Category: Boards & Commissions

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

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 20th

Commission on Disability: The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of 9/9/2019 Minutes
  • CDBG Minutes
  • Consolidated Plans Needs Assessment
  • Accessible Fines Report
  • Operation Access Funding
  • Report from the Treasurer
  • Report from the ADA Coordinator
  • Discussion from DPW Commissioner, James MacGonagle, on apex curb cuts
  • Transportation Advisory Group
  • Accessible Parking Request for 91 Church Street
  • Two Architectural Access Board (“AAB”) Variances:
    • 28 Austin Street
    • Warren House
  • MBTA at Riverside
  • Newton Wellesley Hospital Committee Meeting
  • Candidate for Commission Membership: Tyrone Hooks
  • Old/New Business

Library PSC Meeting: The Library Preliminary Screening Committee (“PSC”) will meet on Monday, October 21st at 9:00 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review of 9/16/2019 Minutes

The PSC will then go into Executive Session to discuss issues related to employment – including:

  • Development of interview questions and assessments
  • Review of resumes and selection of candidates for interviews

Neighborhood Council UMASS Amherst – Mt. Ida Campus: The UMASS Amherst/Mt. Ida Campus Neighborhood Council will meet on Monday, October 21st at 8:00 a.m.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 Parks and Recreation Commission: The Newton Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Meeting minutes
  • Reports from the Commissioner on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance
  • Committee Reports:
    • Community Preservation Committee
    • Farm Commission
    • Commonwealth Golf Course
    • Off-Leash Working Area 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, October 21st at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Cafeteria and will discuss the one and only agenda item: Construction update.

Council on Aging and Advisory Board: The Council on Aging and Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Open Slate for a new Secretary
  • Age Friendly Award
  • Update from the Transportation Group
  • Update and Discussion on NewCAL
  • General Updates

The agenda also states that the next Executive Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, November 14th at 3:30 p.m.

Health and Human Services Advisory Board: The Health and Human Services Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, October 22nd at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • The Gavin Foundation – Newton location providing substance use services to residents
  • Discussion of promoting food allergy awareness
  • Community location for showing a film?
  • Discussion of increasing youth condom use
  • Update on e-cigarette regulation
  • Program – Flu Clinics, Housing Panel, and Marijuana Forum

Newton Housing Authority: The Newton Housing Authority will meet on Tuesday, October 22nd at 8:30 a.m. at 82 Lincoln Street. The agenda will focus on their strategic planning process.

Board of License Commissioners: The Board of License Commissioners will hold a special public hearing on the following agenda item:

  • Request for a one-day temporary entertainment license for the West Suburban YMCA Annual Gala on Saturday, November 9th from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. to be held at the West Suburban YMCA located at 276 Church Street.

Newton Retirement Board: The Newton Retirement Board will meet on Wednesday, October 23rd at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda can be found here.

Conservation Commission: The Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Follow-up Presentation on an Eagle Scout project – Flowed Meadow Conservation Area
  • Request for Determination of Applicability – restoration of the pump house access road at 20 Forest Grove Road
  • Request an Order of Conditions on a Continued Notice of Intent on ex post facto vegetation removal and mitigation plantings at 194 Dedham Street
  • Request an Order of Conditions on a Notice of Intent for demolition of a single family home and construction of a new duplex at 12 Cross Street
  • Request an Order of Conditions on a Notice of Intent for construction of a new single-family home on existing undeveloped land at Greenwood Street Lot 1
  • Request 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 an Order of Conditions on a Notice of Intent for renovation and expansion of an existing single-family at 29 Greenwood Street Lot 4
  • Request to ratify an executive order issued by the Conservation Commission staff on 10/10/2019 regarding excess fill in the floodplain at 36 Parsons Street
  • Webster Woods Eminent Domain Letter
  • Discussion of an Earth Moving Ordinance
  • Approval of 10/3/2019 Minutes
  • Issues around town

The Packet Documents can be found here.

Lincoln Eliot – NECP Meeting: There will be Lincoln Eliot – NECP School Building Committee meeting on Thursday, October 24th, at 6:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of Meeting Minutes for April 4 and May 9, 2019
  • NECP Site Plan Approval
  • Schematic Design Report – NECP at 687 Watertown Street
  • Budget Report
  • Schedule Update
  • Public Comment
  • Schedule future meeting

Newton Upper Falls Area Council: The Newton Upper Falls Area Council will meet on Thursday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Emerson Community Center. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of September Minutes
  • Public Comment Period
  • Report from the Treasurer
  • Update on WHDH Maintenance Project from Carol Stapleton
  • Update on the Sudbury Aqueduct Meeting held on September 26
  • Update on the Northland Project
  • Update on the Area Council Candidates Forums held on October 20/27
  • Administration items:
    • Composition for 2019-20 Term
    • Preparation of Minutes
  • General Upper Falls News
  • Public Comment/Questions

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request from the Community Preservation Committee (“CPC”) to complete its survey and to reappoint Mark Armstrong to the CPC
  • Request to remove and replace front railings in a new location at Newton City Hall (NR)
  • Request to withdraw nominations based on Mass Historical Commission correspondence for 128 Highland Street and 44 Mignon Road
  • 4 Full Demolition Requests:
    • Request to demolish buildings at 170 Truman Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 100 Langley Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 45 Albert Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 58-60 Allison Street
  • 3 Partial Demolition Requests:
    • Request to demolish garage and partial demolition of house at 100 Gardner Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 44 Winthrop Street – (NR)
    • Request to demolish side, and portion of the rear at 76 Alban Road
  • 3 Waiver Requests:
    • Request to demolish buildings at 44 Mignon Road
    • Request to waive demo delay at 27 Winchester Road
    • Request to waive demo delay at 9 Sharon Avenue

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

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 13th

Board of License Commissioners: The Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Requested Appearance of R.Y Corporation/d/b/a La Tate Mexican Restaurant regarding alcohol license – restaurant is closed
  • Five One-Day Temporary Wine and Malt License Requests:
    • Fessenden School – Nelson Emmons Gallery Opening – Friday, November 8th, 6 – 8 p.m.
    • New Art Center – opening reception art exhibition – Thursday, October 24th – 6 – 8 p.m.
    • Green Tail Table – wine and cheese tasting – Wednesday, October 16th – 6 – 8:30 p.m.
    • UMASS Amherst – Mt. Ida Campus – Conference – Thursday, October 24th – 4 – 9:30 p.m.
    • UMASS Amherst – Mt. Ida Campus – Alumni Reception – Saturday, October 26th – 8 – 10 p.m.
  • Two Requests for One Day Temporary Wine and Malt and Entertainment Licenses:
    • Windsor Club – Wedding Shower – October 20th – 6 – 11 p.m.
    • Newton Highlands Congregational Church – Birthday Party – November 9th – 6:30 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Annual Entertainment License
    • ANP Ventures d/b/a/ Baramor, 45 Union Street – Hours of operation: M-F – 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Sat-Sun – 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Change of Manager Request
    • Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza – From Kevin Bradley to Erik Bush
  • Alteration of Premises and New Common Victualler License
    • Ana Teixera, Pressed Cafe Newton, LLC d/b/a Pressed Cafe – 300 Needham Street. Hours of Operation: Sun – Thurs – 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri – Sat – 5 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • New Common Victualler and Annual Entertainment License
    • Thigpen Corporation, LLC d/b/a/ Corner Cafe, 321 Washington Street. Hours of Operation: M-F 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • New All Alcohol License
    • Flora’s Hospitality, LLC d/b/a Flora’s, 1284 Washington Street. Hours of Operation: M- Sun – 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Transfer of Wine and Malt Package Store License and Pledge of License
    • From Eamon’s Walnut Market, LLC d/b/a Eamon’s Walnut Market to BDIC Passion Project, Inc d/b/a Eamon’s Walnut Market. Hours of Operation: M: 8 a.m – 7 p.m., T – Fri: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sat: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. In addition, pledge of license to Atlantic Capital Bank

Economic Development Commission: The previously scheduled joint meeting of the Economic Development Commission and the Newton Housing Partnership for Tuesday, October 15th has been cancelled. The Cancellation Notice can be found here.

Financial Audit Subcommittee: The Financial Audit Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, October 15th at 8:15 a.m. in Room 25. The agenda includes the following:

  • Meet with the Auditor
    • Review status of FY2019 audit after one week of field work
    • Alerts from auditor of any new issues
  • Discussion of future meeting agendas

Board of Assessors: The Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, October 16th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of September 2019 Exemption and Abatement Requests

Design Review Committee: The Design Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room of the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update and Review of the Newton Early Childhood Program (NECP) Project at 687 Watertown Street

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Six Sign Permit Requests
    • Patzcuaro Taqueria & Bar – 132-136 Adams Street
    • Spinbox – 978 Watertown Street
    • Four Points by Sheraton – 320 Washington Street
    • Forevermark Flowers – 562 Commonwealth Avenue
    • Advanced Learning Center – 85 Chapel Street
    • Rockland Trust – 40 Austin Street
  • Three Fence Appeals
    • 1707 Washington Street
    • 650 Commonwealth Avenue
    • 524 California Street

The Staff Memo can be found here.

Youth Commission: The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, October 16th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Attendance/Check-in
  • Discussion of upcoming engagements – Meeting with Superintendent, School Committee Meeting, Newton South High School Council
  • Plans for upcoming school year

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Six Requests for Certificates of Appropriateness
    • Request to replace second floor windows at 246 Beacon Street (continuation)
    • Request for approval for as-built accessibility ramp at 292 Hammond Street (Boston College)
    • Request to replace double hung window with a bay window at 109 Old Orchard Road
    • Request to replace garage door siding with cedar shingles, install new slate roof, replace windows, and install new copper gutters. Replace garage doors in-kind. Rebuild a small addition. Minor window alteration on south side at 413 Hammond Street
    • Request to replace front entry door with sidelights, demolition of second floor balcony, replace exterior doors and windows, replace roof in kind, install solar panels and skylights over master bathroom at 10 Old England Road
    • Request to repair entrance gates and lights, repair existing stairs, construct exterior recess for mechanical equipment, restore/repair fence, regrade/widen and repave driveways, reconstruct kitchen porch, roof railings, awnings, cantilevered balcony, and staff house, install new electrical transformer, site lighting along driveway, exterior lighting to main house and carriage house, regrade south lawn to install new rain garden at 400 Beacon Street – Mary Baker Eddy House

See Packet Documents. There is no Staff Memo.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 6, 2019

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

  • Adoption of September minutes
  • Report of Hate Incidents
  • Complaints Received
  • Discussion of Women’s Suffrage Celebration
  • Discussion of Human Rights Commission Tablecloth – Design Options and Color
  • Harvest Fair Table
  • Human Rights Award
    • Blurb for the Mayor’s Newsletter
    • Form
    • Students
  • Discussion of Martin Luther King Day Celebration
    • Location – First Baptist Church
    • Community Chorus – Dates and Times
    • Community Conversation
  • Film Screening of Intelligent Lives
  • Setting the February Meeting – Date and Time
  • Upcoming Events:
    • October 16, 2019 @ 4 p.m., Newton North HS Cafeteria Community Conversation – Newton Police Department
    • October 24th @ 6:30 p.m., Oak Hill MS Library FORJ Book group – Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey
    • October 29th @ 6:00 p.m. Druker Auditorium Know your Rights Training – MCAD
    • November 18th @ 6:30 p.m., Location TBD FORJ Book group – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
    • December 16th @6:30 p.m. Location TBD FORJ Book group – Nonfiction choice: Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates or YA choice: The Hate You Give Angie Thomas
    • January 20, 2020 @TBD First Church in Newton MLK Day & Community Fair
    • February 4, 2020 @ 7p.m. @ Druker Auditorium Intelligent Lives Film screening

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

  • Approval of September 10th and September 11th Meeting Minutes
  • Vote on Board of Survey amended language
  • Vote on Request to Rezone parcel on Lexington Street
  • Discussion on Request to Rezone Riverside
  • Update on Washington Street Vision Plan
  • Update on Climate Action Plan/Climate Related Zoning
  • Notice of Upcoming Meetings

Solid Waste Commission – Long-Term Planning Subcommittee: The Long-Term Planning Subcommittee of the Solid Waste Commission will meet on Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. in 2F of the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Discussion on Setting Long-term trash goals

Community Preservation Committee: The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Thursday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update from the Mayor regarding acquisition of 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (Webster Woods) – Not a public hearing
  • Public Hearing on Riverside Greenway – Pigeon Hill Trail (Charles River-Auburndale) recreation land rehabilitation/improvements – $50,000 requested toward $212,000 cost of 100% design
  • Program and Planning Committee Business
    • Acceptance of Updated 5 and 10 year CPA funding forecast
    • Discussion of proposed changes to Newton’s CPA
    • Approval of September minutes
  • Potential executive session regarding acquisition of Webster Woods

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission: The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, October 10th at 7:0 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Four requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:
    • Request 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 replace garage doors at 35-37 High Street
    • Request to install five bathroom vents and install new side exterior door on rear unit at 216 Elliot Street
    • Request to install new roof, siding, and windows on carriage house; and rebuild cupola at 117 High Street – (Violation)
  • Working Session:
    • Request feedback on proposed dormers at 336 Elliot Street and build-up of the rear bump-out and addition of a projecting window at 7 Hale Street

The Packet Documents can be found here. There is no Staff Memo is posted this week.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of September 29th

Solid Waste Commission – Long Term Planning Subcommittee: The Long-Term Planning Subcommittee of the Solid Waste Commission will meet on Tuesday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 2F at the Newton Free Library. The agenda can be found here.

Fair Housing Committee: The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 2nd at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Needs Assessment Discussion for the Consolidated Plan
  • Letter to Lottery Agents in Newton
  • Review and possible response to two Chapter 40B projects:
    • Dustan East
    • Riverdale Ave/Los Angeles Streets
  • Discussion – Should the Committee review the responses to the Human Services providers who receive CDBG funding regarding housing discrimination?
  • Can the Committee recruit an attorney who specializes in housing law

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees: The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, October 2nd at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of September 11th Meeting Minutes
  • NewCAL Update from Commissioner of Public Buildings, Josh Morse
  • Reports
    • President
    • Treasurer and Finance Committee
    • Library Director
    • Development
    • Friends
    • Committees
      • New Trustee Search – Executive Session (vote)
      • New Director Search
      • New Development Officer Search
      • Spring Fling
  • Continuing Business:
    • Trustees FY2020 Budget
  • New Business:
    • Staff Development Training

Newton Conservation Commission: The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Two Conservation Restrictions
    • Signature required for Municipal Certification for the 20 Rogers Street Conservation Restriction
    • Signature required for Municipal Certification and the Conservation Restriction for Kessler Woods
  • Request for an Order of Conditions for a Notice of Intent to create an accessible pathway at 191 Dedham Street
  • Request for a Determination of Applicability for vista pruning at 75 Kingswood Road
  • Request for an Order of Conditions for ex post facto removal of vegetation and mitigation plantings at 194 Dedham Street
  • Request for an Order of Conditions on a Notice of Intent to expand parking by 36 stalls at 181-192 and 210 Needham Street (Crosspoint)
  • Request for an Order of Conditions on a Notice of Intent to construct 25 unit residential condominiums at 1114 Beacon Street
  • Three requests for Certificates of Compliance for 212 Kenrick Street:
    • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to close out Order of Conditions #239-317 – mechanical and chemical management of ponds
    • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to close out Order of Conditions #239-340 – addition to existing clubhouse structure
    • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to close out Order of Conditions #495 – mechanical and chemical management of ponds
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to close out Order of Conditions #239-828 – replacement of failing retaining wall at 195 Islington Road
  • Request to ratify the Emergency Certification issued 9/25/19 by Conservation Staff for oil spill cleanup at Nonantum Road and Maple Street

The Packet Documents can be found here.

Newtonville Local Historic District Commission: The Newtonville Local Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room, B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build a rear addition and a deck (continuation) at 87 Prescott Road
  • Violation – original wood windows were replaced with vinyl at 161 Walnut Street

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

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of September 22nd

Council on Aging and Advisory Board: The Council on Aging and Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:30 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. The agenda can be found here, and will focus on NewCAL with a presentation from the Senior Services Director, Public Buildings Commissioner, Parks and Recreation Commissioner, and architect, Bargmann Hendrie+Archetype.

Newton Citizens Commission on Energy: The Newton Citizens Commission on Energy will meet on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda can be found here.

Other Post Employment Benefits Trust Fund Board of Trustees: The OPEB Trust Fund Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, September 25th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of Actuarial Valuation and Review of OPEB Report as of June 30, 2018
  • Discussion of next Actuarial Valuation and Review of OPEB Report

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and Approve Minutes from May 22nd and June 26th meetings
  • Public Hearing on a request to amend Variance # 4-13 to construct a rear addition and request to amend the variance 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 for property located at 13 Prospect Street

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • 9 Demolition Requests:
    • Request to demolish buildings at 483 Auburn Street
    • Request to demolish buildings a 92 Thurston Road
    • Request to demolish barn at 321 Lake Avenue
    • Request to demolish buildings at 62 Hartford Street – National Register Property
    • Request to demolish buildings at 46 Columbus Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 21 Nod Hill Road
    • Request to demolish buildings at 499 Winchester Street
    • Request to demolish buildings at 27 Winchester Street
    • Request to demolish carriage house, partial demolition of house and request to add onto house at 159 Prince Street
  • 2 Partial Demolition Request:
    • Request to demolish rear portion of a house at 66 Forest Street
    • Request to demolish garage and partial demolition of house at 100 Gardner Street – Removed by Owner
  • 2 Requests for Waivers
    • Request to waive demo delay at 30 Thornton Street
    • Request to waive demo delay at 44 Mignon Road – Removed by Owner
  • Request to approve minutes August 22nd meeting

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

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.