Category: Boards & Commissions

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

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of June 10th

The following potential projects will be discussed at Development Review Meetings this week:

  • 1440-1450 Washington Street –  Proposed day care facility
  • 1114 Beacon Street –  Possible 45 unit residential project
  • 61 Forest Street –  Special permit to exceed FAR by constructing dormers on
    the attic level
  • 156 Oak St, 55 Tower Rd, 275-281 Needham St, 260 Needham St, 160 Charlemont St (a.k.a. “Northland”) – Proposed mixed use development

Economic Development Commission to Meet on Tuesday, June 12th

The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:30 p.m. at the Newton Innovation Center, 124 Vernon Street.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Economic Development Updates
  • Chair Update – Introduction of New Members
  • Review of the Camoin Economic Development Strategy/Recommendations and decide the role of the EDC in Implementing the plan
  • Review of the proposed new program for the EDC to engage with Newton’s business community

Auburndale Historic District Commission Meeting – Tuesday, June 12th

The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to repair and change the rear entry porch at 304 Central Street
  • Request for feedback on changes to front and rear entry porches at 115 Windermere Road
  • Request to build an accessible unit addition and deck, and build an accessible ramp and entrance at 25 Hancock Street

The staff memo can be found here and the packet documents can be found here.