City Council Meetings – Week of March 1st

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 4th. The Committee will meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee in Room 20 f4or the first item on the agenda and will then convene in Room 211 to discuss the rest of the items on the agenda. The agenda includes 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
  • 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 Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 (jointly with the Programs and Services Committee for the first item on the agenda). The agenda includes 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
  • Request for a discussion with the Sustainability Team to create an ordinance to limit the or prohibit the installation of fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction and substantially renovated buildings, as well as to clarify the Council’s authority to prohibit the extension of gas mains subject to the condition of the existing infrastructure
  • Four re-appointments to the Design Review Committee:
    • Carol Schein
    • Peter Barrer
    • David Gillespie
    • Robert Hnasko

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 4th at 8:00 p.m. (NOTE: Later start time) in Room 205. The agenda includes 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

Chair’s Note: The committee will dedicate time to discussing its priorities for the term, in light of public comment, input from civic groups, and discussion with the administration

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Thursday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • 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 Memo

Note: The presentation and discussion of the Riverside items will focus on civil engineering and sustainability. Also, please see Councilor Questions re: Riverside Traffic

  • 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 Planning Memo