Category: Boards & Commissions

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 14th

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 for the first two items and then will join the Zoning and Planning Committee in the Council Chamber for three additional items. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Planning and Development Board deliberation of Community Preservation Committee Priorities and Updates

The Board will then join the Zoning and Planning Committee in the Council Chamber to join the discussion on the following (see the Zoning and Planning Committee’s agenda for more information):

  • Washington Street Vision Plan and Zoning
  • Riverside Rezoning
  • Short-Term Rentals

Board of Licensing Commissioners: The Board of Licensing Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, July 16th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • a Beer Garden Discussion with Lt. McMains,
  • a request for a seasonal farmers market winery license (House Bear Brewing),
  • two one-day wine and malt license and one-day entertainment license requests (The Presti Group – BBQ-Clambake at the Cove; Bat Mitzvah at the Windsor Club),
  • request for a one-day wine and malt license for a baby shower at Durant-Kenrick;
  • several one-day wine and malt licences requests for Church of the Redeemer events and Fessenden School events;
  • a request for change of hours and annual entertainment license for Pineapple Thai Cuisine;
  • two change of manager requests for Shake Shack and Crowne Plaza; and
  • a request for an all new alcohol license and an amendment to seating request for OddFellows, Chestnut Hill

Newton Retirement Board: The Newton Retirement Board will meet on Wednesday, July 17th at 1:30 p.m. The Notice of Change of Meeting Time can be found here. NOTE: The agenda has not been posted online as of the date of this newsletter.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Hardship to install wireless equipment on a utility pole on sidewalk in front of property at 262 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a swing set and to replace two third-floor windows at 521 Hammond Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to repair and re-coat stucco, replace gutters and downspouts, and repair fascia at 119 Old Orchard Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace garage roof, stucco and doors, repair eaves, paint stucco, doors and trim at 29 Lee Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to finalize exterior materials and products, to install hardscaping and build out driveway area at 31 Chestnut Hill Terrace (continuation)
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install retaining wall, and regrade front yard, replace and relocate front walkway and entry steps, install railing and path lights, relocate post light and extend stone driveway edging at 86 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a shed, replace gutters and downspouts and install chimney caps, repair and replace shutters, repair front and side entry landings, railing systems and window trim, and repaint clapboard siding on the front elevation at 33 Orchard Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build an addition, install a new window, relocate a chimney and replace windows at 95 Suffolk Road (continuation).

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 7th

Commission on Disability: The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of 5/13/2019 minutes
  • CDBG Report
  • Accessible Fines Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • ADA Coordinator’s Report
  • Request for an accessible parking space for 18-20 Coyne Road
  • Discussion of Apex Curb Ramps with the Department of Public Works
  • ADA Complaints at Mulitple Dwellings
  • Disccusion on Accessible Projects for MOD Grant and Accessible Fines Fund

Auburndale Historic District Commission: The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to install fence sections at 93 Hancock Street;
  • Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to install fence sections at ;
  • Request for Certificate of Appropriateness to change the name on five existing monument signs located at the following corners: Grove Street and Woodland Road, Forest Avenue and Woodland Road, Commonwealth Avenue and Cheswick Road, Myrtle and Grove Streets, and Commonwealth Avenue and Central Street for Lasell College;
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish an existing garage and connector and build a new garage, connector and addition
  • Working session to discuss request to replace siding, trim, gutters, decks and railings, and to install copper roof areas at 113 Hancock Street

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, July 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

Economic Development Commission: The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of 6/11/2019 Minutes
  • Updates from Planning and Development Department Director, Barney Heath
  • Update on N2 and Newton Innovation Center Study by Chuck Tanowitz
  • Discussion of Northland Letter
  • Scheduling of Riverside Presentation for August Meeting

Newton Human Rights Commission: The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet on Wednesday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B15. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of March, April, and May minutes
  • Discussion of Hate Incidents
  • Discussion of Complaints received
  • Student Reports related to Human Rights
  • Debriefing on Pride Event
  • Budget Discussion – Expenditures of 2018-2019; and Proposals for 2019-2020
  • Update on collaboration with the Newton Free Library on Book Salon – Location and Months: September, January and May
  • Human Rights Commission Reading Lists
  • Human Rights Commission Newsletter:
    • Initial Issue: Housing
    • Articles/Thoughts by August 9th

Newton Cultural Council: The Newton Cultural Council will meet on Wednesday, July 10th at 11 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of the MCC (Mass Cultural Council) pilot program
  • Report from the Community Input Survey Team
  • Report from the Evaluation Team
  • Request that Marketing Team create outreach flyer and to prepare the NCC call for grant proposals
  • Inform grant applicants of the MCC Youtube video to guide them through grant application process
  • Planning for September reception for NCC grant recipients and potential grant applicants – deadline for grant applications October 15th, 2019

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for sign permits:
    • Lasell University – 1844 Commonwealth Avenue
    • Village Bank – 714-724 Beacon Street
    • CVS/Minute Clinic – 978 Boylston Street
  • Fence Appeal for 38 Thurston Street

The Staff Memo can be found here.

Conservation Commission: The Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion items:
    • Request for feedback on sketch plans of proposed dog park options – Norumbega Park – Proposed Off-Lease Area
    • Request for feedback to Community Preservation Committee on current and future CPA-eligible needs
  • Request for a Determination of Applicability on confirmation of delineation for vegetation management plan – MBTA Green Line
  • Notice of Intent – to renovate historic landscape features and improve accessibility at 400 Beacon Street
  • Determination of Applicability regarding confirmation of wetland resource area – request to determine that stream is intermittent at 100 Old England Road
  • Notice of Intent on a request to issue an Order of Conditions for an addition and landscaping for a single-family home at 36 Duffield Road
  • Notice of Intent on a request to issue an Order of Conditions for a 36-stall expansion of parking and restoration of the RFA at 188-192 Needham Street (Crosspoint)
  • Request to continue hearing to July 11th on a continued Notice of Intent for vegetation management in golf course ponds at 212 Kenrick Street (Newton Commonwealth Golf Course)
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to film within wetland jurisdication at Cold Springs Park (Paramount Pictures)
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance on a demolition of a single-family house and construction of a new duplex at 112-114 Carlisle Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance on removal of diseased hemlocks at Houghton Garden
  • Request to re-sign a Certificate of Compliance for 15 Kingswood Road

Administrative Decisions:

  • Naturally vegetated buffer policy
  • Approval of 6/20/2019 Minutes
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Parks and Recreation Department on the mowing of recently restored Kennard Conservation Land by the Parks and Recreation Department

The Packet documents can be found here.

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission: The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a re-application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to expand the front bump out, change the left front enclosed porch, build a rear addition and install a shed. The current Certificate of Appropriateness expires on July 13th at 969 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace a section of cedar shake roofing with architectural shingles at 993-997 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install roof vents at 216-218 Elliot Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for feedback on proposed side entry at 216-218 Elliot Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install tie rods to stabilize exterior masonry at 996-1000 Chestnut Street
  • Request for feedback on proposed renovation, demolition of rear additions, and construction of new rear additions at 959 Chestnut Street
  • Request for feedback on proposed roof elevation and addition of dormers on 336 Elliot Street and proposed second-story addition and balcony on 7 Hale Street

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of June 30th

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees: The Library Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, July 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The only item on the agenda is a discussion on the process for hiring a new Library Director. Congratulations to Phil McNulty, current Library Director on his new position as head of the Minuteman Library Network (MLN)!

Newtonville Local Historic District Commission: The Newtonville Local Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 2nd at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to amend previously approved plans to eliminate a new dormer on the left side of the house at 25 Page Road
  • Working Session on a request for feedback on a proposed rear addition at 87 Prescott Road

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of June 23rd

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet twice this week – see agenda:

  • Monday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber in a Joint Meeting with the City Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee to discuss proposed amendments to the MU3 Zone for Riverside Zoning, and
  • Tuesday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber in a Joint Meeting with the City Council’s Land Use Committee to discuss the request for zone change and special permit/site plan approval application for the Riverside proposal.

Citizens Commission on Energy: The Citizens Commission on Energy will meet on Wednesday, June 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Status of Agreement with Eversource and National Grid
  • Report on Green Newton Building Standards Committee and the Northland and Riverside developments

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees: The Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, June 26th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of previous meetings minutes (May 22, 2019)
  • Reports
    • President – Trustee turnover planning for 2019-2020
    • Treasurer
    • Library Director
    • Development
    • Friends
    • Committees – Trustees/Friends coordination
  • New Business
    • Annual policy review
    • Branch library license renewals
    • Signage Review
  • Visitors Discussion

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Wednesday, June 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 207. The agenda is focused on one petition:

  • Request for a variance from the front yard setback requirement to construct a three-story, nine-unit residential unit building at 39 Herrick Road

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

  • Request to demolish buildings at 50 Plainfield Street
  • Request to withdraw demolition application for 128 Highland Street
  • Request to demolish buildings for 9 Sharon Avenue
  • Request to waive demolition delay for 33 Warren Road
  • Request to waive demolition delay for 189 Evelyn Road
  • Request to waive demolition delay for 21 Park Lane
  • Request to waive demolition delay for 45 Fox Hill Road
  • Request to waive demolition delay for 401 Albemarle Road

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

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.

Blue Ribbon Commission Report – Now Available

The Blue Ribbon Commission has formally submitted its report to the City Council regarding compensation of elected officials. The 105 page report can be found here.

Here are the recommendations:

  • Raise the Mayor’s salary to $140,000/year and continue all eligible benefits
  • Raise the City Councilor’s salaries to $14,000/year and continue all eligible benefits but if a Councilor does not participate in the City’s Health Plan, then add an additional $5,000/year in compensation (“equity pay”)
  • Raise the School Committee Member’s salaries to $7,500/year and continue all eligible benefits but if an SC Member does not participate in the City’s HEalth Plan, then add an additional $2,500/year.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 12th

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

  • CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Report
  • Accessibility Fines Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Riverside Development Update
  • AAB (Architectural Access Board) Variance – Newton Highlands Congregational Church
  • Newton Wellesley Hospital Ramp
  • ADA Coordinator’s Report

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Monday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Fence Appeal at 33 Hancock Street
  • Design Review for 156 Oak Street – Northland Design Guidelines
  • 15-21 Lexington Street – Design Review

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to replace a rear door at 304 Central Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to enclose two right side porches at 51 Hancock Street (continuation)
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to expand the driveway area at 140 Windermere Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance for approval of an as-built garage foundation and rear dormer, driveway width, fence at driveway, right side paver walkway, new location of shed, and change to the left side door brackets at 286 Central Street (continuation)
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to demolish an existing garage and build a new garage, connector and addition at 347 Central Street (continuation)

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

Community Preservation Commission:  The Community Preservation Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Final Report by Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of Farlow Park on the Farlow Park Pond and Bridge Project
  • Election of CPC Officers
  • Summary of FY20 CPA Program Budget discussion with City Council
  • Continued Discussion of Program Planning, Outreach, and Staffing
  • Updates on current projects and anticipated proposals
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Executive Session – 300 Hammond Pond Parkway – Webster Woods – A request will be made by the Chair to go into an Executive Session for the purpose of considering the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property if the chair declares that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the public body regarding acquisition of Webster Woods.

Newton Housing Partnership:  The Newton Housing Partnership will meet on Wednesday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and Approval of Meeting summaries for March 26th and April 16th meetings
  • Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance
    • Subcommittee Presentation
    • Discussion
    • Next steps:  Written recommendation to ZAP and Representation at ZAP Public Hearing
    • Project Updates
      • Hello Washington Street
      • Northland Special Permit
      • Riverside Visioning and Special Permit
      • Zoning Redesign
      • West Newton Armory
      • Discussion around Partnership’s Role
      • Next Steps

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install wireless equipment on a utility pole on sidewalk in front of property at 262 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install temporary fence, gate and sign during construction at 25 Essex Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install fencing, walkways, driveway paving and a rear patio at 48 Reservoir Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a metal picket fence, replace chain link fence mesh, and change previously approved wood fence color; and request to replace garage doors at 41 Chestnut Hill Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace garage doors and to paint house, addition, and free-standing garage at 160 Chestnut Hill Road

Note:  31 Chestnut Hill Terrace petition was withdrawn from the May 16th meeting and the owner has agreed to continue the hearing at a future regularly scheduled meeting.

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

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of May 12th

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

  • 262 Otis Street –  Special Permit for extension of nonconforming FAR and lot
    coverage to construct a porch
  • 15-21 Lexington Street – Special Permit to allow a multi-family dwelling
  • 410 Newtonville Avenue – Special Permit to waive dormer requirements
  • 5-7 Elm Street –  Special Permit to amend Council Order #91-18 to amend the
    site plan

The Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 5th

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Presentation and Discussion on proposed amendment to the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance
  • Discussion on the Hello Washington Street Subcommittee
  • Discussion on the Northland petition requesting a zoning change
  • Updates on the Washington Street Vision Plan
  • Updates on the Riverside Vision Plan

Washington Place Liaison Committee:  The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, May 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room. The agenda includes the following:

  • Construction Update
  • Discussion on adding a condition on construction vibration to future special permits

Designer Selection Committee:  The Designer Selection Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Interview with Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Inc. for the proposed NewCAL project

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Saco-Pettee Mill Building, 156 Oak Street, Newton Upper Falls. The agenda will focus on a presentation of the Northland Project and questions and answers from attendees.

Newton Human Rights Commission:  The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on Hate Incidents
  • Student Reports
  • NPS Representative to address the following:
    • Response to Hate Incidents
    • Response to Students regarding Hate Incidents
    • Racial and Gender Gap in AP/Honors Classes
    • Education of Students and Faculty re:  Diversity Issues
    • Collaboration with the Human Rights Commission
  • Book Salon/Collaboration with Newton Public Library
  • Human Rights Commission Newsletter
  • Pride
    • David Gaita and Youth
    • Publicity
  • Mayor’s Community Breakfast
  • Update on Housing Training
  • Update on Gann Academy Presentation

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for partial demolition of the Needham Street Bridge by MassDOT to add pedestrian and bike lanes
  • Request for CLG Eligibility Report for 44 Mignon Road
  • Request to approve revised plans for 10 Pillion Court
  • 5 Requests for Waiver of Demolition Delays
    • 401 Albemarle Road
    • 11 Baker Place
    • 33 Warren Road
    • 145 Pine Ridge Road
    • 70 Walker Street
  • Request to discuss options for buildings located at 55 Pine Grove Avenue

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

Newton Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for Certification of Conservation Restriction on 30 Wabasso Street
  • Presentation on Newton Early Childhood Program access and parking changes at 687 Watertown Street
  • Update on a request for approval for installation of waterbars along the River Road trail – Norumbega Conservation Area/Islington Road
  • 3 Requests for Determination of Applicability
    • Request for a Driveway expansion associated with a teardown/rebuild at 16 Grace Road
    • Request clarification of intermittent status of stream at 243 Park Street
    • Request RDA ex-post facto mitigation for unpermitted removal of 2 trees at 2 Thaxter Road
  • Request for approval to amend a previously approved public access pathway along the Charles River to allow the path to continue further along the river to the entry drive of the Newton Yacht Club – 1 Nonantum Road
  • Continued discussion on a Notice of Intent for vegetation management in golf course ponds
  • Request to amend Order of Conditions to allow the addition of a retaining wall in the rear of the lawn at 33 Wayne Road
  • 2 Requests for informal discussions
    • Request to add gravel to the road near the stream crossing at 790 Centre Street – Mt. Alvernia Academy
    • Request to bring boathouse dock into compliance and add ADA compliance
  • Request to extend the Order of Conditions by 3 years to allow work to be completed to replace and reline storm drains at Hammond Brook Culvert
  • Request to extend the Order of Conditions by 3 years to allow for growing season requirements to be met for mitigation plantings for a tear-down/rebuild at 56 North Street
  • Request to close out the Order of Conditions permitting the construction of Zervas Elementary School
  • Request for informal feedback on a proposed restoration plan for the historic encroachment of the 230 Dudley Road lot onto the Hahn Brook Conservation Area

The Packet Documents can be found here.

School Building Committee Update:  The School Building Committee will meet on Thursday, May 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Horace Mann School, 687 Watertown Street, to provide an update to the community about the Newton Early Childhood Program. The meeting notice/flyer can be found here.

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Two Requests for Certificate of Appropriateness
    • Request to install fence section on left property line at 21 – 23 High Street
    • Request to  replace windows, make changes to the two right side entries, extend the sewer line, and install a new water line, a paver walkway, and a granite step at the front walkway at 65 High Street
    • Administrative Matters including update about the 54 Pettee Street violation and the Local Historic District expansion process

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

Newton Cultural Council Meeting:  The Newton Cultural Council will meet on Friday, May 10th, at 10 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda can be found here.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of May 5th

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

  • 25‐27 Oak Street –  Special Permit for to expand existing two‐family dwelling
    and exceed allowed floor area ratio (FAR)
  • 140 Windemere Road –  Amendment to Special Permit to add additional parking
    area off driveway
  • 82 Needham Street –  Special Permit/Administrative Site Plan Review to
    establish a day care center
  • 193 Lake Ave Special Permit to exceed the allowed floor area ratio (FAR)

The Development Review Snapshot for this week can be found here.