Category: Boards & Commissions

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of April 14th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Packet Documents can be found here.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of April 14th

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

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

See DRT Snapshot here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of April 7th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of April 7th

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

  • 10 Carl Street – Replace existing single-family dwelling, possible side
    setback issue
  • 68 Manet Road – Extension of a nonconforming (setbacks) detached garage
    to allow for a roof deck and connection to existing two-family dwelling
  • 86 Athlestane Road – Possible variance to allow use of attic level as living space
  • 900-916 Walnut St / 1082 Beacon Street –  Possible Special Permit amendment to modify previously approved site plan

See Development Review Team Snapshot here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 31st

Washington Place Liaison Committee:  The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, April 1st at 6:00 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room. The agenda is focused on updates on construction of Washington Place.

Newton Human Rights Commission:  The Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on Hate Incidents
  • Student Reports related to Human Rights
  • Protocols adopted by NPS
  • Update from an NPS representative
  • HRC Book Club
  • Continued discussion of the Genocide Exhibit
  • Pride – Honoree update and discussion on incorporating more of the community

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Presentation and Vote on the FY2020 Annual Action Plan
  • Continued discussion and deliberation of the Northland Development – Request for Zone Change
  • List of Upcoming Meetings

Newtonville Local Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, April 4th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

 

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of March 31st – Lots of Potential Projects on Lexington Street – Auburndale

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

  • 15-21 Lexington Street –  Special Permit to allow a 24-unit multi-family dwelling
  • 1160 Chestnut Street –  Special Permit to construct a retaining wall greater than
    four feet within a setback
  • 28 Wade Street –  Special Permit to extend a nonconforming side setback
  • 344-340 Lexington Street & 76-88 River Street – Special Permit to allow mixed use building containing hotel and multi-family dwelling uses

See DRT Snapshot here.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of March 24th – 7 acre mixed-use project just east of the Watertown/Washington Street intersection?

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

  • West Newton Square – several properties east of the intersection of Watertown and Washington Streets – proposed 7 acre mixed use project
  • 73 Lexington Street – proposed educational use
  • 687 Watertown Street (Horace Mann Elementary School) – Site Plan Approval – 5-58 review for relocation of the Newton Early Childhood Program

See Development Review Team Snapshot here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 24th

Accounting and Audit Subcommittee:  The Accounting and Audit Subcommittee of the Financial Audit Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 26th at 8:15 a.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Information Technology Security
  • Oak Hill Middle School Student Activity Funds
  • High School Athletic Fees and Gate Receipts
  • Year End Closing Procedures

Newton Housing Partnership:  The Newton Housing Partnership will meet on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Welcome from the Mayor and Acting Chair
  • Introductions
  • Review of Open Meeting Law and Conflict of Interest Law
  • Role of the Partnership
  • Update on the Inclusionary Ordinance – Presentation, Discussion and Next Steps
  • Potential list of upcoming meeting dates

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install windows and vents at 65 High Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to amend a previously approved main entry, and to install light fixtures, wood fence, and metal door at 1238 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness (VIOLATION) – for installed front entry porch railing system at 254-256 Elliot Street

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

Commission on Energy:  The Commission on Energy will meet on Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda will focus on the Dissemination and implementation plan for the Citizens Climate Action Plan.

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees:  The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, March 27th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of 2/27/2019 minutes
  • Reports from the President, Treasurer, Library Director, Development, Friends, and Committees – Trustee/Friends coordination and Spring Fling planning
  • Solar Panel Project update
  • Renovation Plan update
  • FY2019-2020 Budget

Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda will focus on a petition appealing the interpretation by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services addressing the appellant’s intent to construct a front porch at 24 Moreland Avenue.

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

  • Request to submit a CLG Eligibility Report to the Massachusetts Historic Commission and review a consultant’s report for 44 Mignon Road
  • Request to submit a CLG Eligibility Report to the Massachusetts Historic Commission for 124 and 128 Highland Street
  • Request to withdraw a Local Landmark Request for 46 Walnut Park
  • Seven Demolition Requests
    • 12 Cross Street
    • 106 Charlesbank Road
    • 13 and 17 Gardner Street
    • 30 Thornton Street
    • 17 Valley Spring Road
    • 145 Pine Ridge Road
    • 53 Countryside Road
  • Project Review and approval of updates to 35 Webster Street
  • Three Waiver Requests
    • 19 Andrew Street
    • 991-993 Washington Street
    • 64 Dearborn Street
  • Two Requests for Partial Demolition
    • Request to add a second story at 189 Evelyn Road
    • Request to add to rear of house and side of barn at 70 Walker Street

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

Please note:  At the end of the Newton Historical Commission’s minutes, you will find demolition and partial demolition requests that have been administratively approved. The minutes from the January meeting have the following full and partial demolitions administratively approved:

  • Two full demolitions:
    • 36 Walsh Road
    • 9 Kerr Path
  • Four partial demolitions:
    • 9 Gammons Road (PD)
    • 74 Longfellow Road
    • 105 Fairway Drive
    • 370 Linwood Avenue

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 17th

Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of Minutes – February 25th Meeting
  • Commissioner Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance
    • Information on Nonantum Village Day
  • Public Hearing on St. Mary of Carmen Festival
  • Information on a proposed Sculpture Show on the Upper Falls Greenway
  • Committee Reports
    • Community Preservation
    • Farm Commission – need to appoint a representative
    • Commonwealth Golfcourse
    • Off-Leash Area Working Group
    • Crystal Lake Working Group
    • Athletic Fields Committee
    • NewCAL
    • Policy & Procedure Review
      • Field Naming

Board of License Commissioners:  The Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, March 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda can be found here.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, March 21st in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a wall vent cap at 100 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace a play structure on the Suffolk Road side at 365 Hammond Street – Church of the Redeemer
  • Request for feedback on a proposed project to replace a one-car garage with a two-car garage and two-story addition at 31 Chestnut Hill Terrace
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to renovate and restore the house and carriage house/gate house, build addition and reconstruct Staff Cottage at 400 Beacon Street

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of March 17th

The following potential projects/proposals are scheduled to meet with the Development Review Team this week (see DRT  Snapshot):

  • 138 Lincoln Street –  Special Permit to further increase nonconforming floor
    area ratio
  • 31 Chestnut Hill Terrace –  Special Permit to construct attached 2-car garage with
    living space above, 2-story rear addition
  • 100 Tyler Terrace – Special Permit to increase floor area ratio
  • 146 Jewett Street –  Special Permit to increase floor area ratio (FAR) of, and
    add dormer to, existing 3-family dwelling