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Notable Events – Week of October 7th

Family Birthday Wishes – Happy 93rd birthday to my mom, Yuriko Mah (October 8th – TODAY!) and to my husband, John (October 11th)!

Harvest Fair:  Newton Community Pride will be hosting Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Newton Center Green.  More information can be found here.

 

City Council Meetings – Week of October 7th

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert a single family house to a three story, six-family unit with ground floor units, to construct a second three-story, three residential unit building with ground floor units, and to allow reductions and waivers of other requirements such as parking and lighting at 424-432 Cherry Street -Public Hearing
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the addition of dormers to the attic level where 3.5 stories exist and 2.5 is allowed at 47 Lewis Street Public Hearing
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raise the roof of the existing 2.5 story house and add an oversized front and rear dormers to the attic level and creating a third story where 2.5 is allowed at 63 Cherry Street;
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow off-site relocation of inclusionary zoning units as well as 24 additional units at 219 Commonwealth Avenue (See Petitioner’s Response to Livable Newton letter)
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a 12 unit multi-family development in a business district with greater than 20,000 gross floor area with a three-story structure, 41’in height, allowing  an FAR of 1.31, and allowing waivers to parking, lighting, setback requirements at 189-193 Adams Street/Quirk Court-Public Hearing

The Public Hearing agenda can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an appropriation of $100,000 to control of the Law Department for professional services related to the protection of open space at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway;
  • Discussion of the Washington Street Corridor Plan;
  • Discussion of the Committee’s review of the Zoning Redesign Draft, Discussion of the upcoming Ward by Ward meetings on Zoning Redesign;
  • Committee’s Review of the Washington Street Vision Plan

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 7th

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing on the Stanton Avenue Senior Housing/Gold Meir House Expansion requesting $3.25 million in CPA funds to add 60 60 income and age restricted housing units of rental housing for a net of 69
  • Discussion of the following:
    • Conservation Restrictions for past CPA funded land acquisitions;
    • Fair Housing Concerns for Kesseler Woods/Hancock Estates;
    • Staff update on current and anticipated proposals; current projects; and program planning

Pre-Meeting packet can be found here.

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Economic Development Updates
  • Presentation on Mt. Ida Campus, UMASS Amherst – by Deputy Chancellor, Steve Goodwin
  • Discussion Economic Development Strategy Matrix-
  • Discussion of Northland and Riverside

Executive Building and Advisory Building Committee for the Newton Center for Active Living Project:  The Committees will meet on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Senior Center.  The Notice of Meeting can be found here.

Transportation Advisory Group:  The Transportation Advisory Group will meet on Wednesday, October 10th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda can be found here.

Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • 4 Notices of Intent :
    • 1 Wells Avenue – Eagle Scout project – seeking an Order of Conditions to construct a pedestrian footbridge over Country Club Brook and a new connecting trail to allow users to go from the Helen Heyn Riverway access to the trail without having to go onto the sidewalk of Wells Ave
    • Cobb Place – Applicant seeking Order of Conditions to pave and existing, gravel, privately owned street and install country drainage on either side of the street
    • Needham Street/Needham Highland Bridge – Applicant proposing to reconstruct Needham Street from Winchester to Oak/Christina Street intersection and rehab the Needham/Highland Bridge
    • 33 Wayne Road – Enforcement Action – Tear Down – Applicant requesting continuation to the November meeting to allow more time to develop plan to bring site into compliance with wetland regulations
  • ANRAD (Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation):  29 Greenwood Street – Applicant requesting confirmation of wetland lines
  • Request for Determination of Applicability:  320 Needham Street –  Applicant requesting Determination of Applicability for proposed grinding and subsequent repaving of 2 parking lots at 320 Needham Street
  • Certificate of Compliance – 100 Old England Road – Applicant is seeking a Certificate of Compliance for an addition, patio, garage and pool and required mitigation plantings under as proscribed in an Order of Conditions

Packet documents can be found here.

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Working Session on 65 High Street – Request feedback on proposed window and door changes, and deck with privacy lattice fence
  • Four requests for Certificates of Appropriateness:
    • 75 High Street – Request to amend previously approved plans to modify right-side entry steps and add a door
    • 347-349 Elliot Street – Request to replace windows
    • 1238 Chestnut Street – Request to install exterior lighting and fixed windows, change main entry, enclose parking garage stairway and install overhead doors, and build a loading dock extension
    • 1272 Boylston Street – Request to replace front entry porch, railings and stairs.

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

Things to Note and Notable Events

Things to Note:  The City recently sent out a notice to residents alerting them that beginning this week, there will be curbside inspections of residential recycling carts. This is a result of the City being charged $6,120 in fines last month and a total of $65,611 in fines for 2018 for having 18% contamination in the City’s recycling.  Our City contract requires the City of have less than 10% contamination. Contaminated carts will receive a warning with feedback on what issues were found. After the first warning and if continued contamination exists, the recycling will NOT be collected that week. See letter from Waneta Trabert, Director of Sustainable Materials Management.

Farmers’ Market:  Elm Street/West Newton: The Elm Street Market will end the season on October 6th and will include a Dolan Pond tour led by the Newton Conservators and the Return of New City Ice Cream Microcreamery.

The Cold Spring Park Market will showcase an Art Exhibit and Expo on Tuesday, October 2nd featuring Felix Fu of the Paper Mouse.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of September 30th

Land Use Committee:  Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 2nd. The agenda includes the following:

  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a 36 foot, three-story, nine-unit multi-family dwelling at 39 Herrick Road
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raise the roof of a 2.5 story house and add oversized front and rear dormers creating a 3rd story at 63 Cherry Street
  • Request to appropriate $2.5 million in CPA funds for a grant to the Newton Housing Authority to create 42 one-bedroom units of permanently affordable rental housing at JFK Circle
  • Request to appropriate $3 million in CPA funds for a grant to the Newton Housing Authority to create Haywood House, a permanently affordable rental development at JFK Circle
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a reconfiguration of an existing tandem driveway to allow two side-by-side stalls within 5 foot setback and within 5 feet of the street on a corner lot at 27 Albion Street
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to locate a veterinary hospital in a BU2 Zone at 858 Walnut Street
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct side and rear additions to create an attached garage and an accessory apartment and additional living space exceeding the FAR and extending the 3.5 story non-conforming structure at 58 Rochester Road
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to relocate an existing carriage house and attach it with a breezeway to a new multi-level principal structure addition, extending the non-conforming height and exceeding the FAR at 44 Ballard Street

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Re-appointment of Ouida Young as Acting City Solicitor until a permanent replacement is hired or until November 5, 2018
  • Extension of re-appointment of Ouida Young as Acting City Solicitor to be further extended from November 5th to November 16th to align with her scheduled retirement
  • Resolution (filed by me!) requesting the City Council reaffirm the City of Newton and Massachusetts non-discrimination laws prohibiting discrimination on places of public accommodation and the basis of gender identity and gender expression

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Petition for a grant of location to install conduit on Moulton Street
  • Appointment of Robert Hnasko and Steven Seigal to the Design Review Committee
  • Appointment of Tamar Warburg to the Designer Selection Committee
  • Appointment of Karen Slote to the Solid Waste Commission
  • Request to appropriate $800,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the replacement of the Crafts Street garage roof
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the installation of air conditioning units at the Carr School
  • Discussion with DPW and National Grid regarding steel workers lock out

Public Safety Committee:  The Public Safety Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appeal of a Traffic Council decision for creating a one-way on Derby Street from Waltham Street to Cherry Street westbound
  • Discussion with the Director of Transportation Planning about the roll-out of Lime bikes in Newton

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available – 2nd Medical Marijuana Dispensary (Elliott Street) Approved by Land Use Committee

Land Use Committee – September 20th:  The Land Use Committee voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Appointment of Karine Alexander to the Boston Neighborhood Council
  • Request for an Extension of Time for petition to amend a previously granted special permit/site plan approval to allow retail sale of recreational at Garden Remedies
  • Request to amend a previously granted special permit/site plan approval to change the existing non-conforming restaurant use to allow a non-conforming salon use at 148 California Street

The Land Use Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Three appointments to the Kesseler Liaison Committee:  Hynrich Weischhoff, Barbara Sird and Marilyn Wolman

All other items were held.  The report contains discussion of the public hearings for  Kesseler Woods and 1314 Washington Street/31,33 Davis Court – Santander Bank petitions.

Finance Committee – September 24th:  The Finance Committee voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Authorization to enter into a 5 year contract for parking meter currency processing services
  • Resolution requesting the formation of a Blue Ribbon Commission to review elected official’s compensation

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – September 24th:  The Zoning and Planning Committee held a public hearing on a proposed zoning amendment to regulate recreational marijuana establishments in the City of Newton and had a discussion on a possible adoption of the Economic Development Strategy Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan. Both items were held.

Land Use Committee – September 25th:  The Land Use Committee voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Request for an extension of time to exercise Special Permit #361-16 to construct a 1.087 sq. ft. addition to the front of the house at 642 Centre Street
  • Request to withdraw a petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a for-profit learning center in the existing daycare at 227 Washington Street
  • Petition to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval #114-17 to allow waivers to the size, number, location and height of signs at 300 Boylston Street
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a registered medical marijuana dispensary in a non-conforming structure and waive other additional requirements such as stall dimensions, aisle width, landscaping and lighting requirements at 24-26 Elliot Street

All other items were held.  Notes on the Public Hearing for Northland are attached to the report.

Newton School Committee to Meet on Monday, October 1st

The Newton School Committee will meet TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m. in Executive Session in Room 304 to discuss the following:

  • Conduct strategy with respect to collective bargaining negotiations with the Newton Teacher’s Association; to discuss the reputation, character, physical condition or mental health, rather than professional competence, of an individual, or to discuss the discipline or dismissal of, or complaints or charges brought against a public officer, employee or staff member;
  • Discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body;
  • Review and vote to release certain Executive Committee meeting minutes (see agenda)

The School Committee will then reconvene in regular session at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210. The agenda includes the following:

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of September 30th

Health and Human Services Advisory Commission:  The Advisory Commission will meet on Monday, October 1st at 6:00 p.m. in Room 106C.  The agenda can be found here.

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Zoning Redesign Presentation
  • Substantial Amendment and Vote on 236 Auburn Street
  • Substantial Amendment and Vote on Haywood House – Newton Housing Authority Project
  • Continued Public Hearing on Northland project

Washington Place Liaison Committee:  The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda can be found here.

Human Rights Commission:  The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Report on Hate Incidents – September 2018
  • “Teaching History and Controversial Subjects” – How to support Newton History Teachers
  • LGBTQA Resource Guide
  • Response to “YES on 3”
  • Harvest Fair Table – October 13th
  • Social Justice Reading list
  • Co-Sponsored event with Harmony Foundation and the Newton Theater Company – May 5th – 2:00 p.m. at Aquinas
  • Human Rights Awards Nomination Form and Night

Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 3rd at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda can be found here.

Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace concrete driveway with asphalt at 118 Lowell Avenue
  • Working Session on a request to replace enclosed porch storm windows with double hung windows