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What’s Up this Week in Newton? ALOT!! Northland, Riverside Compromise Zoning, Washington Street Vision Plan, Climate Action Plan and increase in Bulky Waste/White Goods fees – all scheduled to be voted on TONIGHT; Tax Classification Hearing TONIGHT; School Committee Member Margaret Albright recognized for MASC/MASS Lifetime Achievement Award; The Centre at 1294; 4th NewCAL Community Meeting, Ward 6 City Councilor-at-Large Recount and more…..

Northland Change of Zone and Special Permit Application: The long awaited Northland development project is scheduled to be voted by the Full City Council this evening. The Land Use Committee voted both the Change of Zone Request and the Special Permit/Site Plan Approval request last week – See Report. The Draft Council Order regarding the Rezoning can be found here and the Draft Council Order regarding the Special Permit/Site Plan Approval can be found here.

Riverside Compromise Zoning Amendments: The Riverside compromise zoning amendments were voted on at the Zoning and Planning Committee meeting on November 7th. The Draft MU3 Zoning Text Amendments can be found here. The Zoning and Planning Report is not currently available online but this item is on the Reports Docket to be voted on TONIGHT.

Washington Street Vision Plan: The Washington Street Vision Plan was approved by the Zoning and Planning Committee at its meeting on November 7th, and is scheduled for a vote TONIGHT at the Full Council Meeting. The Zoning and Planning Report is not currently available online.

Got lots of big, bulky trash? Increase in Bulky Waste/White Goods Fees before the City Council TONIGHT: Both the Public Facilities Committee and the Finance Committee approved an increase in the Bulky Waste/White Goods fee and the item is scheduled to be voted on TONIGHT. The fee would increase from $25 per pick-up (with a limit of 5 items/per pick-up) to $25 per item. Free drop-off will be maintained except for TVs and computer monitors. The Draft Ordinance can be found at the end of the November 18th Finance Report found here.

Tax Classification Hearing TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m., Council Chambers: Yup, it’s that time of year where the City Council will determine the FY2020 Municipal Property Tax Levy imposed on residential, open space, commercial, and industrial classes of real property. The agenda can be found here and the FY2020 Tax Classification Booklet can be found here.

Congratulations to Ward 3 School Committee Member, Margaret Albright: The Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC/MASS) has awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to Ward 3 School Committee Member Margaret Albright.

“Lifetime Achievement is a designation established to honor individuals who, through their service to their community and their local school committee, have exhibited the best characteristics of public service.” More information about this award can be found here.

The Centre at 1294: The former Newton Centre Branch Library has been returned to the community after many years of advocating to get it back. The Centre at 1294 is a historic building in the heart of Newton Centre. The Parks and Recreation is in charge of programming and there are classes open to everyone in Newton and seniors from all communities. To register visit www.newtonmarec.com. Join the mailing list: The Centre at 1294 or the FB page to find out more information.

NewCAL Community Meeting: The 4th of 5 Community Meetings on the NewCAL project will be held on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 111 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. Info on the NewCAL project can be found here.

Recount for the Ward 6 City Councilor-at-Large seat set for Saturday, November 23rd: The Recount for the Ward 6 City Councilor-at-Large seat has been set for this Saturday, November 23rd. As you will recall, the difference between Alicia Bowman and incumbent, Greg Schwartz was 30 votes. The recount will be held at the Cabot Elementary School’s cafeteria beginning at 10:00 a.m. – though there will be other items to attend to: moving ballots from City Hall to Cabot School and blocking the ballots (sorting the ballots into groups of 50) prior to the official start of the recount.

Some of you may recall that I won my former seat on the Board of Aldermen/City Council in 1997 on a recount. I had originally been informed that the difference between me and then incumbent, Eric MacLeish, was 52 votes. I petitioned for a recount and won by 12 votes and served for 20 years on the City Council (and am so far (I think), the longest Asian American to have served in elected office in Massachusetts)!

6th Annual Turkey Trot is this Saturday! The Turkey Trot will be held on Saturday, November 23rd – Kids 1 mile fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K race will begin at 9:00 a.m. Online registration closes on November 18th . Go here for more information and to register.

Robotics Competition this Saturday, at Newton North: According to the NewtonStem website: “The LigerBots will host the Newton Qualifier, a FIRST LEGO League robotics competition for 400 Massachusetts students in Grades 4-8 on Saturday, November 23, 8AM-4PM, at Newton North HS. It’s free and open to the public. The theme of this year’s competition is City Shaper (see video). Thirty-six teams will compete using LEGO robots they have designed, built, and programmed to perform complex tasks. The public may also view the teams’ displays of their solutions to real-world problems related to the urban-design theme. There will also be hands-on STEM activities for kids, and the LigerBots’ First Robotics Competition robot will be on display.” FYI: This is an extremely exciting event. My kids used to participate and I loved it! If I wasn’t participating in the recount, I would stop by to cheer on all of the teams!

Annual Turkey Shoot: No actual shooting of turkeys but a chance to win a turkey and Thanksgiving fixins’! The Turkey Shoot, hosted by the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton, will be held on Saturday, November 23rd from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street. More information can be found here.

New Phil Concert on Saturday: The New Philharmonia Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major featuring Bruce Falby, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on Saturday, November 23rd at 7:30 p.m at the First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street and again on Sunday, November 24th at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street. More information and ticket purchasing can be found here.

Want to run the Boston Marathon? The John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton is an official charity of the Boston Athletic Association! Learn how to be an official registered runner and raise support the Club. More information can be found here.

Green Newton Open House: Green Newton is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the War Memorial at Newton City Hall. If you are you interested in doing something about the climate crisis but not sure what you can do, Green Newton welcomes you to an open meeting to meet and chat with like-minded people and learn about Green Newton’s new initiatives–Home Energy Efficiency, Electric Vehicles, Greening Your Kitchen, Consume Less Stuff, Composting, Green Building, or your idea! Refreshments will be served. Please R.S.V.P. to marcia@greennewton.org.

Special added bonus: I’ll be there for a very brief presentation on Food and Climate Action! Hope you can attend!

Special Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market: A Special Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market will be held on Tuesday, November 26th from 1 – 5 p.m. at the War Memorial at Newton City Hall. You can pre-order from your favorite farmers’ market vendors and pick them up at City Hall on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving! More information about the market and participating vendors can be found here. Thank you Village Bank for your support!

This Week’s Road Construction Schedule: The Weekly Road Construction Schedule can be found here.

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Public Facilities Report – 11/6/2019: The Pubic Facilities voted to approve the following:

  • Petition for a Grant of Location to install and maintain a gas main in Boulder Road to provide services to 19 and 28 Boulder Drive
  • Request authorization to install sewer extension for the Farwell Street Subdivision consisting of 6 new single-family homes
  • Request to name the intersection of Walnut Street and Lincoln Street John O’Hara Square
  • Request to transfer $86,800 from Interest Temp Loans to a Capital Project Account under Public Buildings Department for the purpose of funding the replacement of the leaking boiler at the Police Headquarters
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a grant of $52,000 from MassDEP as part of the Recycling Dividends Grant Program to support the City’s Waste Diversion Program
  • Request to transfer $88,000 from Free Cash to the DPW Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue
  • Request authorization to revise ordinances related to White Goods and Bulky Items – including amendment of fees, and management of residential move-ins and move-outs

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to the DPW Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue – this was a request made last year and it is the Chair’s intent to move No Action Necessary on this item

Public Safety and Transportation Report – 11/6/2019: The Committee voted to No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request discussion of allowing legal two-way bicycle travel on the Commonwealth Avenue Carriage Lane

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee Report – 11/7/2019: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to subdivide a 29,983 lot into one 15,000 sq. ft. lot and one 14,983 sq. ft. lot requiring a waiver of the lot frontage by 5% and a reduction in the lot area by .114% (17 sq. ft.) at 1957 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to expand the existing garage and construct two bedrooms above, creating an FAR of .51 where .41 is allowed and .44 exists at 32 Berkshire Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to enclose an existing 175 sq. ft. porch and construct a single-story porch addition, increasing the non-conforming lot coverage, decreasing the non-conforming open space and creating an FAR of .56 where .33 is allowed and .53 exists at 262 Otis Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow construction of a one-story addition at the front of the structure, to allow a first floor residential use in a BU1 District, and to extend the non-conforming use and non-conforming front setback at 278-280 California Street

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – 11/12/2019 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to withdraw a 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 in the SR3 District, to further extend the non-conforming lot area per unit, to further extend a non-conforming front setback and to allow a retaining wall in excess of 4 feet within a setback at 128 Pine Street
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan to permit a for-profit education use as well as other uses which could include animal services, dry cleaners and ground floor health clubs at 55-71 Needham Street
  • Request to rezone three parcels for the Northland Development*
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow mixed use development at Northland *

*See Law Department Memo; See Land Use Planning Memo; See Draft Council Order re: Change of Zone and See Draft Council Order re: Special Permit

All other items were held.

Finance Committee Report – 11/13/2019: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate $5,000 from the Accessible Parking Fines Fund to be used to pay for special police detail enforcement of the accessible parking regulations
  • Request approval of the sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments:
    • 22 Agawam Road
    • 100 Franklin Street
    • 310 Waverly Avenue
    • 51 Devon Road
  • Request to transfer $207,500 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Forestry Tree Account
  • Request to transfer $806,800 from Interest Temp Loans to a Capital Project Account under Public Buildings Department to fund replacement of leaking boiler at Police Headquarters
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a MassDEP grant of $52,000 to support the City’s waste diversion efforts
  • Request to transfer $88,000 from Free Cash to Department of Public Works Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue
  • Request to revise ordinances related to solid waste and recycling definitions, management of bulky waste items, management of white goods, including amendments to fees and management of residential move-outs and clean-outs

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Discussion with IT and the Executive Departments regarding the City’s new website currently under development
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to Department of Public Works Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue (* Note: Chair’s intent to move No Action Necessary on this item)

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – 11/14/2019: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Marcela Merino to the Economic Development Commission
  • Appointment of Leigh Gilligan to the Conservation Commission
  • Request to appropriate $15,000 (from CPC funds?) to the Newton Conservators for costs associated with the holding of the Conservation Restriction for Kessler Woods
  • Request to appropriate $50,000 from CPC funds to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Conservators as the fiscal agent of the Riverside Greenway Working Group for the design of the Pigeon Hill Trail in Auburndale
  • Request for discussion and adoption of items within the Climate Action Plan and the Citizen’s Climate Action Plan with the Sustainability Directors
  • Public Hearings on the following items:
    • Request for discussion and adoption of the Climate Action Plan as an amendment of 2007 Comprehensive Plan – See Planning Memo
    • Request for discussion and adoption of amendments to Chapter 30 to create exemptions to building envelope standards such as height and setback to facilitate the implementation of energy efficiency and alternative energy measures in buildings including external insulation, doorway vestibules, heat pumps and solar panels among other features – See Planning Memo (same as below)
    • Request discussion and adoption of amendments to Chapter 30 to create a new set of standards related to sustainable development design with requirements for new buildings and development projects to include environmental and energy efficiency features – See Planning Memo (same as above)

Traffic Council – 11/14/2019: The Traffic Council will vote to approve the following:

  • Request for a review and possible parking restriction on all or part of the block of Greenwood Road between Brandeis Road and Cynthia Road
  • Review of three trials:
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Brentwood Avenue between Walnut Street and Judith Road. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, Walnut Street to Judith Road, both sides. Resident parking permit overrides the posted restriction.
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Garland Road, west side, between Beacon Street and Brentwood Avenue. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, any time, east side, Beacon Street to Brentwood Avenue. No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, west side, Beacon Street to Brentwood Avenue, with the resident parking permit overriding the posted restriction on the west side.
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Judith Road, both sides, entire length. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, both sides, entire length. Resident parking permit overrides the posted restriction.
  • Request for a parking restriction 135 feet south of Beecher Place along the east side of Langley Road for safety improvements
  • Nominations, Election and Discussion of Term Limits for Traffic Council Chair – David Koses elected Chair until December 31, 2020.

The Traffic Council voted to deny the following item:

  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of 91 Church Street

The Traffic Council voted No Action Necessary on the following item:

  • Request the approval of restricted parking to residents only to enhance safety at 36 Silver Lake Avenue

All other items were held.

City Council Committee Meetings – This Week – 11/17

Real Property Reuse Committee: The Real Property Reuse Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Recommendation to make a parcel of land on Brackett Road be made available for sale or lease

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on the Complete Streets Program
  • Request to appropriate $3,000,000 from Certified Free Cash to fund the City’s Pavement Management Program
  • Request to relocate an easement for sewer and drain purposes on private properties located at 151-153 and 181 Needham Street originally granted on March 19, 1951
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles Account
  • Request to appropriate $12,334,366 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations of the Newton Early Childhood Program at 687 Watertown Street (former Horace Mann School)
  • Request an update from the Administration and School Department on plans, proposed schedule, and any funding needing to correct deficiencies and improvements to the Horace Mann School at Nevada Street, including addressing classroom space needs, mitigating acoustics, providing sinks for the second floor classrooms, improving proximity of bathrooms to activity areas, etc.
  • Request to appropriate and expend $200,000 from Certified Free Cash to be managed by the Planning Department for the design/engineering of the Commonwealth Avenue Carriageway Greening Improvements Lyons Field West to the Charles River Bridge
  • Request for discussion and adoption of items within the Climate Action Plan and the Citizens’ Climate Action Plan (Note: Chair’s intention to move No Action Necessary)

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Rebecca Kramer to the Biosafety Committee
  • Appointment of Samuel Nathans as Library Trustee
  • Appointment of Visda Saeyan to the Urban Design Commission
  • Four re-appointments to the Jackson Homestead
    • Harry Lohr
    • Jay Walter
    • Karen Haywood
    • Treff LaFleche
  • Re-appointment of David Olson as City Clerk
  • Request to transfer $207,500 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Forestry Tree Services
  • Request authorization to transfer $69,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to City Council Officials with Benefits to cover the costs of six-months of the City Council’s new salary
  • Request amendment to the Noise Amendment to clarify the appropriate sound and other limit for rock saws and similar devices used in construction work in residential areas
  • Request discussion and adoption of best practices, including a mandate to separate recyclables from trash and include recycling pick up to meet Massachusetts Waste Ban regulations for private haulers doing business in the City of Newton
  • Request for a Resolution to support the Green New Deal

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $1,900,000 from Prior Year Carry forward for Wage Reserve and $600,000 from Current Year Wage Reserve to pay for the retroactive salaries and stipends due to the members of the Newton Police Superior Officers’ for the period of July 1 2014 through FY2020
  • Request for a discussion regarding the Commuter Rail Communities Coalition and the City of Newton’s participation goals
  • Request for a traffic study and discussion of parking and traffic at the arrival and dismissal times at Angier Elementary School

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow alteration of an existing structure, extending the existing non-conforming use by constructing an addition for an elevator, to reduce the non-conforming lot coverage, and to further extend the non-conforming parking in the front setback at 7400 Centre/77 Paul Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow retail marijuana sales and waivers to the extent necessary for minimum stall dimensions, perimeter screening requirements, interior landscaping requirements and lighting requirements at 58 Cross Street/1089 Washington Street – ASCEND MASS, LLC – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Change of Zone to Multi-Residence 3 for portions of land located at 15-21 Lexington Street currently zoned Single Residence 3 – See Planning Memo (same as below)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a 24-unit multi-family dwelling with a below grade parking garage and surface stalls, to reduce the parking stall depth, to allow restricted end stalls in the garage parking facility, to waive the perimeter screening requirements for the outdoor parking facility, to waive interior landscaping requirements for the outdoor parking facility, and to waive the minimum intensity of outdoor lighting of the parking facility on 51,870 sq. ft. of land at 15-21 Lexington Street – See Planning Memo (same as above)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze an existing single-family dwelling and construct three single-family dwelling units in one building, to reduce side setback requirements, to reduce the required lot area, to allow a driveway within 10 feet of the side lot line, and to allow retaining walls of four feet or more in height within the setback at 67 Walnut Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow construction of three single-family attached dwelling units, to allow a reduction in the side setbacks, to allow a reduction in the required frontage, to allow a reduction in the required lot area, to allow a driveway within 10′ of a side lot line and to allow retaining walls greater than 4 feet within a setback at 264 Pearl Street – See Planning Memo

City Board and Commission Meetings Week of November 17th

Commission on Disability: The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, November 18th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Approval of 10/21/2019 Minutes
  • CDBG Report
  • RRFB Location for CDBD 2020 Funding
  • Reports:
    • Accessible Fines Report
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • ADA Coordinator’s Report
  • AAB Time Variance – JCC
  • MBTA at Riverside
  • Transportation Committee/Meeting Application
  • MOD on Voting/Annual Officer Election
  • Candidate for COD Membership – Tyrone Hooks
  • Upcoming Disability Events with Nathan
  • Old/New Business

Newton Parks and Recreation Commission: The Newton Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of October 2019 Minutes
  • Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance
  • Kennard Sculpture Trail – September – November 2020
  • Athletic Fields and Fees
  • Committee Reports
    • Community Preservation
    • Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee
    • Farm Commission
    • Commonwealth Golf Course
    • Off-Leash Area Working Group
    • Crystal Lake Working Group
    • Athletic Fields Committee
    • NewCAL
    • Policy and Procedure Review
      • Field Naming
  • New Business

Washington Place Liaison Committee: The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, November 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Cafeteria. The agenda will focus on Construction Update.

Board of Licensing Commission: The Board of Licensing Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of the 9/17/2019, 10/15/2019, and the 10/23/2019 Minutes
  • Approval of 2020 Schedule of Hearings
  • Request for a One Day Temporary Wine and Malt License
    • C&W Services – Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 11th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Riverside Business Center Atrium, 275 Grove Street
    • New Art Center –
      • Holiday Donor Party – Tuesday, December 17th – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      • Arts Workshop – Friday, January 24th – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
      • Arts and Crafts Workshop – Friday, March 13th – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Request for a One Day Temporary Wine, Malt and Entertainment License
    • Birthday Party – Sunday, November 24th – 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Windsor Club
  • Request for an Annual Entertainment License
    • Flora’s 1284 Washington Street – Monday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Request for Change of Manager
    • Cheesecake Factory – from Steven Gentzler to David Ramirez
  • Request for Alteration of Premises and Amendment to Common Victualler License
    • Cerco, LLC – d/b/a Showcase Superlux & Davio’s Cucina. Hours of Operation will be Sunday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
  • Request for Change of Officers/Directors/LLC Manager
    • Legal Seafoods – from Edwards H. Pendergast to Eric Kriss

Newton Housing Partnership: The Newton Housing Partnership will meet on Tuesday, November 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and approval of 7/23/2019 and 9/17/2019 Meeting Summaries
  • Project Updates
    • Riverside
    • Northland
  • 15 Riverdale Avenue – Chapter 40B project
    • Presentation by Project Petitioner
    • Discussion
  • The Boston Foundation’s Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019
    • Presentation of the Report’s Findings
    • Discussion and Ideas for Action
  • Upcoming Meetings
    • New Meeting added in 2019: December 17th – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Room 205
      • Election of Officers: Chair and Secretary
    • 2020 Meeting Schedule
      • January 7th – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Room 205
      • Hold 3rd Tuesday of every month beginning February

Board of Assessors: The Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of October 2019 Exemptions and Abatement Reports

Citizens Commission on Energy: The Citizens Commission on Energy will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B-17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on ZAP’s November 14th Public Hearing on the Climate Action Plan (CAP); final language in the CAP with regard to disclosure of Scorecard in Real Estate transactions
  • Discussion of the Commission’s activities over the next several months with Ann Berwick, Jennifer Steel and Marcia Cooper
  • ICC Energy Code Voting – (group session on 11/21 at 3 p.m. at the Newton Free Library)

Newton Library Board of Trustees: The Newton Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of October 2nd Minutes
  • Staff Introductions
  • Reports
    • President
    • Treasurer
      • Finance Committee
    • Library Director
    • Development
    • Friends
    • Committees
      • New Director Search
      • Development Officer Search
      • Spring Fling
      • Committee Coordination
  • Continuing Business
    • Children’s Room Renovation Planning – Report and Discussion
    • Library Action Plan 2020-2021 – Discussion and Vote
  • Board Discussion
    • Communication and Advocacy
  • Visitors Discussion

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • 5 Requests for Certificates of Appropriateness:
    • Request to amend the previously approved project to include residing the entire house and changing the previously approved cedar shingle to a white cedar pre-stained shingle at 40 Acacia Avenue
    • Request to replace all the existing windows and to replace a window with a door at 95 Suffolk Road
    • Request to amend the previously approved project by removing the exterior staircase and using clad windows for the new windows at 25 Essex Road
    • Request to replace the existing windows, gutters, downspouts, garage doors, and second-story railing system. Rebuild dormers ad bays, install shutters and decorative siding at 10 Old England Road
    • Request to regrade and repave existing driveways, create additional parking along front driveway, and install bollards. Repair stairs and install landscape stairs and install handrails at 400 Beacon Street (continuation)
  • Administrative Discussion
    • Approval of Minutes
    • Site visit to 46 Acacia Avenue
    • Preservation Restriction at 46 Suffolk Road
    • Hammond Street fences

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

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • 10 Demolition Requests:
    • Request to demolish buildings at 28 Varick Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 15 Sharon Avenue
    • Request to demolish buildings at 409-411 Lexington Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 18 Pershing Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 227 Cherry Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 25-27 Dunstan Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 1203 Washington Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 196 Tremont Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 25 Bellevue Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 44 Marla Circle
  • 3 Waiver Requests
    • Request to waive the demolition delay at 76 Alban Road
    • Request to waive the demolition delay at 9 Sharon Avenue
    • Request to waive the demolition delay at 40 North Street

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

Newton Library Board of Trustees Search Sub-Committee: The Newton Library Board of Trustees Search Sub-Committee for Development Officer will meet on Thursday, November 21st at 8:45 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda can be found here.

School Committee to Meet on Monday, November 18th

The School Committee will meet on Monday, November 18th beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. It is expected that the Committee will vote to go into Executive Session to discuss strategy in preparation for Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teacher’s Association and Custodians. At 6:00 p.m., it is anticipated that the Committee will vote to go into Open Session and return to Room 210 for the School Committee Caucus which will be chaired by the Mayor.

At 7:00 p.m., the current Chair will convene the regularly scheduled meeting. The agenda includes the following:

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of November 17th

The following potential projects/proposals are scheduled to meet with the Development Review Team this week:

  • 337-363 Watertown Street – Proposed vertical expansion of a commercial building
  • 67 Brooks Avenue – Proposed relocation and attachment of existing carriage house
  • 36 Cummings Road – Possible variance to create two lots with single family dwelling on each
  • 1185 Chestnut Street – Proposed for-profit educational use

The Development Review Snapshot can be found here.

What’s Up in Newton this Week? – Veteran’s Day Observance – TODAY, Flu Shot Clinic, Land Use meets twice, Info Session on Affordable Rental Housing, Climate Action Plan Public Hearing, Request to allow street parking on Highland Avenue for Senior Parking Sticker holders – freeing up spaces at Austin Street, Riverdale 40B project (204 dwelling units), FY2020 Assessments, and more …..

Veteran’s Day Observance – The annual Veteran’s Day Observance will be held TODAY, Monday November 11th, 2019 at the American Legion Post 440 on 295 California St. The observance will begin with a donation drive in conjunction with Cell Phones for Soldiers and Operation American Soldier at 10:00 a.m. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. Arts and Crafts activities tables will be on hand. The formal ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will include the Newton Police & Fire Honor Guard, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, remarks from the Mayor and keynote speaker Lt. Col Ingrid Centurion U.S. Army. Raffle tickets (from the donation drive) will be drawn at the conclusion of the ceremony. More information can be found here.

Did you, like me, not get your Flu Shot yet? If so, you are in luck. The City is sponsoring a Flu Shot Clinic this Tuesday, November 12th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Room 107B (HHS office, below War Memorial Auditorium), for residents age 6 months and older . The City will also offer another Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, December 10th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Room 107B (HHS office, below War Memorial Auditorium), for residents age 6 months and older.

Additional information and forms for students and adults can be found here. Best to bring completed forms with you.

Busy week for Land Use. The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday and on Wednesday this week. Northland is on the agenda for Tuesday and Wednesday’s agenda is exclusively focused on Northland.

Want info on Affordable Rental Housing? The Newton Housing Authority, Metrowest Collaborative Development, 2 Life Communities, Veterans Housing, and the City’s Planning and Health and Human Services Department will be on hand to answer questions at an info session on Nov. 14th at 7pm at the American Legion Nonantum Post 440. Information on eligibility requirements, waiting lists, lotteries, and more will be discussed. More information can be found here.

Climate Action Plan Public Hearing: The Zoning and Planning Committee will hold three public hearings on the Climate Action Plan, proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance related to Building Efficiency and proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance related to Sustainable Design on Thursday, November 14th with the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Chamber. The agenda can be found here.

More available spaces at the new Austin Street lot? A request was made to allow Senior Parking Sticker holders to be allowed to park on Highland Avenue between Lowell Avenue and Bram Way – “thereby freeing up parking spaces within the Austin “Street Parking Lot for other vehicles.” The item will be discussed at the Finance Committee meeting this week – see Agenda. It was previously approved by the Public Safety and Transportation Committee (see Report)

Riverdale 40B proposal: The Riverdale project (proposed 204 dwelling units and 21,000 sq. ft. of commercial space) is scheduled to meet with the Design Review Team this week. See Design Review Snapshot. (Last week, I reported that the Development Review Team was scheduled to meet with the Dunstan East Chapter 40B Proposal proposed by Mark Development consisting of 243 dwelling units and retail space. See last week’s Development Review Snapshot here.

Want to know your FY2020 Assessment? The FY2020 Assessments are now available online. You can go here to look up your property’s FY2020 Assessment. A thorough explanation of the assessment process can be found here.

Want to run the Boston Marathon? The John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton is an official charity of the Boston Athletic Association! Learn how to be an official registered runner and raise support the Club. More information can be found here.

Special Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market: A Special Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market will be held on Tuesday, November 26th from 1 – 5 p.m. at the War Memorial at Newton City Hall. You can pre-order from your favorite farmers’ market vendors and pick them up at City Hall on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving! More information about the market and participating vendors can be found here. Thank you Village Bank for your support!

This Week’s Road Construction Schedule: The Weekly Road Construction Schedule can be found here.