Category: Boards & Commissions

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 17th

Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of Minutes – February 25th Meeting
  • Commissioner Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance
    • Information on Nonantum Village Day
  • Public Hearing on St. Mary of Carmen Festival
  • Information on a proposed Sculpture Show on the Upper Falls Greenway
  • Committee Reports
    • Community Preservation
    • Farm Commission – need to appoint a representative
    • Commonwealth Golfcourse
    • Off-Leash Area Working Group
    • Crystal Lake Working Group
    • Athletic Fields Committee
    • NewCAL
    • Policy & Procedure Review
      • Field Naming

Board of License Commissioners:  The Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, March 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda can be found here.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, March 21st in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a wall vent cap at 100 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace a play structure on the Suffolk Road side at 365 Hammond Street – Church of the Redeemer
  • Request for feedback on a proposed project to replace a one-car garage with a two-car garage and two-story addition at 31 Chestnut Hill Terrace
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to renovate and restore the house and carriage house/gate house, build addition and reconstruct Staff Cottage at 400 Beacon Street

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of March 17th

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

  • 138 Lincoln Street –  Special Permit to further increase nonconforming floor
    area ratio
  • 31 Chestnut Hill Terrace –  Special Permit to construct attached 2-car garage with
    living space above, 2-story rear addition
  • 100 Tyler Terrace – Special Permit to increase floor area ratio
  • 146 Jewett Street –  Special Permit to increase floor area ratio (FAR) of, and
    add dormer to, existing 3-family dwelling

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 10th

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, March 11th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of 2/11/19 Meeting Minutes
  • Reports – CDBG; Accessible Fines; Treasurer; and ADA Coordinator
  • Request for Accessible Parking – Newton Centre
  • Candidate for Commission – E. Sandberg
  • MAAB Time Variance – 2300-2320 Commonwealth Avenue
  • MAAB Variance – 400 Beacon Street

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, March 11th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Updates on the following:  Economic Development Strategy Plan; Zoning Redesign; the Washington Street Vision Plan;  the Riverside Visioning Process;  Inclusionary Zoning; the Climate Action Plan; and the FY20 Annual Action Plan – ESG RFP Review and the Human Service RFP Review; Community Preservation Committee; and Recreational Marijuana
  • Continued discussion on the Northland Project – Request for Change of Zone
  • Upcoming Meetings:
    • March 11th at 7:00 p.m. – Zoning and Planning Committee-Development Review Process discussion (Not Required, but encouraged)
    • March 12th at 7:00 p.m. –  Joint Land Use Committee and Planning and Development Board Public Hearing on the Northland Project Revisions/Mitigation
    • March 19th – 7:00 p.m. – City Council Committee of the Whole – Fiscal Impact Discussion of the Northland Project (Not required, but encouraged)

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, March 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

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

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

  • Request from Historic Newton to spend $8,690 of the remaining $84,000 in previously appropriated CPA funds to repair damage caused by a tree fall at the South Burying Ground – Historic Burying Grounds
  • Pre-Proposal Request from the Public Buildings Department for $214,500 of architectural services for a total estimated project cost of $2.3 million for the City Hall Exterior Stairs
  • Approval of draft program budget for FY2020
  • Commitment of additional administrative funding for continued legal work on conservation restrictions for past CPA-funded land acquisitions
  • Continued discussion of program planning, budgeting, outreach and staffing
  • Approval of previous minutes – January 8th meeting

Pre-Meeting Packet information can be found here.

Solid Waste Commission:  The Long-Term Planning/Sustainable Materials Management Goals Subcommittee of the Solid Waste Commission will meet on Tuessday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Free Library Room 2H. The agenda will focus on a discussion of recommended terms for future trash and recycling hauling contract.

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

  • N2 Update
  • Overview from the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce
  • 2018 Annual Report
  • April EDC Village Roundtable Meeting
  • Election of EDC Officers

Design Review Committee:  The Design Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Horace Mann Elementary School, 687 Watertown Street.  The agenda includes discussion of the Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School and Newton Early Childhood Program project – site plan and schematic design progress review.

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Five Requests for Sign Permits:
    • Arin Realty Co., Inc – 112 Needham Street
    • 287 Auburn Street
    • The Neighborhood Club – 24 Berkeley Street
    • Babykoo – 1239 Washington Street
    • Ceri – 386 Langley Road
  • Request for a Comprehensive Sign Package – Washington Place

Staff Memo can be found here.

Youth Commission:  The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 13th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Spark Share Youth Summit Discussion
  • Finalizing the  Newton Teen Mental Health Survey Outreach and Distribution
  • Choosing a date for School Committee Presentation

Newtonville Area Council:  The Newtonville Area Council will meet on Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The tentative agenda includes the following:

  • Report on Charter Commission Subcommittee to alter Area Council powers
  • Updates re:  Austin Street and Washington Place
  • MBTA’s Better Bus Proposal
  • Report on February Adjustments to the Proposed Draft Zoning Ordinance
  • Member and Resident Impressions of 2nd Draft Vision of Washington Street
  • Brainstorming and establishing committees to address tasks and goals in 2019:
    • Zoning and development issues
    • Facilitating City Council candidate debates
    • Expanding the NAC’s geographic jurisdiction
    • What should be essential and distinctive in our next newsletter
    • Lobbying for and monitoring community benefits. Advocating “impact fees
    • Village Day
  • Website Management

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

  • Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to install windows and vents at at 65 High Street
  • Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to amend previously approved main entry, and to install light fixtures, wood fence, and metal door at 1238 Chestnut Street 
  • Request for Certificate of Appropriateness (Violation) for approval of front entry porch railing system at 254-256 Elliot Street

Other Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 3rd

Washington Place Liaison Committee:  The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, March 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on compacting work that is causing vibrations
  • Update on steel installation
  • Update on construction schedule

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Updates on the following:
    •  Economic Development Strategy Plan
    • Zoning Redesign
    • Washington Street Vision Plan
    • Riverside Vision Process
    • Inclusionary Zoning
    • Climate Action Plan
    • FY20 Annual Action Plan – Review of the ESG RFP and Human Service RFP
    • Community Preservation Committee
    • Recreational Marijuana
  • Continuation of the Zoning Change Request by Northland
  • Upcoming Meetings on Northland – March 12th – Revisions and Mitigation discussions with the Land Use Committee and March 19th – Fiscal Impact Discussion with the City Council Committee of the Whole

Elections Commission:  The Elections Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 6th at 5:30 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of the minutes for the November 16, 2018 meeting
  • Recommendation of Date for Preliminary Election 2019
  • Discussion of Campaign Regulations for Early Voting
  • Overview of Election Academy

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

  • Review of minutes from 2-6-19
  • News & Updates –
    • Member departure – Golnaz Tabatabai
    • Upcoming training – April 25th
    • Legal Department review – City’s and Committee’s obligation to Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
  • Project Review
    • 956 Walnut Street
    • 17-31 Herrick Road
  • Annual Action Plan – “Fair Housing Updates”

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

  • Five Notices of Intent:
    • Request for an Order of Conditions to tear down and construct a single-family home at 170 Upland Avenue
    • Request for an Order of Conditions to permit the already initiated work in the floodplain to meet the requirements of an Enforcement Order for an ex-post facto renovation of a single-family home at 204 Dedham Street
    • Request to tear down existing building and remove existing parking lot, construct 3 townhouses and 22 condominium units with underground parking and and dredge and landscape at 114 Beacon Street
    • Request for an Order of Conditions to tear down and construct a single-family home at 11 David Road
    • Request to remove and replace in-place and in-kind an existing dry stone retaining wall at 195 Islington Road
  • Request for Determination of Applicability for a proposed tear-down and construction of a single-family home just outside the 200′ Riverfront Area and 100′ Buffer Zone at 210 Upland Avenue
  • Two Order of Conditions extension requests:
    • Request for a 3-year extension for the previously granted Order of Conditions allowing for the management of the invasive water chestnut in the Charles River Lakes District which will soon expire
    • Request for a 3-year extension for the previously granted Order of Conditions allowing for standard trail work on Conservation Commission owned parcels which will soon expire
  • Informal discussion regarding a Paramount Television film crew is seeking permission to use Cold Spring Park as a filming location this spring for an upcoming movie based on a book set Newton. One of the locations is within wetlands jurisdiction.
  • Presentation regarding placement of a fence along the edge of Lagrange Street on
    the portion of their land (Hancock Estates) encumbered by a Conservation Restriction – Hancock Estates

The packet documents can be found here.

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace an accessible ramp at 21 Foster Street

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of March 3rd

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

  • 20 Kinmonth Road – Special Permit to extend the nonconforming use to allow a
    multi-family dwelling in the BU 1 zone
  • 12 Columbus Terrace – Special Permit to increase a nonconforming rear yard
    setback
  • 70 Walker Road – Special Permit to allow four Single-Family Attached
    Dwellings
  • 68 Evergreen Avenue – Special Permit to rebuild two-family dwelling

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of February 24th

Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Newton Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introduction of New Members
  • Announcement from Peter Johnson
  • Commissioner’s Report on Programs, Forestry and Management
    • St. Mary of Carmen – Informational
  • McGrath Park – Lacrosse Wall Public Hearing
  • Committee Reports: Community Preservation Committee, Farm Commission (appoint a representative), Commonwealth Golf Course, Off-Leash Working Group, Crystal Lake Working Group, Athletic Fields Committee, NewCAL and Policy and Procedure Review on Field Naming

Council on Aging and Advisory Board:  The Council on Aging and Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:30 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:  General Update from the Director of Senior Services, Housing Group update, NewCal update, Communications Group update, and Transportation Group update.

Citizens Commission on Energy:  The Citizens Commission on Energy will meet on Wednesday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Presentation of the Draft Climate Action Plan
  • Report of the February 14th meeting with Eversource

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, February 27th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Library. The agenda includes:  Reports from the President, Treasurer, Library Director, Development, Friends, Committees – Trustees/Friends and Spring Fling, continuing business – Solar Panel project, renovation plan update, and draft 2019-2020 budget, parking discussion, and visitor’s discussion.

Newton Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Wednesday, February 27th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and Room 207. The agenda will focus on a request for a Variance to increase the lot coverage to 21.75%, where 20% is the maximum allowed per Section 3.1.3 of the Newton Zoning Ordinance, in order to construct a roof over the front porch and a future 55 square foot kitchen addition.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, February 28th in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • 7 requests for Full Demolitions:
    • Request to demolish a pedestrian bridge over the Charles River (“Springer Bridge”)
    • Request to demolish buildings at 85 Baldpate Hill
    • Request to demolish buildings at 612 Chestnut Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 128 Highland Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 44-46 Cook Street
    • Request to demolish barn at 342 Auburndale Avenue
    • Request to demolish buildings at 91-93 Halcyon Road
  • 3 Requests for Partial Demolition:
    • Request to add a second story at 19 Andrew Street
    • Request to demolish a garage and rebuild a larger one at 123 Sumner Street – National Register property
    • Request to add interior garages at 377 Walnut Street – National Register property
  • 3 Requests for Waivers:
    • Request to waive demo delay for partial demolition at 122 Pond Brook Road
    • Request to waive demo delay for 65 Oxford Road
    • Request to waive demo delay for 64 Fuller Street
  • Working Session:  Request to discuss options re:  special permit for 184-186 Adams Street

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

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of February 17th

Board of License Commissioners:  The Newton Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda can be found here.

Financial Audit Advisory Committee:  The Financial Audit Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 19th at 8:15 a.m. in Room 211. The agenda can be found here.

Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, February 20th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108. The agenda can be found here.

Newton Retirement Board:  The Newton Retirement Board will meet on Wednesday, February 19th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda can be found here.

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department’s Conference Room. The agenda includes the following requests for sign permits:

  • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services I Commonwealth Real Estate – 250 Boylston Street
  • Chetwynde Healthcare – 1650 Washington Street
  • Salon Artist – 391 Langley Road

Request for a Comprehensive Sign Package:

  • Washington Place 845 Washington Street and 245 Walnut Street

Design Review:

  • Gateway Center Facade Lighting

Discussion with Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission Chair regarding non-compliant fence

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following Requests for Certificates of Appropriateness:

  • Request to install railings at the front entry and mudroom entry at 48 Reservoir Avenue
  • Request to install roof vent cap at 100 Suffolk Road
  • Request to replace existing accessibility ramp and entry porch and install brick walkway at 292 Hammond Street, Boston College
  • Request to amend previously approved plans for house, garage and hardscaping at 45 Old England Road
  • Request to install garage doors and paint house at 41 Chestnut HIll Road
  • Request to modify or replace railings on rear roof area and rear retaining wall at 29 Gate House Road (Violation)
  • Request for feedback on project to construct a new entry porch and covered porch, convert door to a window, and reconstruct and modify a bay window at 521 Hammond Street
  • Request to renovate and restore the house and carriage house/gate house, build addition, reconstruct Staff Cottage, and add area for mechanicals at 400 Beacon Street