Category: Boards & Commissions

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 29th

Fair Housing Committee: The Fair Housing Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, April 1st at 8:00 a.m. To Join the Zoom Meeting click here:  https://zoom.us/j/8429428454, The agenda includes the following:

  • Riverside
  • Nominations for Office
  • Update on Membership
  • Other business

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a virtual Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m. To dial into the meeting via telephone, call in by dialing 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID: 842 942 8454. To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your phone, download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app in any app store or at www.zoom.us. At the above date and time, click on “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 842 942 8454. To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your computer, at the above date and time, go to www.zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 842 942 8454. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Comprehensive Permit pursuant to Chapter 40B to construct a 204 unit residential development, which will include 51 affordable housing units and approximately 22,382 square feet of commercial, office and retail space, all on approximately 3.4 acres of land located in a Manufacturing Zoning District at 15 Riverdale Avenue
  • Review and Approval of February 5, 2020 Minutes

Conservation Commission: The Conservation Commission will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your phone, download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app in any app store or at www.zoom.us. At the above date and time, click on “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 842 942 8454. To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your computer, at the above date and time, go to www.zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 842 942 8454. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for treatment of Crystal Lake to prevent algal blooms at 30 Rogers Street – City of Newton
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for parking expansion and stormwater management improvements at 125 Wells Avenue – Solomon Schecter Day School
  • Request to amend an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) to reference new plans – lawn leveling, retaining wall replacement, and tree removal – and condition proposed work at 79 Staniford Street
  • Request for a continuance to April 23, 2020 for a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for the multi-use Chapter 40B development at 15 Riverdale Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance (“COC”) for Laundry Brook culvert replacement at 229 Cabot Street – City of Newton
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance (“COC”) for an addition and deck at 7 Great Meadow Road

The Packet Documents can be found here.


City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 22nd

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 25th – REMOTE MEETING – at 7:00 p.m. Instructions for REMOTE Meeting can be found on the agenda which includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for approval of two repaved or resealed driveway areas and two installed cobblestone aprons (Violation) at 25 Nancy Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace windows at 25 Nancy Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace windows. Continuation at 36 Acacia Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove the downspout and leader box on the front of the right-side open porch and to keep the downspout and leader box on the back of the open porch (Violation) at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to keep the fence sections between 100 Suffolk Road and driveway area which replaced a similar fence (Violation) at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to keep the single-bay garage balustrade and fascia as-built (Violation) at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a black aluminum handrail on the right-side terrace steps leading to the open porch at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to finalize details for octagonal porch roof and roofline and the new windows on the angled wall, and to remove the previously approved gutters and downspouts at 521 Hammond Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the door at the new left-side entry portico, to convert the left garage door to a window, to finalize details for the new window to the left of the entry porch, and to remove the previously approved entry porch gutters and downspouts at 521 Hammond Street
  • Request for feedback and working Session for feedback on project to install a driveway and two-car garage and 521 Hammond Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness and approval of work done to repair stucco, window trim, gutters, and shutters. Repaired areas will be painted to match the existing colors (Violation) at 20 Acacia Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for approval of installed gravel path with cobblestone border and cobblestone driveway apron (Violation) at 8 Nancy Road
  • Reapplication for a Certificate of Appropriateness to grant a new Certificate of Appropriateness for the project approved in 2015 to apply stone veneer to the front elevation of the house and garage. The Certificate of Appropriateness has expired at 8 Nancy Road

The Packet Documents can be found here.

Youth Commission: The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 25th – REMOTE MEETING – at 5:00 p.m. Instruction for REMOTE Meeting cam be found on the agenda which includes the following:

  • Attendance – Check – in
  • Discuss meetings with Guidance Departments and Administration
  • HGSE Project Updates
  • Other – Plans for Further Meetings

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet (Virtually – To Join the Zoom Meeting click here: https://zoom.us/j/8429428454) on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appeal of a Notice of Zoning Violation on the existence of illegal apartments at 129 Grassmere Street

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet (Virtually – To Join the Zoom Meeting click here: https://zoom.us/j/8429428454) on Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to review local landmark report for 1253 Washington Street (National Register) WILL NOT BE HEARD
  • Request to renew a Certificate of Appropriateness for 31 Greenwood Street, LL
  • Two Full Demolition Requests
    • Request to demolish buildings at 9 Inish Circle
    • Request to demolish buildings at 67-69 Ripley Street
  • Five Waiver Requests
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 227 Cherry Street
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 15 Sharon Avenue
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 56 Pratt Drive
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 40-42 Athelstane Road
    • Request to waive demolition delay at 58-60 Allison Road
  • Request for Partial Demolition to remove the roof, side, rear, and alter the front facade at 19 Garland Road
  • Request for a Waiver Amendment at 66 Hartman Road

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

Newtonville Area Council Meeting – March 12th – 7:00 p.m.

The Newtonville Area Council will meet on Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Burning Issues in the Community:
    • Update on February 14th Meeting with MBTA Representatives
    • Protecting Washington Street residences and business from Pike pollution
  • Rezoning Washington Street and your street; Walnut Street enhancements
  • “Music is on the Way” – NAC is planning a concert series for Bram Way/Newtonville Plaza
  • Village Day update
  • Communication Protocols

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 8th

Commission on Disability: The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, March 8th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 204 – NOTE: earlier start time. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Approval of 2/10/2020 Minutes
  • Open Meeting Law Training
  • CDBG Report
  • DPW on FY2021 CDBG-Funded Curb Ramps
  • Accessible (HP) Fines Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • ADA Coordinator’s Report
  • Open Discussion – Topics from March 4th Meeting
    • ADA 30th Anniversary
    • Ideas for Fines Fund
    • Other Topics
  • Unfinished New Business
  • Adjournment

Community Preservation Committee: The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review of draft budget for FY2021
  • Review of results from the 2019 CPA Program Community Survey
  • Approval of February 11, 2020 Minutes
  • Executive Session for the purpose of a periodic review of executive session minutes

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

  • Attendance
  • Approval of February 11, 2020 Minutes
  • City Updates
  • Meeting with the Mayor
    • Finalize Meeting Pre
    • Discussion with the Mayor
  • Discussion Items
    • Riverside Project: Discussion and Finalizing Letter
    • Northland Project: Update
    • Restaurant Liquor Licenses: Update
    • Task Forces
  • Other Business
  • Date of Next Meeting – April 7, 2020
  • Adjournment

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 11th, in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Fence Appeal
    • 40 Fernwood Road
  • Request for Sign Permits
    • Talbots – 199 Boylston Street
    • Japan Auto Services – 1205 Washington Street
    • Caffe Nero – 28 Austin Street
    • Henry Bear’s Park – 28 Austin Street
  • Request for a Comprehensive Sign Permit
    • The Street – 1-55 Boylston Street
  • Design Review
    • 1114 Beacon Street
    • 355 and 399 Grove Street

West Newton Armory Joint Advisory Planning Group: The West Newton Armory Joint Advisory Planning Group will meet on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of 2/25/2020 Minutes
  • Appointment of Rotating Secretary
  • Review of MHC Process Document
  • Presentation of JAPG Report Template for Review and Discussion
  • Case Study Updates
  • Next Meeting: March 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m. in Room B17

Conservation Commission: The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request opportunity to present preliminary plans to the Commission for feedback prior to filing a Notice of Intent for property located at 6 Vaughn Avenue
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for demolition of modular buildings, parking/driveway reconfiguration, and playground improvements at 687 Watertown Street – Newton Early Childhood Program
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for parking expansion and stormwater management improvements at 125 Wells Avenue
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for a multi-use 40B Development at 15 Riverdale Avenue
  • Request to address the discovery of the unpermitted driveway and to revise the Order of Conditions (“OOC”) for the demolition of an existing single-family home and construction of a duplex at 42 Parsons Street
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) for the new school at 229 Cabot Street – Cabot Elementary
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) for a one-story addition and patio at 96 Suffolk Road
  • Herbicide/Pesticide Policy Discussion
  • Wetlands Ordinance Discussion
  • Shortened Native Plant List Discussion
  • CPC Liaison Position Discussion
  • Member Terms
  • Approval of 2/20/20 Minutes

Packet Documents can be found here

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 1st

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, March 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of minutes:
    • January 6, 2020
    • February 3, 2020
    • February 11, 2020
    • February 24, 2020
  • Comment on nominations for Landmark Designations in West Newton
    • 978 Watertown Street
    • 1 Chestnut Street
    • 989-1003 Watertown Street
    • 1253 Washington Street
  • Zoning Redesign Update – Article 3 Residence Districts – See Planning Memo
  • Update on Joint Advisory Planning Group (“JAPG”) for West Newton Armory
  • Discussion of Procedures for Joint Public Hearings
  • Planning and Development Department Updates
  • Upcoming Meetings – April 6th

Newton Human Rights Commission: The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room B-15. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Approval of Minutes – January 2020 and February 2020
  • Hate Incidents
  • Complaints Received
  • Student Reports related to Human Rights
  • Women’s Suffrage Celebration
  • Genocide Exhibit/Movie Screenings/Discussions
    • Etched in Glass – Screening/Discussion – April 1 – 6:00 p.m. Druker Auditorium
    • Dawnland – Screening/Discussion – April 29th – 6:00 p.m. Druker Auditorium

Biosafety Committee: The Biosafety Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B15. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions/Welcome Rebecca Kramer
  • Review of rDNA permits  
  • Website review
  • Attracting new members and new life sciences companies to Newton

Commission on Disability: The Commission on Disability will meet on Wednesday, March 4th from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Room B17. Note: This meeting is in addition to the Commission’s regularly scheduled monthly meetings. Reports, including CDBG access projects will not be discussed. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Getting to Know Each COD Member
  • Short and Long Term Goals for the Commission
    • Discuss events like the 30th ADA Anniversary co-sponsor with HRC and FHC
    • Consider Accessible Parking Fines Funding Opportunities
    • Identify other goals/ideas/projects/ working with other city commissions
  • Implementation of these Goals
    • Meeting Structure to gain more time for planning and discussion of goals/ideas/projects
  • Increase COD meeting time from 2 to 2.5 hours
  • Other ideas and future changes

Fair Housing Committee: The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 4th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Project Review – Riverside
  • Letter in Support of Dunstan East
  • Update of Review Criteria
  • Membership Update – Ellen Tanowitz and Jasmine Stecker
  • Nominating Committee
  • Other business – Meeting minutes

Newton Cultural Council: The Newton Cultural Council will meet on
Wednesday, March 4th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 211. (Note: the agenda says Monday, March 4th – but pretty sure they meant Wednesday) The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of previous meeting’s minutes
  • Grantee event schedule and assignments of NCC members to attend
  • Discussion and roles and responsibilities of Council members, Cultural Development staff and others
  • Susan Silberg, Civic Moxie
  • Rigor of Our Own Adjudication
    • NCC consistently lax on firm date and venue
    • Assign grant reviewers to attend and provide site reports
    • Asking for full amount – make clear standards (30%)
    • Visit funding limit on projects presented at the Senior Center
    • Visit whether ticket sales should have impact on funding
    • Arts Excellence – what does this mean and how do we fund it?
  • Set date for next meeting

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to amend a previously approved patio configuration, location of rear porch stairs, and front step material. Also, to add a step in the rear yard, a granite cap to basement egress wall, and a walkway from the driveway. In addition, remove concrete sides from the front stairs and eliminate the second set of stairs to the street at 25 Page Road.

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

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.