What’s Up in Newton this Week – School Committee to approve SOI for Countryside and Franklin Schools; Riverside Proposal- Housing and Fiscal Impacts to be discussed; Joint Public Hearing on Newton Housing Authority Acquisition of CAN-DO Housing Portfolio; Open Space and Recreation Plan Survey, MBTA site visit (Newtonville Commuter Rail Station) and more….

Countryside and Franklin to be submitted as priorites to MSBA: The School Committee will meet TONIGHT and vote to approve a Statement of Intent regarding the need for new and improved school building facilities for Countryside and Franklin Schools. The proposed SOI can be found here.

Riverside is back on the agenda: This week’s Land Use Committee will review the Housing and Fiscal Impacts of the proposed development. The Land Use Committee will discuss on Tuesday, February 11th, in the Council Chambers (see agenda)

Joint Public Hearing on Newton Housing Authority’s acquisition of CAN-DO’s housing portfolio: There will be a Joint Public Hearing with the Community Preservation Committee and the Planning and Development Board regarding a planned acquisition by the Newton Housing Authority of the non-profit affordable housing development organization, CAN-DO’s, housing portfolio which consists of “eight 2- family dwellings located at 10-12 Cambria Rd., 11-13 Cambria Rd., 18-20 Cambria Rd, 54 Taft Ave., 54 Eddy St., 20-22 Falmouth Rd., 163 Jackson Rd., and 2148-2150 Commonwealth Ave. ; three 3-family dwellings located at 236 Auburn St., 61 Pearl St., and 14 Nonantum Pl.; a five unit apartment building located at 90 Christina St.; and a group home with six SROs located at 228 Webster Street”. The Newton Housing Authority is requesting $$1,105,000 CPA Funds and $1,200,000 of Community Block Grant Funds. The Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 11th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center,345 Walnut Street. Information on this proposal can be found here.

Opportunity for input on the City’s Open Space Plan: The Open Space and Recreation Plan provides an inventory of all existing areas of recreational use and open space (City owned and privately owned) and a list of goals and priorities for municipal actions regarding land acquisitions (like prioritizing the acquisition of Webster Woods), recreational facility and open space improvements, and accessibility improvements. Each OSRP are reviewed and approved by the Department of Conservation Services and is valid for 7 years once approved.

The online community survey can be found here.

MBTA Seeks Community Input: According to the Newton Patch, the MBTA will be conducting community outreach with public workshops and site visits beginning on Thursday, February 13th at 1:00 p.m. According to the Patch: ” The MBTA said any Newton seniors or persons with disabilities who participates in the sessions will get an Amazon gift card. The first site visit begins at 1 p.m. at the Newtonville Commuter Rail Station on Feb. 13. The day after, there’s a meeting at the Newton Free Library at 10 a.m.”

This Week’s Road Construction Schedule: Go here for this week’s road construction schedule.