City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Land Use Committee – January 7, 2020 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 189 sq. ft. one-story addition behind an existing detached garage, increasing the FAR to .43 where .41 exists and .33 is required (? maybe allowed?) at 95 Suffolk Road – Subject to Second Call – See Draft Council Order
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze and existing garage and replace it with a larger garage, extending the non-conforming side and rear setbacks at 18 Arapahoe RoadSee Draft Council Order
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct dormers in the attic level to add 769 sq. ft. of habitable space for an accessory apartment creating an FAR of of .65 where .55 is allowed and ..53 exists, and to install a staircase to access the roof of an existing detached garage, extending the side and rear setbacks vertically at 68 Manet RoadSee Draft Council Order

All other items were held.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – January 8, 2020 Report: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend the Senior Citizen Sticker Parking to allow the possibility for vehicles displaying a valid senior citizen’s parking sticker to continue to park on Highland Avenue, between Lowell Avenue and Bram Way, thereby freeing up spaces within the Austin Street Parking Lot for other vehicles

The Committee voted NO ACTION NECESSARY on the following item:

  • Annual Report of the Traffic Council for 2019

Public Facilities Committee – January 8, 2020 Report: The Public Facilities Committee did not vote to recommend any items for City Council approval. Instead, they voted to schedule items that were posted on their agenda. So all items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – January 13, 2020 Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee held all items. NOTE: There was substantive discussion regarding the history of Zoning Redesign and discussion of the Request for a moratorium on landmark designation.

Land Use Committee – January 14, 2020 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Consistency Ruling regarding a request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a paved portion to remain and a portion of rear paved patio to be removed at 642 Centre Street
  • Request for an Extension of Time on a Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the expansion of a non-conforming multi-family dwelling use by constructing a three-story multi-family development (20 units) at 32.6′ in height in a manufacturing district with greater than 20,000 sq. ft. of new gross floor area at 182-184 & 166 California StreetDraft Council Order is currently NOT posted online
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a restaurant with more than 50 seats and a parking waiver of 478 parking stalls at 93-105 Union Street, 1280 Centre Street, 47-61 Langley Road, 49-63 Union Street., and 790-794 Beacon Street – Piccadelli Square See Draft Council Order
  • Two requests for Class 1 Auto Dealer Licenses
    • MAG Retail Holdings – CJ LLC /d/b/a McGovern Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram – 777 Washington Street
    • Flaherty Equipment Sales Corporation – 846 Walnut Street
  • Eight requests for Class 2 Auto Dealer Licenses
    • Jacob and Associates – 1232 Washington Street
    • New England Motor Mart, Inc. – 1211 Washington Street
    • Motorcars of Boston, Inc. – 1191 Washington Street
    • JR Car Care, Inc. – 454 Watertown Street
    • KC Auto – 55 Farwell Street
    • Enzo’s Auto Sales – 10 Hawthorn Street
    • Auction Direct Preowned – 1545 Washington Street
    • Newton Collision Inc. – d/b/a GM Autobody

All other items were held. Please Note: Atty Steve Buchbinder presented an update to the Land Use Committee regarding the text amendments to the MU3 Zoning and the Special Permit application submitted in December 2019.

“The proposed development will be capped at 1,025,000 sq. ft. and 60% of the program will be dedicated to residential uses. Atty. Buchbinder and Principal Damien Chavieno presented an update to the Committee on how the proposed special permit petition differs from the petition filed in 2019. The public hearing for the proposed development is scheduled to open on January 28, 2020 after a presentation on Site Design and Open Space. Topics of discussions are currently planned as follows:

  • February 11th – Housing and Fiscal Impacts
  • February 25th – Transportation
  • March 5th – Design Guidelines, Sustainability”

Programs and Services Committee – January 15, 2020 Report: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to the City Council to accept the provisions of MGL, Chapter 53, Section 18B to allow the City of Newton to provide voters with with (1) the full text of each question; (2) a fair and concise summary of each question, including a 1 sentence statement describing the effect of a yes or no vote, which shall be prepared by the city solicitor; and (3) arguments for and against the question, for all types of municipal ballot questions.