Category: Boards & Commissions

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of January 19th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of January 12th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waban Area Council to Meet on Thursday, December 12th

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

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of December 9th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Packet Documents can be found here.

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

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

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

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

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 24th

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Convene as Board of Survey
    • Request for a Certificate of Action – 56 Farwell
    • Adjourn of Board of Survey
  • 15-21 Lexington Street – Zoning Request
    • Close Public Hearing
    • Discussion/Vote

The Planning and Development Board will then join the Zoning and Planning Committee at 8:00 p.m. in Room 205 for the public hearings, discussion and possible vote on the following:

  • Request to repeal Section 3.4.4 Garages of the Newton Zoning Ordinance effective December 31, 2019. Garages are expected to be addressed during Zoning Redesign next term – see Planning Memo
  • Request discuss and adopt amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to create exemptions to building envelope standards to facilitate implementation of energy efficiency and alternative energy measures in buildings – see Planning Memo (same as below)
  • Request to discuss and adopt amendments to the Zoning Ordinances to create a new set of standards related to sustainable development design with requirements for new buildings and development projects to include environmental and energy efficiency features – See Planning Memo (same as above)

Council on Aging and Advisory Board: The Council on Aging and Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, November 26th at 7:30 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center. The agenda includes the following:

  • Call to Order, Welcome, and Approval of Minutes
  • NewCAL Update/Discussion
  • COA Goals for FY2020
  • General Updates

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

  • Three public hearings:
    • Request for a variance from the rear yard setback requirement – to construct an addition resulting in a rear yard setback of 7.5 feet where 15 feet is required in accordance with section 3.1.3 of the Newton Zoning Ordinance. The property consists of a 4,254 sq. ft. corner lot with a single-family residence constructed in 1937 and a detached garage located in a Single Residence 3 Zoning District at 74 Falmouth Road
    • Request for a variance from the new lot dimensional requirements sections 7.8.4.D.4 and 3.1.3 of the Newton Zoning Ordinance to waive the new (postDecember 7, 1953). The request is to waive the lot size, frontage, front and side setback, maximum lot coverage and minimum open space. The property consists of a 10,411 sq. ft. lot with a single-family residence constructed in 1910 and is located in a Single-Residence 2 Zoning District at 34 Morton Road
    • Request to change the details of a Comprehensive Permit previously granted and amended for a project consisting of 8 affordable housing units. The request is to determine whether the proposal to reduce the number of required parking spaces from 11 – 10 is substantial or insubstantial at 236 Auburn Street.

City Board and Commission Meetings Week of November 17th

Commission on Disability: The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, November 18th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Approval of 10/21/2019 Minutes
  • CDBG Report
  • RRFB Location for CDBD 2020 Funding
  • Reports:
    • Accessible Fines Report
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • ADA Coordinator’s Report
  • AAB Time Variance – JCC
  • MBTA at Riverside
  • Transportation Committee/Meeting Application
  • MOD on Voting/Annual Officer Election
  • Candidate for COD Membership – Tyrone Hooks
  • Upcoming Disability Events with Nathan
  • Old/New Business

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

  • Approval of October 2019 Minutes
  • Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance
  • Kennard Sculpture Trail – September – November 2020
  • Athletic Fields and Fees
  • Committee Reports
    • Community Preservation
    • 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, November 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Cafeteria. The agenda will focus on Construction Update.

Board of Licensing Commission: The Board of Licensing Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of the 9/17/2019, 10/15/2019, and the 10/23/2019 Minutes
  • Approval of 2020 Schedule of Hearings
  • Request for a One Day Temporary Wine and Malt License
    • C&W Services – Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 11th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Riverside Business Center Atrium, 275 Grove Street
    • New Art Center –
      • Holiday Donor Party – Tuesday, December 17th – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      • Arts Workshop – Friday, January 24th – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
      • Arts and Crafts Workshop – Friday, March 13th – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Request for a One Day Temporary Wine, Malt and Entertainment License
    • Birthday Party – Sunday, November 24th – 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Windsor Club
  • Request for an Annual Entertainment License
    • Flora’s 1284 Washington Street – Monday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Request for Change of Manager
    • Cheesecake Factory – from Steven Gentzler to David Ramirez
  • Request for Alteration of Premises and Amendment to Common Victualler License
    • Cerco, LLC – d/b/a Showcase Superlux & Davio’s Cucina. Hours of Operation will be Sunday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
  • Request for Change of Officers/Directors/LLC Manager
    • Legal Seafoods – from Edwards H. Pendergast to Eric Kriss

Newton Housing Partnership: The Newton Housing Partnership will meet on Tuesday, November 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and approval of 7/23/2019 and 9/17/2019 Meeting Summaries
  • Project Updates
    • Riverside
    • Northland
  • 15 Riverdale Avenue – Chapter 40B project
    • Presentation by Project Petitioner
    • Discussion
  • The Boston Foundation’s Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019
    • Presentation of the Report’s Findings
    • Discussion and Ideas for Action
  • Upcoming Meetings
    • New Meeting added in 2019: December 17th – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Room 205
      • Election of Officers: Chair and Secretary
    • 2020 Meeting Schedule
      • January 7th – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Room 205
      • Hold 3rd Tuesday of every month beginning February

Board of Assessors: The Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of October 2019 Exemptions and Abatement Reports

Citizens Commission on Energy: The Citizens Commission on Energy will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B-17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on ZAP’s November 14th Public Hearing on the Climate Action Plan (CAP); final language in the CAP with regard to disclosure of Scorecard in Real Estate transactions
  • Discussion of the Commission’s activities over the next several months with Ann Berwick, Jennifer Steel and Marcia Cooper
  • ICC Energy Code Voting – (group session on 11/21 at 3 p.m. at the Newton Free Library)

Newton Library Board of Trustees: The Newton Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of October 2nd Minutes
  • Staff Introductions
  • Reports
    • President
    • Treasurer
      • Finance Committee
    • Library Director
    • Development
    • Friends
    • Committees
      • New Director Search
      • Development Officer Search
      • Spring Fling
      • Committee Coordination
  • Continuing Business
    • Children’s Room Renovation Planning – Report and Discussion
    • Library Action Plan 2020-2021 – Discussion and Vote
  • Board Discussion
    • Communication and Advocacy
  • Visitors Discussion

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • 5 Requests for Certificates of Appropriateness:
    • Request to amend the previously approved project to include residing the entire house and changing the previously approved cedar shingle to a white cedar pre-stained shingle at 40 Acacia Avenue
    • Request to replace all the existing windows and to replace a window with a door at 95 Suffolk Road
    • Request to amend the previously approved project by removing the exterior staircase and using clad windows for the new windows at 25 Essex Road
    • Request to replace the existing windows, gutters, downspouts, garage doors, and second-story railing system. Rebuild dormers ad bays, install shutters and decorative siding at 10 Old England Road
    • Request to regrade and repave existing driveways, create additional parking along front driveway, and install bollards. Repair stairs and install landscape stairs and install handrails at 400 Beacon Street (continuation)
  • Administrative Discussion
    • Approval of Minutes
    • Site visit to 46 Acacia Avenue
    • Preservation Restriction at 46 Suffolk Road
    • Hammond Street fences

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

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • 10 Demolition Requests:
    • Request to demolish buildings at 28 Varick Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 15 Sharon Avenue
    • Request to demolish buildings at 409-411 Lexington Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 18 Pershing Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 227 Cherry Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 25-27 Dunstan Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 1203 Washington Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 196 Tremont Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 25 Bellevue Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 44 Marla Circle
  • 3 Waiver Requests
    • Request to waive the demolition delay at 76 Alban Road
    • Request to waive the demolition delay at 9 Sharon Avenue
    • Request to waive the demolition delay at 40 North Street

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

Newton Library Board of Trustees Search Sub-Committee: The Newton Library Board of Trustees Search Sub-Committee for Development Officer will meet on Thursday, November 21st at 8:45 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda can be found here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 10th

Auburndale Historic District Commission: The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install vertical porch lattice and install plastic vents and lighting mounting blocks at 113 Hancock Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build a two-story addition to the back and left side and expand the existing garage at 29 Hawthorne Avenue

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, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Working Session and potential vote on a $15,740,000 request to preserve open space through land acquisition (eminent domain) at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (“Webster Woods”) – see Funding Proposal
    • Note: The Chair may request to go into Executive Session for the purpose of considering the purchase, exchange, lease or value of Webster Woods and strategy with regard to litigation, including a complaint filed by Boston College, if the chair declares that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating or litigating position of the City of Newton regarding acquisition of Webster Woods by eminent domain. Executive sessions are closed to the public.
  • Approval of October 10th minutes

Economic Development Commission: The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of the September 10th Minutes
  • City Updates
  • Discussion Items:
    • Northland Updates
    • Preview of Riverside Project
    • Restaurant Liquor Licenses
  • Confirmation of next meeting dates

Human Rights Commission: The Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 12th at 5:45 p.m. in Room B15. The agenda includes:

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Complaints Received
  • Students Reports
  • MCAD Know Your Rights Training
    • Feedback
    • Next Steps
  • Harvest Fair
    • Feedback
  • Women’s Suffrage Celebration
  • December
    • Human Rights Award Recipients
      • Youth
      • Adults
  • HRC Statements to Respond to Community Incidents related to Human Rights
  • Upcoming Events

Newton Farm Commission: The Newton Farm Commission will meet on November 12th at at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update from the Farm
  • Meeting Schedule Discussion
  • License and Ordinance Review
  • Approval of Minutes September 26th
  • Docket Update

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for Sign Permits:
    • 84 – 82-84 Needham Street
    • Four Points by Sheraton – 320 Washington Street
    • Flat Breads – 11 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Fence Appeals:
    • 43 Chinian Path

The Staff Memo can be found here.

Conservation Commission: The Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an Order of Conditions (OOC) as per a continued Notice of Intent (NOI) to create an accessible pathway at 191 Dedham Street (Countryside School)
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (OOC) as per a continued Notice of Intent (NOI) for a 36 stall expansion of parking and restoration of RFA at 188-192 and 210 Needham Street (Crosspoint)
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (OOC) as per a Notice of Intent (NOI) for a teardown/rebuild of a single-family home at 30 Selwyn Road
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (OOC) as per a Notice of Intent (NOI) to install a new pool in rear yard of a single-family home at 53 Wendell Road
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (OOC) as per a Notice of Intent (NOI) to construct an addition to a single-family home at 5 Wyoming Street
  • Request to amend an Order of Conditions (OOC) at 24 Glen Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance (COC) at 315 Albermarle Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance (COC) at 349 California Street
  • Conservation Area Decisions
    • Planning for Opening the Old Deer Park
  • Administrative Decisions
    • Flood Zone Policy to Ensure Adequate Compensatory Flood Storage
    • Approval of 10/24 Minutes

The Packet Documents can be found here.

Newton Cultural Council: The Newton Cultural Council will meet on Thursday, November 14th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Welcome
  • Evaluation Form Usage
  • Adjudication – 2 Grants per person
  • Adjournment

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to expand the asphalt paving area at the back of the driveway at 996-1000 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace some of the existing parking area with grass and extend the paver parking area to the rear of the property at 65 High Street
  • Approval of Minutes

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

City Council Meetings – Week of October 27th

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following;

  • Request to approve grant of a conservation restriction at the Crystal Lake Bathhouse and 20 Rogers Street; a 44,449 sq. ft. parcel of land bordering Crystal Lake to the Newton Conservators
  • Public Hearing on Zoning Amendments for the Riverside/MBTA parcel
    • Petitioner/Developer requesting amendments to Chapter 30, Newton Zoning Ordinance, relative to the Mixed Use 3 District*
    • LFIA and Ward 4 Councilors requesting to amend Chapter 30, City of Newton Zoning Ordinance pertaining to the Mixed Use 3/Transit-Oriented zoning district*
  • Request for a review and, if appropriate, an update of Chapter 22, Sections 22-50 to 22-76 that relate to demolition delays, historic designation, and landmarking – See Planning Department Memo and see Background Notes from Councilor Kelley
  • Request for discussion/adoption of items within the Climate Action Plan and Citizen’s Climate Action Plan with the Sustainability Directors, Climate Action Planning team, and the Citizens’ Commission on Energy – See Halina Brown Climate Action Notes
  • Request for discussion on the Climate Action Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan – See Planning Department Memo – Climate Action Plan
  • Request for adoption and amendment to Chapter 30, Newton Zoning Ordinance, to create exemptions to building envelope standards such as height and setback to facilitate the implementation of energy efficiency and alternative energy measures in buildings including external insulation, doorway vestibules, heat pumps, and solar panels among other features
  • Request discussion and adoption of amendments to Chapter 30 to create a new set of standards related to sustainable development design with requirements for new buildings and development projects to include environmental and energy efficiency features

*Note from the agenda: The public hearing for the following two items will be continued on November 7, 2019. This meeting will be limited to presentations and Councilor questions. No public comment will be taken.

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a discussion of the City’s new website now in development with the IT and Executive Departments
  • Request authorization to accept a Mass Housing grant of $4,300 to support the activities of the Newton Hoarding Task Force
  • Request authorization to rescind a curb betterment assessment at 66 Waban Hil Road
  • Request City Council approval authorizing Mayor to appropriate state reimbursement of $11,706 for McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation from the general fund to the School Department
  • Request to accept Green Communities Program grant funds of $111,217 from the Mass Department of Energy Resources. The grant will be used for lighting at the Newton South High School tennis court and field house
  • Request authorization to appropriate $1,160,066 for the Day Middle School Boiler Replacement Project, of which $360,753 will be funded by a grant from the Mass School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program and authorization to apply any premiums received, less costs of preparing, marketing, etc. and any accrued interest to the costs of the project and to reduce amount authorized to be borrowed
  • Request an amendment to City Ordinances to increase the School Committee salaries to $7,750

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211. The Committee will meet to discuss Design Guidelines (See City of Newton – Northland Design Guidelines and Northland Select Design Elements Submission) for the Northland Development project. The Committee will then open public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber on the following agenda items:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four single-family detached dwelling units in two, three-story structures, to further extend the nonconforming height, to reduce the required the side setback, to exceed maximum lot coverage and to allow a driveway within ten feet of the side lot line at 70 Walker Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 2.5 story, 1298 sq. ft. side addition at 27 Oak Street, creating an FAR of .53 where .49 is allowed and .40 exists at 25-27 Oak Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to attach and expand an existing detached garage structure to the main dwelling, creating an FAR of .54 where .38 exists and .48 is allowed, parking within 5′ of the street and to further extend the nonconforming front setback at 73 Falmouth Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request for an Extension of Time to Exercise a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a three-story addition in the BU1 District to be used for construction of a mixed-use development at 1314 Washington Street, 31 and 33 Davis Street
  • Request to rezone three parcels for the Northland Development Project – (See Northland Petition letter to Councilor Laredo, Right Size Letter re: Northland Traffic Conditions with Redline and Right Size Letter re: Northland Traffic Conditions)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for the Northland Development project – See Land Use Planning Memo

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 27th

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 30th, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 207 on the following agenda items:

  • Request to amend Variance #4-13 which is a 6,611 sq. ft. lot in a Multi-Residence 2 Zoning District, in order to construct a rear addition to increase lot coverage to 32.3% where 30% is the maximum allowed per Section 3.2.3 of the Newton Zoning Ordinance and to decrease open space to 42.9% where 44.7% is the minimum allowed per Section 3.2.3 of the Newton Zoning Ordinance
  • Review and approval of the May, June, and September meeting