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Other Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 2nd

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

Newton Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following: request to streamline routine maintenance and repair to City infrastructure including roadways, sidewalks, drainage pipes, stormwater drains, sewer and water lines when conducted in compliance with a generic Order of Conditions (OOC) for maintenance on roadways, sidewalks, drainage pipes, stormwater drains, sewer, and water lines at various locations throughout Newton;  request to repair and excavate a failing foundation and walkway at 351 Parker Street; sewer service repairs and other site improvements at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway; addition to a single family home at 42 Hyde Avenue; demolition and construction of a single family home at 5 Vaughn Avenue; demolition of existing garage and handicap ramp; construction of new handicap ramp at 515 Walnut St; Demolition of single family home and construction of duplex at 73 Beaconwood Road. The agenda can be found here and packet documents can be found here. For more information, please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at 617-796-1134 or by email at:  jsteel@newtonma.gov.

Newtonville Historic District Commission: The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on on Thursday, July 6th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  approval for work done on side entries for property located at 182 Lowell Avenue. Violation. Continuation.  For more information, please cntact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of June 25th

The following City Council Meetings are scheduled for this week:

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet Tonight at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  appointment of William Winkler to the Urban Design Commission, Mayor’ appointment of Doug Cornelius to the Newton Historical Commission, appointment of Ellen Katz to the Newton Conservation Commission, re-appointment of Jeff Zabel to the Newton Conservation Commission, re-appointment of Susan Lunin to the Newton Conservation Commission, re-appointment of Judith Hepburn to the Newton Conservation Commission, re-appointment of of Dan Green to the Newton Conservation Commission, re-appointment of Norm Richardson to the Conservation Commission, re-appointment of Richard Alfred to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, re-appointment of Patricia Baker to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, re-appointment of Pat Bottomley to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, re-appointment of Italo Visco to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, re-appointment of Nancy Grissom to the Auburndale Historic District Comminssion, re-appointment of Nancy Grissom to the Newton Historical Commission, re-appointment of Peter Dimond to the Newton Historical Commission, re-appointment of Laura Fitzmaurice to the Newton Historical Commission, re-appointment of  Ellen Klapper to the Newton Historical Commission, re-appointment of Jean Fulkerson to the Newton Historical Commission, re-appointment of Mark Armstrong to the Newton Historical Commission, request for an amendment to the City Zoning Ordinances regarding lodging houses, and an amendment to the ordinances regarding licensing requirements and criteria for lodging houses.  The agenda can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The regularly scheduled meeting of the Finance Committee has been cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The regularly scheduled meeting of the Land Use Committee has been cancelled  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Other Boards and Commission Meetings – Week of June 25th

Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessor will meet on Monday, June 26th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108 to review Clause 18 Applications for FY 2017.  The agenda can be found here.

Crescent Street Working Group:  The Crescent Street Working Group is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 27th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  RFP for Property Management, pro-forma and open discussion. The agenda can be found here.

Elections Committee:  The Elections Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 27th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  Approval of minutes of the May 31, 2017 and June 13, 2017 meetings and mailings for the November 7, 2017 Election.  The agenda can be found here.

Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 27th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to discuss the following:   Department Head and City Councilor submissions for corrections.  The agenda can be found here.

Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals on will meet on Tuesday, June 27th at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers and is scheduled to discuss the following items:  ohn Reis of 11 Edgefield Road, appealing the March 31, 2017, Zoning Violation Notice issued by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services for a violation of the storm water management ordinance (Notice improperly issued), and the Comprehensive Permit previously granted to Waban AMA Realty Ventures LLC to construct 8 rental units (6 market rate and 2 affordable) located at 1521 Beacon Street, Newton, Massachusetts. This item will be heard for the purpose of considering whether changes to the Comprehensive Permit are substantial or insubstantial. The proposed changes include changing the tenure of all 8 units from rental to ownership and transfer of the permit to 1521 Beacon Street, LLC. 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.

 

Development Review Team

The Development Review Team is scheduled to meet this week and discuss the following potential development projects:

  • 499 Winchester Street – Special permit to allow rear lot subdivision (SR3)
  • 19-21 Bonwood Street – Special permit for dormer addition increasing existing nonconforming FAR (MR1)
  • 1084 Chestnut Street – Special permit for accessory apartment greater than 1,000 square feet (MR1)
  • 27-33 Greenwood Street –  Special permit to allow rear lot subdivision in conjunction to the creation of four single family homes (SR1)

Orr Block/Washington Place proposal

The Council is expected to vote TONIGHT on the Orr Block/Washington Place proposal.  The most recent Council order can be found here, the most recent Planning Department memo can be found here,  letter from Attorney Dennis Murphy regarding abutter protest can be found here, and the Planning and Development Board’s memo can be found here.

City Council Reports now available

The following City Council Reports are now available:

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, June 12th and voted to approve a request to approve ordinance amendment to update guidelines and procedures for the regulation of rDNA and remove special permit requirement for rDNA facilities. All other items were held. The report can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, June 12th and voted to approve the following:  request to transfer $45,000 from the Law Department’s full-time salaries account to the Law Department’s Claims/Settlements Account to provide funding for claims filed against the City, request to transfer $340,000 from the full-time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime, request to appropriate $80,477 from Cable TV Capital Franchise Fees and $69,523 from Cable TV Operating Franchise Fees for the installation of video cameras on approximately 30 traffic signals in Newton, requesting to transfer from the full-time salaries accounts in various department to fund system enhancements to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), improvements to the Storage Area Network, and enhancements to the City’s fiber infrastructure, request to appropriate and expend $57,676 from E-Rate reimbursement funds to purchase technology for the Newton Public Schools, request to appropriate $350,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School, request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor (Finance approved Part A –  $75K for design costs and held Part B – Construction Costs), request to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $4,981 from the State Historical Records Advisory Board to support the Newton Talks Project, request to authorize $15,000 from certain accounts to the Public Building Department for the development of a public information plan regarding the site cleanup at the Horace Mann School for an oil leak that occurred in 1998, request to appropriate $450,000 from bonded indebtedness for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street, request approval of sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments; requesting to transfer $150,000 (Finance amended it to $170,000) from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation, and a request to rescind Council Order #280-16 authorizing the City to borrow $165,000 for the Elliot Street Bridge Project and rescission of Council Order #277-16 authorizing the City to borrow $530,000 for the Washington Street @ Harvard Street Signalization Project.  The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following requests:  request authorization to appropriate and expend $71,000 from Free Cash for the purpose of construction of an observation deck on the greenway walking corridor, request to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the purpose of funding the construction of a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, and a request for a discussion with the School Department and members of the School Committee regarding the $1.2 million deficit in the School Department budget as outlined in the 2017 Fiscal and Operational Update Memo dated October 24, 2016.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee met on Wednesday, June 7th and voted to approve the following:  request to create an ordinance requiring notice be posted on retail gas pumps informing consumers that burning gas contributes to climate change and have a link to the City website offering alternatives to gas powered transit, a request to approve ordinance amendment to update guidelines and procedures for the regulation of rDNA and remove special permit requirement for rDNA facilities, request to appropriate and expend $57,676 from E‐Rate reimbursement funds to purchase technology for the Newton Public Schools, request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor, and a request for a resolution to recognize June as Immigrant Heritage Month.  All other items were held.  The report contains a lengthy description of the Trump Impeachment resolution and can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, June 7th and voted to approve the following:  request for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Greenwood Street from the existing gas main to another existing gas main next to #4 Sevland Road for system reinforcement, request to appropriate $450,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street (NOTE:  This brings the cost to $1.808 million), recommendation that the City of Newton take an easement on property owned by Mount Ida College at the southeast corner of the Dedham Street and Carlson Avenue intersection in order to realign the Dedham Street/Brookline Street/Carlson Avenue intersection. (NOTE:  Mount Ida College supports the taking of the easement), request that the City Council approve the abandonment of a portion of a City drain easement in the side and rear properties at 36 and 46 Tamworth Road, requestto alter and widen portions of the Homer Street right of way in order to proceed with several safety improvements for pedestrians including curb extensions, rectangular rapid flashing beacons and crosswalk relocation, requestto appropriate $350,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School, request to transfer $150,000 from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation,  and a request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor (NOTE:  Public Facilities split the item into Part A and Part B and approved Part A).  All other items were held. The report can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, June 7th and voted to approve the following:  Bus license renewals for Boston College, request to appropriate $450,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street (NOTE:  This brings total to $1.808 million), request to transfer $340,000 from the full‐time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime, request to appropriate and expend $80,477 from Cable TV Capital Franchise Fees and $69,523  from Cable TV Operating Franchise Fees for the installation of video cameras on approximately 30 traffic signals in Newton, submittal of semi-annual taxi license/public auto license inspections for review, request for a shuttle bus to take people to and from Lifetime Fitness, request to re-appoint Alicia Wilson to the Traffic Council and an appeal of a Traffic Council decision regarding a new yield sign on Walnut Hill Road (NOTE:  The Committee held Part B).  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, June 6th and voted to approve the following:  petition to amend a special permit to allow bank use for property located at 170 Needham Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a new attached garage at basement level, family room on first floor and bathroom and closet space on the second floor, extending the nonconforming front setback increasing the nonconforming FAR from .52 to .61 where .41 is allowed at 208 Homer Street (NOTE:  This is subject to second call), request for a special permit/site plan approval to expand units at the two family dwelling, claiming basement space for the first floor and attic space for the second floor by adding dormers, increasing the FAR from .90 to .93 where .58 is allowed and relocating a noncompliant deck, further decreasing the existing nonconforming open space at 15 Ricker Road, request for a special permit/site plan approval to demolish an existing garage, structure and deck and to construct an attached two-car garage and indoor sport court, exceeding the maximum allowable FAR to .38 where .33 is allowed and .31 exists at 1016 Centre , and the appointment of Lynn Yetra to the BC Neighborhood Council.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

 

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of June 18th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and is expected to discuss the following:  petition to re-zone from Multi-Residence 2 to Business 2 and a special permit/site plan approval to construct elderly housing with services in excess of 20,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area, consisting of 85 living units 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 at 431 Washington Street (Sunrise Development), special permit/site plan approval to convert the existing detached truck storage structure into a residential unit and continue the office use in the front structure, constituting two uses on site at 46 Farwell Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval  to allow parking within 5’ of the street, in the front setback at 54 Lakewood Road,  request for a special permit/site plan approval to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling, front porch and detached garage and construct a two-story rear addition and attached garage for more than three vehicles and in excess of 700 sq. ft. increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at 164 Highland Avenue, and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to raze and replace a two-family structure and allow a 4% reduction to the required lot area after combining lots at 19-21 Beaconwood Road.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee meeting is cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on June 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  petitioning for a grant of location to relocate Pole T.86/E86 on Dedham Street at the intersection of Dedham Street/Brookline Street/Carlson Avenue to provide service, request for authorization to appropriate and expend $338,397 from previously declared Overlay Surplus to cover the costs associated with Eversource undergrounding utilities associated with the Austin Street Parking Lot Redevelopment Parking Lot, request for authorization to appropriate and expend $375,000 from previously declared Overlay Surplus and transfer $500,000 from the below the Public Works Full-time Salaries Account and the Public Works Health Insurance Account for the 2017 Pavement Program, request for authorization to appropriate and expend $71,000 from Free Cash to construct an observation deck on the greenway walking corridor, request that the School Department and/or Executive Department provide updates on removal of asbestos and other toxic materials that were identified at the Aquinas site, the scope and timing of window replacement in particular, and renovations that may be necessary to facilitate short and long-term plans for uses and operations at the site, request authorization to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the construction of a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, request for a Resolution to the Mayor to consider hiring a composting expert: either a consultant, a composting operator, or the Mass DEP to review the Rumford Avenue Composting site,  a request that the Executive Office and the Commissioner of Public Works review the management of the entire Rumford Avenue site with the input of the Solid Waste Commission and present their findings to the Public Facilities Committee within a 3 to 6 month timeframe, and a request that the Executive Office, the Fire Department, and the Department of Public Works provide an update on fire safety issues at the compost operation at the Rumford Avenue Landfill including details about who is currently managing the site for fires.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  possible ordinance change regarding fines associated with a) reducing the fines with parking at a curb cut and  b) increasing the fines when parking at a fire hydrant, request for authorization to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the purpose of funding the construction of a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, and an appeal of Traffic Council decision regarding a) Stop sign on Walnut Hill Road, b) Stop sign on Woodcliff Road for southbound traffic and c) Median on Walnut Hill Road, so cars approach Woodcliff Road at a right angle to address safety concerns and deter speeders (NOTE:  the appeal was approved but the Stop sign request was held).  The agenda can be found here.

Real Property Reuse Committee:  The Real Property Reuse Committee meeting has been cancelled. The cancellation notice can be found here.

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:   request for the installation of a stop sign on Fountain Street (both directions) at the intersection with Highland Street, request for the addition of a stop or yield sign at Burnham Road, northbound, at Valentine Street, request for a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Fairway Drive and Bunker Lane in West Newton, request for a four-way stop sign or a traffic signal at the intersection of Fairway Drive, Waltham and Derby Street to address safety concerns., requesting a parking restriction on the west side of Cherry Street between River Street and a point opposite Raymond Place, request for  a) stop sign at Curve Street, southbound, at the intersection of Auburn Street and b) stop sign at Gilbert Street, northbound, at the intersection of Auburn Street, request that the Traffic Council investigate a 3-way stop sign at the intersection of Hagar and Concord Streets, request for parking restrictions for Fuller Street from intersection of Commonwealth Avenue to Braeburn Golf Course to address commuter parking issues, on behalf of Jini Fairley, ADA Coordinator, requesting a discussion and possible changes to Traffic Council Policy 2: Residential Handicap Parking Spaces,  and  requesting a change to the official Newton Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the west side of Bowdoin Street so as to match the posted 2-hour parking limit signs. There would be no change to the posted signage.The agenda can be found here.

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of June 18th

The following City Boards and Commissions are meeting this week:

The Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to meet tonight, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers for the Youth Awards and go to Room 205 and discuss the following:  Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance, hold a public hearing regarding the Bridge at Nahanton Park,  discuss committee reports – Community Preservation Committee, Farm Commission, Cabot Redesign Committee, Commonwealth Golf Course, Off-Leash Area Working Group (OLAWG), Crystal Lake Working Group (CLWG) and the  Nahanton Park Committee.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee:  The School Committee is scheduled to meet tonight, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Ed Center, Room 210.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee Executive Session:  The School Committee was originally scheduled to hold an Executive Session but it has now been cancelled.  The cancellation notice can be found here.

Board of Licensing Commission:  The Board of Licensing Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.

Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustee Room. The agenda can be found here.

The Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room (B10) and is expected to discuss the following sign permit applications:

  • 30 Langley Road – Denim & Soul,
  • 341 Washington Street – Scott Lennon for Mayor,
  • 151-153 Needham Street – Qdoba,
  • 303 Auburn Street – Abaxis Framing Co.,
  • 612 Washington Street – 7‐Eleven,
  • 98-100 Winchester Street – 7‐Eleven

The Commission will also hear a fence appeal for 256 Highland Street.  For more information, please contact Shubee Sikka by phone at: 617.721.1139 or by email at:  ssikka@newtonma.gov .

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 22nd and is expected to discuss the following requests:  request to renovate and add accessible side entrance for 219 Commonwealth Avenue, CLG Eligibility Report request for 6 Woodchester Road, CLG Eligibility Report request for 143 Neshobe Road, request to demolish the community center at 111 Kennedy Circle, request to demolish the property at 210 Cotton Street, request to demolish property at 43 Crafts Street, request to demolish property at 57 Walnut Street, request to demolish and add a new porch for property at 5 Chester Street, request to remove chimneys at 450 Winchester Street, request to waive the the demo delay at 65 Ferncroft Road, and a request to waive the demo delay for property at 16 Dalby Street. The report can be found here.