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Zoning and Planning Committee – June 4, 2019 Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee met jointly with the Land Use Committee and held a public hearing on the Riverside Proposal. The Committee Report contains testimony and presentations made at the hearing.

Programs and Services Committee – June 5, 2019: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Reappointment of Seth Bai as Veterans Services Officer for the City of Newton
  • Request to amend the City of Newton Ordinances to rename the Parks and Recreation Department the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a request for Home Rule Legislation to allow Fire Chief Bruce Proia to continue employment as the City’s Fire Chief beyond the mandatory retirement age.

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Committee: June 5, 2019: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a grant of location to install small cell wireless facility on an existing city-owned streetlight pole located in the right-of-way in the vicinity of of 140 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for authorization to acquire by purchase the West Newton Armory building and land located at 1135 Washington Street for affordable housing and that the sum of $1 be appropriated from the Municipal Building Maintenance/Building Improvements Account to fund all costs associated with the acquisition of the property

All other items including the 5-58 petition for the Newton Early Childhood Program at 697 Watertown Street – the former Horace Mann School and the request for $2 million from Free Cash to pay for 25% conceptual design for Washington Street were held.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee- June 5, 2019: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for triennial renewal of two 128 Business Council – Needham Street Shuttle Bus licenses
  • Request for annual renewal of two Boston College bus licenses
  • Request for annual renewal of one bus license for seven vehicles for Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization (“MASCO”), Inc.
  • Submittal of reports from the Police Department of semi-annual taxi license /public auto inspections for review
  • Request to amend City of Newton Ordinances to create a short-term rental ordinance with fees that would require registration with the City’s Inspectional Services Department and fire inspections to protect public health and safety

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a request for Home Rule Legislation to allow Fire Chief Bruce Proia to continue employment as the City’s Fire Chief beyond the mandatory retirement age.

Finance Committee – June 10, 2019: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend City of Newton Ordinances to create a short-term rental ordinance with fees that would require registration with the City’s Inspectional Services Department and fire inspections to protect public health and safety
  • Request for authorization to acquire by purchase the West Newton Armory building and land located at 1135 Washington Street for affordable housing and that the sum of $1 be appropriated from the Municipal Building Maintenance/Building Improvements Account to fund all costs associated with the acquisition of the property
  • Submittal of the FY2020-FY2024 Five-Year Financial Forecast for review and accepatance

All other items were held including the request for $2 million from Free Cash for 25% conceptual design for Washington Street

Zoning and Planning Committee – June 10, 2019: The Zoning and Planning Committee met jointly with the Planning and Development Board and continued the public hearing (without public comment) on the Riverside Zoning proposals and held a public hearing (with public comment) on the proposal to amend the City’s Zoning Ordinances to create a short-term rental ordinance. Both items were held.

Land Use Committee – June 11, 2019: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-story rear addition creating an FAR of .67 where.48 is allowed and .47 exists at 18 Upham Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a 36′ three-story, nine-unit multi-family dwelling with accessory parking for 9 cars to allow multi-family dwelling use on the ground level in a BU1 District and to allow for various parking, lighting, and screening waivers at 19-31 and 39 Herrick Road
  • Request for a Special/Permit Site Plan Approval to demolish existing non-conforming single-family and two-family dwelling, combine the lots and construct 6 dwelling units in two buildings, extending the non-conforming use, allowing a three-story structure, allowing ground level residential use in a BU2 District, allow an FAR of 1.1 in a three-story structure, and extend a non-conforming side setback at 180,184-186 Adams Street

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of June 16th – NOTE: Early Start time for Planning and Development Board Meeting

Parks and Recreation Commission: The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of Meeting Minutes
  • Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance
    • Hunnewell Park Off-Leash Area
  • Request for Right-of-Way for Sewer Extension at 244 Dudley Road
  • Review of Open Meeting Law
  • Committee Reports:
    • Community Preservation Committee
    • Farm Commission
    • Commonwealth Golf Course
    • Off-Leash Area Working Group (OLAWG)
    • Crystal Lake Working Group (CLWF)
    • Athletic Fields Committee
    • NewCAL
    • Policy and Procedure Review
      • Field Naming

Board of License Commissioners: The Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, June 18th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for two Seasonal Farmer’s Market Winery License at the Elm Street and Cold Spring Park Farmers Market for Stormalong Cider
  • Request for a one-day temporary all alcoholic license for UMASS Amherst – Mt. Ida Campus, 777 Dedham Street, for a dinner on Thursday, June 20h fro 4:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.
  • Request for a one-day temporary all-alcoholic license for Clam Bake on Friday, July 20th at the Windsor Club, 1601 Beacon Street
  • Application for a change of manager to be exercised at Shake Shack Boston, Chestnut Hill
  • Application for a change of manager to be exercised by Lifetime Athletic, 300 Boylston Street
  • Application for a new victualler and a new annual entertainment license to be exercised by at Oddfellows Chestnut Hill
  • Application for a transfer of wine and malt package store license for the Corner Mini Mart at 3 Border Street

Newton Housing Partnership: The Newton Housing Partnership will meet on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Training on the Open Meeting Law
  • Review and Approval of Meeting Summary/Minutes – March 14th
  • Scope of Review for the Consultant for the West Newton Armory Affordable Housing Development
  • Discussion of the Hello Washington Street Vision Plan and Zoning
  • Presentation by the Planning Department of the Northland Project
  • Upcoming Meetings

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet on Tuesday, June 18th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of Short-Term Rental Proposal
  • Discussion of Inclusionary Zoning
  • Discussion of Riverside Zoning
  • Upcoming meetings

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install wireless equipment on utility pole on sidewalk in front of property at 262 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to amend previously approved vent location at 100 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to change driveway and driveway entrance and install cobblestone aprons at 61 Gate House Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace temporary railings on the garage roof deck at 29 Gate House Road (violation and continuation)
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace chimney that is in violation at 46 Woodman Road (continuation)

Staff Memo and Packet documents are not available online at the time of this posting.

Conservation Commission: The Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for Determination of Applicability for landscaping, mitigation plantings, and mechanical invasive species removal for 2391 – 2401 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Notice of Intent – for a 9-foot wide pedestrian footpath at 1 Nonantum Road
  • Notice of Intent – (continued discussion) for demolition of a existing single-family house and associated site features and for the construction of a new duplex with associated site features and mitigation for 401 Albemarle Road
  • Notice of Intent and Request for an Order of Conditions for a 36 stall expansion of parking and restoration of RFA for 188-192 and 210 Needham Street – Crosspoint
  • Notice of Intent – (continued) – vegetation management in golf course ponds at 212 Kenrick Street – Newton Commonwealth Golf Course
  • Notice of Intent – (continued) – construction of a new single-family home with associated site features on site with an existing tennis court at 62 Carlton Road
  • Request to continue public hearing to July 11th on a Request for Determination of Applicability – (continued) – to allow MBTA representatives and Conservation staff time to meet and discuss the necessary materials for filing for MBTA Green Line – confirmation of delineation for vegetation management plan
  • Notice of Intent – (continued) – for construction of a 25-unit residential condominium development at 1114 Beacon Street
  • Potential violation of un-permitted tree cutting and disposal of woodchips at 189 Wells Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to close out an Order of Conditions for construction of a deck and pool at a single-family home as work was never initiated at 6 Oldham Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to close out an Order of Conditions for chemical treatment of invasives, specifically purple loosestrife, at Waban Kettlepond
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance for teardown/rebuild of a single-family house with associated mitigation at 31 Harwich Road
  • Informal review of draft of Kesseler Woods Conservation Restriction for submission to the State
  • Request to consider formalizing a policy requiring protection of or reestablishment of 25′ naturally vegetated buffer zone within the 100′ buffer zone

Packet documents can be found here.

School Committee to meet on Monday, June 17th – Executive Session to discuss several legal filings and strategy for Collective Bargaining and New Location for Brown Solar Panels

The School Committee will meet on Monday, June 17th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 210. According to the agenda, the School Committee will vote to move into Executive Session and move to Room 304 to discuss the following:

  • Strategy with respect to litigation
    • Civil Matter #1581-cv-05863 v. Newton Public Schools
    • DLR Docket No. MUP-19-7229 – Newton Teachers Association v. Newton Public Schools
    • Notice of legal claim for injuries that constitutes likely and imminent litigation arising from incident at NECP (Newton Early Childhood Program) on January 11, 2018
  • Strategy in preparation for Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teachers Association (NTA)

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

  • New Business –
    • Discussion – Superintendent’s Assessment – see Template
  • Consent Agenda
    • Vote to approve new location of Brown Solar Panel
    • Vote to approve 5/29/2019 Minutes (not available online at time of this posting)

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of June 16th

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

  • 334 River St, 340 River St, 76 Lexington St & 82 Lexington Street – Special Permit to construct a hotel and a ten-unit multi-family dwelling
  • 50 Adams Street – Possible mixed-use development with office space on the 1 st floor and additional 2 dwelling units on the 2nd floor
  • 288 Walnut Street – Wireless communications site modification
  • 35-37 Williams Street – Special Permit to further increase open space nonconformity

The Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.

City Council Meetings – Week of June 9th

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, June 10th at 7:30 p.m – (NOTE: LATE START) in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Proposal to amend Chapters 20 and 17 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Newton to create a short-term rental ordinance with fees that would require registration of short-term rentals with the City’s Inspectional Services Department and fire inspections to protect public safety and health
  • Request to appropriate and expend $2,000,000 from Free Cash to develop 25% conceptual design of the Washington Street Corridor in order to make the improvements to the corridor eligible for the State’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) funding
  • Request authorization to to acquire by purchase the West Newton Armory building and land located at 1135 Washington Street for affordable housing, and further requesting that the sum of $1 be appropriated from the Municipal Building Maintenance/Building Improvements Account to fund all costs associated with the acquisition of the property
  • Review and Acceptance of the submission of the 2020-2024 Five-Year Financial Forecast

Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning and Development Board: The Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Zoning amendments (requested by the Developer) for the Riverside Station/355 Grove Street and 399 Grove Street – Sections 4.2.3 and 4.2.4 relative to the MU3 District*
  • Zoning amendments (proposed by the Lower Falls Improvement Association (LFIA)) for the Riverside Station/355 Grove Street and 399 Grove Street – Sections 4.2 and 7.3.5 pertaining to the MU3/Transit-Oriented Zoning District*

*See Planning Memo which covers both items

The Committee will then meet jointly with the Planning and Development Board to hold public hearings on the following:

  • Proposal to amend Chapter 30 of the City of Newton Zoning Ordinances, in order create short-term rental ordinance that defines the short-term rental and bed and breakfast uses, identifies what zoning districts they would be allowed to in and under what criteria, conditions, limitations and permitting process
  • Proposal to amend Chapter 20 and 17 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Newton to create a short-term rental ordinance with fees that would require registration of short-term rentals with the City’s Inspectional Services Department and fire inspections to protect public health and safety
  • Request for amendments to the Inclusionary Zoning provisions of Chapter 30, Newton Zoning Ordinance, to apply the requirements to any project including seven or more residential units; to increase the required percentage of affordable units for projects of a certain size; to require that some affordable units be designated for middle-income households; to create a new formula for calculating for payment in lieu of affordable units and fractional cash payments; to waive certain inclusionary zoning requirements for 100% deed restricted affordable developments; to strengthen the Elder Housing with Services requirements; and to clarify and improve the ordinance with other changes as necessary – See Planning Memo
  • Request for approval to grant a conservation restriction at 30 Wabasso Street to the Newton Conservators – See Planning Memo

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-story rear addition, creating an FAR of .67 where .48 is allowed an .47 exists at 18 Upham Street
  • Request for NO ACTION NECESSARY for a Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for a 9-unit multi-family dwelling at 39 Herrick Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for 36 foot 3-story 9-unit multi-family dwelling with accessory parking for 9 cars, to allow for multi-family residential use on the ground level in a BU1 District, to allow a reduction to one parking stall per unit, to waive 18 stalls on the parcel associated with the multi-family dwelling (Lot 7), to allow off-site parking facilities (Lot 6), and to allow various setback, aisle width, maneuvering space, waive screening and lighting requirements and allow for a 4 foot retaining wall in a setback at 17-31 and 39 Herrick Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a rear-lot subdivision to create two lots, abandon the two-family use in the existing structure and create a second single-family on the rear lot, extending the existing non-conforming side setback at 41 Washington Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four single-family attached dwellings in two buildings, to allow reduced setbacks, to increase the allowed setbacks, to increase the allowed lot coverage, to allow a driveway within 10 feet of the side lot line, and to allow a 4 foot retaining wall in a setback at 145 Warren Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan to allow changes to the approved site plan at 2171 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to demolish and existing non-conforming single-family dwelling and a two-family dwelling, combine the lots and construct six dwelling units in two buildings, extending the non-conforming residential use, to allow ground level residential use in a BU2 District, to allow a three-story structure, to allow for an FAR of 1.1 in a three-story structure and extend a non-conforming side setback at 180, 184-186 Adams Street

Joint City Council and School Committee: The City Council and the School Committee will meet jointly on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 111 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The agenda will focus on updates from the School and Executive Department staff, on immediate, mid-term, and long-term school building projects.

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

  • Request to make Cliff Road a one-way street
  • Request implementation of a one-side parking restriction on Withingon Road to allow school bus access without difficulty
  • Request a stop or yield sign at the junction of Herrick Road and Union Street for cars descending from Herrick Road onto Union Street
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Judith Road – both sides
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Brentwood Ave between Walnut Street and Judith Road
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Garland Road, west side, between Beacon Street and Brentwood Road
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Carthay Circle, both sides, entire length
  • Request to change the following regulations in the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Walnut Park: (4) Live Parking; a) North side, from a point 465 feet south of Waban Park southerly 200 feet

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of June 9th

Commission on Disability: The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, June 10th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of 5/13/2019 Minutes
  • Reports –
    • CDBG
    • Accessible – Handicap Parking Fines
    • Treasurer
    • ADA Coordinator
    • AAB – Variance – Weeks House/NCDF
    • AAB – Variance – 28 Austin Street Apartments
  • Co-chairs Quarterly Mayor’s Meeting/Other COD Business
  • Old/New Business

Washington Place Liaison Committee: The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, June 10th at 5:30 p.m. at Washington Place. The agenda will focus on discussion of the finishes at Washington Place using the Board posted at the site.

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriates to replace front entry stair railings at 153 Hancock Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build a retaining wall and patio area, and install a fire pit, grill, fencing and lighting at 93 Hancock Street; and request to install a pool
  • Request to address the as-built garage foundation and left-side entry hood and brackets at 286 Central Street

Note: 19 Fern Street was withdrawn from the agenda.

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

Community Preservation Committee: The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Riverside Greenway – Auburndale River Links: Pre-proposal request for $50,000 design funding for from Riverside Greenway Working Group
  • Program Planning and Committee Business:
    • Plan for working with the City Council to update Newton’s CPA Ordinance
    • Reports on recent outreach efforts: CPC on NewTV’s the League Presents – May/June 2019; meeting with Parks and Recreation Commission – May 20, 2019
    • possible shift from annual to rolling funding deadlines
    • CPC schedule revisions
    • approval of May 14, 2019 minutes

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

  • Approval of April and May minutes
  • Updates from the Planning Director and the Director of Economic Development
  • Discussion of Northland letter and public testimony
  • Future Agenda items
    • Newton Innovation Center Report
    • August 13th – Riverside

Newton Housing Authority: The Newton Housing Authority will meet on Tuesday/Wednesday – June 11th at 3:00 p.m. in the conference room of 82 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands. Notice of the meeting can be found here.

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, June 12th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for sign permits for the following:
    • SDSS Martial Arts – 739 Beacon Street
    • Gentle Dental Newton – 188 Needham Street
    • The Village Bank – 320-322 Needham Street
    • Serena & Lily – 200-220 Boylston Street
    • Showcase Superlux – 55 Boylston Street

The Staff Memo is not currently posted.

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install front walkway railing and repair roof at 65 High Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to amend a previously approved fence plan and request to reduce the height of an existing chimney for 21-23 High Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install signage and amend a previously approved window program at 1238 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the house at 959 Chestnut Street

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

School Committee to Meet – Monday, June 10th

The School Committee will meet on Monday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of June 9th

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

  • 49 Sherrin Road – Discussion of dimensional requirements for parcel
  • 336 Elliot Street – Possible Special Permit to raise roof or expand dormers
  • 130 Needham Street – Possible Special Permit to allow animal services business
  • 14 Church Street – Special Permit to extend existing single-family dwelling’s non-conforming setback

The Development Review Team’s Snapshot can be found here.

Food, Fun, and Farmers

On Sunday, June 9thgrab your shopping list, skip the grocery store, and head to Newton City Hall for a food extravaganza featuring fifty local farms, restaurants, and food entrepreneurs. The Newton Farmers’ Market kicks off its 40th season early with Food, Fun & Farmers, featuring a full market, food tastings, product raffles, music, and an opportunity to meet this season’s bumper crop of vendors. Stock up on seasonal produce, pick up dinner, and dance to Newton’s own Border Street Band. 1 – 4 pm, rain or shine, at Newton City Hall’s War Memorial. Free Admission. SNAP & HIP accepted. See full list of participating vendors at: https://www.facebook.com/NewtonFarmersMarket/