to White Goods and Bulky Items – including amendment of fees, and management of residential move-ins and move-outs

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to the DPW Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue – this was a request made last year and it is the Chair’s intent to move No Action Necessary on this item

Public Safety and Transportation Report – 11/6/2019: The Committee voted to No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request discussion of allowing legal two-way bicycle travel on the Commonwealth Avenue Carriage Lane

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee Report – 11/7/2019: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to subdivide a 29,983 lot into one 15,000 sq. ft. lot and one 14,983 sq. ft. lot requiring a waiver of the lot frontage by 5% and a reduction in the lot area by .114% (17 sq. ft.) at 1957 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to expand the existing garage and construct two bedrooms above, creating an FAR of .51 where .41 is allowed and .44 exists at 32 Berkshire Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to enclose an existing 175 sq. ft. porch and construct a single-story porch addition, increasing the non-conforming lot coverage, decreasing the non-conforming open space and creating an FAR of .56 where .33 is allowed and .53 exists at 262 Otis Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow construction of a one-story addition at the front of the structure, to allow a first floor residential use in a BU1 District, and to extend the non-conforming use and non-conforming front setback at 278-280 California Street

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – 11/12/2019 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to withdraw a request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to change the existing non-conforming use from the existing two-family use to allow three single-family dwellings in the SR3 District, to further extend the non-conforming lot area per unit, to further extend a non-conforming front setback and to allow a retaining wall in excess of 4 feet within a setback at 128 Pine Street
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan to permit a for-profit education use as well as other uses which could include animal services, dry cleaners and ground floor health clubs at 55-71 Needham Street
  • Request to rezone three parcels for the Northland Development*
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow mixed use development at Northland *

*See Law Department Memo; See Land Use Planning Memo; See Draft Council Order re: Change of Zone and See Draft Council Order re: Special Permit

All other items were held.

Finance Committee Report – 11/13/2019: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate $5,000 from the Accessible Parking Fines Fund to be used to pay for special police detail enforcement of the accessible parking regulations
  • Request approval of the sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments:
    • 22 Agawam Road
    • 100 Franklin Street
    • 310 Waverly Avenue
    • 51 Devon Road
  • Request to transfer $207,500 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Forestry Tree Account
  • Request to transfer $806,800 from Interest Temp Loans to a Capital Project Account under Public Buildings Department to fund replacement of leaking boiler at Police Headquarters
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a MassDEP grant of $52,000 to support the City’s waste diversion efforts
  • Request to transfer $88,000 from Free Cash to Department of Public Works Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue
  • Request to revise ordinances related to solid waste and recycling definitions, management of bulky waste items, management of white goods, including amendments to fees and management of residential move-outs and clean-outs

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Discussion with IT and the Executive Departments regarding the City’s new website currently under development
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to Department of Public Works Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue (* Note: Chair’s intent to move No Action Necessary on this item)

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – 11/14/2019: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Marcela Merino to the Economic Development Commission
  • Appointment of Leigh Gilligan to the Conservation Commission
  • Request to appropriate $15,000 (from CPC funds?) to the Newton Conservators for costs associated with the holding of the Conservation Restriction for Kessler Woods
  • Request to appropriate $50,000 from CPC funds to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Conservators as the fiscal agent of the Riverside Greenway Working Group for the design of the Pigeon Hill Trail in Auburndale
  • Request for discussion and adoption of items within the Climate Action Plan and the Citizen’s Climate Action Plan with the Sustainability Directors
  • Public Hearings on the following items:
    • Request for discussion and adoption of the Climate Action Plan as an amendment of 2007 Comprehensive Plan – See Planning Memo
    • Request for discussion and adoption of amendments to Chapter 30 to create exemptions to building envelope standards such as height and setback to facilitate the implementation of energy efficiency and alternative energy measures in buildings including external insulation, doorway vestibules, heat pumps and solar panels among other features – See Planning Memo (same as below)
    • Request discussion and adoption of amendments to Chapter 30 to create a new set of standards related to sustainable development design with requirements for new buildings and development projects to include environmental and energy efficiency features – See Planning Memo (same as above)

Traffic Council – 11/14/2019: The Traffic Council will vote to approve the following:

  • Request for a review and possible parking restriction on all or part of the block of Greenwood Road between Brandeis Road and Cynthia Road
  • Review of three trials:
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Brentwood Avenue between Walnut Street and Judith Road. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, Walnut Street to Judith Road, both sides. Resident parking permit overrides the posted restriction.
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Garland Road, west side, between Beacon Street and Brentwood Avenue. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, any time, east side, Beacon Street to Brentwood Avenue. No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, west side, Beacon Street to Brentwood Avenue, with the resident parking permit overriding the posted restriction on the west side.
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Judith Road, both sides, entire length. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, both sides, entire length. Resident parking permit overrides the posted restriction.
  • Request for a parking restriction 135 feet south of Beecher Place along the east side of Langley Road for safety improvements
  • Nominations, Election and Discussion of Term Limits for Traffic Council Chair – David Koses elected Chair until December 31, 2020.

The Traffic Council voted to deny the following item:

  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of 91 Church Street

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

  • Request the approval of restricted parking to residents only to enhance safety at 36 Silver Lake Avenue

All other items were held.