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Other City Board and Commission Meeting – Week of June 6th

The following other City Boards and Commissions will meet this week:

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following: Rezoning of Washington Place – Hearing Continuation/Vote; Board of Survey items pursuant to Estate Drive (Kessler Woods LLC) and Farewell Street (VTP Associates); Discussion and Vote of the Reprogramming of CDBG funds from the FY16 Architectural Access Funding Pool to FY17 Curb Cuts; CAN-DO/MetroWest Presentation on the organizations’ Financials and 2017 outlook; Public Hearing and Possible Vote on 236 Auburn Street by CAN-DO/MetroWest;  Discussion and possible vote on a request to Rezone 29 Hovey Street from Multi-Residence 2 to Business-Use 2.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at 617-796-1125 or by email:  at rpowers@newtonma.gov.

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 6th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  updates on the following:   N2 Innovation District, Washington Place Special Permit, Economic Development Strategy Funding Request, Northland Proposal on Needham Street,  West Newton Square/Walnut Street Streetscapes, and the Wells Avenue Property Owners Meeting – Zoning Redesign.  There will also be an update from the Chair on the following:  rDNA Ordinance Change (June 7 @ 7:00 p.m. City Council Programs and Services, Rm 211 June 12 @ 7:45 p.m. Public Hearing @ City Council Zoning and Planning) – Food Trucks Ordinance Introduction, and the Commission will hear a presentation from the Northland Development.The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barney Health, by phone at 617-796-1000 or by email at bheath@newtonma.gov.

Solid Waste Commission:  The Solid Waste Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 6th from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at the Newton Free Library in Room B.  The agenda can be found here.

Health and Human Services Advisory Council:  The Health and Human Services Advisory Council will meet on Tuesday, June 6th from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. The agenda can be found here.

Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 7th the Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 to discuss the Orr Project/ Washington Place and resources for auditing for housing discrimination in Newton. For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at 617-79611149 or by email at:  mlucas@newtonma.gov

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m in Room 205 and will discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to build one-car garage for property located at 10 Cliff Road, request to replace windows for property located at 48 Pettee Street, request for approval for demolition on barn that exceeded scope of work approved by the Commission (note this was a violation) for property located at 23 High Street and a request to install retaining walls and hardscaping for 23 High Street. The agenda can be found here.  Please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at bkurze@newtonma.gov.

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following: proposal (housing and historic preservation for property located at  236 Auburn Street to create 8 rental units affordable at up to 50% of area median income (AMI) – working session & potential CPC funding vote, pre-proposal discussion of Jackson Road New Senior Housing / Haywood House – Newton Housing Authority for $2 million for 8 rental units affordable at 30% AMI, 24 units affordable at 60% AMI, and 10 units affordable at 80-99% of AMI.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Alice Ingerson by phone at 617-796- 1144 or by email at aingerson@newtonma.gov.

School Committee:  There will be a special meeting of the School Committee on Thursday, June 8th at 8:00 a.m. to discuss the Policy Manual update.  The agenda can be found here.

Development Review Team – Week of June 4th

The Development Review Team will meet to discuss the following potential projects:

  • 392-396, 400 and 402-406 Langley Road – Discussion on possible increase of units and zone change to MR3 (MR2 & BU1)
  • 70 Crescent Street –  Preliminary discussion on redevelopment of Parks & Recreation site with 8 dwelling units (four affordable) and expanded adjacent playground (PUB)
  • 9 Crofton Road –  Possible home office in detached structure (SR2) 3 Newbury Terr Special Permit to exceed allowed FAR with addition to single family dwelling (SR2)

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 28th

The following  City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center and will discuss the following:  brief staff overview of program finances, public hearing on a CAN-DO/MetroWest Collaborative Development/Barry Price Center project to create 8 rental units affordable at up to 50% of area median income (AMI): 3 family units and 5 units in a congregate home for adults with disabilities, by combining modular new construction with rehabilitation of a historic 1860s Italianate home for property located at 236 Auburn Street and hear a pre-proposal for Newton Cemetary/Whipple Beal Historic Railing to restore/reconstruct 1850s railing around the family plot containing the cemetary’s first burial.  The Committee will then brief staff updates on current proposals and projects.  The agenda can be found here. For additional information, please contact Alice Ingerson, Program Manager, by phone at 617-796-1144 or by email at:  aingerson@newtonma.gov.

Elections Commission:  The Elections Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  interviews and selection of interns for the Fall of 2017, Neighborhood Area Councils Elections for the Fall as well as other commission business.  The agenda can be found here.

Farm Commission:  The Farm Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room, Basement City Hall and will discuss the following:  update on Farm Operations, Depreciation of buildings, potential changes to the Chicken Coop, event parking waivers and general business and announcements.  The agenda can be found here.For more information, please contact Adrianna Henriquez by phone at 617-796-1133 or by email at:  ahenriquez@newtonma.gov.

Newton Biosafety Committee:  The Newton Biosafety Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. and is scheduled to discuss the following:  STC Biologics application for an rDNA permit, and an update on the rDNA ordinance.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Retirement Board:  The Newton Retirement Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following:  presentation by Segal Consulting regarding new draft funding schedules, new applications for superannuation retirement, financial reporting for March 31, 2017- April 30th, 2017, PROSPER Account approval application, expense warrants, pension overpayment, an amended supplementary regulation re: school employee enrollment, current status of a pending disability retirement application and current status of pending appeal cases.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee Meeting:  The School Committee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, May 31st at 5:30 p.m. in Room 304 at the Ed Center to discuss Special Education (see Meeting Notice).  There will be no public comment taken.  The School Committee will recovene at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center.  After Public Comment, the Committee will discuss the following:  vote on School Choice, discuss and vote on policy working group recommendations, update on elementary math, updated on security cameras, discuss elementary arrival procedures, EDCO update, approve minutes and discuss communications as well as finish the meeting with a final public comment period. The agenda can be found here.

Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to expand a rear deck for property located at 70 Page Road, request to install a fence for property located at 51 Page Road, request to demolish a garage and build a deck connection for two porches for property located at 26 Page Road, request for approval of two side entries (violation) for property located at 182 Walnut Street.  The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

City Council Meetings – Week of May 28th

The following City Council Committees will meet this week:

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Committee is scheduled to discuss the following petitions: consistency ruling for 95 Elm Street (Paddy’s) requesting a change to locate seats outside; consistency ruling for 131-181 Needham Street requesting a review of changes to entryway signage and design; and a request for a zone change from BU1, BU2 and Public Use to MU4 and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct not more than 160 residential units, not exceeding 46,000 square feet of commercial space, not exceeding 2,500 square feet of community space, not less than 350 onsite parking stalls outside at grade or within a below-grade garage, and related site improvements for the Orr Block/Washington Place project (See Draft Board Order, Law Department Memo re:  Draft Board Order, Council Order attachment, Law Department memo regarding a rezoning protest, and Newtonville Area Council Recommendations regarding Washington Place).  The agenda can be found here.

Additional Announcements

  • Zoning Redesign Drop-In. The Planning Department staff will host a Zoning Redesign Drop-In Session on May 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Health & Human Services Conference Room at City Hall (Room 106C).  This is an opportunity for folks to ask questions and provide input. Please contact James Freas at jfreas@newtonma.gov and for additional information on Zoning Redesign, please visit http://courbanize.com/newtonzoning.

City Council Meetings – Week of May 21st

The following City Council committees will meet this week:

Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning and Development Board:  The Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning and Development Board will meet TONIGHT, May 22nd at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following:  Submission of the Annual Action Plan to HUD (see Planning Presentation here), a  zoning amendment to rezone 160R Stanton Avenue (water tower site) from Public Use to Multi Residence 3 to prepare the site for multi-family affordable housing development;  updates on the Zoning Redesign project, and a joint meeting with Finance regarding a request to transfer of $125,000 from the Planning Department’s salary account to create a Citywide Economic Development Strategy. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact James Freas at 617-796-1137 or jfreas@newtonma.gov.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet TONIGHT, May 22nd at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and discuss the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $10,547.25 from the Law Department’s Legal Claims/Settlements Account for full and final settlement of claim against the City resulting from damage to a storefront during snow clearing operations; request authorization to appropriate the sum of $2,700,000  from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of providing additional funding for the continuation of the implementation of the City’s Water Main Improvement Plan, request authorization to appropriate $2,600,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the removal and replacement of the Laundry Brook culvert adjacent to the proposed Cabot School, up at the Horace Mann School for an oil leak that occurred in 1998, requesting authorization to transfer $15,000 from various accounts to the Public Building Department for the development of a public information plan regarding the site clean-up at the Horace Mann School for an oil leak that occurred in 1998, request authorization to accept and expend $22,400 from a Massachusetts Emergency Management Grant to purchasing equipment and related items for the new Emergency Operations Center, request authorization to transfer $75,000 from the Planning Department Full-time Salaries Account and $50,000 from the Economic Development Full-time Salaries Account to a specific project account to be established for the purpose of funding the creation of a citywide economic development strategy. and a request  to appropriate and expend $250,000 from the Override Capital Stabilization Fund for the purpose of renovating the space on the 1st floor of the Ed Center which has been vacated by the relocation of the Pre-K Program to the Aquinas site to house the Central High School Program, additional professional development meeting space, and general office space.  The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and discuss the following:  request for a Consistency Ruling to allow for modification to the approved site plan for Chestnut Hill Square, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct six dwelling units with shared underground parking by combining three lots for property located at 16-26 Dalby Street, request to rezone certain parcels of land from Multi-Residence 2 to Business Use 2 for land located on Hovey Street and a special/permit site plan approval to construct 85 living units of elderly housing with services in excess of 20,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area in a four-story structure not to exceed 48’ in height and Floor Area Ratio not to exceed 2.0, extending the existing nonconforming front setback and constructing a retaining wall greater than 4’ in a setback for property located at 431 Washington Street, 29 Hovey Street,  and the adjacent unnumbered lot to the north on Hovey Street (see Planning memo here), and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to amend Special Permit #2-15 to allow a 1/3 reduction in the number of required parking stalls or a waiver for 386 stalls, dimensional relief to allow conformance with the existing parking facility and waivers with regard to the number, size, location and/or height of signs at 300 Boylston Street (see Planning Memo here).  The agenda can be found here.

Other Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 21st

The following City Boards and Commissions will meet this week:

Council on Aging:  The Council on Aging and the Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newtonville.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Free Library Trustees Meeting:  The Newton Free Library Trustees will meet on Wednesday, May 24th at 10:00 a.m in the Trustees Room at the Main Library.  The agenda can be found here.

Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and discuss the following:  Request for Determination of Applicability for revamping gas distribution system and cutting a row of dying pine trees for property located at 1 Nonantum Road – Newton Yacht Club, Notice of Intent to control/manage invasive aquatic weed (fanwort, milfoil, water chestnut, water lilies) and algae populations using a variety of management strategies for property located at Ware’s Cove at the Charles River, question regarding whether the Conservation Commission will become a signatory to the impending Notice of Intent for tree cutting in wetlands jurisdiction across Newton –  71 trees are to be cut or pruned or monitored for property along the MBTA Right of Way, request to extend an Order of Conditions for a 1-year extension to allow for the completion of the porous pavement and replacement of 4 shrubs for property located at 777 Dedham Street, request for E-Cert Ratification to alleviate flooding by pumping floodwaters and removing trees for property along the Sawmill Brook (at Wayne Road).  The Commission will also discuss with the MBTA about cutting trees on Conservation properties (Houghton Garden and Webster Conservation Area) in uplands – i.e., granting permission for work on public land.  Will the Conservation Commission allow the proposed tree cutting on upland Conservation Commission land? 56 trees are currently identified to be removed, topped, pruned, or monitored. The agenda can be found here.  The packet documents can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at:  617-796-1134 and by email at jsteel@newtonma.gov.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and will review the following:

  • Request to waive a demo delay for property located at 65 Chase Street
  • CLG Eligibility Report Request by Ward 5 Councilor to prepare report for submission to the Mass Historical Commission for property located at 142 Neshobe Road
  • CLG Eligibility Report (MOVED TO JUNE 22nd) Request by Ward 7 councilor to prepare report for submission to Mass Historical Commission for property located at 6 Woodchester Road
  • Demolition Review Request to demolish property for property located at 2 Bemuth Road
  • Demolition Review Request to demolish property for property located at 400 Cherry Street
  • Demolition Review Request to demolish property  for property located at 174 Allen Avenue
  • Waiver Request Request to waive demo delay for property located at 19 Simpson Terrace/Dale Road
  • Partial Demolition Move Request Request to add onto side and rear, move forward on same lot for property located at 105 Morton Street
  • Waiver Request Request to waive demo delay for property located at 16 Dalby Street
  • Waiver Request Request to waive demo delay for property located at 138 Berkeley Street

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.

 

City Council Meetings – Week of May 14th

The Full City Council will meet tonight, May 15th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The Reports Docket can be found here and the new docket can be found here. Prior to the Full City Council meeting, the Council will meet in Committee of the Whole at 7:00 p.m. with Finance presiding to complete its discussion of the FY 2018 Water, Sewer and Storm Water Rates. The agenda can be found here.

The Full Council is also scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers to deliberate on the FY2018 proposed budget and Capital Improvement Plan.  The docket can be found here. The proposed budget can be found here.  A compilation of budget reports can be found here. A memo from Council President Lennon can be found here and memo from the Administration regarding amendments to their submitted budget can be found here. Proposed budget resolutions can be found here (looks like most of them were filed by me!)

The Full Council is also scheduled to meet on Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers to deliberate on the FY2018 proposed budget and Capital Improvement Plan.  The docket can be found here and the agenda can be found here.

Council Committee Reports – Now Available

The following City Council Committee Reports are now available:

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, May 8th and voted to approve the following:  request to transfer of $45,000 from the Municipal Building Full-time Salaries Account to the Municipal Building Maintenance Repair-Maintenance and Public Building Administration, Consultants Account, a transfer of $15,000  from City Hall Operations Full-time Salaries and $5,000 from the Library Building Maintenance Part-time Salaries account to the Public Building Administration, Consultants Account to provide funding for the Public Buildings Department do additional work including the City Hall computer room air conditioning and window insulation, installation of an HVAC unit at the police annex, plumbing repairs, and solar energy consulting services and a transfer of $5568 from the PC Hardware Account and $18,629 from the Municipal Building Maintenance Full-time Salaries to FY 17 Operating Budget Vehicle Account to purchase a craftsperson vehicle, a request to transfer $75,000 from the Planning Department Full-time Salaries Account to the Planning Department Consulting Services Account to develop a Complete Streets Guidebook, appointment of Emma Watkins to the Newton Taxation Aid Committee and a re-appointment of Matthew Chao to the Newton Taxation Aid Committee.  All other items were held.  The Report can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, May 8th and voted to approve the following:  a request for a technical amendment to the Newton Zoning Ordinance to edit incorrectly transcribed language pertaining to the time periods for special permit lapse and extension.  All other items were held but note there was a discussion about the rDNA technology and research facility siting to remove the requirement for a special permit and a discussion about rezoning the Stanton Avenue Water Tower Site that was declared surplus by the City from Public Use to MR3.  The report can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, May 9th and voted to approve the following:  the request to withdraw a request for a special permit/site plan approval to rectify an already built garage for property located at 129 Cabot Street, request to withdraw a request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a 3-story, 6 unit multi-dwelling for property located at 39 Herrick Road, request for an extension of time to exercise special permit  #2-15, granted on April 6, 2015 to repurpose an existing vacant building into a mixed-use commercial facility including general office, medical office, laboratory, retail uses, and restaurants for property located at 300 Boylston Street, request to withdraw request for a special permit/site plan approval to alter the use of the existing nonconforming detached barn by converting it into a residential unit, creating a three-family in two structures for property located at 62 Walnut Park, a request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a single family dwelling, extending the structure vertically within the nonconforming front setback for property located at 37 Troy Lane, and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a two-story rear addition, increasing the nonconforming two-family use and nonconforming FAR for property located at 49-51 Clinton Place.  All other items were held. The report can be found here.

School Committee Reports and Info now available

The following reports and documents have been forwarded to the City Council: