What’s Up in Newton This Week? Winter Parking Ban (started last night!), Northland, Washington Street Vision Plan, and Webster Woods to be voted TONIGHT, Registration begins for Short-Term Rentals, Newton Food Drive, Newton City Hall Tree Lighting, and more….

Winter Parking Ban: It’s that time of year again, and just in time for the potential snow storm! The City’s Winter Parking Ban went into effect last night, December 1st. Parking is prohibited on any City of Newton Street between the hours of 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. Municipal parking lot permits are available from the Newton Police Department. Go here for more info and/or you can use this form.

Northland Rezoning and Special Permit/Site Plan Approval: After being postponed at the last Council meeting due to a few Council member absences, the Northland project is scheduled for a vote TONIGHT. The Draft Board Order for the Rezoning can be found here and the Draft Board Order for the Special Permit/Site Plan Approval can be found here. In addition, the November 14th Planning Department Memo can be found here, the November 15th Law Department Memo can be found here, and the November 22nd Planning Department Memo – Responses to Questions can be found here.

All other Northland Rezoning and Special Permit/Site Plan Approval related documents can be found here.

Washington Street Vision Plan: The Washington Street Vision Plan which was also postponed from the last City Council meeting is up for a vote TONIGHT. As you may recall, the request is to incorporate the Washington Street Vision Plan into the City of Newton’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan. The most recent version of the Washington Street Vision Plan can be found here.

Webster Woods: The City Council met last week as a Committee of the Whole to discuss (both in Executive Session and in Open Session), the acquisition of approximately 17.4 acres of land located at the rear of 300 Hammond Pond Parkway by eminent domain and all of the associated funding. The Committee voted to approve recommending all of the associated requests for this eminent domain acquisition (see Report) and the City Council will vote on this TONIGHT.

Got a Short-Term Rental or want to start renting your property on a short-term basis? Well, now you must register your short-term rental with the City’s Inspectional Services Department prior to the occupancy of any rental property that commences after January 1, 2020. The City Council created an ordinance requiring all short-term rental properties in the City of Newton to be in compliance with certain requirements.

Registration begins on December 1, 2019 (yesterday). Registration form and associated documents must be submitted in person to the Inspectional Services Department Office. It may take 10-14 business days for a Registration Certificate to be issued. The Registration Form can be found here and the Annual Certification Form can be found here. Office Hours are Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm. No documents will be accepted by mail or email.

More information about compliance and the requirements can be found here.

Newton Food Drive: Beginning TODAY and going until December 27th, you can drop off food donations (particularly breakfast foods) to help stock our Newton food pantries:

 Participating locations can be found here.

Holiday Lighting and Sing-a-Long: Newton’s Annual Tree Lighting and Sing-a-Long City Hall Holiday Light Ceremony will take place at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, on Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 p.m. More information can be found here.

Looking for Holiday Gifts? You’re in luck! Three Newton Crafts Fairs so you can shop local and support local businesses!

  • Newton Holiday Crafts Fair, a juried show and sale will take place Saturday, December 7th, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hosted by Newton Community Pride and sponsored by numerous community partners, the fair will offer a selection of textiles, glass, jewelry, pottery, paintings photographs and wooden pieces created by New England artisans. More information can be found here.
  • FUUSN Holiday Fair: The First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton will host a fair on Saturday, December 7th, at the Church located at 1326 Washington Street. The fair will feature handmade gifts, toys, jewelry, home-made baked goods, jams, and jellies, wreaths, and trees and more. Additional information can be found here.
  • Celebrate Newton: Newton Community Ed is hosting a juried craft fair at Newton South High Schoo, 140 Brandeis Road on Sunday, December 8th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $3 – kids under 12 are free. More information can be found here.

Looking for a way to run off your Thanksgiving meal(s)? Why not support Dreamfar and the John M. Barry Newton Boys and Girls Team by running the Holiday Hustle?

Adults and children of all ages are invited to the join Dreamfar High School Marathon and the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton for a 5K road race/fun walk on Sunday December 8th at 9:00 AM.   The Dreamfar Holiday Hustle! is a road race with fun for the entire family. Kick off the holiday season with a fun race for a great cause.

Register now at www.dreamfarholidayhustle.com.  

Same day registration is $35.  This race includes a 5K run on a certified, flat course through the neighborhood of West Newton, professional chip timing by RaceWire, t-shirts to the first 300 registered runners, prizes to top finishers, and post-race festivities for all!

Want to run the Boston Marathon? The John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton is an official charity of the Boston Athletic Association and they still have bibs available! Learn how to be an official registered runner and raise support the Club. More information can be found here.

This Week’s Road Construction Schedule: The Weekly Road Construction Schedule has not been posted yet (probably out dealing with our snow!). Check here for updates.