Category: City Council

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of November 11th

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an extension of time to exercise a previously approved special permit to raze and replace a two-family structure and allow a 4 % reduction to the required lot area after combining lots at 19-21 Beaconwood Road
  • Request to rezone three parcels for Northland Development (See Planning Memo)
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval for a mixed use development project – Northland

Note:  Chair notes that presentation of the Northland items are relative to the site design and open space.  A site visit is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13th at 10:00 a.m. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Selection of a qualified public accounting firm to complete the City’s annual financial audit for FY2019- FY2023
  • Report from the Planning and Development Department on developer profits from Chapter 40B development projects in the City
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the design, procurement, and construction of the interior improvements at the Newton Free Library
  • Request to appropriate $150,000 from Free Cash to fund Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School window replacement and accessibility improvements design
  • Request to appropriate $300,000 from Free Cash to fund upgrades at Fire Stations 1 and 2 including isolation of apparatus bay from living quarters and pole rehab/replacement
  • Re-appointment of Anthony Bianchi as constable for the City of Newton

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing on proposed amendments to the inclusionary zoning ordinance to increase the required percentage of affordable units; to require that some affordable units be designated for middle income households; to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units; and to clarify and improve the ordinance with other changes (See Planning Memo)
  • Monthly update on progress on the Washington Street Corridor Action Plan
  • Discussion on proposed zoning amendments regulating retail marijuana establishments

Public Hearing Notice can be found here.

Capital Improvement Plan unveiled on Monday, October 15th

The City’s Capital Improvement Plan was unveiled on Monday, October 15th.

Mayor Fuller’s Letter to the City Council can be found here.

The Capital Improvement Plan Presentation Slides can be found here.

The Long Range Financial Forecast and Five-Year Financial Forecast FY2020-FY2024 Presenstation Slides can be found here.

The FY2020-FY2024 CIP can be found here.

The FY2020-FY2024 Financial Forecast can be found here.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of October 22nd

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to accept and expend two grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program totaling $81, 819 with a required 10% match of $8,181 by the City- with the first grant of $60,000 for fire officer training and the second grant of $30,000 for a firefighter health and wellness program
  • Proposal for an ordinance amendment to divest the City of direct or indirect holdings in fossil fuel companies
  • Request to appropriate the state reimbursement of $28,804 for McKinney -Vento Homeless Student Transportation from the general fund to the School Department
  • Request for approval of sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the installation of a new wash bay at the Crafts Street Garage
  • Request to appropriate $420,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase 2 dump trucks for the DPW
  • Request to appropriate $89,600 from the Stormwater Reserve Fund for consulting engineering services to perform Phase 2 Dam Safety Engineering Evaluation for the Bullough’s Pond Dam
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve for the purpose of funding Phase 1 of 3 of Audible Pedestrian Signal Installation at all remaining intersections throughout the City
  • Request for authorization to accept, appropriate, and expend $105,103 from the City’s FY18 allocation from the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to be used for concept design engineering services for the complete streets design engineering services for the complete streets design of the Wells-Nahanton Traffic Signalization and Intersection Improvement Project

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and the Council Chamber.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion and adoption of the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan
  • Discussion and review relative to the Draft Zoning Ordinance

Zoning Memos can be found here and the Draft Zoning Ordinance can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert a single-family dwelling to a three-story, six-unit residential building with ground floor units, to construct a second three-story, three residential unit building with ground floor units and allow waivers to parking and other requirements at 424-432 Cherry Street (petition was withdrawn without prejudice on October 9th),
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to locate a veterinary hospital in the existing building and waive up to five parking stalls at 858 Walnut Street,
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for a waiver of  17 parking spaces to allow an increase in the number of teachers and children in the program at a childcare center at 2330 Washington Street,
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a three-story addition in the BU1 district to be used for mixed uses, to allow a building in excess of 20,000
    sq. ft., to extend the existing non-conforming structure with regard to height, to extend the existing non-conforming structure with regard to side setback, to allow a restaurant with more than 50 seats, and waive parking and other requirements at 1314 Washington and 31,33 Davis Street (Santander Building),
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the expansion of a
    nonconforming multi-family dwelling use by constructing a three-story multi-family
    development 32.6’ in height in a manufacturing district with greater than 20,000 sq. ft. new gross floor area, allowing a nonconforming front setback, and waive parking and other requirements at 182-184 and 166 California Street

The Land Use Committee Notice of Public Hearing can be found here.

Charter Sub-Committee:  The Charter Subcommittee will meet on Thursday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda can be found here.

Traffic Council to Meet on Thursday, October 25th

The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a two-hour parking restriction 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Monday – Friday on Playstead Road
  • Request for a 3-way stop sign at Vernon and Eldridge Streets
  • Request to remove an accessible parking space in front of 58 Churchill Street (no longer needed)
  • Request to add a stop sign at Wilshire and Jackson Road
  • Request to remove a parking space reserved for Underwood School and return it to public circulation on Richardson Street
  • Discussion and possible action regarding short-term unmetered parking spaces on the east side of Centre Street between Vernon and Centre Avenue into long-term metered parking
  • Request for a parking restriction on both sides of Carlson Avenue
  • Request for a discussion and possible change to circulation and direction of travel on Ward Street between Elmore and Morseland Avenue
  • Request to edit Section TPR-84 Speed zones designated part (a) and to
    remove Section TPR-84 Speed zones designated part (b) from the Traffic and
    Parking Regulations (TPR). Section 84(b) lists the special speed regulations for
    streets in Newton, which are approved by MassDOT and not by the Newton
    Traffic Council
  • Request to remove the left turn prohibitions listed in the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) from Centre Street onto Jefferson Street and onto Pearl Street.  Currently no signs are posted that would prevent left turns, and this item would make no change

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of October 21st

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

  • 160 Adams Avenue –  Special Permit to construct two parking stalls in
    accordance with a single-family dwelling
  • 49-71 Needham Street –  Special permit for proposed bank
  • 61 Forest Street – Special permit to further extend nonconforming FAR by
    constructing dormers on attic level of a single-family
    dwelling

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Land Use Committee –  10/02/2018: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to Withdraw without Prejudice a request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a nine unit multi-family dwelling at 39 Herrick Road
  • Request to appropriate $3 million in CPA funds for a grant to the Newton Housing Authority to create Haywood House, a permanently affordable rental development consisting of 55 one-bedroom units for seniors at JFK Circle
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan approval to allow reconfiguration of an existing tandem driveway to allow two side-by-side stalls within 5′ of a setback and within 5′ of a street on the corner lot at 27 Albion Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan approval to construct side and rear additions to create an attached garage, accessory apartment, and additional living space exceeding FAR and extending the non-conforming 3.5 story structure at 58 Rochester Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan approval to relocate an existing carriage house and attach it with a breezeway to a new multi-level principal structure addition, extending the non-conforming height and exceeding the FAR at 44 Ballard Street

All other items were held or postponed.

Programs and Services Committee – 10/03/2018:  The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of Ouida Young as Acting City Solicitor until a permanent replacement is hired or until November 5th when the temporary appointment may be extended by the City Council
  • Extension of re-appointment of Ouida Young as Acting City Solicitor be further extended from November 5th until November 16th in order to align with her scheduled retirement
  • Resolution to reaffirm public accommodation non-discrimination laws

Public Facilities Committee – 10/03/2018:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Robert Hnasko to the Design Review Committee
  • Appointment of Tamar Warbug to the Designer Selection Committee
  • Appointment of Karen Slote to the Solid Waste Committee
  • Appointment of Steve Siegel to the Design Review Committee
  • Request to appropriate $800,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the replacement of the roof at the Crafts Street garage
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the installation of air conditioning units at the Carr School

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a petition for a grant of location to install conduit in Moulton Street.

All other items were held.  Please note the report contains a detailed discussion of the Organics Pilot and Recycling IQ Program and a discussion with DPW regarding the steel workers lockout.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – 10/03/2018:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appeal of a Traffic Council decision to create a one-way on Derby Street from Waltham Street to Cherry Street westbound

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a request for a discussion regarding the roll-out of Lime Bikes.

Land Use Committee Report – 10/09?2018:  The Land Use Committee met and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to Withdraw without Prejudice a Request for a Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert an existing single-family dwelling to a three-story, six residential unit building with ground floor units, to construct a second three-story, three residential unit building with ground floor units and waivers of other requirements for property located at 424-434 Cherry Street
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan to allow the addition of dormers to the attic level where 3.5 stories exist and 2.5 stories is allowed at 47 Lewis Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raise the roof of the existing 2.5 story house and add oversized front and rear dormers to the attic level and creating a third story where 2.5 is allowed at 63 Cherry Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a multi-family development in a business district with more than 20,000 gross floor area, with a three-story structure 41′ in height containing a 12 unit dwelling with ground floor units and allow waivers of other requirements at 189-193 Adams Street/Quirk Court (See Letter opposing Adams Street petition – Cerqua  and Letter opposing Adams Street petition – French

All other items were held.  The report contains detailed notes on the Public Hearing regarding the Kesseler Woods petition and a Financial Analysis on Hancock Estates.

Zoning and Planning Committee Report – 10/10/2018:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Community Preservation Funds for professional services related to protection of open space at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway

The report can be found here.  The report contains committee review of Zoning Redesign discussion.

 

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of October 14th

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, October 15th at 6:45 p.m. (before the Full Council Meeting) in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Re-appointment of Jeffrey Silton as Constable for the City of Newton
  • Request for an appropriation of $3 Million from Community Preservation Funds to the Newton Housing Authority to create Haywood House – permanently affordable rental housing consisting of 55 one-bedroom units for seniors in a new building at JFK Circle
  • Request for an appropriation of $2.5 million from Community Preservation Funds for a grant to the Newton Housing Authority to create 42 one-bedroom units of permanently affordable rental housing for seniors in a new building at JFK Circle
  • Request for $100,000 from Community Preservation Funds for professional services related to the protection of open space at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund installation of air conditioning units at Carr School
  • Request to appropriate $800,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund roof replacement at the Crafts Street Garage

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Alissa Ocasio Guiliani as City Solicitor
  • 5 Appointments to the Newton Farm Commission- Lori Yarvis, Charles Reilly, James Harper, Michael Goldman, and Vaunita Schnell
  • Discussion and adoption of best practices, including a mandate to separate recyclables from trash and include recycling pick up to meet Massachusetts Waste ban regulations for private haulers doing business in Newton
  • Prohibition on polystyrene-based disposable food or beverage containers in the City of Newton if that packaging takes place on the premises of food establishments within the City

Public Facilities Committee:  The Pubic Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Petition for a water main extension through a proposed utility easement in a private way off Farwell Street from the existing water main
  • Request for authorization to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund a new wash bay at the Crafts Street garage
  • Request to appropriate $420,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the purchase 2 dump trucks for DPW
  • Request to appropriate $89,600 from the Storm Water Reserve Fund for consulting engineering services to perform the Phase 2 Dam Safety Engineering Evaluation for the Bullough’s Pond Dam
  • Request authorization to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve for the purpose of funding Phase 1 of 3 of Audible Pedestrian Signal Installation at all intersections throughout the City
  • Request authorization to accept, appropriate and expend $105,103 from the City’s FY18 allocation from the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to be used for concept design engineering services for complete streets design of the Wells Avenue – Nahanton Traffic Signalization Intersection Improvement Project
  • Request for public hearing on the recently completed Auburndale Square improvement project

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 17th has been cancelled.  Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

City Council Meetings – Week of October 7th

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert a single family house to a three story, six-family unit with ground floor units, to construct a second three-story, three residential unit building with ground floor units, and to allow reductions and waivers of other requirements such as parking and lighting at 424-432 Cherry Street -Public Hearing
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the addition of dormers to the attic level where 3.5 stories exist and 2.5 is allowed at 47 Lewis Street Public Hearing
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raise the roof of the existing 2.5 story house and add an oversized front and rear dormers to the attic level and creating a third story where 2.5 is allowed at 63 Cherry Street;
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow off-site relocation of inclusionary zoning units as well as 24 additional units at 219 Commonwealth Avenue (See Petitioner’s Response to Livable Newton letter)
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a 12 unit multi-family development in a business district with greater than 20,000 gross floor area with a three-story structure, 41’in height, allowing  an FAR of 1.31, and allowing waivers to parking, lighting, setback requirements at 189-193 Adams Street/Quirk Court-Public Hearing

The Public Hearing agenda can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an appropriation of $100,000 to control of the Law Department for professional services related to the protection of open space at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway;
  • Discussion of the Washington Street Corridor Plan;
  • Discussion of the Committee’s review of the Zoning Redesign Draft, Discussion of the upcoming Ward by Ward meetings on Zoning Redesign;
  • Committee’s Review of the Washington Street Vision Plan