Category: Boards & Commissions

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 12th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of May 12th

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

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

The Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 5th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Packet Documents can be found here.

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

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

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

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

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

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of May 5th

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

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

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of April 28th

Board of License Commissioners: The Board of License Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 29th at 4:45 p.m. in Room B15.  There is only one item on the agenda:

  • Request for a one-day temporary wine and malt license for welcome reception for new executive director on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM to be held at the New Art Center in Newton.

Design Review Committee:  The Design Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Newton Free Library. There is only one item on the agenda:

  • Presentation and Vote to approve the Site Plan for the Newton Early Childhood Program Project at 687 Watertown Street

Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 1st at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of the Fair Housing Trainings: (Fair Housing Training for Policy Makers held on April 25th for Land Use, Zoning and Planning; Fair Housing & Civil Rights Conference at Western NE University Law School held on April 12th; and CHAPA Fair Housing Forum:  Planning for Fair Housing Up Front – April 29th)
  • Membership
  • Update on Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
  • Fair Housing Implications – Washington Street Vision

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Thursday, May 2nd at at 8:30 a.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion on Evaluating Proposals

 

 

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of April 21st

Council on Aging:  The Council on Aging will meet on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. The agenda includes the following:

  • Imaging what an Age-Friendly Newton Looks Like
    • Desk exercise
    • Soliciting ideas
  • Updates
  • Age-Friendly Awards

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Wednesday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a temporary sign during construction at 400 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install garage doors at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to amend previously approved front entry and window and door program at 29 Reservoir Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct a new entry porch and a covered porch, convert a door to a window, and add two new windows at 521 Hammond Street – (continued)
  • Working Session on a Request for feedback on proposed project to replace the one-car garage with a two-car garage and two-story addition

Citizens Commission on Energy:  The Citizens Commission on Energy will meet on Wednesday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Strategy for the implementation stage of the Citizens Climate Action Plan (CCAP): parallel pathways of activity

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

  • Approval of the March 27th Meeting Minutes
  • Reports from the following:
    • President
    • Treasurer
    • Library Director
    • Development
    • Friends
    • Trustees/Friends Coordination Committee
  • Update on Renovation Plans
  • Update on Furnishing Plans
  • New Business
  • Visitor’s Discussion

Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 24th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber on an appeal filed by Traolach Cahillane regarding a Notice of Violation issued by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services for violations governing stormwater management and usable open space and for violation of the State Building Code governing building permits for property located at 35-37 William Street. The agenda can be found here.

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

  • Request to withdraw application for full demolition and CLG Report (Local Landmark nomination) consideration for 128 Highland Street
  • Request to reconsider vote to authorize CLG Eligibility Report for 44 Mignon Road
  • Six (6) Full Demolition Requests:
    • Request to demolish buildings at 55 Upham Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 70 Helene Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 204 Jackson Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 35 Dalby Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 32 Elizabeth Circle
    • Request to demolish building at 20 Kinmoth Road
  • Request for a waiver amendment to amend approved plans for 65 Oxford Road
  • Request to waive a demolition delay at 10 Pillion Court
  • Request to present plans for comment at 71 Redwood Road

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

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of April 21st

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

  • 2 Thaxter Road – Special Permit to add 2d floor dormer to single-family
    dwelling with nonconforming front setback
  • 67 Marlboro Street –  Special Permit to further increase nonconforming floor
    area ratio (FAR)
  • 1349 Centre Street –  Special Permit Amendment to allow modification of for-profit school parking area
  • 30-32 Rowe Street –  Special Permit for existing basement level accessory
    apartment in two-family dwelling

The Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of April 14th

Newton Housing Partnership:  The Newton Housing Partnership will meet on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and Approval of Meeting Summary from March 26th
  • Update on the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance
  • Review of Special Permit Process and Projects pending approval
  • Upcoming Meeting Dates

Board of License Commissioners:  The Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda can be found here.

Board of Assessors:  The Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, April 17th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108. The agenda will focus on approval of March 2019 Exemption and Abatement Reports.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install wireless equipment on utility pole located on on sidewalk in front of property at 262 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to temporary sign during construction at 400 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace two roof areas at 365 Hammond Street – Church of the Redeemer
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to repair center chimney, install chimney cap, repair slate roofing, replace slate roof caps with copper at 60 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install garage doors at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to amend a previously approved front entry and window and door program at 29 Reservoir Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct a new entry porch, convert a door to a window, and add two new windows at 521 Hammond Street
  • Request for feedback on a proposed project to replace the one car garage with a two car garage and two story addition at 31 Chestnut Hill Terrace

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

Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Notice of Intent (NOI) for a chapel addition to the rear of the existing temple, along with site improvements, removal and regrading of the existing outdoor amphitheater, tree cutting and restoration planting at 45 Puddingstone Lane
  • Notice of Intent (NOI) for teardown and rebuild of a single-family home at 11 David Road
  • Request for a Determination of Applicability – (RDA) for the removal of 9 trees at 303 – 309 Winchester Street
  • Notice of Intent (NOI) request for an Order of Conditions to permit the management of nuisance and non-native species in the five Newton Commonwealth Golf Course ponds with a variety of methods at 212 Kenrick Street
  • Notice of Intent (NOI) request for an Order of Conditions to teardown an existing single-family house and construct a two-family home with associated site features at 401 Albemarle Road
  • Notice of Intent (NOI) request for an Order of Conditions to permit the construction of a three-unit addition onto an existing single-family home to create a four-unit structure with parking at 145 Warren Street
  • Notice of Intent (NOI) for the construction of 25-unit condominiums at 1114 Beacon Street – continuation
  • Request for approval of a minor plan change for a retaining wall in the rear of the property associated with construction of a single-family home at 33 Wayne Road
  • Administrative Decisions – Encroachment into Houghton Garden by 170 Suffolk Road – Land Swap Proposal
  • Approval of Minutes

The Packet Documents can be found here.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of April 14th

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

  • 67 Walnut Street –  Special Permit to allow three single-family attached
    dwellings
  • 278 California Street –  Special Permit to modify nonconforming multi-residential
    use
  • 47 Carleton Street –  Possible Special Permit to allow conversion of single- to
    two- family dwelling, nonconforming lot area per unit

See DRT Snapshot here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of April 7th

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

  • Approval of 3/11/19 minutes
  • Reports
    • CDBG
    • Accessible Fines
    • Treasurer
    • ADA Coordinator
  • Accessible Parking Space Request
  • Planning for Gann Academy Presentation
  • Old/New Business

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to enclose two right-side porches at 51 Hancock Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to move a window at 330 Central Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a fence at 24 Hancock Street (violation)

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

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

  • N2 Update
  • Approval of March Minutes
  • Discussion Item – Evaluating Developer Proposals
  • Future Meeting Agenda:
    • May – Northland onsite – May 7th
    • June – Cheesecake Brook project and Washington Street Vision Plan

Health and Human Services Advisory Council:  The Health and Human Services Advisory Council will meet on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the Health and Human Services Conference Room located in the Basement of City Hall. The agenda includes the following:

  • Teresa Kett, public health program specialist to discuss Medical Reserve Corps and Emergency Preparedness
  • Youth Commission Project – Mental Health Survey and recommendations to the School Committee
  • E-cigarette Youth Prevention Efforts:  School Forum, Schools and Health and Human Services Working Groups, Generation Citizen Presentations
  • Upcoming Health and Human Services Programs:
  • Newton Creates:  Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Program
  • New April vacation program for 8th and 9th grade students
  • Parenting Program: Joani Geltman
  • Improbably Players Program

Design Review Committee:  The Design Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School Window Replacement Project – 191 Pearl Street
  • Newton Early Childhood Program Project – 687 Watertown Street

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Four requests for sign permits:
    • People’s United Bank – 33 Austin Street
    • Palm Beach Tan – 275 Centre Street
    • Peloton – 43 Boylston Street
    • Newton Nail Bar & Spa – 148 California Street
  • Design Review of 156 Oak Street – Northland Design Review

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the house at 959 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness – review of as-built front entry porch project at 33 Sullivan Avenue

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