Category: City Council

City Council Meetings – Week of August 13th

Open Meeting Law Training – The Law Department will provide a training session on the Open Meeting Law for City Councilors on Monday, August 13th at 6:45 p.m. in Room 211.  The Meeting Reminder Notice can be found here.

Full City Council Meeting:  The Full City Council will meet on Monday, August 13th at 7:45 p.m.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.

The Full City Council will be taking up the proposed Zoning Amendments to create a Shared Parking Program Pilot.  A memo from the Planning Department can be found here and Proposed Amendments to be offered at the Council Meeting can be found here.The Council will also be taking up the Needham Street Vision Plan. The Final Updated Draft can be found here.

The Full City Council will also take up proposed zoning amendments limiting current MU4 Zoning – including a proposal for a moratorium on MU4 development.

And….the Full City Council will reconsider the Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan approval for an 18 unit development on Adams Street which failed to receive the necessary votes for approval at the last full Council meeting.  There is correspondence related to this petition which can be found here.

City Council July/August 2018 Committee Reports – Now Available

Land Use Committee Report – July 10th:  The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointments of Lynn Yetra and Kenneth Lyons to the BC Neighborhood Council
  • Request to amend a previously approved special permit/site plan approval to allow non-accessory parking to lease 496 parking stalls to off-site, third party users at 199 Boylston Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval for a 5-year permit for temporary parking waiver of approximately 153 spaces to hold an annual tent sale at 175 Boylston Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow 4 outdoor tables to be added to an existing restaurant (40 Carrots) at 225 Boylston Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to combine two parcels to allow four attached dwelling units in two structures and reduction in setback requirements at 21-25 Gardner Street

The Public Hearing on the Request for a special permit/site plan approval for a medical marijuana dispensary at 24-26 Eliot Street was closed and the item was held.  The report contains testimony presented at the public hearing.

Zoning and Planning Committee – July 16th:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Brian Yates to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission
  • Appointments of Tarik Lucas and Peter Mooradian to the Newtonville Historic District Commission
  • Re-appointments of Barbara Wales, John Martin, David Morton, Nancy Grissom, and James Gross to the Newtonville Historic District Commission
  • Re-appointments of Paul Snyder, Julia Neville, Laurie Malcom, Donald Lang, and Jeffrey Riklin to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission

All other items were held.

Finance Committee – July 18th: The Finance Committee held a special meeting and met jointly with the Public Facilities Committee to approve a request to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve to the F.A. Day /Bigelow Boiler Replacement Account for schematic design study for potential boiler projects.

Public Facilities Committee –   July 18th:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve to the F.A. Day /Bigelow Boiler Replacement Account for schematic design study for potential boiler projects
  • Appointments of Puja Vohra, and Jonathan Klein to the Citizens Commission on Energy

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – July 30th:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of Jay Walter to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission
  • Discussion and adoption of the Needham Street Vision Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – August 7th:  The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to Withdraw without Prejudice a request to amend a previously approved special permit/site plan approval to relocate a condition from building permit requirements and insert it under the Certificate of Occupancy Requirements for 392-396, 400, 402-404 Langley Road
  • Request for an Extension of Time to exercise a previously granted special permit/site plan approval to construct an accessory apartment above a three-car at 41 Dorset Road 
  • Request for an Extension of Time to exercise a previously granted special permit/site plan approval to allow an association of persons in a common dwelling where inhabitants will share common living spaces at 27 Waverly Avenue
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to enclose the front porches adding approximately 158 sq. ft. to the structure exceeding the allowed FAR at 22 Beecher Place
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a single-story two-car garage and front entry vestibule exceeding the allowed FAR at 47 Rokeby Road
  • Request to amend a previously approved special permit/site plan to allow for the retail sale of marijuana at Garden Remedies (red-lined version of Draft Council Order)

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee to Meet – Tuesday, August 7th

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

  • Request to amend a previously granted special permit/site plan approval (#285-17) to relocate Condition 22(h) from building permit requirements and insert it under Certificate of Occupancy requirements for 392-396, 400, 402-404 Langley Road
  • Request for a two-year extension of time to exercise a special permit/site plan approval to construct an accessory apartment above a 3 car garage at 41 Dorset Road
  • Request for a two-year extension of time to exercise a special permit/site plan approval to  allow an association of persons in a common dwelling where inhabitants will share common living spaces at 27 Waverley Avenue
  • Request for special permit/site plan approval to enclose the front porches adding approximately 158 square feet to the structure creating an FAR of .49 where .48 is allowed at 22 Beecher Place
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a single-story two-car garage and vestibule creating an FAR of .41 where an FAR of .39 is allowed and currently exists at 47 Rokeby Road
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a three-story addition in the BU1 District to allow for a building in excess of 20,000 square feet, to extend the non-conforming structure in regard to height, and side setback, to allow a restaurant with more than 50 seats, to waive the A+B+C parking formula, to allow an overall reduction in parking, to waive parking and landscaping requirements at 1314 Washington Street and 31 and 33 Davis Street (Sovereign Bank property) (see also Parking Counts memo)
  • Request to amend a previously granted special permit/site plan approval to allow the retail sales of marijuana for Garden Remedies 697, 691, 681 Washington Street and 2 Court Street (see also Response to Questions)
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow a registered medical marijuana dispensary in a non-conforming structure and waive parking and landscaping requirements at 24-26 Eliot Street (see also Response to Questions)

Zoning and Planning Committee to Meet Tonight, July 30th – 6:30 p.m. – Recreation Marijuana Zoning and Hello Washington Street on the agenda

The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Re-appointment of Jay Walter to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission
  • Request to amend the Newton Zoning Ordinance to regulate the use of land, structures and buildings for the operation of retail marijuana establishments – zoning districts, conditions and minimum standards and criteria
  • Continued discussion of the Zoning Redesign Project and draft policy content outline
  • Request for discussion and adoption of the Needham Street Vision Plan
  • Request for discussion and monthly progress on the Washington Street Corridor Action Plan
  • Request for discussion and adoption of the Economic Development Strategy Plan

Traffic Council to Meet on Thursday, July 26th

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of Waban Square Post Office located at 83 Wyman Street
  • Request for the removal of an accessible parking space at 58 and 60 Churchill Street
  • Request for a review of parking regulations on Gibbs Street between Centre and Sumner
  • Request for a stop sign at 1) the intersection of Cushing and Centre Street, and 2) intersection of Cushing Street and Allerton Road
  • Request for either a four-way stop sign or a full traffic light at the intersection of Austin Street and Lowell Avenue
  • Request of a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Hull Street and Lowell Avenue
  • Request consideration of parking restriction on Nevada Street north of California Street
  • Request to add the Blue Zone currently in place on Cypress Street into the TPR
  • Requesting to modify sections 176 and 205 of the TPR for the following streets: Beaumont Avenue, Bolton Road, Bonwood Street, Bullough Park, Calvin Road, Charlesden Park, Claflin Place, Craigie Terrace, Dexter Road, Elmwood Park, Fairfield Street, Forest Avenue, Frederick Street, Gay Street, Greylock Road, Grove Hill Avenue, Grove Hill Park, Highland Avenue, Highland Street, Lakeview Avenue, Leonard Avenue, Lowell Avenue, Mill Street, Oakwood Road, Otis Street, Prospect Avenue, Sheffield Road and Walden Street, to make the official parking regulations consistent with existing posted signage
  • Request to remove various streets from section (c) of TPR 205, the Newtonville Neighborhood Parking District including primarily private ways which maintain their own parking regulations: Briar Lane, Gibson Road, Otis Place, Otis Park, Phillips
    Lane, Prospect Park and Prospect Terrace
  • Request for a traffic analysis  of the area including Marshall, Summer, Everett, Gibb Streets and Chestnut Terrace with possible action to make street safer for pedestrians (Note the Chair intends to entertain a motion for No Action Necessary).

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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of July 15th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Brian Yates to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission
  • Two appointments to the Newtonville Historic District Commission:  Tarik Lucas and Peter Mooradian
  • Five re-apppointments to the Newtonville Historic District Commission:  Barbara Wales, John Martin, David Morton, Nancy Grissom and James Gross
  • Six re-appointments to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  Paul Snyder, Julia Malone Neville, Laurie Malcom, Donald Lang, Jeffrey Riklin, and Jay Walter
  • Discussion of the draft policy content outline of the new Zoning Ordinance
  • Discussion and possible adoption of the Needham Street Vision Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan
  • Request to amend the Inclusionary Housing Provisions of the Zoning Ordinance

Planning Memos are attached to the end of the agenda.

Charter Subcommittee:  The Charter Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Article 4 – School Committee
  • Article 11:  General Provisions
  • Article 12:  Transition Provisions
  • General Related Matters

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The only item on the agenda is a request to authorize the transfer of $100,000 from Budget Reserve to the FA Day/Bigelow Boiler Replacement Account for schematic designs for potential boiler replacement projects. The Committee will meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee on this item.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda can be found here. The Committee will meet jointly with the Finance Committee on a a request to authorize the transfer of $100,000 from Budget Reserve to the FA Day/Bigelow Boiler Replacement Account for schematic designs for potential boiler replacement projects. The Committee will then discuss the following items:

  • Appointment of Robert Hnasko to the Design Review Committee
  • Appointment of Puja Vorha and Jonathan Klein to the Citizens Commission on Energy
  • Review of proposed City Council regulations governing petitions for wireless communications
  • The Chair will entertain discussion on an update on the status of the Crescent Street Housing Project

City Council to Meet Monday, July 9th – MJ Ballot Questions, MU4 Moratorium on the Agenda

The City Council will meet on Monday, July 9th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.

Two ballot questions regarding retail marijuana will be before the City Council tonight – One ballot question would ask voters if they want to ban recreational sales in Newton and the other proposes to limit the number of recreational sales facilities to no less than 2 and no more than 4.

Both the Law Department and Councilor Albright issued memos for the Council’s consideration.

Also, there is a request by the Mayor to amend an item:  Request to amend the funding source on docket item #344-18- Request to transfer funds from the Executive Department Full-time Salaries Account and replacing it with the Planning Department’s Full-time Salaries Account to hire a consultant to develop a cultural strategy.  (Not sure:  but the docket item was to take the money from Current Year Budget Reserve -not the Executive Department Full-time Salaries Account but maybe it was amended in the Finance Committee). The request can be found here.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of July 8th

The following City Council Committees will meet this week:

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 10th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211 to hear and discuss two appointments:  Lynn Vetra and Ken Lyons to the BC Neighborhood Council.  The Committee will then move to the Council Chamber at 7:00 p.m. to hear the following:

  • Petition to amend a previously granted special permit and site plan approval to allow non-accessory parking to lease 496 parking stalls to off-site third party users at 199 Boylston Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval for a 5-year permit for a temporary tent to hold an annual rug sale in May and the temporary displacement of 153 parking spaces for the event at 175 Boylston Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow a restaurant with greater than 50 seats and with 4 outdoor tables at 225 Boylston Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to combine two parcels to allow four attached dwelling units in two structures at 21-25 Gardner Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow a registered medical marijuana dispensary in a non-conforming structure at 24-26 Elliot Street (Cypress Tree Management)

Please note:  That the special permit/site plan approval request for 189-193 Adams Street and 19 Quirk Court was continued to the July 9th meeting.  The Planning Department issued the following memo with an attached Draft Council order.

Recodification Committee to Meet – Monday, July 2nd

The Recodification Committee, chaired by Councilor Lisle Baker, will meet on Monday, July 2nd at 8:30 a.m. in the Clerk’s Office.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Historic District Commission Ordinances
  • Status of City Seal Ordinance
  • Status of Purchasing Section of Ordinances
  • Engineering’s Stormwater Management Policy
  • Revolving funds Ordinance to Meet Municipal Modernization requirements
  • Rules change for Law Department Review of Ordinance changes by Council
  • Parking on Municipal Property
  • Shrubs and Overhanging Vegetation Removal Charges