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Announcements – Week of December 9th

  • Yard Waste Collection has been extended through December 21st.  Residents can continue to place yard waste on the curb for pickup on their regular collection day.  More information can be found here.
  • Breakfast Food Drive – Food Pantries are in need of breakfast food items. Donations can be made from December 3rd – December 27th. Information on drop-off locations can be found here.
  • Phase 3 Solar Projects on City Property – Community Meetings:
    • December 11, 2018 (Tuesday), 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., City Hall in the War Memorial
      Auditorium, all 20 sites will be presented
    • December 12, 2018 (Wednesday), 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., City Hall in the War Memorial Auditorium, all 20 sites will be presented
    • December 18, 2018 (Tuesday), 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Newton Free Library, Druker
      Auditorium, this meeting will focus only on the Library Solar Parking Canopy

City Council Meetings – Week of December 9th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Jonathan Lewis as a Trustee of the Chaffin Educational Fund
  • Appointment of Lucia Panichella as Trustee of the Horace Cousens Industrial Fund
  • Request authorization to accept a gift of $100,000 from the estate of Margorie D. Moerschner and to amend Section 18 of the Revised Ordinance of the City of Newton for the purpose of establishing the Marjorie D. Moerschner Fund for the Poor which will be overseen by the Horace Cousens Fund
  • Request to appropriate $3.250,000 from the Community Preservation Fund to the Planning and Development Department for a grant to the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly to create 60 units of permanently affordable, deed-restricted housing for seniors and chronically homeless individuals with disabilities at 160 Stanton Avenue
  • Request to amend the Stormwater Use Charge Ordinance deleting the current rate structure and replacing it with the following:  $100 for 1-4 family dwellings, and $$0.0425 per square foot of impervious surface area, except that if the square footage charge multiplied by the total impervious area of the parcel equals a sum less than $150.00, then the annual fee shall be $150.00
  • Request for a vote by the City Council to complement the vote of the School Committee to authorize the School Department to issue an Request for Proposals for food services for a period of one year with four renewable one-year terms
  • Request for authorization to transfer $350,000 from Wage Reserve to the Fire Department’s Full-time Salaries Fire Rescue Account to supplement funding required for the settlement of the FY2019 MOA that was ratified by the International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Request for authorization to transfer $95,844.51 from the Fire Pumper Replacement Account to various Fire Department Accounts
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a grant of $4,999 from the State Department of Energy Resources to evaluate the feasibility of microgrid at Newton North HIgh School
  • Request authorization to transfer $7,000 from HP Fines – Disability Commission to the Operations Access Account to fund “Operation Access Enforcement” a special detail enforcing  the accessible HP parking regulations during this holiday period

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion with the Director of Planning on conducting a vision process for the potential development of the land around the Riverside MBTA Station
  • Public Hearing on a proposal to amend Chapter 30 to implement a deferred effective date for the Ordinance of December 31, 2019 or such other appropriate date, for the purpose of allowing the Planning Department to complete a comprehensive study thereof
  • Public Hearing on a request to adopt the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan
  • Public Hearing on a request for amendments to the Inclusionary Housing Provisions of Chapter 30 to increase the required percentage of affordable units; to require that some affordable units be designated for middle income households; to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units; and to clarify and improve the ordinance with other changes as necessary
  • Discussion and review relative to the Draft Zoning Ordinance

Please note that the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and the Planning Department’s memo on proposed amendments to the Inclusionary Housing Provisions of the Chapter 30 can be found at the end of the agenda.

Notice of the Public Hearings can be found here. Note: the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance is not listed on the Notice.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. According to the agenda, there will be a presentation on Housing and Economic Impacts on the petition to rezone three parcels for the Northland Development and the request for a special permit and site plan approval to allow for a mixed use development atqa1 Northland.

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of 16 Beech Street
  • Request removal of a two-hour parking limit 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. both sides the entire length of Fairview Street
  • Request a “No Left Turn” restriction on Auburn Street in the area of 164 – 158 Auburn Street to restrict left turns from Auburn Street into the driveway of the parking lot of the Brookline Infant Toddler Center of Newton, 1900 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for temporary and permanent changes in terms of the location, duration,
    and pricing of public parking spaces, location of traffic signals, and changes to
    traffic circulation within and proximate to the Washington Street corridor in
    West Newton, to include abutting blocks of intersecting streets, in order to
    facilitate the reconstruction of the Washington Street corridor
  • Request for temporary and permanent changes in terms of the location, duration,
    and pricing of public parking spaces, and changes to traffic circulation within
    and proximate to the Walnut Street corridor in Newtonville, to include abutting
    blocks of intersecting streets, in order to facilitate the reconstruction of the
    Walnut Street corridor
  • Request to remove Bullough Park, one-way street from Berkshire Road southerly to Commonwealth Avenue from the official Traffic and Parking Regulations in order to fix an inconsistency and not make any changes in the field
  • Request to rescind the Traffic Council vote on October 25, 2018 of TC65-18 (TPR NO. 443) Sec. TPR-84 speed zones designated from the Traffic and Parking Regulations
  • Request to add a pedestrian signal on Commonwealth Avenue at Pamela Court
  • Request to extend the current “no parking 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.” parking prohibition on the east side of Lexington Street, between Auburn Street and Commonwealth Avenue, to a “no parking 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.” prohibition, to help improve traffic circulation”

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of December 9th

Washington Place Liaison Committee:  The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, December 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review of Washington/Walnut Intersection Plans
  • Review of Washington Terrace Plan
  • Update on Construction Issues

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Reports:
    • CDBG – Community Development Block Grants
    • Accessible Fines
    • Treasurer
    • ADA Coordinator
    • Accessible Parking Space Requests
    • Co-chairs Report from Meeting with the Mayor
  • Candidate for COD membership – Warren Abramson
  • Update on Public Meeting for Accessibility Project at Newton Highlands T Station
  • Letter to MOD
  • Old/New Business

Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Petition by the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly III, Inc. for a Chapter 40B Comprehensive Permit authorizing the applicant to construct 69 rental units of which 60 units will be affordable at a range of incomes and up to 3,300 square feet of clinic space on land located at 160 and 160R Stanton Avenue 

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to amend a previously approved pergola at 140 Windermere Road
  • Working Session on a request to enclose two side porches at 51 Hancock Street
  • Working Session on a request to demolish an existing garage and connector and build a new garage and connector at 347 Central Street

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

Community Preservation Committee: The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The revised agenda includes the following:

Pre-Meeting packet information can be found here.

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Economic Development and N2 Updates
  • Chair update and approval of minutes:
    • City Council sent the Economic Development Strategy back to Zoning and Planning Committee
  • Discussion of Northland Development:  Economic Impact Analysis – EDC members are expected to attend the Land Use Committee meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Youth Commission:  The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, December 12th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Finalizing the Newton Teen Mental Health Survey
  • Group Work – Just Think Expo

Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a COC – Certificate of Compliance for the construction of a pedestrian footbridge and new trail across Country Club Brook at Wells Avenue
  • NOI – (Notice of Intent) – on a request to demolish a single-family house and replace with a single family house with deck and driveway at 116 Upland Avenue
  • NOI- (Notice of Intent) – on a request to demolish a single-family house and replace with a single family house at 53 Brandeis Road
  • Request for a resigned  COC – Certificate of Compliance for recording registry for work performed at 320 Needham Street
  • Request for Emergency Certification for tree removal of 2 hazardous trees along the banks of Hammond Brook at 11 Chesley Road
  • Consideration of “No Smoking or Vaping” Signs for Conservation Areas
  • Mitigation Area Special Condition Open Space and Recreation Plan
  • Alternate Members for the Commission

Packet Documents can be found here.

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove fence and install stove vents at 75 High Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install rear entry railing systems at 1272 Boylston Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install signs at 1003-1009 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install signs at 1010 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to expand driveway and rebuild stone retaining wall at 73 Rockland Place
  • Request for feedback on a project to convert the existing commercial structure to residential use and building an additional dwelling unit at 44 Rockland Place
  • Request for feedback on a project to move and renovate an existing house, build a new addition and a four car garage and demolish a shed at 14 Ellis Street

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

School Committee to Meet – Monday, December 10th – 6:00 p.m. Executive Session and 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

The School Committee will meet on Monday, December 10th first, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 210 and vote to move into Executive Session and convene in Room 304 to discuss strategy for collective bargaining with the Newton Teachers Association and on the Howitt OML (Open Meeting Law) violation. The Committee will then meet at 7:00 p.m. in Open Session in Room 210. The agenda includes the following:

  • Superintendent’s Report including a welcome to the Jingshan Students
  • 30 minutes of Public Comment
  • New Business Discussion
    • High School Principals update including School Schedule
    • MCAS Update
  • Other Business
    • Fiscal and Operational Update
    • Facilities Update
  • Consent Agenda – Votes on the following:
    • Lincoln-Eliot and Newton Early Childhood Program Educational Space (See Facilities Report)
    • Buffer Zone – Burr/Williams and Angier/Williams
    • Draft 2019-2020 School Calendar
    • Zervas 1 – day Liquor License Request
    • Payroll, Contract and Warrant Authorization
    • SC Appointee Asa Hopkins to the Energy Commission
    • Approve Pay Increases for:
      • 1) Non-Aligned Personnel: Assistant Superintendents, Executive Directors – Human Resources and Community Education; Directors: Facilities, Program Accountability and Inclusion, Finance, Business and Planning and Career and Technical Education; Assistant Directors – Human Resource; Managers – Human Resources, Student Services, Facilities, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and SEL District Leader; Generalists –Human Resources; Confidential Executive Assistants; Executive Assistants; Administrative Assistants; Arttorneys, Analysts – Business and Finance, and Grants; Specialists: Non-Aligned Salary Increase; and
      • 2) Superintendent: Superintendent Salary Increase Memo
  • Preview Elementary Math
  • Communications

NOTE:  All referenced documents for this meeting can be found here.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of December 9th

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

  • 739 Beacon Street –  Special Permit to establish a for-profit school
  • 60-64 Needham Street –  Special Permit/Administrative Site Plan Review to
    establish a day care center
  • 16 Crehore Drive –  Special Permit for Attached garage addition – further
    extension of nonconforming front setback
  • 776 Beacon Street –  Special Permit to waive the parking requirement
    associated with a bank

Committee Reports Now Available – Week of December 2nd

Zoning and Planning Committee- November 26th:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, November 26th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to discuss and approve the adoption of the Economic Development Strategy Plan

The following items were voted No Action Necessary:

  • Discussion related to topics, issues and ideas from the Zoning Redesign Events with Committee feedback leading to staff preparation of the draft policy content outline of the New Zoning Ordinance
  • Discussion related to review, discussion and direction relative to the Zoning Redesign Project on draft policy content outline of the new Zoning Ordinance

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – November 27th:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, November 27th and voted to approve the following:

  • Four appointments to the Newton Wellesley Hospital Neighborhood Council: Jay Flynn, Bonnie Rosenberg, Terry Sherman and Theresa Fitzpatrick
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a rear addition to the first floor and basement levels, exceeding the maximum allowable FAR of .42 where .50 exists and .54 is proposed at 132 Pleasant Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four parking stalls in the front setbacks of the existing two-family dwelling at 79 Crescent Street/Robinhood Street

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Committee – November 28th:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, November 28th and voted to approve the following:

  • Amendments to the Stormwater Use Charge – deleting the current rate and substituting a rate of $100 for 1-4 family dwellings and  rate of $0.0425 per square foot of impervious surface area, except that if the square footage charge multiplied by the total impervious area of the parcel equals a sum less than $150.00, then the annual fee shall be $150.00 – for all other properties

All other items were held.

 

 

City Council Meetings – Week of December 2nd

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Recommendation from the Community Preservation Committee to appropriate $3,200,000 from the Community Preservation Fund to the Planning and Development Department for a grant to the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly to create 60 units of permanently affordable, deed restricted housing for seniors and chronically homeless individuals with disabilities at 160 Stanton Avenue
  • Two requests for Class D Auto Dealer licenses:
    • Newton Auto Group – 1235 Washington Street
    • City of Newton – 1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Charter Subcommittee:  The Charter Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda can be found here.  A memo from Councilor Baker can be found here – outlining the meeting’s agenda, and Charter Subcommittee Reports can be found here and Charter Subcommittee Redline and Clean Article Drafts can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will NOT meet on Wednesday, December 5th. The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation will meet on Wednesday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Two requests to renew public auto licenses:
    • Don’s Car Service
    • Mahase Livery Service, LLC
  • One request to renew a bus license – Lasell College
  • Four requests to renew taxi licenses:
    • 38 taxi licenses for Veteran’s Taxi
    • 1 taxi license for Holden’s Taxi
    • 2 taxi licenses for Newtonville Cab Company
    • 3 taxi licenses for Newton Taxi Company
  • Request to amend the resident sticker and visitor parking permit expiration dates from December 31 each year to July 1 – June 30th each year
  • Request to transfer $95,844.51 from the Fire Pumper Replacement Account to various Fire Department Accounts
  • Request to shorten the duration of the Winter Parking Ban to being on December 15th and end on April 1st instead of beginning on November 15th and ending on April 15th
  • Request to end the winter parking ban on select streets in Wards 2 and 3

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 5th at 6:40 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on the Status of the Phase 3 Solar Projects
  • Update on the Status of the Climate Action Plan
  • Request for a Resolution from the City Council to commit the City to reach Zero Carbon Pollution by 2050

Committee of the Whole:  The City Council will meet as a Committee of the Whole on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Drucker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library to hear an overview by the Planning and Development Department on Zoning Redesign and an update on the Washington Street Corridor Visioning Plan. The agenda can be found here. Memo for the meeting can be found here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of December 2nd

Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 5th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions of new members
  • Inclusionary Zoning – follow-up on the Zoning and Planning Committee meeting of November 14th
  • Follow-up on the City Council’s vote on Kesseler Woods request to withdraw their petition to amend the previously approved special permit
  • General discussion of potential training event with the Planning Department

Newton Farm Commission:  The Newton Farm Commission will meet on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room. The agenda includes the following:

  • Newton Community Farm, Inc Report – 3rd Quarter Financials, update on Farm operations, and ordinance revisions
  • General Business Announcements

Newton Free Library Spring Fling Committee:  The Newton Free Library Spring Fling Committee will meet on Thursday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the upcoming Spring Fling 2019 .

Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace a basement door at 26 Page Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace stockade and chain-link fence and add a new stockade fence section at 137 Walnut Street
  • Request for feedback on a project to demolish and existing garage, build a new 4 car garage, connector and dormer, and renovate existing house at 25 Page Road

 

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of December 2nd

The following potential projects/development proposals will meet with the Development Review Team this week:

  • 43-53 Jackson Street –  Special Permit to create four additional units on site
  • 35 Cherry Street –  Special Permit to allow an internal accessory apartment
  • 110 Greenlawn Avenue –  Special Permit to extend a nonconforming side setback by
    enlarging a deck
  • 68 Evergreen Avenue –  Special Permit to rebuild two-family dwelling