City Council Meetings – Week of March 8th

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes 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
  • Request discussion with the Administration on whether they will replace the LGBTQ+ liaison and whether the position will be compensated or not

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chamber and in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a review, discussion, and direction relative to the draft Zoning Ordinance
  • Request to amend Chapter 30, section 3.4.4 of the Newton Zoning Ordinance on garages (delayed implementation until July 1). This ordinance has been delayed 5 times.
  • Request for a review of zoning requirements for single-family attached dwelling units
  • Request to amend Chapter 30 of the Newton Zoning Ordinance to eliminate mandated parking minimums to improve the vitality of local businesses, reduce the cost of housing, and support climate action goals
  • 5 Reappointments to the Newtonville Historic District Commission
    • David Morton
    • Jim Gross
    • John Martin
    • Nancy Grissom
    • Barbara Wales

Land use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • 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 – NOTE: The petitioner has requested a continuance on this item
  • 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 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 and entry decreasing the nonconforming setback from 20.9′ to 18.6′ where 20,8′ is allowed at 112 Grasmere Street – See Planning Memo
  • 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 Planning Memo
  • 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 Planning Memo
  • 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 Planning Memo
  • 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
  • Request to amend a Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a 27-unit multi-family dwelling greater than 20,000 sq. ft. of new gross floor area, a four-story structure up to 48’ in height, alteration of a nonconforming front setback, to allow ground-floor residential use, to allow an FAR of up to 2.0, a waiver of 4 parking stalls, a waiver for parking in the side setback, a waiver of the minimum stall depth requirements and a waiver of the sustainable design standards at 1114 Beacon Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request to waive the Inflow and Infiltration (“I&I”) mitigation fee for the Special Permit/Site Plan Approval request for 1114 Beacon Street
  • Request for a discussion on whether to require developers to provide a project-specific cost estimate for undergrounding utilities, both on the project site and in adjacent streets and sidewalks, so that the City Council can decide whether to include such requirements in the special permit
  • 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