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Notable Events

Riverside Community Meeting – September 27th – 7:00 p.m. Newton North HIgh School – Presentation by Mark Development.  See attached flyer and Lower Falls Improvement Association Riverside Committee Mission Statement 2018.

Farmers’ Market:  Only 2 more Saturday Farmers Market in West Newton.  Cold Spring continues with these vendors this Tuesday, September 25th and will feature an art exhibit and water color demonstration by artist Felix Fu of the Paper Mouse.

 

City Council Meetings – Week of September 23rd

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and in Room 205. The agenda includes public hearings on the following:

  • Proposed zoning amendments to regulate the use of land, structures and buildings for operation of recreational marijuana establishments to determine in which zoning districts and under what conditions marijuana establishments will be allowed; and to establish minimum standards and criteria
  • Discussion and adoption of the Economic Strategy Plan (See September 7th and September 21st Planning Memo) as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan

A 171 page document (Yes, 171 pages) containing Planning Memos on the items listed above can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to authorize to enter into a 5-year contract for parking meter currency processing services
  • Proposal to divest of direct or indirect holdings in fossil fuel companies
  • Request for an ordinance to require formal review of the compensation of elected, management, and non-union salaries every five years
  • Request for a report from the Planning Department on developer profits from Chapter 40B development projects in the City of Newton

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an extension of time to exercise a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan approval to construct a 1,087 sq. ft. two-story addition resulting in an FAR of .49 where .38 exists and .39 is allowed at 642 Centre Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a for profit learning center in the existing day care at 227 Washington Street
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval by amending the Comprehensive Sign Package to allow waivers to number, size, location and height of signs to the extent required for 300 Boylston Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a registered medical marijuana dispensary in a non-conforming structure, to waive other dimensional requirements at 24-26 Elliot Street – (See Planning Memo)
  • Request to rezone three parcels on Needham Street to Business Use 4 at 275-281 Needham Street and 55 Tower Road – Northland Development
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a mixed-use development –  Northland Development – greater than 20,000 sq. ft. with building heights of up to 96′ and consisting of 822 residential units, restaurants with more than 50 seats, for-profit schools and educational uses, open air businesses, hotels, accessory multi-level parking facilities, non-accessory single-level parking facilities, non-accessory multi-level parking facilities, places of amusement, radio or TV broadcasting studios, and lab and research facilities, to allow a waiver of 1,600 parking stalls, to allow a reduction in the overall parking requirement to not less than 1900 stalls, towaive dimensional requirements for parking stalls, to waive end stall maneuvering requirements, to allow driveway entrances and exits in excess of 25’, to waive perimeter landscaping requirements, to waive interior landscaping requirements, to waive lighting requirements for parking lots, to waive general lighting, surfacing and maintenance requirements, to waive off-street loading facilities requirements, to waive sign requirements relative to number, size, location or design, to waive the number of signs allowed at 156 Oak Street,  275-281 Needham Street, and 55 Tower Road – (See Planning Memo)

 

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of September 23rd

Council on Aging:  The Council on Aging will meet on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newtonville. The agenda includes updates on NewCAL and the Golda Meir House, October 2nd Library Series Program.

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following requests for Certificates of Appropriateness:

  • Request to replace the front porch decking and make repairs at 115 Windermere Road
  • Request to install wireless equipment at 216 Woodland Road

Also Violation:

  • Presentation of plan for remedial action for unauthorized demolition at 140 Windermere Road

Staff Memo can be found here and Packet documents can be found here.

Board of License Commissioners:  The Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.

Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Public meeting to discuss and/or adopt changes to the Rules of the Zoning Board of Appeals effective January 26, 2016; training by the Law Department on the role of the Board, the Open Meeting, Public Records and Conflict of Interest laws; any necessary briefing from the Law Department about items in litigation
  • Public Hearing to begin at 7:30 p.m. on an appeal of the August 9, 2018 denial of a building permit by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services for construction of a new single family dwelling at 11 Village Circle

Election Commission:  The Election Commission will meet on Wednesday, September 26th at 8:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of the Ballot questions for the November 6th Municipal Election (instructions to voters and question orders)
  • Approval of the text for the mailer for the November 6th election
  • Update on the November 6th State Election
  • Discussion of process and procedure for filed Election Complaint

Energy Commission:  The Energy Commission will meet Wednesday, September 26th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:  Climate Action Plan for Newton; update on the City’s energy plans; overview of the City’s energy use and energy efficiency efforts; and an update on Newton Power Choice.

Retirement Board:  The Newton Retirement Board will meet on Wednesday, September 26th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees:  The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, September 26th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes:  election of new officers,;reports from the President,; Treasurer, Library Director, Development; Friends;  Trustees/Friends Committee and the Spring Fling Committee; approval and vote on the Trustees Fund Budget; Capital Project Planning – Children’s Area, other facility improvements, and related funds management; policy on conduct in the library – on hold until October; and formulation of policy on donor proposed/sponsored improvements and memorials.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, September 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • 4 Full Demolition Requests:
    • 21 Park Lane
    • 67 Walnut Street
    • 264 Pearl Street
    • 211 Webster Street
  • 2 Waiver Amendment Requests:
    • 108 Concord Street
    • 432 Cherry Street
  • 4 Waiver Review Requests (to waive the demo delay):
    • 457 Waverly Avenue
    • 85 Bigelow Road
    • 59 Alexander Road
    • 34 Morton Road
  • Partial Demolition Request for 61 Washington Park

Staff Memo can be found here and Packet Documents can be found here.

Construction Liaison Committee:  There will be a Construction Liaison Committee meeting for Sunrise Development on Washington Street on Friday, September 28th at 7:45 a.m. at the Crowne Plaze Boston-Newton, 320 Washington Street.  Notice can be found here.

Notable Events

NewCAL – Planning for Newton Center of Active Living is underway including two listening sessions:

  • September 17 – Listening Session – 7:00 PM
    Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium
  • September 28 – Dialogue with Director/Listening Session – 12:00 PM
    Newton Senior Center – Newtonville

More information on NewCAL can be found here.

Multi-Use Trail Proposal, September 17th, 7:30 PM – There will be a meeting on Monday, September 17th, 7:30 PM at the Auburndale Community LIbrary to learn more about a proposal for a multi-use trail connecting Lyons field through the edge of Riverside and on to Wellesley.  This is being coordinated by the Riverside Greenway Working Group (RGWG).

 

Lasell Neighborhood Council to meet on Monday, September 17th at 8:00 a.m.

The Lasell Neighborhood Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, September 17th at 8:00 a.m. at the Irwin Annex, Lasell Campus, 5 Cheswick Road in Auburndale. The agenda includes Vice President Dean Hickey’s departure from Lasell, Lasell’ new Strategic Plan, Riverside updates, Lasell Village renovations, Library Changes, changes to the Arrow Campus Center, the Science and Technology Center, Mt. Ida, the Fitness Center, and the Lights at Grellier Field.

 

Newton Human Rights Commission to Meet – Monday, September 17th

The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet on Monday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 106C at Newton City Hall. The agenda can be found here and includes:  Hate Incidents between July and September 2018, Transgender Discrimnation report by Holly Ryan and Emily Prenner, LGBTQA Resource Guide by Bryan Barash, co-sponsored event with the Harmony Foundation and the Newton Theater Company:  “It’s a Wonderful Life” on May 5th at Aquinas Auditorium and Human Rights Awards Night set for December 4th – location and time TBD.