Category: Boards & Commissions

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of September 15th – BUSY WEEK!

Election Commission: The Election Commission will meet on Monday, September 16th at 5 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes certification of the Preliminary Election held on Tuesday September 10th and drawing for ballot position for the November 5th Municipal Election.

Library Board of Trustees Preliminary Screening Committee: The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees Preliminary Screening Committee will meet on Monday, September 16th at 12 p.m. in Room 204 to begin the search for a new Library Director. The agenda can be found here.

Parks and Recreation Commission: The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Monday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • NewCAL Building List – Update from Commissioner of Public Buildings, Josh Morse
  • Update from the Law Department on the Rogers St. Conservation Restriction
  • Information on the Hunnewell Playground Fence Proposal
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes
  • Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance
  • Committee Reports
    • Community Preservation Committee
    • Farm Commission
    • Commonwealth Golf Course
    • Off-Leash Area Working Group (OLAWG)
    • Crystal Lake Working Group (CLWG)
    • Athletic Fields Committee
    • NewCAL
    • Policy & Procedure Review
      • Field Naming

Solid Waste Commission: The Solid Waste Commission will meet on Monday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Free Library, Room 2A. The agenda can be found here.

Washington Place Liaison Committee: The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, September 16th, at 6:00 p.m. The agenda includes a construction update and report on finishes.

Board of License Commissioners: The Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, September 17th in Room 204 at 7:30 p.m. The agenda can be found here and includes the following:

  • Law Department discussion on policy of alcohol on city property
  • One one-day temporary entertainment license requests –
    • Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, October 12th from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. to be held at the Windsor Club, 1601 Beacon Street
  • 6 Wine and Malt and Entertainment License Requests –
    • Neighborhood Block Party on Saturday, September 28th (rain date – Sunday, September 29th) from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Santander Bank Parking Lot, 1314 Washington Street
    • Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Windsor Club, 1601 Beacon Street
    • Birthday Celebration on Friday, October 25th from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Windsor Club, 1601 Beacon Street
    • Wedding Reception on Saturday, October 12th from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Auburndale Cove, 105 West Pine Street
    • Fundraiser for Athletes Unlimited on Sunday, October 20th from 11:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Paddy’s Public House, Municipal Lot, 95 Elm Street
    • Membership appreciation BBQ on Sunday, September 22nd from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Newton Lodge #1327 driveway, 429 Centre Street
  • Two One Day Temporary Wine and Malt License Requests:
    • Center for International Securities and Derivatives Market Conference on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 3:30PM – 5:30PM at UMass Amherst Mount Ida Campus, Shaw Living Room, 777 Dedham Street, Newton, MA 02459
    • 10 One-Day requests for Church of the Redeemer (see agenda for complete listings)
  • New Common Victualler License Request
    • Flora’s Hospitality, 1284 Washington Street, hours of operation – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Transfer of Wine and Malt License Request
    • From Eamon’s Walnut Market to BDIC Passion Project, 20 Lincoln Street, hours of operation Monday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesdsay – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Newton Housing Partnership: The Newton Housing Partnership will meet on Tuesday, September 17th in Room 205 at 5:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and Approval of Minutes – 7/23/2019
  • Northland Special Permit
    • Presentation by the Petitioner
    • Partnership Discussion and Vote
  • Washington Street Vision Plan and Zoning Update
    • 9/9 ZAP Meeting Update
    • Next Steps
  • West Newton Armory
    • Progress to Date
    • 9/19 – 8 a.m. site visit
    • Next steps:
      • Real Property/Reuse Meeting – Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. – regarding Armory
  • Newton Housing Authority – Acquisition of CAN-DO portfolio
  • 40B Project Eligibility Applications
    • Dunstan East
    • 15 Riverdale Avenue
  • Staff overview of the 40B process
  • Discussion of Newton Housing Partnership Role
  • FY21-FY25 Consolidate Plan
    • Community Needs Assessment Sessions
    • Consolidate Plan Schedule
  • Boston Foundation’s Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019
    • Presentation of the Report’s findings
    • Discussion and ideas for action
  • Upcoming Meetings

Newton Human Rights Commission: The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B15. The agenda includes the following:

  • Minutes
  • Hate Incidents
  • Complaints Received
  • Student Reports -related to Human Rights
  • MCAD Know Your Rights Training
  • Woman’s Suffrage Celebration
  • Livable Newton
  • Budget – proposals 2019-2020
  • Human Rights Award – scheduled for December

Board of Assessors Meeting: The Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, September 18th in Room 108 at 9:00 a.m. The agenda can be found here.

Youth Commission Meeting: The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, September 18th in Room 211 at 5:00 p.m. The agenda can be found here.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to expand driveway area at 119 Old Orchard Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a shed at 46 Acacia Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace second floor windows at 246 Beacon Street (Boston College)
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build a rear addition at 40 Acacia Avenue (continuation)
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rebuild the right-side sunroom, stairs and retaining wall at 17 Chestnut Hill Terrace (continuation)

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of September 8th

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

  • Approval of 7/8/2019 Minutes
  • CDBG Report
  • Accessible HP Fines Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • ADA Coordinator’s Report
  • APEX Curb cuts with DPW staff
  • Discussion on access projects for MOD Grant and accessible Fines Fund
  • Co-chairs quarterly meeting with the Mayor
  • Station Diner Update
  • Girard’s walkthrough with MBTA at Riverside
  • Old/New Business

Auburndale Historic District Commission: The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for an as-built fence at 315 Central Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace trim, gutters, deckings and railings, and to install copper roofs, glass block windows, and soffits at 113 Hancock Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish left ell, front entry and chimney, to renovate the existing house, and add new architectural details, to build an attached two-car garage, additions, a side chimney and a pergola, and install hardscaping at 51 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, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing – Request for $15,000 for costs associated with accepting this CPA required restriction on land acquired with CPA funds in 2003-2004 – Newton Conservators – Kesseler Woods (open space)
  • Project Progress Report on the Allen House (historic rehab)
  • Program Finances – Approval of revised FY2020 Program budget and funding forecast
  • Program Planning – Proposed updates to local CPA Ordinance, January 2020 program staff transition (with Director of Housing and Community Development)
  • Approval of Minutes – July 9 , 2019
  • Staff updates on current and past funded projects
  • Executive Session – 300 Hammond Pond Parkway – Webster Woods

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

  • Approval of Minutes – July 9, 2019
  • City Updates – Planning Director, Barney Heath
  • N2 and Newton Innovation Center Study – Chuck Tanowitz
  • Main Discussion Items:
    • Review of Northland Letter and Vote
    • Planning Department Overview of Riverside Special Permit Request
    • Update on Website
  • Change of Meeting Date

Election Commission Warrant Preliminary Election: Notice of the Ward 5 Preliminary Election to be held on Tuesday, September 10th from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. – See Notice

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of Minutes – August 5, 2019
  • Public Hearing – FY19 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) Presentation and Public Comment
  • FY21-FY25 Consolidated Plan Discussion
  • Board of Survey Discussion: Approval Not Required Amended Language
  • Northland Discussion: Zoning Change Request
  • Officer Nominations and Elections

The Packet can be found here.

Design Review Committee: The Design Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on NewCAL – Newton Center for Active Living
  • Update on the NECP Project – Newton Early Childhood Program
  • Information on Newton’s selection by the USGBC to showcase green building design and innovation

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees: The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees on Wednesday, September 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of Minutes – July 24, 2019
  • Reports
    • President
    • Treasurer – report from David Li, JP Morgan
    • Library Director
    • Development
    • Friends
    • Committees
      • New Trustee search
      • New Director search
      • Spring Fling
  • Continuing Business
    • Ongoing renovations and furnishing plans
    • Staff Development Training
    • Meeting Dates for FY2020 Trustee Meetings
  • Visitors Discussion

Newton Housing Authority: Newton Housing Authority will meet on Wednesday, September 11th at 3:00 p.m. at 82 Lincoln Street. The Meeting Notice can be found here.

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • 10 Requests for Sign Permits:
    • Sukker & Sweet – 43 Boylston Street
    • EverPresent – 84 Needham Street
    • US Postal Service – 714-724 Beacon Street
    • Rockland Trust – 40 Austin Street
    • Marshall’s – 260 Needham Street
    • Mathnasium – 1349 Centre Street
    • Fidelity Investments – 200-220 Boylston Street
    • Loyal Companion – 130 Needham Street
    • 84 – 84 Needham Street
    • Neighborhood Barbers – 286 Centre Street
  • 2 Requests for Design Review
    • 355 and 399 Grove Street – Riverside
    • Review of Draft Northland Design Guidelines

The Staff Memo can be found here.

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

  • Request for an Order of Conditions – Notice of Intent filed by the City of Newton for installation of solar canopies at 149 Pleasant Street
  • Request Determination of Applicability – confirmation of wetland resource area at 100 Old England Road (continuation)
  • Request Determination of Applicability – removal of mature pines and restoration planting at 303 – 309 Winchester Street
  • Request for an Order of Conditions – Notice of Intent – vegetation management in golf course ponds at 212 Kenrick Street – Commonwealth Golf Course (continuation)
  • Request to continue hearing until October 3, 2019 Conservation Commission Meeting – Notice of Intent filed by Crosspoint Associates – for a 36 stall expansion of parking and restoration of RFA at 188 -192 and 210 Needham Street
  • Request to Withdraw Notice of Intent filing for construction of 25 unit residential condominiums at 1114 Beacon Street (continuation)
  • Request to ratify friendly Enforcement Order for 22 Hollywood Drive
  • Request to extend Order of Conditions by 3 years to allow for the applicant to install the final landscaping and to allow for the 2 year growing season survival requirement be met for 56 Greenwood Street
  • Request to extend Order of Conditions by 3 years – applicants have not started the approved project (teardown/rebuild of a single-family house) and are still determining if they will proceed with the work at 50 Grace Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to close out the Order of Conditions 239-829 for exterior hardscaping and landscaping at 204 Dedham Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to close out the Order of Conditions 239-742 for teardown/rebuilding and landscaping at 44 Olde Field Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to close out the Order of Conditions 239-738 for teardown/rebuilding of a duplex at 36 Parsons Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to close out the Order of Conditions 239-380 for new deck and addition on a single-family home with landscaping at 296 Islington Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to close out the Order of Conditions 239-798 for driveway expansion and rain garden at 4 Byron Road
  • Discussion of Encroachment Resolution Policy
  • Discussion of Encroachment into Houghton Garden by 170 Suffolk Road
  • Discussion of assessment for a restoration and maintenance plan for the Charles River Pathway
  • Discussion about the new liaison to the Newton Commonwealth Foundation
  • Review of the Invasive Species Disposal Special Condition
  • Earth Moving Ordinance
  • Info regarding the Fall Conference of MACC – 10/19/2019
  • Approval of Minutes – 8/1/2019

Packet documents can be found here.

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace all the windows at 3-5 Summer Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to amend the previously approved steel tie rods to stabilize the masonry facade at 996-1000 Chestnut Street
  • Request for feedback on proposed dormers at 336 Elliot Street and the build-up of the rear bump out and addition of projecting window at 7 Hale Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to renovate the main house block, demolish the rear additions, and build a new rear addition, and attached two-car garage at 959 Chestnut Street

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of September 1st

Election Commission: The Election Commission will meet on Tuesday, September 3rd continuing to Wednesday, September 4th for Ballot Machine Testing for the upcoming Preliminary Election in Ward 5, in the Elections Room, basement of City Hall, Room B09. The Notice can be found here.

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

  • Assistance Director, Community Assistance for Mass Housing Partnership to discuss housing lotteries
  • Fair Housing Committee comments to the Federal Register
  • Two New 40B projects – Dunstan East and Riverdale
  • Update on the Consolidated Plan

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 25th

Library Board of Trustees: The Library Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, August 27th at 10:00 a.m. in Room 205 at Newton City Hall. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review of August 7th minutes
  • Position (Library Director) description review
  • Posting review
  • Finalize posting and hiring process
  • Final interview committee makeup
  • Review recruitment and meeting schedule
  • Employee feedback review

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 18th

Board Licensing Commissioners: The Board of Licensing Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, August 20th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Three one-day temporary wine and malt license requests:
    • Serena & Lily Design Shop grand opening 9/12/2019 – 6 – 8 p.m. – 220 Boylston Street
    • Regional Real Estate Forum – 9/24/2019 – 4 – 8 p.m. – Saco Pettee Mill Building,156 Oak Street
    • New Art Center, 61 Washington Park – 3 events:
      • Alumni Painting Event – 9/12/2019 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
      • Drawing Workshop – 10/18/2019 – 7 – 9 p.m.
      • Arts and Crafts Workshop – 11/15/2019 – 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Three one-day temporary wine and malt and entertainment license requests:
    • Neighborhood Block Party – 1314 Washington Street, parking lot of Santander Bank – 9/28/2019 – with rain date of 10/5/2019 – 12 – 3 p.m.
    • NewPhil Orchestra – Gala Concert and Reception – First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street – 9/21/2019 – 7 – 11 p.m.
    • 9/11 Memorial Event – Jewish Community Center – 333 Nahanton Street – 9/7/2019 – 6 – 10 p.m.
  • Request for Change of Hours – OddFellows – 55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill – from Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. TO Sunday – Thursday 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Notice of Change of Officers/Directors/LLC Managers – Wegmans
  • Request for a new wine and malt license, change of hours, and new entertainment license – Pineapple Thai Cuisine, 17 Boylston Street. The hours of operation will change from Monday through Saturday 11:00AM – 9:00PM and Sunday 11:00AM – 7:00PM to Monday through Thursday 11:30AM – 9:30PM, Friday and Saturday 11:30AM – 10:00PM and Sunday 12:00PM – 9:30PM. Entertainment will consist of background music.

Conservation Commission: The Newton Conservation Commission’s regularly scheduled August meeting has been cancelled. The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Nine demolition requests:
    • Request to demolish buildings at 23 Shumaker Path
    • Request to demolish buildings at 19 Shute Path
    • Request to demolish buildings at 43 Sharpe Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 21 Louise Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 40-42 Athelstane Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 1376 Walnut Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 23 Johnson Place
    • Request to demolish buildings at 89 Hawthorn Street/3 Emerald Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 12-14 Middle Street
  • Four waiver requests:
    • Request to waive the demolition delay at 30 Thornton Street
    • Request to waive the demolition delay at 401 Albemarle Road
    • Request to waive the demolition delay at 55 Upham Street
    • Request to waive the demolition delay at 12 Cross Street
  • One Request for Partial Demolition
    • Request to demolish garage and partial demolition of the house at 20 Crystal Street – National Register property

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

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 4th

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

  • Approval of 7/15/2019 Minutes
  • Discussion/Vote on Short Term Rentals
  • Northland Discussion – Discussion/Possible Vote on Zoning Change – (presentations from Project Proponents Representatives – Schlesinger & Buchbinder and Newton Chief Planner, Jennifer Caira)
  • Officer Elections for the September 10th Planning Board Meeting
  • Upcoming Meetings
    • Joint Meeting with the Land Use Committee, Tuesday, August 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber – NORTHLAND
    • Monday, August 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205, ZAP Discussion (Climate Action Plan and Environmental Zoning Amendments)
    • Joint Meeting with the Zoning and Planning Committee, Monday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers – (Washington Street Vision Plan and Riverside)
    • Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. – Regular Planning Board Monthly Meeting

Election Commission: The Election Commission will meet on Thursday, August 8th at 5:10 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office. The agenda includes the following:

  • Ballot position drawing for the September 10th Preliminary Election for the Ward 5 Ward Councilor position

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to expand the driveway and to remove and rebuild the stone retaining wall on the the right side of the driveway at 5 Summer Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to renovate the main house block, demolish the rear additions and build a new rear addition and attached two-car garage at 959 Chestnut Street
  • Request to add dormers on 336 Elliot Street, expand and build out the rear bump out on 7 Hale Street and add a deck on 7 Hale Street – Working Session at 336 Elliot Street/7 Hale Street

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

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 28th

Newton Retirement Board – Special Meeting: The Newton Retirement Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 31st at 1 p.m. in Room 211. The special meeting notice can be found here. The agenda can be found here.

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

  • Eagle Scout Project Presentation – Proposal to improve the trails and amenities at the Knob area of the Flowed Meadow Conservation Area
  • Request for a Determination of Applicability regarding construction of a rear deck on a single-family home at 45 Brandeis Road
  • Request for a Determination of Applicability – request to continue discussion on confirmation of wetland resource area until the September meeting for property located at 100 Old England Road
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (continued discussion of Notice of Intent) to renovate historic landscape features and improve accessibility at 400 Beacon Street
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (continued discussion of Notice of Intent) for an additional and landscaping for a single-family home located at 37 Duffield Road
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (continued discussion of Notice of Intent) for a 36 stall expansion of parking and restoration of RFA at 188-192 and 210 Needham Street
  • Request for approval (continued discussion of Notice of Intent) to build a single-family home with associated site features on site with an existing tennis court at 62 Carlton Road
  • Request to approve plan (Enforcement Action) that would bring the site into compliance with open Enforcement Orders and Order of Condition for property located at 22 Hollywood Drive
  • Request to extend an Order of Conditions by one year in order to allow for the last of the mitigation plantings to be planted and meet the 2 growing season requirement (to be met on April 2020) for property located at 55 Grace Road
  • Three requests for Certificate of Compliance for the Brae Burn Country Club (to close out Order of Conditions):
    • Tree removal at hole 1
    • Wet well and pump house construction
    • Electrical conduit for new pump house/wet well
  • Three conservation area decisions:
    • Encroachment into Houghton Garden by 170 Suffolk Road – Land Swap proposal
    • Houghton Pond sedimentation
    • Review of draft Memorandum of Understanding re: Norumbega Dog Park
  • Administrative Decisions:
    • Update on the New Liaison to the Newton Commonwealth Foundation
    • Discussion of Earth Moving Ordinance
    • Approval of 7/11/2019 Minutes

The Packet documents can be found here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 21st

Newton Housing Partnership: The Newton Housing Partnership will meet on Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of June 18th Minutes
  • Update on the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance
  • Introduction to CDBG and HOME – Presentation by Rachel Powers of the Planning Department
  • Newton Housing Authority Acquisition of CAN-DO Portfolio
    • Presentation by the Planning Department
    • Discussion of Partnership’s Next Steps
    • Hold: Joint CPC/Planning Board Public Hearing on September 10th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Hello Washington Street Vision Plan and Zoning
    • Update from the Working Group
    • Discussion of Partnership’s Next Steps
    • Next ZAP Meeting – Monday, July 29th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Northland Project
    • Update from the Working Group
    • Discussion of Partnership’s Next Steps
    • Next Land Use Committee Meeting – Tuesday, August 6th at 7:00 p.m. (No public hearing)
  • Riverside Project
    • Update from the Working Group
    • Discussion of Partnership’s Next Steps
  • West Newton Armory:
    • Progress to Date
    • Next Steps
  • Newton Housing Partnership Training Needs and Priorities – Discussion
  • Upcoming Meetings:
    • September 17th
    • November 19th

Newton Board of Assessors: The Newton Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, July 24th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108. The agenda will focus on approval of June 2019 Exemption and Abatement Reports.

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees: The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, July 24th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustess Room of the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of June 26th and July 2nd meeting minutes
  • Election of Officers for September 2019 – September 2020
  • Reports from the President, Treasurer, Library Director, Development, Friends, and Committees – New Trustee Search and New Director Search
  • Continuing Business – Ongoing renovation and furnishing plans
  • New Business:
    • Children’s Room renovation planning
    • City CIP Budget/Plans
    • Collection Development Policy
  • Visitors Discussion

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, July 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to add a rear addition at 473 Auburn Street – Local Landmark
  • Six Full Demolition Requests:
    • 45 Ashmont Avenue
    • 63 Dalby Street
    • 15 Howley Avenue
    • 66 Hartman Road
    • 166 Paulson Road
    • 56 Pratt Drive
  • Request for Partial Demolition to alter front entrance and add onto rear at 30 Winnetaska Road
  • Four Requests to waive demolition delay:
    • 612 Chestnut Street
    • 342 Auburndale Avenue
    • 106 Charlesbank Road
    • 13 and 17 Gardner Street

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 14th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 7th

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

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

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

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

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

Community Preservation Committee: The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Staff Memo can be found here.

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

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

Administrative Decisions:

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

The Packet documents can be found here.

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

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

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