City Council Meetings – Week of January 26th


Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to amend Chapter 22 of the Revised Newton City Ordinances, 2017, to temporarily suspend nominations made by the Historical Commission and by the City Council for landmark designations. The temporary suspension will prevent and suspend the processing, and approval of any property currently under consideration for landmark designation and will temporarily suspend future landmark designations made by the Historical Commission and the City Council. Landmark nominations made by the Mayor, Director of Planning of Development and the Commissioner of Inspectional Services shall not be affected. This temporary suspension shall end no later than December 31, 2020. NOTE: As I mentioned last week, there were 7 landmark nominations for properties in West Newton.
  • Request for a review and possible amendments to Section 7.3.3.C.5 of Chapter 30, Newton Zoning Ordinance, to: a) further inform the objectives of reducing energy consumption and limiting use of natural resources, and b) consider reducing the threshold for compliance to apply the requirement to buildings 10,000 sq. ft. and larger – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request for review, discussion, and direction relative to the Draft Zoning Ordinance – See Councilor Crossley’s Zoning Redesign Memo and Planning Department Memo

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $1,000,000 from Budget Reserve- Snow and Ice Removal Account to the DPW Overtime, Snow and Ice Removal and DPW Rental Vehicles/Subcontractors Accounts
  • Request to appropriate and expend $900,000 from June 30, 2019 Certified Free Cash to Fire Rescue Full Time Salaries
  • Request to appropriate and expend $41,869 from E-Rate reimbursement funds to purchase the conversion of the phone system at Williams Elementary School to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • Request to accept and expend a $3,000 grant from the US Food and Drug Administration for Environmental Health Specialist training
  • Request to accept and expend a $200,000 Housing Choice Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to study the possibility of converting the West Newton Armory into affordable housing

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Class 2 Auto Dealer License – Paragon Exports
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow parking design criteria including waivers to: interior landscaping requirements, lighting requirements, to allow parking accessory to a manufacturing use in a residential district and to allow parking in the front and side setback at 287-289 Newtonville Avenue
  • Request for a Change of Zone to Mixed-Use 3/Transit-Oriented District for portions of land located at 355 Grove Street (currently zoned BU-2) and 399 Grove Street (currently zoned BU-5) abutting the existing MU-3 Zone (Riverside Development)
    Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a mixed use, transit-oriented development of residential units, office, retail, personal services, restaurant, hotel, and related commercial uses not to exceed 1,025,000 square feet of gross floor area …. at 355 and 399 Grove Street – Riverside MBTA Development) – See Planning Department Memo