Category: Boards & Commissions

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 11th

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install 31 solar panels at 26 Maple Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to wood and metal fence sections at 33 Hancock Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace all existing windows

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Pre-proposal request for an off-cycle full proposal of $600,000 to supplement $2.3 million of CPA funding previously appropriated for this project
  • Intent by Planning Department to return $805,000 in unspent funds and request to use $75,000 of retained funds for program revisions to the Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program
  • Re-Vote to accept minor revisions to the unit mix for a previously approved grant of $3.2 million in CPA funds for the Stanton Avenue Senior Housing/Golda Meir House Expansion
  • Working Session on updating the Community Preservation Plan drawing on the FY2020-FY2024 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Staff updates on current/anticipated proposals and projects

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Economic Development Updates
  • Chair updates
  • Discussion of the Washington Street Vision Plan

Newton Human Rights Commission:  The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 106C. The agenda includes the following:

  • Hate Incidents
  • Student Reports
  • Policies and Procedures
  • LGBTQ+ Resource Guide
  • Question 3 – Election Results
  • Human Rights Award – December 4th
  • MLK Day Community Celebration
  • Information Dissemination
  • Genocide Exhibit 2019

Note:  The agenda also includes a calendar of upcoming events.

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of Plastic Straw Ban
  • Approval of Minutes
  • CDBG Report
  • Accessible Fines Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • ADA Coordinator’s Report
  • Discussion of the Northland Project
  • Operation Access

Design Review Committee:  The Design Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • DRC Meetings Process and the Open Meeting Law
  • DRC Meeting Schedule
  • Current Project Updates
  • Capital Improvement Plan and future projects schedule
  • Introduction to Guidelines
  • Comments on Guidelines
  • Embedded Carbon presentation and discussion

Youth Commission:  The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Welcome to visitors (Dana Hanson and Saul Lee, Student Ministry Director for the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church)
  • Group Work – Questions for Student Mental Health Survey

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish a rear chimney at 154 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install condensers and approval for installed vents at 48 Reservoir Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install fence sections and gate at 17 Lee Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rebuild a second story bay and replace windows in both bays; replace rubber roofs and fill in skylight at 9 Lawrence Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to change previously approved doors and to install a second story railing at 61 Gatehouse Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to approve stone facing on chimney and to modify second story vent pipe at 46 Woodman Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a generator; rebuild existing retaining wall; change condensers, rear skylights, roofing and railing material; and remove dormer at 46 Chestnut Hill Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build a rear addition at 25 Essex Road

Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and will hold a public hearing on a Chapter 40B permit – Comprehensive Permit to construct 69 rental units (60 units will be affordable at a range of incomes) and 3300 square feet of clinic space at 160 and 160R Stanton Avenue. Notice of the Hearing can be found here.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Partial Demolition Review to replace slate roof with asphalt by the Newton Housing Authority for property located at 541 Grove Street
  • Full Demolition request for 991 – 993 Washington Street
  • Full Demolition request for 72-74 Circuit Avenue
  • Full Demolition request for 24 Smith Avenue
  • Full Demolition request for 291 Dorset Road
  • Full Demolition request for 44 Mignon Road
  • Working Session to discuss possible additions to 242 Islington Road – Local Landmark property

School Building Committee:  The School Building Committee will meet on Thusday, November 15th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center. The agenda includes the following:

  • Building Conditions Report for 150 Jackson Road and 687 Watertown Street
  • Lincoln-Eliot – Educational Program and Plan; Space Summary Template
  • Newton Early Childhood Program –  Educational Program and Plan; Space Summary Template

City Council Reports Now Available

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on October 17th and voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Alissa Ocasio Guiliani as City Solicitor
  • Appointments of Lori Yarvis, Charles Reilly, James Harper, MIchael Goldman and Vaunita Schnell to the Farm Commission

All other items were held. The Report can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on October 17th and voted to approve the following:

  • Petition for a water main extension through a proposed utility easement in a private way off of Farwell Street
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the installation of a new wash bay at the Crafts Street Garage
  • Request to appropriate $420,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the purchase of two dump trucks for the DPW
  • Request to appropriate $89,600 from the Stormwater Reserve Fund for consulting engineering services to perform the Phase 2 Dam Safety Engineering Analysis for Bullough’s Pond Dam
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve to fund Phase 1 of 3 of Audible Pedestrian Signal Installation at all remaining intersections throughout the City
  • Request to accept, appropriate and expend $105,103 from the City’s FY2018 allocation of the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to be used for concept design engineering services for the complete streets design for the Wells Avenue-Nahanton Traffic Signalization and Intersection Improvement Project

All other items were held.  The Report can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, October 22nd and voted to approve the following:

  • Request for authorization to accept and expend two grants from FEMA to Firefighters Grant Program totaling $81,819 with a required 10% match of $8,181 by the City. The first grant of $60,000 is for fire officer training and the second grant of $30,000 is for a fire fighter health and wellness program. (NOTE:  $60,000 + $30,000 = $90,000?)
  • Request from the School Committee that the City Council approve authorizing the Mayor to appropriate the state reimbursement of $28,804 for McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation from the general fund to the School Department
  • Curb/Sidewalk/Driveway Betterments for the following:
    • 51 Avalon Road
    • 25 Ballard Street
    • 36 Brooks Avenue
    • 33 Duxbury Road
    • 77 Pembroke Street
    • 65 Rowena Road
    • 66 Waban Hill Road
    • 86 Waban Hill Road
    • 101 Waban Hill Road
    • 101 Waban Hill Road
    • 1093 Walnut Street
    • 208 Auburn Street
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from Bonded Indebtedness to fund the installation of a new wash bay at the Craft Street Garage
  • Request to appropriate $420,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the purchase of 2 dump trucks for DPW
  • Request to appropriate $89,600 from the Stormwater Reserve Fund for consulting engineering services to perform the Phase 2 Dam Safety Engineering Analysis for Bullough’s Pond Dam
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve to fund Phase 1 of 3 of Audible Pedestrian Signal Installation at all remaining intersections throughout the City
  • Request to accept, appropriate and expend $105,103 from the City’s FY2018 allocation of the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to be used for concept design engineering services for the complete streets design for the Wells Avenue-Nahanton Traffic Signalization and Intersection Improvement Project

All other items were held. The Report can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee met on October 22nd and all items were held. The Report can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on October 23rd and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to withdraw without prejudice a petition for a special permit/site plan approval to convert an existing single-family dwelling to a three story, six residential unit building with ground floor units, to construct a three-story three residential unit building with ground floor units and to allow waivers of other conditions such as parking and landscaping at 424 – 432 Cherry Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to locate a veterinary hospital in the existing building and waive up to five parking stalls at 858 Walnut Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a three-story addition to allow a building in excess of 20,000 sq. ft., to extend the non-conforming structure with regard to height, to extend the existing non-conforming structure with regard to setback, and allow a restaurant with more than 50 seats, and to waive other requirements such as parking and landscaping at 1314 Washington Street and 31,33 Davis Street

All other items were held.  The Report can be found here.

Traffic Council: The Traffic Council met on October 25th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a three-way stop sign at Vernon and Eldridge Street
  • Request to add a stop sign at Wiltshire Road at Jackson Road
  • Request to remove the parking space on Richardson Street that is reserved for the Underwood School and return it to public circulation
  • Request to discuss and possible action to change the short-term unmetered parking spaces on the east side of Centre Street between Vernon and Centre Avenue. (Approved the language of TPR 441. TPR 441 converts the short 2-hour parking zone between Vernon Street and Centre Avenue into long term metered parking).
  • Request to discuss possible change to the circulation and direction of travel on Ward Street between Elmore and Morseland.  (Approved the language of TPR 442. TPR
    442 converts Ward Street between Elmore Street and Moreseland Avenue
    from a one-way westbound street into a two-way street, approves a “do not
    enter” restriction on Ward Street, eastbound, from Morseland Avenue, and
    installs a new parking restriction at all times on the south side of Ward Street
    from Moreseland Road to a point 165 feet easterly).
  • Request to edit sections of TPR 84(a) and remove TPR 84(b) which lists special speed regulations for streets in Newton which are are approved by MassDOT and not the Newton Traffic Council
  • Request to remove the left turn prohibitions listed in the TPR from Centre Street to Jefferson Street and onto Pearl Street.

The Council vote No Action Necessary on the following items:

  • Request for a parking restriction on Carlson Avenue- both sides
  • Request to remove the single remaining Underwood staff permit parking space from Richardson Street

All other items were held.  The Report can be found here and the Traffic Council Actions can be found here.

 

 

City Council Committee Meetings Week of November 4th

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will not meet on Wednesday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. Please see the cancellation notice here.  The agenda for the rescheduled meeting on November 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 will include the following:

  • Appointments to the Youth Commission:
    • Brianna Spiegel, Madison Branigan, Veer Sawhney, Christina Bednarzh, Coral Lin, and Reethika Digumarthy
  • Appointment to the Human Rights Commission:
    • Rabbi Eric Gurvis

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

  • Update on Complete Streets Program (Note:  The Committee will meet jointly with the Public Safety and Transportation Committee)
  • Submittal of the FY2020 – 2024 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Update from the Director of Sustainability and the Administration on Newton Power Choice
  • Request for a grant of an underground easement to Mark Development, LLC in Washington Street for underground footings
  • Request to accept a sidewalk easement from Mark Development, LLC abutting Walnut Street
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the design, procurement and construction of interior improvements at the Newton Free Library
  • Request to appropriate $150,000 from Free Cash to fund the Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School window replacement and accessibility improvements design
  • Request to appropriate $300,000 from Free Cash to fund upgrades to Fire Stations 1 and 2 including isolation of apparatus bay from living quarters and pole rehab/replacement

 

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

  • Update on Complete Streets Program (Note:  The Committee will meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee)
  • Request for an ordinance amendment to increase the non-resident parking permit fee from $25 to a range which will include a maximum cap, to better cover costs and encourage alternatives to driving in parts of the City where demand is high
  • Discussion on implementing differential priced parking in Newton
  • Proposal to end winter parking ban on certain streets in Wards 2 and 3

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow off-site relocation of the inclusionary zoning units as well as 24 additional units at 219 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to locate a veterinary hospital in an exiting Newton Nexus building at 131 – 181 Needham Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-story detached garage, greater than 700 sq. ft. containing accommodations for 10 vehicles at 244 Dudley Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 161 sq. ft. second floor addition in the existing footprint of a house exceeding the maximum allowable FAR at 43 Kenwood Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct an attached dwelling unit to the exiting single-family structure and reduce other requirements and amend Variance #99442 at 10 Pillion Court

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 4th

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Washington Street Vision and Zoning Presentation
  • Subcommittee/Planning Schedule and Strategy
  • Northland Public Hearing

Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 7th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to change doors and windows on side and rear additions and install window wells, deck area, privacy fence and slider door at 65 High Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace front entry porch, railing and stairs and to install condensers and screening at 1272 Boylston Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish a pigeon coop at 221-223 Elliot Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace front entry porch and stairs at 33-35 Sullivan Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install vent pipes, electric meter and temporary propane tanks, and to repair section of the front stone wall at 75 High Street

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of November 4th

The following potential proposals/projects will meet with the Development Review Team this week:

  • 19 Schofield Drive –  Special Permit to allow parking in the front setback
  • 45 Hyde Avenue –  Special Permit to construct a rear addition exceeding the
    allowed FAR
  • 499 Winchester Street – Special Permit to allow single-family attached dwellings
  • 44 Oak Street –  Special Permit to convert a commercial use to a multifamily
    dwelling

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 28th

Conservation Commission: The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • RDA ( Request for Determination of Applicability) to make improvements to a bus stop at the sidewalk and grass median on Commonwealth Avenue – Commonwealth Avenue in front of 2345 Commonwealth Avenue
  • NOI (Notice of Intent) –  Request for demolition and reconstruction of a single-family home with associated restoration planting plan developed in response to the unpermitted tree cutting at 33 Wayne Road
  • NOI (Notice of Intent) – Request to lay a new electrical connection from an existing maintenance building to the new pump house and wet well previously approved at 326 Fuller Street – Braeburn Country Club
  • NOI (Notice of Intent) – Request to demolish the existing single-family home and construct a new single-family home with deck and driveway at 116 Upland Road
  • NOI (Notice of Intent) – Request to remove six trees on their property within the inner 50′ of buffer zone and trim another tree at 177 Waban Avenue
  • OOC (Order of Conditions) – Request for an extension on an Order of Conditions approvig the ex-post facto  reconstruction of the boathouse and new dock installation at 1 Nonantum Road. This OOC also required the creation of a public access trail and mitigation plantings  – at 1 Nonantum Road – Boston Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • COC – (Certificate of Compliance) – Request for a Certificate of Compliance for complete restoration of the river bank and parking lot at 46 Farwell Street
  • COC – (Certificate of Compliance) – Request for a Certificate of Compliance for the turf field construction, flood storage, and plantings – Solomon Schechter Day School
  • Possible Amendment to an OOC (Order of Conditions) – Discussion on whether to require an amendment to the OOC for the new proposed work at the 131-181 Needham Street – Newton Nexus

Packet Documents can be found here. Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace gutters at 14-16 Foster Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace windows at 41-43 Central Avenue
  • Request for feedback on a project to demolish an existing garage, build a new garage,  connector and dormer, and renovate the existing house at 25 Page Road

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

Newton Historical Commission to Meet – Thursday, October 25th

The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • 8 Demolition Reviews:
    • Request to demolish the brick gatehouse at the Waban Reservoir
    • Request to demolish buildings at 36 Maynard Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 64 Fuller Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 210 Upland Avenue
    • Request to demolish buildings at 95 Rosalie Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 176 Auburndale Avenue
    • Request to demolish buildings at 148 Pine Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 16 Edinboro Terrace
  • 2 Partial Demolition Reviews:
    • Request to attach a rear living unit, pour new house foundation at 46-28 Washington Park
    • Request to construct additions to the house and demolish outbuildings at 499 Winchester Street
  •  Request for a Section 106 Review to repair/replace historic roof in kind at 70-80 Union Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace front path; add perimeter fencing and construct a playground at 1615 Beacon Street
  • 2 Waiver Request reviews for:
    • 457 Waverly Avenue
    • 30 Circuit Avenue

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 14th

Newton Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Newton Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Commissioner Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance
  • Informational discussion on the Jackson Road/NHA proposal
  • Committee Reports:
    • Community Preservation Committee
    • Farm Commission – Election of Commission representative
    • Cabot Redesign Committee
    • Commonwealth Golf Course
    • Off-Leash Area Working Group
    • Crystal Lake Working Group
    • Athletic Fields Committee
    • NewCAL
    • Policy and Procedure Review
      • Field Naming
      • Sign Policy

Board of Licensing Commission:  The Board of Licensing Commission will meet on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.

Board of Assessor’s:  The Newton Board of Assessor’s will meet on Wednesday, October 17th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108.  The agenda can be found here.

Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 2B at the Newton Free Library on a draft ordinance Wetlands Ordinance.  The Notice can be found here.

Crime Prevention Commission:  The Newton Crime Prevention Commission will meet on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:30 p.m. at the Newton Police Headquarters. The agenda can be found here.  Highlights for the three years ended June, 2012 can be found here and Programming Highlights for the Five Years ended June 2017 can be found here.

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department’s Conference Room. The agenda includes the following:

  • Requests for Sign Permits for the following:
    • 959 Watertown Street – Newton Covenant Church
    • 20 Manet Road – Mt. Alvernia Academy
    • 1149 Washington Street – Eastern Insurance
    • 33 Boylston Street – The Street; Copious Row
    • 165 Needham Street – Newton Nexus; Stop & Shop
    • 271 Auburn Street – Dental Specialists Newton
    • 131 Needham Street – Newton Nexus; Sierra
    • 189 Watertown Street – CVS Pharmacy
    • 71 Needham Street – Beal Bank
    • 33 Boylston Street – Chilacates Mexican Street Food
    • 165 Needham Street – Ideal Image
  • Fence Appeal
    • 138 Berkeley Street
  • Design Review
    • 156 Oak Street – Northland Design Guidelines Review
    • 956 and 962 Walnut Street Design Review
  • Requests for Sign Review
    • 320 Needham Street –  Fusion Academy
    • 227 Washington Street – LC Kids Montessori

Financial Audit Advisory Committee – Accounting and Audit Sub-committee:  The Accounting and Audit Sub-committee of the Financial Audit Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, October 18th at 11:00 a.m. in Room 211. The agenda can be found here.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:

  • Request to install a chimney cap at 41 Old Orchard Road
  • Request to install a railing system at 154 Beacon Street
  • Request to move electrical convertors and transformer at 100 Suffolk Road
  • Request to install a railing system, lights, vents, and condensers at 61 Gate House Road

Notice of Intent to Release Funds – Housing Rehabilitation and Development Program

Notice by the City to interested parties that projects under the Housing Rehabilitation and Development Program may require lead paint abatement.  The Notice can be found here

Notice by the Housing and Community Development Program of Release of Funds – $45,000 for minor improvements including repair and replacement of rotting wood and clapboards, sealing and repainting of the exterior at 102 Lyman Street  The Notice can be found here.