Category: Boards & Commissions

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 11th

Washington Place Liaison Committee Meeting:  The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.  The agenda can be found here.

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability has cancelled its regularly scheduled meeting this week. Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, August 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes an Open Meeting Law Primer given by City Clerk, David Olson, Economic Development Updates, an update from the Chair of the Commission and a discussion on Marijuana Establishments.

Auburndale Historic District Commission Meeting:   The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for a request to replace windows at 10 Fern Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace a front porch decking and make repairs at 115 Windermere Street
  • Executive Session – update of appeal by the City of Newton of the MAPC Review Panel Decision

Staff memo can be found here and packet documents can be found here.

Board of Assessor’s Meeting:  The Board of Assessor’s will meet on Wednesday, August 15th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108.  The meeting notice/agenda can be found here.

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following seven requests for sign permits (CCRM Fertility Boston – 300 Boylston Street; Leisure Nails – 310 Walnut Street; Citizens Bank – 1188 Centre Street; Learning Efficiency – 833 Beacon Street; Moldova Restaurant – 342-344 Watertown Street; Nothing Bundt Cakes – 170 Needham Street; and CyberArk – 60 Wells Avenue #103) one fence appeal (36 Spiers Road) and one Design Review (182-184 California Street). Staff memo can be found here.

Designer Selection Commmittee:  The Designer Selection Committee will meet on Thursday, August 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room in the Library.  The agenda includes interviews of the short list of respondents for the Lincoln-Eliot NECP Project.

 

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 5th

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Briefings on Zoning Redesign, Inclusionary Zoning, Economic Development Action Plan, Marijuana Establishment Zoning and Washington Street Vision Plan
  • Election of Officers
  • Designation of Community Preservation Committee Representative
  • Board Training
  • Upcoming Fall Schedue

Election Commission:  The Elections Commission will meet on Wednesday, August 8th at 8:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the review of the Fall Election Calendar, Update on the Marijuana Question and Initiative Petition, review of the Ballot Question mailer, Election Chair for 2018 and the setting of Commission meeting dates for the fall.

Conservation Commission Vernal Pool Ordinance Working Group:  The working group will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Newton Free Library Room 2F.  The agenda can be found here.

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

  • Four Notice of Intents:  51 Oakland Avenue – proposal to demolish portion of the single-family house and construct several additions with associated stormwater management and mitigation plantings, 33 Wayne Road – proposal to demolish existing single-family home and construct a new single-family home with associated driveways and utilities, 53 Brandeis Road – proposal to demolish and existing single-family house and construct a new single-family house with associated deck and driveway, and 1 Malvern Terrace – proposal to construct a new single-family house with associated deck, driveway and infiltration.
  • Certificate of Compliance:  380 Quinobequin Road – for work done under an Order of Conditions #239-769 for an addition and mitigation plantings

Packet documents can be found here.

Designer Selection Committee:  The Designer Selection Committee will meet on Thursday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room.  The agenda includes interview of the short listed OPM respondents for Lincoln-Eliot NECP Project and Designer Response Reviews and Review of responses, deliberate, score and short-list designer respondents for interviews.

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, August 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness at 1238 Chestnut Street to amend previously approved windows, window trim and window program on the 1899 Building and discussion of Letter of Support for nomination of the Echo Bridge and historic railing for Preservation Massachusetts 2018 Most Endangered Historic Resource List.

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

City Board and Commission Meetings Week of July 22nd

Waban Area Council:  The Waban Area Council will meet on Monday, July 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Waban Library Center.  Ward 5 Councilors Andreae Downs and John Rice will be in attendance. The agenda can be found here.

Crescent Street Working Group:  The Crescent Street Working Group will meet on Tuesday, July 24th at 4 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes discussion of the Community Preservation Committee Memo and a revised development budget and operating pro forma.

Solid Waste Commission:  The Solid Waste Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 2G at the Newton Free Library.  The agenda includes review of the current trash and recycling contract and implementation and discussion of suggestions/timeline for new contract goals.

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, July 25th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Report from David Li, JP Morgan Securities  regarding invested funds
  • Reports:
    • President
    • Treasurer
    • Library Director
    • Development – donor recognition for Teen Maker Space  and Planning for Fall 2018 city-wide mailing
    • Friends of the Newton Free Library
    • Committees:   Financial Reporting and Trustees/Friends coordination
  • Continued Discussion – Children’s Area Renovation and Policy on Conduct in the Library (tabled until September)
  • New Business – Landsberg donation proposal, Proposed Trustee’s Budget, CIP Planning
  • Visitors Discussion

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to move house closer to Chestnut Street and build additions at 128 Chestnut Street
  • Requests for Full Demolition – 11 Baker Place, 51 Hartman Road and 25, 31, 39, 40, 47, and 55 Moody Street
  • Requests for Partial Demolition – 32 Taft Avenue (removal of roof and south elevation), 85 Bigelow Road – National Register property – request to demolish garage and construct additions, 47 Rokeby Road – Request to construct attached garage, 108 Concord Street – Request to construct an addition
  • Request for Waiver Amendment – 44 Lombard Street – connect garage to house
  • Request for Waiver Review – 919 Walnut Street – Request to waive demolition delay

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

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 15th

Washington Place Liaison Committee:  The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, July 16th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211 at Newton City Hall.  The agenda includes continued discussion of demolition activities and open discussion.

Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Monday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Appeal of a building permit issued at 738 Watertown Street  – proposed dwelling unit allegedly exceeds maximum FAR
  • Chapter 40B application by Newton Housing Authority to construct 55 one-bedroom apartments at 83 – 127 and 106 – 128 John F. Kennedy Circle

Board of License Commissioners:  The Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, July 17th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes:

  • Police Detail discussion
  • 3 one-day wine and malt and entertainment license applications (2 Balera Ballroom,1 Auburndale Cove)
  • 4 one-day wine and malt license applications for Church of the Redeemer
  • 2 Change of Manager applications (Legal Seafoods and Lasell Village)
  • 1 Change of Location application (Legal Seafoods – from 43 to 55 Boylston Street)
  • 1 Transfer of all alcohol license, new common victualler and new annual entertainment license (BOXX 109)  Note: request for 448 seats, entertainment license for 3 televisions, live and recorded music and hours of operation Saturday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Newton Housing Authority:  The Newton Housing Authority will meet on Tuesday, July 17th at 1:30 p.m. at 82 Lincoln Street in Newton Highlands.  The Notice of Meeting can be found here.

Newton Human Rights Commission:  The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Hate Incidents
  • Student Reports
  • Debrief from the Pride Event
  • New Business – Membership, Social Media, Ordinance Review, Fair Housing Commission, Human Rights Commission/Police Department co-branded brochure
  • Programming for 2018-2019

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

Newton Retirement Board:  The Newton Retirement Board will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room.  The agenda includes the following sign permit applications:

  • 650 Washington Street – Fabian Newtonville Gas and Repair
  • 870-880 Walnut Street – Domino’s
  • 55 Boylston Street – Porcelanosa
  • 33 Boylston Street – Simon Pearce

The agenda also includes design review for the Stanton Avenue/Golda Meir Expansion Project and the Lighting portion of the Street Design Guide.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, July 19th at 7:30 p,m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following requests for Certificates of Appropriateness:

  • Request to install speed feedback display unit at Hammond Street near 381 Hammond Street
  • Request to amend a previously approved window on left side of main house at 41 Chestnut Hill Road
  • Request to apply color stain to exterior stucco at 152 Suffolk Road
  • Request to pave motor court area, install cobble and granite banding, build a retaining wall and add a built-in kitchen counter to rear terrace at 32 Suffolk Road
  • Request to install a generator, replace three condensers and install a heat pump, and replace basement window lintels at 38  Suffolk Road
  • Request to replace decking and deck railing, repair latticework, replace window with a door, install light fixtures, install a basement window and do exterior repairs at 61 Gatehouse Road
  • Request to change window and door program, install skylight and modify pool height at 46 Chestnut Hill Road
  • Request to demolish garage and build a new two-car garage, extend rear and side sunrooms, build rear deck and replace sunroom screens ad doors with windows at 20 Reservoir Avenue
  • Request to demolish house, garage and shed and build new house and garage, Request to install hardscaping, including driveway, motor court, terraces, walkways, walls and piers at 45 Old England Road
  • Request for approval of as-built and proposed design changes including driveway apron, modified doorway trim, raised kitchen window, stone chimney cap and corbled course, rain leader downspout, gutter and downspout locations and vent pipe enclosure at 46 Woodman Road.

The Commission will also provide feedback on replacement of single window with a pair of windows at 100 Suffolk Road.

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

Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Two Notices of Intent
    • Request to remove an existing family home (I think they mean demolish) and replace with a new single-family home with deck and driveway at 53 Brandeis Road
    • Request to construct a new single-family home with associated deck, infiltration and driveway at 1 Malvern Terrace
  • Three Requests for Certificates of Compliance
    • Construction of small addition on the rear of a single-family house at 101 Nevada Street
    • On-site sewer and water repairs at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (Boston College/Webster Woods/Former Mishkan Tefila)
    • Construction of a single-story building, new parking lot, drainage and landscaping at 170 Needham Street

Packet documents can be found here.

City Council Committee Reports Now Available

The following City Council Committee Reports are now available:

Programs and Services Committee Report – June 20, 2018:  The Programs and Services Committee voted to recommend approval of the following:

  • Appointment of John Castellot to the Institutional Biotechnology Committee
  • Three appointments to the Human Rights Commission:  Elizabeth Ingraham, Tamika Olszewski and David Kuppenheimer
  • Re-appointment of Michelle Freshman to the Health and Human Services Advisory Council
  • Three re-appointments to the Human Righs Commission:  Bryan Barash, Hattie Kerwin Derrick and Jane Brown
  • Request to increase the salary of the City Clerk/Clerk of the Council to $135,619 to match the percentage increase included in the FY2019 Budget for H-grade employees
  • Request that the City Council place a ballot question at a special election to be held this November as to whether the City should limit the number of retail recreational marijuana establishments operating in Newton to no fewer than 2 and no more than 4

 

Public Safety and Transportation Committee Report – June 20, 2018:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to recommend approval of the following:

  • Request for approval of the Walnut Street Newtonville Enhancements Project

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Committee Report – June 20, 2018: The Public Facilities Committee voted to recommend approval of the following:

  • Requests for Grants of Location for the following:
    • Install and maintain a gas main at Gay Street to 10 Clyde Street
    • Install and maintain a traffic control box on California Street (across from 367 California Street)
  • Appointment of Amy MacKrell to the Designer Selection Committee
  • Request for approval of the Walnut Street Newtonville Enhancements Project
  • Re-appointment of Peter Barrer to the Design Review Committee
  • Two re-appointments to the Citizens Commission on Energy:  Halina Brown and Jonathan Kantar

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee Report – June 25, 2018:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Request to amend City Zoning Ordinances to allow for a Shared Parking Pilot Program as an accessory use in Commercial Districts (see Memo from Council Baker) subject to 2nd call

The Zoning and Planning Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following items:

  • Request to amend City Zoning Ordinances to require any development in a business zone, limit the residential portion of the project to 50% of the total development
  • Request to amend City Zoning Ordinances so that Mixed Use 4 Zone is either eliminated, or dimensional controls are reduced; or a moratorium of two years be placed on any new MU4 Development or any combination of the three

Motions to approve the following failed to Carry in Committee:

  • Request to amend the City Zoning Ordinance to adopt an immediate moratorium on any zone changes and/or construction/development along both sides of Washington Street, including abutting properties, from the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue Washington Street in Auburndale/West Newton, to the intersection of Washington Street and Centre Street in Newton Corner.  This moratorium shall remain in place until Zoning Redesign and the proposed “actionable plan for the Washington Street Corridor” are completed.

All other items, including the Planning Department’s proposed draft ordinance regulating retail marijuana shops were held.

Finance Committee Report – June 25, 2018:  The Finance Committee met on June 25th and voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Request to transfer $240,000 from the following Full-time Salaries Accounts (Executive Office, Assessing, Treasury, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Planning) to fund back pay owed to the former Police Chief
  • Request to appropriate $9,831.31 to settle a claim resulting from a sewer backup
  • Request to appropriate $6,400 from the HP Fines – Disability Commission Receipts Reserved for Appropriation to fund the purchase and installation of Accessible Pedestrian Signals for Waverly and Tremont Street intersections
  • Request to transfer $30,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the Executive Office Consulting Account for the purpose of developing a Cultural Strategy for the City
  • Request to increase the salary of the City Clerk/Clerk of the Council to $135,619 to match the percentage increase included in the FY2019 Budget for H-grade employees

 

Land Use Committee Report – June 26, 2018:  The Land Use Committee met on June 26th and voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit previously granted to allow for a free standing sign at 1349 Centre Street
  • Request to Withdraw without Prejudice a request for an extension of time to exercise a previously granted special permit for the Turtle Lane project located at 283 Melrose Street
  • Request to allow a rear lot subdivision to create two lots, demolish the existing single-family dwelling and construct two new single-family dwelling units on each lot for property located at 156 Otis Street

All other items were held including Garden Remedies request for a special permit to allow for the retail sale of marijuana.

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 8th

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:  Approval of Minutes, Reports – CDBG, Accessible Fines, Treasurer’s, ADA Coordinator’s, Request for an MAAB Variance – Kingdom Hall, discussion of ideas for MOD FY2019 Grant, and a Movie event discussion. For more information, please contact Jini Fairley by phone at:  617-796-1253 or by email at:  jfairley@newtonma.gov.

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, July 9th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:  Approval of Minutes, Board of Survey and possible vote on the Farwell Street Subdivision Plan, discussion and possible vote on the Needham Street Vision Plan, updates on the following:  Washington Street Vision Plan, Zoning Redesign, Inclusionary Zoning, Proposed Marijuana Zoning, Draft of the Economic Development Strategy, Anticipated Development Projects and 236 Auburn Street. For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at:  617-796-1125 or by email at:  rpowers@newtonma.gov

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 10th 6:30 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:  Economic Development Updates, Update from the Chair, Discussion of the Zoning Redesign related to Economic Development, and review of the draft Economic Development Strategy. For more information, please contact Kathryn Ellis by phone at:  617-796-1122 or by email at:   kellis@newtonma.gov.

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

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove siding and repair clapboard, repair door and window trim, and replace front entry landing, railing and walkway at 366 Central Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install 31 solar panels at 26 Maple Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rebuild rear stairway, replace siding and window sills on the house and replace siding on the garage at 119 Windermere Road

Staff Memo can be found here and Packet Documents can be found here. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:  617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

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

For more information, please contact Alice Ingerson by phone at: 617-796-1144 or by email at:  aingerson@newtonma.gov.

Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 11th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of the Newton Fair Housing Study
  • Letter to the Zoning and Planning Committee regarding Councilor Gentile’s docket items
  • Update on Committee members
  • Update on outreach efforts to the HRC, COD and the NHA

For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at:  617-796-1149 or by email at:  mlucas@newtonma.gov.

Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, July 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install fence sections at 234 Elliot Street.

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

For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:  617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.