City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Programs and Services Committee – 3/04/2020 Report: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request authorization to submit a Statement of Interest (“SOI”) to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”) for consideration of funding for a replacement, renovation, or addition at Countryside Elementary School, designated as the highest priority for a major project before Franklin Elementary School designated as the second-highest priority
  • Appointment of Michael Flaherty to the Health and Human Services Advisory Council
  • Re-appointment of Brenda Anders to the Health and Human Services Advisory Council
  • Request for Special Legislation to amend the provisions of the Acts 2014, c. 96 An Act Relative to the Appointment of Special Police Officers in Newton, as most recently amended by Acts 2016, c. 266, by raising the age limit for service on the special retiree police detail patrol from age 70 to age 75.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – March 4, 2020 Report: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Three requests for new public auto license:
    • Noel Diaz for Newton Limos Company
    • Jose Gregorio Cendeno for Bace Limousine Services
    • Ismail Unkoc for Izmo Limo
  • Request an amendment to Chapter 19‐332 (e) Procedure for obtaining licenses in the following sentence:  …The committee shall forward its recommendations for approval or denial to the full city council during the month of January December of each year
  • Request an amendment to Chapter 19‐339 (g) Van licenses. Procedure for renewal of van licenses:  in the following sentence:  …The committee shall forward its recommendations for approval or denial to the full city council during the month of January December of each year
  • Request for a Resolution to the State Legislature supporting additional funding for Clean, Equitable Transportation

Public Facilities Committee – March 4, 2020 Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request authorization to submit a Statement of Interest (“SOI”) to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”) for consideration of funding for a renovation/addition at Countryside Elementary School, designated as the highest priority for a major project before Franklin Elementary School designated as the second-highest priority
  • Request to amend Chapter 17, Section 23; Chapter 25, Section 3 and Chapter 26, Section 14 of the Revised City of Newton Ordinances to add defining language, provide enforcement and establish fines for violations of the sidewalk obstruction ordinance
  • Four re-appointments to the Design Review Committee:
    • Carol Schein
    • Peter Barrer
    • David Gillespie
    • Robert Hnasko

Land Use Committee – March 5, 2020 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow retail marijuana sales and waivers to the lighting requirements at 58 Cross Street/1089 Washington Street – See Draft Council Order

All other items were held. Please note: The report contains the details from the discussion regarding the Riverside MBTA Development proposal as it relates to Stormwater and Sustainability impacts.

Finance Committee – March 9, 2020 Report: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to submit a Statement of Interest (“SOI”) to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”) for funding for a replacement, renovation or addition to the Countryside Elementary School, designated as the highest priority for a major project before Franklin Elementary School designated as the second-highest priority
  • Request to amend City Ordinances – Chapter 17, Section 23, Chapter 25, Section 3 and Chapter 26, Section 14 to add language, provide enforcement and establish fines for violations of the sidewalk obstruction ordinance
  • Request to approve an Intermunicipal Agreement for brine making equipment with the Town of Brookline

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – March 9, 2020 Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • 5 Reappointments to the Newtonville Historic District Commission
    • David Morton
    • Jim Gross
    • John Martin
    • Nancy Grissom
    • Barbara Wales

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – March 10, 2020 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a continuance on a request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a rear lot subdivision and construct a new single-family dwelling on the rear lot, requiring relief to exceed the FAR on the front lot from .40 to .42, and to allow a retaining wall greater than 4 feet in the setback at 40 Williston Road
  • Request for $1,105,000 in Community Preservation Funding be awarded to support the Newton Housing Authority’s acquisition of CAN-DO’s Housing portfolio
  • Two requests for Consistency Rulings: Request to allow for the conversion of approximately 10,500 sq. ft. of existing office space be used for childcare at 2 Wells Avenue
  • Request to allow the change of the facade of the building from Hardie Board to vinyl
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a covered front porch and entry decreasing the nonconforming setback from 20.9′ to 18.6′ where 20,8′ is allowed at 112 Grasmere Street – See Draft Council Order
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval (which approved an oversized dormer, an accessory structure with ground floor area in excess of 700 sq. ft., and an accessory apartment in a detached structure) to make changes to a site plan at 41 Dorset Road – See Draft Council Order
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a restaurant with more than 50 seats, and a parking waiver for 478 parking stalls at 93-105 Union Street, 1280 Centre Street, 47-61 Langley Road, 49-63 Union Street, and 790-794 Beacon Street – See Draft Council Order
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to revise the design of the parking structure and surface parking to the approved three-story office building, to reduce interior landscaping requirements, to reduce loading bay length requirements and to allow reduced minimum open space requirements which requires an amendment to the deed restriction at 180 Wells Avenue – See Draft Council Order
  • Request to amend a previously approved amendment to a deed restriction to allow a waiver of the minimum open space requirement to less than 40% at 180 Wells Avenue – See Draft Council Order
  • 3 Re-appointments to the Washington Place Liaison Committee
    • Elizabeth Smith
    • Meghan Smith
    • Wayne Koch
  • Request for a temporary license to hold Nonantum Village Day on Sunday, June 7, 2020
  • Request for a two-year extension of time on a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for retail marijuana sales in conjunction with as the approved Registered Medical Dispensary (“RMD”) at 24-26 Elliot Street