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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of November 5th

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

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 8th in Room 211 and the Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. (NOTE:  Early Start time) and is expected to discuss the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $215,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a bucket truck for the Forestry Division, request for authorization to appropriate $213,000 from bonded indebtedness to renovate three tennis courts at McGrath Park, request for authorization to appropriate $192,000 from bonded indebtedness to replace the current Parks and Recreation trash truck with two F-550 6 cubic yard packers – one for trash and one for recycling, request for an ordinance to ban polystyrene food/beverage containers, request to amend Chapter 17 to allow food trucks at Wells  Avenue, public hearing to amend the City Charter and reduce the size of the City Council to 16 with 8 Councilors residing in the ward and elected only by each of the 8 wards and 8 Councilors residing in each of the 8 wards elected by the entire City, appointment of Peter Doherty to the Newton Commonwealth Foundation, re-appointment of Marietta Marchitelli to the Jackson Homestead, re-appointment of Russel Feldman to the Jackson Homestead, and re-appointment of Thekla Diehl to the Biosafety Committee.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 8th in Room 205 at 7:00 p.m. and is expected to discuss the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $106,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of upgrading the Toughbooks equipment in the Police Department’s first line response vehicles, request for authorization to appropriate $1,200,000 from bonded indebtedness to replace the Fire Department’s Ladder Truck #2, appeal of the denial of Traffic Council petition TC12‐17 on June 22, 2017 for a four‐way stop sign at the intersection of Fairway Drive and Bunker Lane in West Newton, proposal to amend procedures to docket Traffic Council petitions, proposal to amend overtime parking ordinance, and a proposal to amend parking ordinance regarding enforcement of the Melrose Avenue parking area.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 8th in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  petition for a grant of location to install a new pole on Bellevue Street, request to the Mayor to take necessary steps to construct a  9 ½’ chain link fence with ivy around the exterior of the Rumford Avenue solar site, request to accept a drainage easement at the end of Lake Terrace extending the shoreline of Crystal Lake, request for authorization to appropriate $280,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a Gradall vehicle for the Public Works Department, request for a discussion with the Department of Public Works regarding a policy for use of salt for snow clearing operations, request to pilot a curbside food waste program, request for an update on the Second Water Meter program, request for a discussion on the condition of the Kennard Estate building, and a request for updates on the fire station renovations.  The agenda can be found here.

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 5th

The following City Boards and Commissions will meet this week:

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, November 6th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  public hearing and vote to change the zoning district for property located at 392-396 Langley Road, 400 Langley Road and 402-404 Langley Road, zoning amendment for Lodging Houses, acceptance of withdrawal without prejudice requests for the proposed West Newton Hill and Newton Highlands Historic Districts, discussion of the Needham Street Vision plan, discussion of the proposed amendment to the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, and updates on Zoning Redesign and on the Food Truck Ordinance.  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.

Special Education PAC:  The SEPAC will meet on Wednesday, November 8th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center.  The agenda/meeting notice can be found here.

Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, November 8th at 9:00 a.m. in Conference Room 108.  The agenda can be found here.

Crescent Street Working Group:  The Crescent Street Working Group is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 9th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 204.  Topics to be discussed include the Myrtle Baptist Parking Lot, property management, project budget, and schedule. The agenda can be found here.

WestMetro Home Consortium:  The WestMetro Home Consortium is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 9th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 211.  The Meeting Notice/Agenda can be found here.

Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  request to remove and existing deck and raised garden beds and remove 3 dead trees and construct a new deck for property located at 14 Buswell Park, discussion on a policy to hire outside consultants, Notice of Intent to construct 6 single family homes and driveways at 56 Farwell Street, Notice of Intent to demolish and existing single family home and construct a duplex.  The agenda can be found here, and he 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.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of November 5th

The Development Review Team will meet this week on the following potential proposals:

  • 184 California Street  – Special Permit to construct multi-family dwelling (MAN)
  • 10-12 Middle Street  – Special Permit to construct multi-family dwelling (MR2)
  • 58 Rochester Road – Special Permit to extend nonconforming three-story
    structure and nonconforming FAR (SR3)
  • 64 Green Park – Special Permit to extend nonconforming three-story
    structure and exceed the FAR (SR2)

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 29th

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

Newton Housing Authority:  The Newton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 31st at 12:45 p.m. at 82 Lincoln Street and is scheduled to discuss various development projects.  The Notice of Meeting can be found here.

Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 1st at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  discussion about auditing of housing discrimination in Newton, possible participation in the Zoning Redesign event on December 14th, discussion about possible representation at the Statewide Fair Housing Coalition’s meeting, discussion regarding events, training and publications.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Farm Commission:  The Newton Farm Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department’s Conference Room (B10) and is expected to discuss the following:  update on Farm Operations, review of 3rd Quarter Financials, update on the Chicken Coop, update on plans for additional staffing and a review of the business plan schedule.  The agenda can be found here.

Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The regularly scheduled meeting of the Newtonville Historic District Commission set for Thursday, November 2nd has been cancelled.

 

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of October 29th

The Development Review Team will meet this week on the following potential proposals:

  • Lasell Village- Building S-9 – Two proposed additions to existing residential structure
  • 133 Park Street –  Special permit to increase single family dwelling’s FAR by
    enclosing rear porches (SR2)
  • 2330 Washington Street –  Administrative Site Plan Review to expand existing day
    care center (BU1)

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of October 22nd

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

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  appointment of Allan Cohen to the Board of Assessors, request for authorization to appropriate $32,297 from general revenue (via the McKinney- Vento Homeless Assistance Act to the School Department to offset Transportation Costs, and a request to accept Mass General Laws to create a special revenue fund for PEG and Cable funds and begin operation for fiscal year 2019, which begins on July 1, 2018.  The Chair intends to entertain a motion for No Action Necessary on the following items:  request to appropriate $2 million from Free Cash to the Rainy Day Stabilzation Fund, review and acceptance of the 5 year Financial Forecast, request for a parking meter pilot program, and a discussion about the Community Solar Share program.  The Chair is also looking to move the following items for end of term action:  request to appropriate $500K for renovation to the Newton Free Library, pilot program for a curbside food waste collection program, discussion on fees charged for special permits, discussion with the Administration about creating a uniform licensing agreement with with wireless carriers, and to create a policy and to develop and adopt a uniform license agreement for wireless carriers to install wireless communication devices on city-owned poles in the public way, request to establish a filing fee from petitioners seeking to attach wireless communications devices to existing or proposed structures in the public way, proposal for an ordinance amendment to allow noncriminal
ticketing of certain violations of the Accessory Apartment Ordinance, requirement to extend the notification area of notice for special permit petitions, a request for a discuss regarding expenditures related to the Complete Streets grant, request for authorization to appropriate and expend mitigation funds for pedestrian and traffic improvements,  request that the City accept the MGL Chapter 149, 148C in order to qualify employees for earned sick time, request for a discussion around the process for licensing buildings, discussion related to the policy for recording all meetings and posting meeting minutes online, request for a report regarding qualification of affordable units developed at Commonwealth Avenue, Eddy Street and Pearl Street for the State subsidized housing inventory, and a request to implement technology to monitor compliance with special permits.  The agenda can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  request to withdraw a petition to establish an historic district in Newton Highlands, request to withdraw a petition to establish and historic district in West Newton Hill.  The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  request for a consistency ruling for a special permit/site plan approval for 30 Caroline Park regarding a change to the FAR calculations submitted and approved relative to Board Order #16-16,  request fir a consistency ruling for a special permit/site plan approval for Chestnut Hill Square regarding a change to allow infilling of a loading area to locate 890 sq. ft of retail space, request for a special permit/site plan approval to legalize third unit and non-compliant lot area per unit in the existing non-conforming two-family at 69-71 Cherry Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to to expand the existing auto service business to allow the sale and service of up to ten used cars and waivers to requirements for parking facilities at 454-458 Watertown Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a three-story building, up to 36’ high, allow an FAR of 1.5, waivers to allow parking in the side setback, waiver to allow parking within 5’ of a building or structure containing dwelling units, waivers to allow a reduction in the parking requirement to 1.25 per dwelling unit, relief from parking facility landscaping, and a waivers to the lot area per
unit in a multifamily dwelling by 25% to allow for an affordable unit at 386-394
Watertown Street, request to amend a special permit/site plan approval to allow for changes to the site plan at 103 Court Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to demolish the existing detached garage structure and rear portion of the dwelling and replace it with a two-car attached garage, mudroom, living space and a rear pool, creating an FAR and .33 is allowed at 45 Chester Street, request to amend a special permit/site plan approval to allow for the construction of a detached garage at 1080 Walnut Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a 1,026 sq.
ft. rear addition to the basement, first and second stories, creating an FAR of .67 where
.58 is allowed and .44 exists at 14 Pond Avenue, request to amend a special permit/site plan approval  to allow parking within the front setback and waive the requirement for outdoor play area screening at 49 Winchester Street, request to petition for a change of zone to MR-3 for land located at 392-396 Langley Road(MR-2; Parcel 1), 400 Langley Road (MR- 2; Parcel 2), and 402-404 Langley Road (BU-1; Parcel 3), also identified as Section 65, Block 010, Lots 001, 008, 030, and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to develop 20,000+ sq. ft. of gross square area by razing the existing two-family at 400 Langley and constructing a three-story, 20-unit multi-family apartment building, legitimize a nonconforming deck and setback at 402-404 Langley Road, a reduction of parking to 1.25 stalls per unit or 83 stalls, parking in the side setback, a waiver of dimensional requirements for parking, a waiver for requirements for end stalls, a waiver for the minimum aisle width, a waiver of perimeter screening and interior landscaping requirements, a waiver for lighting and surfacing requirements and a waiver to allow multi-family dwellings in the MR-3 zone, at 392-396, 400, 402-404 Langley Road.  The agenda can be found here.

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 22nd

The following other City boards and commissions are scheduled to meet this week:

School Committee Executive Session:  The School Committee will meeting TONIGHT at 6:40 p.m. at the Ed Center in Room 304 prior to it’s regularly scheduled meeting and entertain a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss strategy for salary negotiations for non-union personnel.  The Meeting Notice can be found here.

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

Council on Aging:  The Council on Aging is hosting an open house for at-large City Councilors in contested races on Tuesday, October 24th at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. The Notice can be found here.

Elections Commission:  The Elections Commission will host ballot machine testing from Wednesday, October 25th through Friday, October 27th in Room B09.  The Notice of Testing can be found here.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to review and discuss the following requests:  request to demolish buildings 12, 13 and 14 located at Needham Street/Oak Street, request to review the historical significance and address a violation at 37 Radcliffe Road, request to alter the front facade at 330-334 Walnut Street, request to demolish the building located at 400 Langley Road, request to demolish the building at 18 Jameson Road, request to demolish the building at 84 North Street, request to demolish the building at 19 Quirk Court, request to demolish the building at 1728 Commonwealth Avenue, request to demolish the front facade for property located at 34 Park Street, request to waive the demolition delay for property located at 57 Walnut Street, and a request for partial demolition (non-permitted changes) for property located at 39 Stanton Avenue.  The agenda can be found here and the staff memo can be found here and the packet of information can be found here.  For more information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at:  617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  review of a trial initiated by the Ward 6 Councilors on behalf of residents of Rowena Road for parking restrictions, review of a trial initiated by the Ward 6 Councilors on behalf of residents of Laurel Street for parking restrictions during swim season in and around Crystal Lake, review of a trial of parking restrictions and removal of parking meters on Tyler Terrace to accommodate parking for the Fire Station during construction, request for additional parking opportunities to accommodate the needs fire personnel on Willow Street, request to add Centre Street and Tyler Terrace to the TPR as flashing warning lights, request for a stop sign on Westbourne Road at the intersection of the Carriage Lane on Commonwealth Avenue (southbound), request for a stop sign on Sumner Street at the intersection of the Carriage Lane on Commonwealth Avenue (southbound), request for a stop sign at Beaumont Avenue at the intersection of the Carriage Lane on Commonwealth Avenue (southbound), request to add a “NO U-TURN” sign on Derby Street between Cherry and Edward Road, request for parking restrictions on Aspen Avenue, request for a change in the parking meter zone on the northside of Commonwealth Avenue to add parking meters and/or a time limit to the currently unmetered parking spaces closest to the Boston City Line, and a request to add Grove Street between Washington Street and Colgate Road be added to the TPR as a one-way Street (NOTE:  This is to correct a scrivener’s error and will not result in a change in current conditions).  The agenda can be found here.