Category: Boards & Commissions

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.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of July 8th

The following potential development proposals will be reviewed by the Development Team this week:

  • 660 Washington Street –  Add second level to existing building for office space
  • 21 Saxon Terrace – Special permit to increase floor area ratio (FAR) for
    addition with an accessory apartment
  • 46 Chestnut Hill Road – Special permit to increase floor area ratio (FAR)
  • 1272 Boylston Street – Special permit to establish an accessory apartment in a
    detached structure

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of June 24th

The following Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:

Washington Place Liaison Committee:  The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, June 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.  The agenda can be found here.

Joint Planning and Development Board and Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Planning and Development Board will meet jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee on Monday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber for two public hearings:

  • Public Hearing on the adoption of the Needham Street Vision Plan as a amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan;
  • Public Hearing on amendments to Chapter 30, the Newton Zoning Ordinance to allow for a Shared Parking Pilot Program as an accessory use in commercial districts

The Planning and Development Board’s agenda can be found here.

Financial Audit Advisory Committee – Accounting and Audit Subcommittee:  The Accounting and Audit Subcommittee of the Financial Audit Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 27th at 8:15 a.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Citizens Commission on Energy:  The Newton Citizens Commission on Energy will meet on Wednesday, June 27th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Updates on filling vacancies
  • Updates on Power Choice
  • Updates on Climate Action Plan for Newton
  • Updates on an Energy Intern

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, June 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following sign permit applications:

  • CCRM Fertility Boston – 300 Boylston Street
  • Dekalash – 55-71 Needham Street
  • Empow – 180 Needham Street
  • Examity – 153 Needham Street
  • AT&T – 3 Boylston Street
  • YogaWorks – 282 Centre Street
  • Church of Newton – 50 Dudley Road
  • Radian Spa & Massage – 427-443 Centre Street
  • The Bagel Table – 9 Boylston Street
  • Citizens Bank – 1126 Beacon Street
  • Waju Fitness – 118 Needham Street

The Commission will then conduct design review on the Northland Project – 156 Needham Street and 1114 Beacon Street.  The Commission will also discuss Lighting as part of the Street Design Guide. Staff Memo can be found here.

Newton Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, June 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Two requests for an RDA (Request for a Determination of Applicability):
    • 249 Winchester Street – removal of dormer and construction of full-height 2nd story and conversion of enclosed porch to an open porch and replace an existing 3 season sunroom with an open deck
    • 167 Pond Brook Road – removal of mature spruce tree along with demolition and new construction of single family house
  • Notice of Intent
    • 53 Brandeis Road – demolition of single family home and replace with new single family home, deck and driveway
  • Four requests for Certificates of Compliance:
    • 188 Needham Street, 56 Christina Street, 149 Charlemont Street
    • 56 Christina Street – new walkway at HC Starck Building
    • 125 Wells Avenue (Solomon  Schechter Day School) – construction of playing field
    • 2300 Washington Street – expansion of gravel parking and creation of outdoor play area

In addition, the Commission will continue discussion about the Norumbega Conservation Area and the Parks and Recreation Commission Off-Leash Dog Park RFP and the Webster Wood – Community Preservation Committee Pre-application review.

Designer Selection Committee:  The Designer Selection Committee will meet on Thursday, June 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room at the Newton Free Library.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, June 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Local Landmark Request for 128 Chestnut Street
  • Request to approve a draft Memorandum of Agreement for 55 Tower Road – Northland Development
  • Request to demolish buildings at 34 Morton Road
  • Request to demolish buildings at 83-85 Withngton Road
  • Request to demolish buildings at 93-95 Ripley Road
  • Request to demolish buildings at 15, 19, and 22 Moody Street
  • Request to demolish buildings at 321 Lake Avenue
  • Request to demolish buildings at 37 Pleasant Street
  • Request to construct additions at 108 Concord Street
  • Request to demolish buildings at 30 Circuit Avenue
  • Request to waive demolition delay at 145 Warren Street

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

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of June 23rd

The following potential development proposals will be reviewed by the Development Review Team this week:

  • 54 Fuller Street – Rear addition to single-family dwelling
  • 160R Stanton Avenue (Water Tower Site) –  Comprehensive Permit for approx. 69 apartments (affordable to seniors at a range of incomes as well as 9 chronically homeless individuals with disabilities) in two proposed additions to JCHE Golda Meir House
  • 13 & 17 Gardner Street – Special permit to construct four single family attached dwellings
  • 44 Ballard Street –  Special Permit to extend a nonconforming structure with respect to height and number of stories, and to exceed the FAR

Development Review Team Meetings – Week – June 17th

The following potential projects will meet with the Development Review Team this week:

  • 37 Duffield Road – Special Permit to extend nonconforming front setback
  • 63 Cherry Street – Possible special permit for expansion of existing single-family
    dwelling including dormers
  • 184 Spiers Road – Addition to rear/side on a lot with three fronts
  • 12 Garden Road– Proposed garage for single-family dwelling

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of June 17th

Newton Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Newton Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, June 18th at 8:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here. The Parks and Recreation will grant their annual Youth Awards at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Trustees will meet on Tuesday, June 19th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustee’s Room of the Main Library.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Center for Active Living (NewCAL) Executive and Advisory Building Committee Meeting: The NewCAL Building Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Retirement Board:  The Newton Retirement Board will meet on Wednesday, June 20th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, June 21st at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness

  • Request to install a fence at 108 Reservoir Avenue
  • Request for approval of cobblestone edging installed along driveway and for
    stone walls installed at the left front corner of the house and a Request to install wrought iron gate and three sections of wood panel fencing at 28 Chestnut Hill Terrace
  • Request to amend previously approved project to make changes to materials,
    products, finishes, roof line, and to remove south elevation bay at 48 Reservoir Road
  • Request to renovate a garage at 32 Suffolk Road
  • Request to replace all windows and the garage doors; install a new window, a
    condenser unit, and a dormer on the front elevation. at 96 Suffolk Road
  • Request to replace decking and deck railing, repair latticework, replace window
    with a door, install basement window and do exterior repairs at 61 Gatehouse Road
  • Request for approval of as-built and proposed design changes at 46 Woodman Road
  • Request to demolish house, garage and shed and build new house and garage at 45 Old England Road

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Thursday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Presentation and discussion of independent analysis of project financials and CPC working session for Crescent Street proposal
  • committee business