City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Zoning and Planning – May 7, 2020 Report: All items were held. The Committee Report held a public hearing and discussion on the Draft FY2020-2027 Open Space and Recreation Plan and also discussed the request to review and possibly amend Chapter 22, of the City of Newton Ordinances – Sections 22-50 to 22-76 that relate to demolition delays, historic designation, and landmarking.

Land Use – May 12, 2020 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to combine to parcels and demolish the existing single-family dwelling and two-family dwelling and construct a 4-unit multi-family dwelling, altering and extending the nonconforming front and side setbacks and to allow a retaining wall greater than four feet within a setback at 13-17 Gardner Street

All other items were held.

Public Safety and Transportation – May 13, 2020 Report: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a new public auto license for Om Sai Enterprises, Inc.

The Committee voted to deny the following:

  • Appeal of the approval of Traffic Council petition TC87-19 on January 23, 2020 on removing the stop signs on Roosevelt Road, in both directions, and retaining the stop signs on Theodore Road

Public Facilities – May 13, 2020 Report: All items were held. The Committee had a substantive discussion regarding the request for a discussion with the Sustainability Team to create an ordinance to limit 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.

Public Facilities – May 14, 2020 Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • 5-58, for schematic design and site plan approval at 130 Wheeler Road for the construction of three-classroom additions to accommodate a significant and sustained increase in enrollment. NOTE: The Committee voted 4-0-4 – 4 in favor, none opposed and 4 abstaining.