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City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of February 10th

Washington Place Liaison Committee:  The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, February 11th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 106C. The agenda will focus on updates on construction and installation of steel.

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness (Violation) for approval of an as-built second-story railing system at 29 Fern Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to enclose two right-side porches at 51 Hancock Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish an existing garage and connector and build a new garage, connector, and addition at 347 Central Street

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of recommended additional CPC administrative funding for work on conservation restrictions for past CPA-funded land acquisitions
  • Discussion of program planning, budgeting, outreach, and staffing
  • Updates from staff on current/anticipated proposals and projects

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • N2 Update
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Overview from the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce – Greg Reibman
  • 2018 Annual Report
  • March EDC Roundtable Meeting
  • Election for EDC Officers

SEPAC – The Special Education PAC will co-host a presentation, “Executive Function Skills in Children and Adolescents” with the Newton Public Schools – on Wednesday, February 13th from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street. The announcement can be found here.

Youth Commission:  The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, February 13th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda will focus on finalizing the Newton Teen Mental Health Survey Outreach and Distribution.

Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, February 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Presentation by an Eagle Scout, David Morsefield, for a proposal to install water bars along the River Road trail in the Norumbega Conservation Area
  • Presentation by MAPC Consultant, Anne Herbst, for an update of the City’s Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • NOI (Notice of Intent?) – Request for an Order of Conditions for the tear-down/re-build of a single-family home at 170 Upland Road
  • NOI (Notice of Intent) – for the tear-down of existing building and removal of existing parking lot and construct 3 town houses and 22 condos (with underground parking) and dredge and landscape at 1114 Beacon Street
  • OOC – (Order of Conditions) – Site visit resulted in discovery of unpermitted deck at 79 Staniford Street
  • COC – (Certificate of Compliance) – Request for a COC for an Order of Conditions for an addition to a single-family home at 70 Truman Road
  • NOI – (Notice of Intent) – Renovation of a single-family home at 204 Dedham Street – NOTE:  Extension to March 7th meeting because applicant unable to provide requested materials in time
  • Request to create a new Commission policy regarding observation of test pits for stormwater management systems conducted on sites requiring Conservation Commission permitting
  • Conservation Area Decisions – Norumbega Conservation Off-Leash Dog Park Memorandum of Understanding
  • Administrative Decisions – Nahanton Conservation Restriction – encroachment at driveway entry

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, February 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install an HVAC condenser at 969 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build fences and expand driveway areas at 216-218 Elilot Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to approve as-built retaining walls, walkway, parking spaces, bluestone area, gravel areas, and stone borders at 21-23 High Street

 

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of February 10th

The following potential development projects/proposals will meet are scheduled to meet with the Development Review Team this week (See Development Review Team Snapshot):

  • 67 Walnut Street –  Special Permit for three attached single-family dwellings
  • 19 Terrace Avenue –  Special Permit to increase the nonconforming front setback
  • 848 Beacon Street  –  Proposed kitchen use in existing church building
  • 213 Langley Road  – Special Permit to exceed the allowed floor area ratio (FAR)

 

What’s up this week – Other than celebrating Patriots WIN!!!! YAY!!!

Patriots Win!! Was there ever any doubt! Congratulations!!! Word has it that the Patriots Parade will take place on Tuesday, February 5th at 11 a.m.

Happy New Year! Chinese Lunar New Year is February 5th and I’d like to wish you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. It’s the Year of the Pig.

Hotel in Newton Highlands? Yup – there’s a request for a special permit/site plan review for an 8 bedroom hotel with first-floor restaurant at 117-1176 Walnut Street.

20 unit development on California Street?  I know it pales in comparison to the Northland and the potential Riverside Development. But in case you are interested…..See the Land Use Committee Agenda for more info…..

Paper bag fee and new definitions for “reusable” bags? That’s right. Docket item will be discussed on Wednesday, February 6th at the Programs and Services Committee.

 

Mark your calendars: Ward 1 Zoning Redesign Meeting – Feb. 7th and Riverside Visioning Begins

Ward 1 Zoning Redesign Meeting:  The Ward 1 City Councilors  will be hosting a Zoning Redesign meeting at the Ciociaro Social Club, 144 Bridge Street on February 7th.

Here’s the calendar for all of the Zoning Redesign Meetings:

Ward 1:  2/7/19 – Ciociaro Club – 144 Bridge Street –  Zoning Map

Ward 2:  2/28/19 – Newton Senior Center – 345 Walnut Street –  Zoning Map

Ward 3:  1/24/19 – Second Church – Parish Hall – 60 Highland Street – Zoning MapPoster

Ward 4:  3/7/19 – Lower Falls Community Center – Gymnasium – 545 Grove Street – Zoning Map

Ward 5:  11/29/18 – Angier Elementary School – 1697 Beacon Street – Zoning MapPoster

Ward 6:  1/10/19 – Mason Rice Elementary School – 149 Pleasant Street – Zoning MapPoster

Ward 7:  12/12/18 – Church of the Redeemer – 379 Hammond Street – Zoning MapPoster

Ward 8:  2/13/19 – Countryside Elementary School – Cafetorium – 191 Dedham Street – Zoning Map

Riverside Visioning Meeting:  Community Open House, February 10th, 4:00, Williams School

The City of Newton Planning department, and their consultant, Civic Moxie, invite you to attend an open house to create the future vision for the Riverside Station site.  Please see the attached flyer.  The intent of the vision plan is to assist the City in evaluating future development proposals as well as how to better integrate the site into the community.

City Council Meetings – Week of February 3rd

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to extend the habitable space above an existing attached garage, creating an FAR of .36 where .34 is allowed and .34 exists at 11 Village Circle
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to waive 15 parking stall, waive interior landscaping requirements of a parking facility associated with a day care center in a residential zone to support the proposed day care center at 1440 – 1450 Washington Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert an existing 2.5 story structure into a 8-bedroom hotel with a ground floor restaurant at 1170-1176 Walnut Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert a two-family dwelling into a three-unit multi-family dwelling by converting the existing attic space, allow parking within 5 feet of residential dwelling units, waive the minimum aisle width, driveway width and lighting requirements at 20-22 Circuit Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the expansion of a non-conforming multi-family dwelling use by constructing a three-story multi-family development 32.6 feet in height in a manufacturing district with greater than 20,000 sq. ft. new gross floor area, allowing a non-conforming front setback, allow a reduction in the parking requirement, waive maneuvering space for restricting parking stalls, allow tandem parking and retaining walls greater than 4 feet in height in the setback at 182-184 and 166 California Street
  • Request for a Class 2 Auto Dealer License for Sonoma Classics, LLC

 

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Re-appointments of Amy Sangiolo (that’s me!), Julia Malakie, Beth Wilkinson to the Urban Tree Commission
  • Proposed amendments to the Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance revising the definition of “reusable bag,” revising the definition of retailers to include establishments less than 3500 sq. ft., and adding a $0.10 fee for paper bags provided by the retailer – Please Note: there is another similar item which the Clerk has recommended to No Action Necessary as it is redundant.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following accounts:  Rental – Vehicles and Regular Overtime
  • Request to amend the Stormwater Use Charge Ordinance by deleting the current rate structure and replacing it with the following:  $100 for 1-4 family dwellings and $0.0425 per sq. ft. of impervious surface area, except if the sq. footage charge multiplied by the total impervious area of the parcel equals a sum less than $150, then the annual fee shall be $150
  • Request authorization to enter into negotiations for the potential lease of 18 municipal and school properties for purposes of third-party construction, ownership, and operation of on-site renewable solar energy generation from which the City will purchase electric output or net metering credits

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request amendments to Chapter 24, Section 24-11 Supplemental Traffic Control Detail and amend Section 19-46 to include the new Supplemental Traffic Control Detail appointees
  • Request to end the winter parking ban on select streets in Ward 2 and Ward 3

City Council Reports – Now Available

Blue Ribbon Commission:  The Blue Ribbon Commission met on Wednesday, January 16th. The report can be found here.

Public Facilities Commission:  The Public Facilities Commission met on Wednesday, January 16th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime Accounts
  • Request to appropriate and expend $1,750,000 from the January 2019 Declaration of Overlay Surplus and transfer $1,250,000 from Capital Stabilization for a total of $3 million to be transferred to the City’s Pavement Management Program – NOTE:  Approved subject to 2nd call
  • Request to amend Chapter 29 Section 80 Sewer Use Charge by deleting the following: “Notwithstanding the foregoing, seasonal water takers not eligible for an outdoor meter under said section 29-24, shall pay a charge for the use of sewage works in proportion to water consumption – NOTE:  Approved subject to 2nd call

All other items were held – including the item for enforcement and fines for sidewalk snow clearing and authorization to enter into lease negotiations for solar installations.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, January 16th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to rescind Council Order #607-18 re-purposing $95,844.51 to address Fire Department needs and requesting to appropriate $95,000 from Free Cash to several Fire Department Accounts – (Automobile/Light Trucks; Training Expenses; Housekeeping Equipment; Public Buildings – Repair and Maintenance)
  • Request to amend the overtime parking ordinance with the following new language:  “No person shall park a vehicle within a designated metered parking space or in a parking space within a time-restricted area for a longer consecutive period than the time limit specified or beyond the hours specified. Vehicles parked within any metered parking space must be moved to a different parking space upon or before the expiration of the posted time limit. Vehicles parked within any non-metered time-restricted parking space must be moved to a location beyond the nearest intersection or to a location outside an off-street municipal parking lot upon or before the expiration of the posted time limit, and may not return for two hours.” – NOTE:  This item was recommitted by the Full Council on April 2, 2018.

The Committee voted to DENY the following:

  • Appeal of a Traffic Council decision converting Ward Street between Elmore and Morseland from a one-way westbound street into a two-way street, approving a “Do Not Enter” restriction on Ward Street, eastbound, from Ward Street, and installing a new parking restriction at all times on the south side of Ward Street from Morseland
  • Appeal of a Traffic Council decision denying a request for a stop sign at the intersection of Glen Avenue and Elgin Street to create a 4-way stop

The Committee voted NO ACTION NECESSARY on the Annual Report of the work of the Traffic Council in 2018.

Finance Committee Report:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, January 28th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to rescind Council Order #607-18 re-purposing $95,844.51 to address Fire Department needs and requesting to appropriate $95,000 from Free Cash to several Fire Department Accounts – (Automobile/Light Trucks; Training Expenses; Housekeeping Equipment; Public Buildings – Repair and Maintenance)
  • Request to accept and expend a $20,460 MEMA Grant to purchase equipment for emergency operations throughout the City
  • Request to accept and expend a $50,464 Mass Office on Disability Grant to acquire Accessible Pedestrian Signals
  • Request to amend Chapter 29 Section 80 Sewer Use Charge by deleting the following: “Notwithstanding the foregoing, seasonal water takers not eligible for an outdoor meter under said section 29-24, shall pay a charge for the use of sewage works in proportion to water consumption
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime Accounts
  • Request to appropriate and expend $1,750,000 from the January 2019 Declaration of Overlay Surplus and transfer $1,250,000 from Capital Stabilization for a total of $3 million to be transferred to the City’s Pavement Management Program
  • Request to accept and expend a $10,000 gift from the Ruderman Family Foundation to fund an accessible pathway at the Hyde Playground

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the DPW Processing Recyclables to fund increased costs of processing recyclables due to changes in the recycling market
  • Discussion with the Director of Planning and Development regarding the visioning process for the Riverside MBTA Station

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, January 28th and voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Warren Abramson to the Commission on Disability
  • Adoption of the Economic Development Strategy Plan as an amendment to the City’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan with amendments – See Planning Department Memo

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, January 29th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to further increase the non-conforming FAR by constructing a 191 sq. ft. addition in the existing footprint of the house, further extending the non-conforming three-story structure at 105 Temple Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct at two-story garage in the footprint of a razed garage with an additional 225 sq. ft. exceeding the allowable FAR of .43 where .51 exists and .53 is proposed at 48 Billings Park

All other items were held. Proposed Draft Council Orders and Presentations for the two items that have been approved can be found at the end of the report.

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council met on Thursday, January 24th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to add a No Right Turn on Red sign on Walnut Street northbound onto Watertown Street, Eastbound
  • Request to replace the Taxi Zone on Langley Road in Newton Centre with a two-hour parking meter zone
  • Request to change the parking regulations on the section of Otis Street in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and on Lowell Avenue between Otis Street and Calvin Road to better accommodate staff parking
  • Request to remove the following from the TPR:
    • Adams Street, one-way street from Watertown Street to Silver Lake Avenue, between the hours of 4:00 – 6:00 PM
    • Austin Street, one-way street from Lowell Avenue to Walnut Street
    • Bowers Street, one-way street from Newtonville Avenue to Harvard Street
    • Braeland Avenue, one-way from Langley Road to Cypress Street
    • Deforest Road, one-way street from Crehore Drive to Grove Street
    • Middlesex Road, one-way street from Brookline Line to Devon Road
    • Putnam Street, one-way from Hunter Street northerly to Washington Street
    • Right turn only from Lowell Avenue, westbound, onto Walnut Street
    • No Left Turn from Perkins Street onto Washington Street
    • No left turn from Putnam Street onto Winthrop Street

The Traffic Council voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Discussion and potential action to relocate parking along East Side Parkway from the east (residential) side to the west (park) side
  • Request for the installation of a raised crosswalk in the Cabot Street corridor, between the intersections of Cabot Street and Parkview Avenue and Cabot Street and East Side Parkway in conjunction with item TC28-12 previously discussed on May 30, 2013

All other items were held.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of February 3rd

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board has cancelled their meeting originally scheduled for Monday, February 4th. The Notice of Cancellation can be found here which includes a list of upcoming meetings.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will hold a site visit on Monday, February 4th at 10:00 a.m. at 29 Gate House Road to review as-built second-story railing and retaining walls at the rear of the property. The agenda can be found here.

Human Rights Commission:  The Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, February 5th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on Hate Incidents between January 2019 and present
  • Student Reports related to Human Rights
  • HRC Book Club
  • HRC collaboration with Newton Public Schools
  • Discussion of the Genocide Exhibit
  • Brochures
  • Upcoming Events:
    • March – Newton Reads Eight Flavors – Newton Free Library Events
    • April 29th – Newton Free Library staged reading of an anti-ageist comedy – Prime Time by Annette Miller
    • It’s a Wonderful Life – co-sponsored event change of date to May 3rd at the Brown Middle School
    • List of New Meeting Dates

Fair Housing Committee: The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 6th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on Fair Housing Training
  • Update on Newton Housing Partnership
  • Review of new development with Fair Housing criteria
  • Review of CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) and ESG (Emergency Shelter/Solutions Grant)