City Council Committee Meetings – Week of April 26th

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet virtually on Monday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/702996224 One tap mobile +16465588656,,702996224# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 702 996 224

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to accept and expend a $100,000 MassDOT Community Transit Grant to assist with the City’s NewMo program that provides transportation for older adults
  • Request to accept and expend a $396,500 Commonwealth MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant for design and engineering services for the extension of the Upper Falls Greenway and Pettee Square streetscape enhancements
  • Request to allocate $500,000 from (?) to a non-lapsing account dedicated to the City’s efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 and to allow re-classification of a previously approved $250,000 to the same account and allow use of the funds to support compensation, supplies, or other accounts as necessary
  • Resolution to the Mayor to determine the feasibility of capping delivery fees charged to businesses
  • Appointment of Councilor Humphrey to the Twombly House Fund
  • Appointment of Councilor Humphrey to the Emerson Community Center Trust

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet virtually on Monday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. To view this meeting, use this link at the above date and time https://zoom.us/j/599550186. To listen to the meeting via phone dial 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID 599 550 186

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a review, discussion, and direction related to the Draft Zoning Ordinance

Chair’s Note: The following items will be taken up within the context of Zoning Redesign and specifically as they relate to Article 3 – See Planning Department Memo

  • Request to amend Chapter 30 of Newton Zoning Ordinance section 3.4.4 on garages
  • Request for a review of zoning requirements for single-family attached dwelling units
  • Request to amend Chapter 30 of Newton Zoning Ordinance to eliminate mandated parking minimums to improve vitality of local businesses, reduce costs of housing, and support climate action goals.

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. To view this meeting using Zoom use this link: https://zoom.us/j/802731624 or call 1-646-558-8656 and use the following Meeting ID: 802-731-624

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert the existing structure from an existing non-conforming office use to a new non-conforming use at 632 Commonwealth Avenue – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to change the existing non-conforming use from the existing two-family use to allow three single-family dwellings on one lot in an SR3 District and to determine appropriate density and dimensional controls at 148 Pine Street – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four single-family attached dwelling units in two structures, to further extend the non-conforming height, to reduce the required side setback and to allow a driveway within 10 feet of the side lot line at 70 Walker Street – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow changes to a site plan at 5- 7 Elm Street – See Planning Department Memo

Discussion of the following will be focused on Construction Management and Construction Phasing:

  • Request for a Change of Zone to Mixed-Use 3/Transity Oriented District for portions of land located at 355 Grove Street and 399 Grove Street – Riverside Development – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a mixed-use. transit-oriented development at the Riverside MBTA StationSee Planning Department Memo