Category: Boards & Commissions

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of February 23rd

Newton Parks and Recreation Commission: The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introduction of new Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Nicole Banks
  • Approval of January 27, 2020 Meeting Minutes
  • Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance
  • Update on Crystal Lake Management Plan
  • Public Hearing on Newton Early Childhood Program (“NECP”) – Playground Installation
  • Informational discussion on Dog Fest – Fall of 2020 – Auburndale Cove
  • Committee Reports:
    • Community Preservation Committee
    • Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee
    • Farm Commission
    • Commonwealth Golf Course
    • Off-Leash Area Working Group
    • Crystal Lake Working Group
    • Athletic Fields Committee
  • New Business

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee and hold a Joint Public Hearing on Monday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing on Part A of an item requesting review and possible amendments to Section 7.3.3.C.5 of Chapter 30, Newton Zoning Ordinance, to further inform the objectives of reducing energy consumption and limited use of natural resources
  • Possible Vote on the above.

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Monday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Application for the issuance of a Comprehensive Permit under Chapter 40B to construct a 244 unit residential development, which will include 61 affordable housing units and approximately 12,141 square feet of retail space, and to maintain an approximately 8,222 square foot existing office building, all on approximately 3.17 acres of land located at 1149, 1151, 1169, 1171-1173, 1179 and 1185 Washington Street, 12, 18, 24 and 25 Kempton Place, and 32 and 34 Dunstan Street.

Project Information can be found here.

Board of License Commissioners: The Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, February 25th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of January 21, 2020 Minutes
  • Request for a One-Day Temporary Wine and Malt License for an auction and dinner on Saturday, April 4th from 6:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m. at Mt. Alvernia Academy Gymnasium, 20 Manet Road
  • Request for a One-Day Temporary Wine and Malt and Entertainment License for an annual fundraising gala on Saturday, March 28th, from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street
  • Request for a One-Day Temporary All Alcohol and Entertainment License for a fundraiser for the Angier PTO on Saturday, April 4th from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. to be held at the Windsor Club, 1601 Beacon Street
  • Request for a new Wine and Malt License to be exercised at Chefronsky, LLC d/b/a Ronsky’s, 3A Boylston Street. There will be 8 interior seats and 8 exterior seats. The hours of operations will be Sunday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Request for a new All Alcohol License, New Common Victualler, and Entertainment License to be exercised by Top of the Campus, Inc. d/b/a UMASS Amherst Mt. Ida Campus, Carlson Hall, #11 South Loop. There will be 575 seats. The hours of operation will be Monday – Sunday from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Request for a new All Alcohol General On Premise License and an Annual Entertainment License to be exercised by Top of the Campus, Inc. d/b/a UMASS Amherst Mt. Ida Campus, Shaw Hall, #1 Shaw Road. There will be 355 seats. The hours of operation will be Monday – Sunday from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Council on Aging and Advisory Board: The Council on Aging and Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, February 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Welcome, Call to Order, Approval of Minutes
  • Introduction of new members
  • NewCAL update:
    • Working Group update
    • NewCAL Advisory Group
  • Domain Action Team updates
    • Community Health
      • Update
      • Library Session – “Managing Low Back Pain in Older Adults” – March 11, 2020
    • Others?
  • General updates
    • Budget Review
    • State Budget Advocacy
    • Other

West Newton Armory Joint Advisory Planning Group: The West Newton Armory Joint Advisory Planning Group will meet on Tuesday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of February 4th Meeting Summary
  • Appointment of Rotating Secretary
  • Discussion with Katy Holmes, Chief Preservation Planner
  • Review and Discuss Armory Case Study Worksheets
  • Assignment of Case Studies
  • Setting of Next Meeting Date

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Wednesday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Two appeals of the Commissioner of Inspectional Services decisions:
    • Issuance of Notice of Violation based on the existence of illegal apartments at 129 Grassmere Street
    • Issuance of Building Permit for construction of a two-family dwelling at 1058 Beacon Street

The Packet documents can be found here.

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Two Local Landmark Designation Requests:
    • 1173 Washington Street – National Register property – individually listed
    • 978 Watertown Street – National Register property – individually listed
  • 5 Requests to demolish buildings
    • 399 Grove Street
    • 80 Puritan Road
    • 114 East Side Parkway
    • 241 Brookline Street
    • 67 Bourne Street
  • Request for Partial Demolition at 24 Winnetaska Road
  • Request to renew a Certificate of Appropriateness for 29 Greenwood Street
  • Request to formalize approval of a waiver at 45 Albert Road

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of February 16th

Newton Housing Partnership: The Newton Housing Partnership will meet on Tuesday, February 18th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of January 7th Meeting Minutes
  • Riverside – Discussion and Vote
  • Northland Project – Discussion
  • Update on 40B Projects
    • Dunstan East – Discussion
    • Riverdale – Discussion
  • Update on Newton Housing Authority/CAN-DO Portfolio Acquisition
  • Newton Housing Partnership Priorities for 2020
  • Upcoming Meetings – March 17th, 6:00 p.m., Room 211

Newton Board of Assessors: The Newton Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, February 19th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of January 2020 Exemption and Abatement Reports

Newton Citizens Commission on Energy: The Newton Citizens Commission on Energy will meet on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Data Analysis and Update on the EV Taskforce
  • Working Session on the Energy Coach interactive website
  • Outreach-communication-marketing update

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

  • Two requests for Certificates of Appropriateness:
    • Request to re-roof a garage at 29 Lee Road
    • Request to replace garage doors at 17 Chestnut Hill Terrace

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

  • Request to determine a purpose statement for a proposed Wetlands Ordinance
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) to demolish an existing duplex and construction of 3 single-family homes at 148 Pine Street (continued)
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) to demolish and existing single-family home and construction of a duplex at 42 Parsons Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance (“COC”) for driveway enlargement, bulkhead relocation, and landing installation at 31 Williams Street
  • Request to re-sign a Certificate of Compliance (“COC”) for a one-story addition and deck enlargement at 55 Wayne Road
  • Webster Woods Celebration
  • Invasive Species Policy – Discussion of Black Swallowart
  • Bicycles in Conservation Area – Policy Discussion
  • Tracking Research/Education in Conservation Areas – Discussion of Possible Policy
  • Approval of January 30, 2020 Minutes
  • Issues Around Town

Packet Documents can be found here.

OPEB Board of Trustees Meeting: The OPEB Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, February 20th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of Actuarial Valuation and Review of OPEB as of June 30, 2019 Report

See Segal Consulting Report

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of February 9th

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

  • Approval of January 13th Minutes
  • Open Meeting Law Training
  • CDBG Report and FY21 Funding
  • Accessible Parking Space Request
  • Accessible Fines Report
  • Dunstan East Chapter 40B Proposal
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Co-chairs Meeting with the Mayor
  • Special COD Meeting Scheduling
  • ADA Coordinator’s Report
  • Old/New Business

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install hardscaping and grade changes at 35 Lasell Street

The Staff Memo and Packet Documents have not been posted.

Community Preservation Committee: The Community Preservation Committee will hold a Joint Public Hearing with the Planning and Development Board on Tuesday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. The agenda lists the following:

  • Public Hearing on Newton Housing Authority’s Request for $1,105,000 of CPA funds and $1,200,000 of CDBG funds for acceptance of CAN-DO Portfolio

Go here to review the materials regarding this proposal.

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

  • Approval of January 14, 2020 Minutes
  • Nominations for/vote of EDC Officers
  • City Updates
  • Discussion Items
    • EDC 2020 Priorites/Role of EDC
    • Meetings with Elected City Officials
    • Riverside Project: Discussion of Task Force Draft Letter
    • Northland Project: Update
    • Restaurant Liquor Licenses: Update
    • Annual Report: Review and approval of Draft
  • Other Business
  • Next Meeting Date: March 10th
  • Adjourn

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees – Finance Committee: The Finance Committee of the Newton Free Library Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, February 11th at 5:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Call to Order
  • Review Finance Committee Charter Document
  • Debate $200,000 investment in checking account at Village Bank
  • Adjourn

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet jointly with the Community Preservation Committee for a Joint Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Substantial Amendment to FY2019 and FY2020 Annual Action Plans and FY2016 -FY2020 Consolidated Plan and Pre-Commitment of FY2021 Funds/Vote: Newton Housing Authority’s Request for CDBG Funds to support the acquisition and preservation of the 33-unit CAN-DO Portfolio

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees: The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, February 12th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room of the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Call to Order
  • Consent Agenda (VOTE)
    • Approval of January 15, 2020 Meeting Minutes
    • Treasurer Report
    • Director Report
    • Development Report
    • Friends Report
  • Reports
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Committees
      • Spring Fling
      • Development
  • Continuing Business
    • Bylaws (VOTE)
    • Committees Reorganization
    • Macmillan (VOTE)
    • Capital Campaign Feasibility Study
  • New Business
    • Nancy Schon Presentation: Sunflower Sculpture Donation
    • Policy Approval
      • Collection Development Policy (VOTE)
      • Computer and Internet Use Policy (VOTE)
      • Social Media Policy (VOTE)
      • Meeting Room Use (VOTE)
    • Meeting Dates/Times
  • Visitors Discussion

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • 6 Sign Permit Requests:
    • Four Point by Sheraton – 320 Washington Street
    • My Salon Suite – 148 California Street
    • Safelite AutoGlass – 1157 Washington Street
    • Newton Corner Dental Care – 313 Washington Street
    • RMR Group – 255 Washington Street
    • bfresh by Stop & Shop – 131-181 Needham Street
  • 1 Request for a Comprehensive Sign Permit
    • The Street – 1-55 Boylston Street
  • 1 Fence Appeal
    • 40 Fernwood Road
  • Design Review
    • 340 River Street – proposal for a 45 room hotel and an 8-unit 3-story multi-family dwelling

The Staff Memo can be found here.

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

  • Review and Approval of Minutes
  • Burning Issues in the Community
  • Cultural Programming and Happenings in Newtonville
    • Using community benefits from 28 Austin Street Board Order to produce concerts and art
    • Budgeting, number, and production of events. Discussion with Scott Oran and Chris Pitts, Chair, Newton Festival of the Arts
  • Village Day planning and updates
  • Open Meeting Law Training with City Clerk, David Olson
  • Communication Goals and Protocols
  • Administrative Business

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of February 2nd

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Developmenet Board will meet on Monday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of January 6, 2020 Minutes
  • Proposed West Newton Landmark Comments
  • Consolidated Plan Public Hearing
  • Newton Housing Authority Proposal Update
  • Zoning Ordinance Brief
  • Planning Department Updates
  • Upcoming Meetings:
    • Joint Meeting with Community Preservation Committee (“CPC”) Tuesday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center
    • Regular Monthly Meeting, Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204

Newton Human Rights Commission: The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, February 4th at 6:00 p.m. in Room B-15. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Approval of January 2020 Minutes
  • Hate Incidents
  • Complaints Received
  • Student Reports related to Human Rights
  • Women’s Suffrage Celebration
  • MLK Day Community Celebration Feedback
  • Genocide Exhibit/Movie Screening
    • Where/When
  • Upcoming Events

Please note: Immediately following the meeting, the Committee will be headed to the Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium for a screening of “Intelligent Lives” at 7:00 p.m.

Fair Housing Committee: The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 5th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Dunstan East – 40B Presentation
  • Letter in Support of Riverdale – 40B Project
  • Consolidated Entry Process – Follow Up
  • Update and Review – RFP for Consultant for the Analysis of Impediments
  • Lottery Data
  • Update on Membership and nominating subcommittee (for Chair and Co-Chair)
  • Other Business
    • Meeting Minutes

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Waiver Amendment for 13-17 Gardner Street
  • Three Requests for Waivers:
    • 66 Hartman Road
    • 15 Howley Avenue
    • 499 Winchester Street

The Packet Documents can be found here.

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. Tbe agenda lists the following item:

  • Request for a Comprehensive Permit (Chapter 40B) to construct a 204-unit residential development with 51 affordable housing units and approximately 22,382 sq. ft. of commercial, office, and retail space – all on 3.4 acres of land located at 15 Riverdale Avenue

Information about the project including the application, an Initial Traffic Assessment dated December 17, 2019, and a Drainage Report dated December 11, 2019 can be found here.

Farm Commission: The Farm Commission will meet on Thursday, February 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department’s Conference Room. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update from the Farm
  • Review and Discussion of 2019 Annual Report
  • Review and Discussion of 2020 Business Plan
  • Capital Improvements Discussion
  • Approval of December 12, 2019 Minutes

WestMetro HOME Consortium: The WestMetro HOME Consortium will meet on Thursday, February 6th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • HOME Budget Update
    • WMHC Quarterly Report
    • FY2021 HOME Budget Discussion
  • FY2021-2025 Consolidated Plan Update
  • FY2019 Monitoring Update
    • Review of Timeline
    • Questions/Concerns
  • Analysis of Impediments Update
    • Strategy and Engagement
  • Additional WestMetro HOME updates
    • NCDA CDBG Subrecipient Management Workshop
      • March 4 – 6, 2020 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel
      • Registration here; Deadline: 2/28
    • NCDA Advanced HOME Underwriting/Subsidy Layering Workshop
      • April 6-8. 2020 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel
      • Registration here; Deadline: 4/3
  • Project Updates
    • Community Updates
  • Next Meeting: May 7, 2020 9:00 a.m. in Room 211

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of January 26th

Newton Parks and Recreation Commission: The Newton Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of December 16, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  • Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry, and Maintenance
  • Newton Early Childhood Program (“NECP”) – Playground Relocation Informational – Alex Valcarce, Public Buildings
  • Committee Reports
    • Community Preservation Committee
    • Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee
    • Farm Commission
    • Commonwealth Golf Course
    • Off-Leash Area Working Group
    • Crystal Lake Working Group
    • Athletic Fields Committee
    • NewCAL
    • Policy and Procedure Review – Field Naming
  • New Business

Washington Place Liaison Committee: The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, January 27th at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Cafeteria. The agenda will focus on a Construction Update.

Council on Aging Advisory Board: The Council on Aging Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, January 28th at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Call to Order, Welcome and Approval of Minutes
  • NewCAL discussion:
    • Working Group update
    • NewCAL Advocacy Group
    • Site Selection Boards review
    • Discussion
  • Joyce Picard
  • General Updates
    • Transportation – WorkZone Access Endorsement Letter
    • Community Health – “Managing Low Back Pain in Older Adults” – March 11, 2020
    • Social Engagement Committee – Isolation Library Program – June 8, 2020

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees: The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, January 28th at 4:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Trustees Discussion about the recruitment for Library Director
  • Conduct three final interviews for the position of Library Director
  • Deliberation about the interviews
  • Adjourn

Health and Human Services Advisory Council: The Health and Human Services Advisory Council will meet on Wednesday, January 29th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Food for Families – a new partnership with elementary school(s)
  • Human Services grant funding – Community Development Block Grants (“CDBG”)
  • Gavin Foundation
  • Drug deactivation pouches
  • Mindfulness programming
  • Plastic Bag and Polystyrene new regulations
  • Programs Review
    • You are the Help
    • Housing Forum
    • Gun Safety
    • High School and Middle School Prevention Programs
    • Just Think
    • Social media and Middle Schoolers – February Break program

Conservation Commission: The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Determination of Applicability (“DOA”) on a Request for Determination (“RDA”) for installation of field lighting at Newton South High School – 140 Brandeis Road
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for demolition on an existing duplex and construction of 3 single-family homes at 148 Pine Street
  • Discussion – Encroachment Procedures
  • Discussion – Flood Zone Policy to ensure adequate compensatory flood storage
  • Approval of 1/9/20 Minutes
  • Issues around Town Decisions
  • Wetlands Updates
  • Conservation Area Updates
  • Issues around Town Updates
  • Administrative Matters Updates

The Packet Documents can be found here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of January 19th

Board of License Commissioners: The Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, January 21st at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of December 17, 2019 Minutes
  • Setting of March 2020 Public Hearing Date
  • 3 One-Day Temporary Wine and Malt License Requests
    • Business After-hours networking session on January 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Village Bank Corporate Headquarters, 320 Needham Street
    • Pop-up Shop @ Simon Pierce at the Street, 33 Boylston Street, on January 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. with alcohol service from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    • Opening Reception Art Exhibition on February 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the New Art Center, 61 Washington Street
  • Request for One Day Temporary All Alcohol and Entertainment License for a Horace Mann PTO Spring Auction on March 14th, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. at Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street
  • Two requests for One Day Temporary Wine and Malt and Entertainment License
    • Birthday party on February 8th from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. at the Windsor Club, 1601 Beacon Street
    • Benefit Dinner for Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund on May 9th from 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. at Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street
  • Change of Officers/Directors/LLC Manager from M Stein Ells to Helen Kaminsky to be exercised at Chipotle, 300 Needham Street
  • New Common Victualler and Entertainment License at Chefronsky, LLC d/b/a Ronsky’s 3A Boylston Street, Sunday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. – There will be 8 seats. (?)
  • Transfer of All Alcohol License, New Common Victualler and Entertainment License from B&B Culinary Concepts, LLC d/ba/ Lumiereto New Towne Hospitality, LLC d/b/a the Bluebird Bar & Grill, 1293 Washington Street. There will be 88 seats.
  • New Wine and Malt Package Store License at BDIC Passion Project, Inc. d/b/a Eamons Walnut Market, 20 Lincoln Street. Hours of operation will be Monday – 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. , Tuesday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Solid Waste Commission: The Solid Waste Commission will meet on Tuesday, January 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room B of the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Approval of December 19, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  • Bylaws/Ordinance Change update
  • Public Spaces Recycling Update
  • Sustainable Materials Management Division Update – Public Comments received, curbside compliance, grant applications, School Committee presentation, new contract, organics subscription program, proposed reusable containers policy, proposed private hauler/recycling ordinance change, other items
  • New bulky waste ordinance update
  • Extended Producer Responsibility presentation
  • Trash reduction goals/2020 Commission Goals
  • Public Comments/Other Announcments

West Newton Armory Joint Advisory Planning Group: The West Newton Armory Joint Advisory Planning Group will meet on Tuesday, January 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of December 12, 2019 Minutes
  • Appointment of Rotating Secretary
  • Introduction from Councilor Vicki Danberg, Chair of Real Property/Reuse
  • Presentation from Josh Morse, Building Commissioner
  • Brainstorming on Future Uses and Meeting Topics
  • DHCD Housing Choice Grant Update
  • Meeting Reminders:
    • Real Property/Reuse Committe Meeting – 1/23 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204
    • February JAPG Meetings – February 2 and February 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Newton Retirement Board: The Newton Retirement Board will meet on Wednesday, January 22nd at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda can be found here.

Youth Commission: The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, January 22nd at 5 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Attendance
  • Planning for 2020
  • OSRP Land Use Survey Questions
  • Harvard Grad Research Project
  • Other

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Newton Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Wednesday, January 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Elections; any necessary briefing from the Law Department regarding any items in litigation; any changes to the Rules and Procedures of the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Public Hearing on Dunstan East – application for a Comprehensive Permit under Chapter 40B of the Mass General Laws to construct at 244-unit residential building with 61 affordable units, 12,141 sq. ft. of retail space, and maintain approximately 8,222 sq. ft. of existing office buildling all on approximately 3.1 acres of land located at 1149,1151,1169, 1171-1173, 1179 and 1185 Washington Street, and 12,18, 24 and 25 Kempton Place, and 32 and 34 Dunstan Street in West Newton. – See Planning Memo

Designer Selection Committee: The Designer Selection Committee will meet on Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Horace-Mann Elementary School Project – Designer Interviews
  • Interview Short-list of Designer Responses

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • 7 Local Landmark Requests for the following National Register listed properties:
    • 1253 Washington Street
    • 1173 Washington Street
    • 978 Washington Street
    • 989-1003 Watertown Street
    • 1239-1247 Washington Street
    • 1235 Washington Street
    • 1 Chestnut Street
  • 5 Demolition Requests
    • Request to demolish garage and partial demolition of the house at 43 Prince Street – listed on the National Register
    • Request to demolish buildings at 28 Annapolis Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 22 Esty Farm Road
    • Request to move the house on the lot at 52 Bennington Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 22 Ober Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 59 Selwyn Road
    • Request to formalize the approval of a waiver at 9 Sharon Avenue

The Staff Memo can be found here and the Packet Documents can be found here. Also see Planning Memo addressed to the City Council regarding the Local Landmark Process in Newton.

Wireless Working Group: The Wireless Working Group will meet on Thursday, January 23rd at 8:00 a.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion with wireless expert, Annabele Dodd
  • Open Discussion
  • Schedule Upcoming Meetings

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of January 12th

Commission on Disability: The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, January 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Approval of December 9, 2019 Minutes
  • New Community Engagement Specialist in Planning Department
  • Reports:
    • CDBG Report
    • Accessible Fines Report
    • Operation Access Update
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • ADA Coordinator’s Report
  • AccessSport America
  • Riverdale 40B Project
  • Annual COD Officer’s Election
  • Old/New Business

Solid Waste Commission – Long-Term Planning Subcommittee: The Long-Term Planning Subcommittee of the Solid Waste Commission will meet on Monday, January 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 2G, at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Prepare communication to the Mayor regarding setting long-term trash reduction goals
  • Discuss waste reduction and diversion strategies outlined in Newton’s Climate Action Plan for 2020-2025

Auburndale Historic District Commission: The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to expand a previously approved rear porch and install a new wood stair to the driveway at 30 Hawthorne Avenue
  • Administrative Discussion:
    • Minutes
    • Executive Session (?)

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, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Proposals and Projects
    • 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (“Webster Woods”) – CPC to vote on Mayor’s Request to revise the funding source recommended on November 18th from direct funding to debt financing for the combination of:
      • $725,000 Legal Fees and Other Costs
      • $15,000 Grant to the Newton Conservators for holding the conservation restriction
  • Program Planning and Committee Business
    • Staff Updates on current/anticipated proposals & projects and program finances
    • (tentative) initial staff summary of results from 2019 online community survey
    • CPC Officer’s update on staff program manager search
    • Approval of December 10, 2019 Minutes

The Agenda and Pre-Meeting Packet can be found here. (Note: You might have better luck than me on clicking the blue, underlined phrases to get to additional info)

Economic Development Commission: The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesdsay, January 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Attendance
  • Approval of December 10th Minutes
  • Nominations for EDC Officers
  • Discussion of Restaurant Liquor Licenses with Law Department
  • City Updates
  • Discussion Items
    • Northland Project
    • Riverside Project, Discussion and Task Force Created
    • EDC 2020 Priorities
    • Role of EDC, Creation of Focus Groups
    • Annual Report, Suggestions for inclusion and for review at next meeting
  • Other Business, including reports from members
  • Date of Next Meeting, February 11th

Newton Human Rights Commission: The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B15. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Approval of November 2019 Minutes
  • Hate Incidents
  • Complaints Received
  • Student Reports – related to Human Rights
  • Women’s Suffrage Celebration
  • MLK Day Community Celebration
    • Monday, January 20th at 9:30 a.m. – Myrtle Baptist Church
    • Ushers needed inside/outside
    • Community Fair – following the event
  • Night of Dialogue & Theater – Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00 p.m. – Newton North High School Little Theater
  • Genocide Exhibit
  • Pride – June 2, 2020
  • February Meeting
    • Date – February 4th – 5:30 p.m.
    • Topics
  • Upcoming Events
    • MLK Day Community Celebration – see above
    • Night of Dialogue & Theater – see above
    • Intelligent Lives – Film Screening, February 4th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library. Go here for more info.

Board of Assessors: The Newton Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, January 15th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108. The agenda will focus on the Approval of December 2019 Exemption and Abatement Reports.

Newton Library Board of Trustees: The Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, January 15th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Call to Order
  • Consent Agenda
    • Approval of December 18th Minutes
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Director’s Report
    • Development Report
    • Friends’ Report
  • Reports
    • President
    • Committees
      • Spring Fling
  • New Business
    • Library FY2021 Budget
    • Children’s Room Renovation Budget (vote)
    • Capital Campaign (vote)
  • Visitors Discussion

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to amend previously approved plans to include exterior light fixtures at 46 Chestnut Hill Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for approval of as-built entry railing system at 292 Hammond Street
  • Administrative Discussion:
    • Minutes
    • Hammond Street fences

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

Waban Area Council to Meet on Thursday, December 12th

The Waban Area Council will meet on Thursday, December 12th from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Waban Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Newton Wellesley Hospital Cogeneration Power Plant Project – Q&A with NWH Officials
  • New Issues from the Community
  • WAC Administrative Matters:
    • Approval of November minutes and Treasurer’s Report
    • Year End Reports to City Council
    • January 8th Swearing In Ceremony for Area Councils
  • Discussion of 24-unit Kinmonth Road Development
  • Announcements:
    • Wellesley Office Park Presentation scheduled for January 9th at 7:00 p.m. – proposal would replace office building at 40 Williams Street with a 350 – unit apartment building with shared garage
    • Chestnut Street Repaving: December 9th – 12th on Chestnut Street from Route 9 to Woodward Street. Temporary no-parking ban on Radcliff Road and small section of Tamworth Road

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of December 9th

Commission on Disability: The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, December 9th at 6:30 p.m. on Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Approval of 11/18/2019 Minutes
  • CDBG Report
  • Accessible Fines Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • ADA Coordinator’s Report
  • Discussion of Fine’s for Blocking a Curb Cut and Appeals Process
  • Candidate for COD Membership – Tyrone Hooks
  • Advisor Candidate – Shelby Booth
  • Nominating Committee Report

Community Preservation Committee: The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Informal debriefing with outgoing staff –
    • updates on current status of anticipated or pending proposals and active funded projects
    • program and project management: continuing issues, lessons learned
  • Approval of minutes from the 11/6 /2019 and 11/12/2019 minutes

Economic Development Commission: The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Attendance
  • Approval of 11/12/2019 Minutes
  • City Updates
  • Discussion Items
    • Riverside Project and Discussion
    • 2019 Small Business Roundtables
    • Restaurant Liquor Licenses
  • Next Meeting Date

Design Review Committee: The Design Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the Cabot Elementary School. The Notice of Meeting and Agenda includes the following:

  • Review of the Newton Early Childhood Program Project Design
  • Review of Solar Canopies at the Newton Free Library
  • Public Buildings Update on Upcoming Initiatives

Newton Cultural Council: The Newton Cultural Council will meet on Wednesday, December 11th from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Adjudication – remaining grants
  • Allocation of funds
  • Set Date of Next meeting

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet on Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of 11/25/2019 Meeting Minutes
  • Convene as a Board of Survey
    • Request for Adjustment to Certificate of Action for 56 Farwell
    • Adjourn as a Board of Survey
  • Planning Board 2020 Dates
  • Joint meeting with the Zoning and Planning Committee at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission: The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Four Requests for Certificates of Appropriateness:
    • Request to wrap existing windows with aluminum at 1302 Boylston Street
    • Request to build a rear deck and stairs at 12 Shawmut Park
    • Request approval of as-built front walkway, vent and furnace outlets, and utility meters and request to amend previously approved condensers at 1272 Boylston Street
    • Request to build retaining wall, patio, and stairs at the back of the house at 3-5 Summer Street

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of Dec. 1st

UMASS/Mt. Ida Neighborhood Council: The UMASS/Mt. Ida Neighborhood Council will meet on Tuesday, December 3rd at 8:00 a.m. at the UMASS Amherst at Mt. Ida Campus in the Private Dining Room at the Campus Center. The agenda includes the following:

  • Welcome
  • UMASS updates
  • Neighborhood Updates
  • City Updates
  • Future Agenda Items
  • Next Meeting Date

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees: The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, December 4th at 5:45 p.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Call to Order
  • Executive Session: New Development Officer Search
  • Continuing Business
    • Next Steps
  • Adjournment

Conservation Commission: The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an Order of Conditions on a Notice of Intent for construction of a new single-family on existing undeveloped land at Greenwood Street – Lot 1
  • Request for an Order of Conditions on a Notice of Intent for renovation of an existing barn structure into a single-family at Greenwood Street – Lot 2A
  • Request for an Order of Conditions on a Notice of Intent for renovation and expansion of an existing single-family at 29 Greenwood Street
  • Request for an Order of Conditions on a Notice of Intent for a 36-stall expansion of parking and restoration of an RFA at 188-192 and 210 Needham Street (continuation)
  • Request for an Order of Conditions on a Notice of Intent for construction of 25-unit residential condominiums at 1114 Beacon Street
  • Request for an Order of Conditions on a Notice of Intent for an addition to an existing single-family at 28 Olde Field Road
  • Request for an Order of Conditions on a Notice of Intent for removal on unpermitted fill in FZ at 36 Parsons Street
  • Determination of next steps in bringing a site into compliance with the Order of Conditions and approved plans at 315 Albemarle Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance at 19 Patten Circle
  • Conservation Area Decisions
    • Encroachment Procedure – Preliminary Discussion
    • Conservation Commission as a Respected Resource
  • Administrative Decisions
    • Wetlands Ordinance Purpose Statement – Discussion
    • Flood Zone Policy to Ensure Adequate Compensatory Flood Storage
    • Approval of 11/14/2019 Minutes

The Packet Documents can be found here.

Newtonville Historic District Commission: The Newtonville Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Three Requests for Certificate of Appropriateness
    • Request to replace siding, fascia, trim, gutters and downspouts; install leaf guards as needed at 12 Turner Street
    • Request to install a second chimney on the right side of the house at 87 Prescott Street
    • Request to replace some sashes with aluminum clad windows and to keep some of the installed between-the-glass grille windows (NOTE: The original wood windows were replaced with vinyl between-the-glass grille windows without Commission review and approval = Violation) Continued at 161 Walnut Street
  • Working Session
    • Request feedback on project to expand rear bump out and replace window and right-side entry doors and steps at 114 Lowell Avenue

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

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will hold two site visits on Saturday, December 7th. The Notices can be found here and here:

  • Site Visit to review the proposed parking areas along the driveway on the left side of the house at 400 Beacon Street
  • Site Visit to review the as-built conditions and the proposed driveway configuration, walkways and sidewalks, and to review possible locations for a new shed at 46 Acacia Avenue