Category: City Council

City Council Committee Reports

Land Use Committee – 1//8/2019:  The Land Use Committee approved the following items:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for an increase in the number of teachers and children in the childcare program and waive 17 parking spaces at 2330 Washington Street
  • Request for an amendment to a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow bank use at 71 Needham Street

The Land Use Committee voted to deny the following:

  • Request for an amendment to a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a detached carport for the existing single-family dwelling at 50-52 Rowe Street

All other items were held.

Programs and Services – 1//9/2019:  The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Julie Irish to the Council on Aging
  • Appointment of Melissa Sommer to the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Appointment and Re-appointment of Patricia Kerwin Derrick to the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Request to accept and expend $100,000 from the State Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Earmark Funds to conduct a feasibility study on the renovation, expansion and new construction of the Newton Senior Center
  • Request to amend Section 27-10 of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances to increase the maximum qualifying gross receipts amount for the Tax Deferral Program from $60,000 to $72,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2018 and for all subsequent years
  • Re-appointment of Sam Figler to the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Re-appointment of Matthew Stafford, Asa Fanelli, and Lisa Terrizzi  to the Health and Human Services Advisory Council
  • Re-appointment of Dina Conlin to the Licensing Board

Public Facilities – 1/9/2019:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the DPW Processing Recyclables to fund increased costs of processing recyclables due to changes in the recycling market
  • Request for a vote from the City Council to authorize submission of a Statement of Interest to the MSBA for funding for the replacement of the boiler and roof at Memorial Spaulding Elementary School and replacement of the roof at Underwood Elementary School
  • Request to accept and expend $100,000 from the State Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Earmark Funds to be used to conduct a feasibility study on the renovation, expansion and new construction of the Newton Senior Center
  • Request to transfer $1,300,000 from Free Cash to fund the continuation of a Feasibility Study/Schematic design and Site Plan Approval for the Lincoln-Eliot/Newton Early Childhood Program

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning – 1/14/2019:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for authorization to accept and expend funds provided by the Riverside MBTA property developer to cover the cost of independent consultant support for a vision plan for the Riverside MBTA property (Zoning and Planning  will meet jointly with the Finance Committee for this item) – See Planning memo here.
  • CPC (Community Preservation Committee) recommendation to appropriate $600,000 from the CPA Fund to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Cultural Alliance to supplement the previously granted CPA funds for rehabilitation of the Allen House(Zoning and Planning will meet jointly with the Finance Committee for this item)
  • Re-appointment of Ann Killilea to the Commission on Disability
  • Discussion and adoption of the Economic Development Strategy Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan – See Planning memo here.

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Discussion of the Visioning process for the potential development of the Riverside MBTA Station

All other items were held.

Finance Committee – 1/14/2019:  The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for authorization to accept and expend funds provided by the Riverside MBTA property developer to cover the cost of independent consultant support for a vision plan for the Riverside MBTA property (Finance will meet jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee for this item)
  • CPC (Community Preservation Committee) recommendation to appropriate $600,000 from the CPA Fund to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Cultural Alliance to supplement the previously granted CPA funds for rehabilitation of the Allen House (Finance will meet jointly with Zoning and Planning for this item)
  • CPC (Community Preservation Committee) recommendation to appropriate $30,000 from the CPA Fund to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Conservators for costs associated with holding conservation restrictions for 30 Wabasso Street and 20 Rogers Street (both acquired with CPA Funds)
  • Request to amend Section 27-10 of the Revised City of Newton Ordinances to increase the maximum qualifying gross receipts amount for the Tax Deferral Program from $60,000 – $72,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2018 and all subsequent years
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the DPW Processing Recyclables for increased costs or processing recyclables due to changes in recycling market
  • Request to increase the number of Full-Time employees in the Public Buildings Department by one custodian funded through the Council on Aging Formula Grant
  • Request to transfer $1,300,000 from Free Cash to fund the continuation of the Feasibility Study/Schematic Design and Site Plan Approval for the Lincoln Eliot/Newton Early Childhood Program
  • Request to accept and expend $100,000 from the State Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Earmark Funds to be used to conduct a feasibility study on the renovation, expansion and new construction of the Newton Senior Center
  • Re-appointment of David Spector to the Financial Audit Advisory Committee
  • Re-appointment of Maria Rosen as Constable for the City of Newton

All other items were held.

Land Use – 1/15/2019:  The Land Use Committee held a public hearing focusing on Traffic and Transportation Issues surrounding the Northland Development. The item was held.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of January 13th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The 146-page agenda includes the following:

  • Request for authorization to accept and expend funds provided by the Riverside MBTA property developer to cover the cost of independent consultant support for a vision plan for the Riverside MBTA property (Finance will meet jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee for this item)
  • Monthly progress update from the Planning Department regarding the Washington Street Corridor Action Plan (Finance will meet jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee for this item)
  • CPC (Community Preservation Committee) recommendation to appropriate $600,000 from the CPA Fund to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Cultural Alliance to supplement the previously granted CPA funds for rehabilitation of the Allen House (Finance will meet jointly with Zoning and Planning for this item)
  • CPC (Community Preservation Committee) recommendation to appropriate $30,000 from the CPA Fund to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Conservators for costs associated with holding conservation restrictions for 30 Wabasso Street and 20 Rogers Street (both acquired with CPA Funds)
  • Request to amend Section 27-10 of the Revised City of Newton Ordinances to increase the maximum qualifying gross receipts amount for the Tax Deferral Program from $60,000 – $72,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2018 and all subsequent years
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the DPW Processing Recyclables for increased costs or processing recyclables due to changes in recycling market
  • Request to increase the number of Full-Time employees in the Public Buildings Department by one custodian funded through the Council on Aging Formula Grant
  • Request to authorize the Superintendent of Schools to submit requests to the MSBA for consideration of funding for the replacement of the boiler and roof at Memorial Spaulding and replacement of the roof at Underwood
  • Request to transfer $1,300,000 from Free Cash to fund the continuation of the Feasibility Study/Schematic Design and Site Plan Approval for the Lincoln Eliot/Newton Early Childhood Program
  • Request to accept and expend $100,000 from the State Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Earmark Funds to be used to conduct a feasibility study on the renovation, expansion and new construction of the Newton Senior Center
  • Re-appointment of David Spector to the Financial Audit Advisory Committee
  • Re-appointment of Maria Rosen as Constable for the City of Newton

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211/205. The 64-page agenda includes the following:

  • Request for authorization to accept and expend funds provided by the Riverside MBTA property developer to cover the cost of independent consultant support for a vision plan for the Riverside MBTA property (Zoning and Planning  will meet jointly with the Finance Committee for this item) – See Planning memo here.
  • Monthly progress update from the Planning Department regarding the Washington Street Corridor Action Plan (Zoning and Planning will meet jointly with the Finance Committee for this item) – See Planning memo on Washington Street Vision Plan Contract Status here. See Planning memo on the Newtonville and Crafts Street sub-areas of Washington Street here.
  • CPC (Community Preservation Committee) recommendation to appropriate $600,000 from the CPA Fund to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Cultural Alliance to supplement the previously granted CPA funds for rehabilitation of the Allen House(Zoning and Planning will meet jointly with the Finance Committee for this item)
  • Re-appointment of Ann Killilea to the Commission on Disability
  • Discussion and adoption of the Economic Development Strategy Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan – See Planning memo here.
  • Discussion and review of the Draft Zoning Ordinance – with particular attention to the Village Districts section of the proposed ordinance – See Planning memo here.
  • Discussion of the Visioning process for the potential development of the Riverside MBTA Station

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda is centered around Transportation issues as it relates to the Northland petition for a Change of Zone Request and Request for a Special Permit Site Plan Approval. See Planning memo here.

City Council Blue Ribbon Commission:  The City Council Blue Ribbon Commission will meet on Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review initial list of criteria and data findings
  • Review and confirm guiding principles, necessary work and sub-committee objectives
  • Discuss scope of each sub-committee
  • Determine go-forward meeting schedule

Public Facilities Committee/Committee of the Whole:  The Council will meet as a Committee of the Whole with Public Facilities Committee presiding on Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes only one item:

  • Request to enter into negotiations for the potential lease of 18 municipal and school properties for the purposes of third party construction, ownership, and operation of on-site renewable solar energy generation from which the City will purchase electric output and/or metering credits

 

City Council Committee Meetings Week of January 6th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, January 7th at 6:45 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss one item on the agenda:

  • Request to transfer the necessary funding from the Current Year Wage Reserve Account to various department budgets to fund the cost items set forth in the one-year labor agreement with American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSME), City Hall Associates, Local 3092.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for the expansion of a non-conforming multi-family dwelling use by constructing a three-story 20-unit multi-family dwelling and requesting waivers and reductions of setback and parking requirements at 182-184 and 166 California Street (NOTE: This petition will be continued to February 5th)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow an increase in the number of teachers and children in the program by waiving 17 parking stalls at 2330 Washington Street 
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a detached carport for the existing single-family dwelling at 50-52 Rowe Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert and existing single-family residential dwelling a 6-unit residential dwelling by constructing a second 3-story residential dwelling with 3-units, to allow ground floor units and reductions and waivers of parking and landscaping requirements at 424-432 Cherry Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a 36′ 3-story, 9-unit multi-family dwelling with accessory parking for 9 cars and allow for waivers and reductions in parking, lighting and landscaping requirements at 39 Herrick Road
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow bank use at 71 Needham Street 

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Julie Irish to the Council on Aging
  • Appointment of Melissa Sommer and Patricia Kerwin Derrick (to complete Don Fishman’s term) to the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Re-appointment of Patricia Kerwin Derrick and Sam Figler to the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Re-appointment of Matthew Stafford, Asa Fanelli, and Lisa Terrizzi to the Health and Human Services Advisory Council
  • Re-appointment of Dina Conlin to the Licensing Board
  • Request to accept and expend $100,000 from the State Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Earmark Funds to be used to conduct a feasibility study on the renovation, expansion and new construction of the Newton Senior Center
  • Request for an amendment to Section 27-10 of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances to increase the maximum qualifying gross receipts amount for the Tax Deferral Program from $60,000 to $72,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018 and for all subsequent years

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the Department of Public Works Processing Recyclables to fund increased costs of processing recyclables due to changes in the recycling market
  • Request for a vote from the City Council to authorize submission of a Statement of Interest to the MSBA for funding for the replacement of the boiler and roof at Memorial Spaulding Elementary School and replacement of the roof at Underwood Elementary School
  • Request to accept and expend $100,000 from the State Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Earmark Funds to be used to conduct a feasibility study on the renovation, expansion and new construction of the Newton Senior Center
  • Request to transfer $1,300,000 from Free Cash to fund the continuation of a Feasibility Study/Schematic design and Site Plan Approval for the Lincoln-Elioit/Newton Early Childhood Program

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 9th has been cancelled. Notice of cancellation can be found here.

Committee/Commission Meetings – Week of December 30th

The following Committees/Commissions will meet this week:

  • Blue Ribbon Commission:  The Blue Ribbon Commission will meet on Thursday, January 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 106C. The agenda can be found here.
  • City Council Charter Subcommittee:  The City Council Charter Subcommittee will meet on Thursday, January 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda can be found here.
  • Newtonville Local Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Local Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, January  3rd at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:
    • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace storm windows on enclosed porch with double-hung windows 122 Lowell Avenue
    • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish existing garage, build new four-car garage, connector, and dormer, renovate and add on to the existing house, replace stairs, railings, and walkways, install condensers, a patio and fence at 25 Page Road.

City Council Meetings – Week of December 16th – only Real Property and Reuse Committee – All other Committee meetings cancelled

Real Property Reuse Committee: The Real Property Reuse Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes one item:

  • Discussion regarding non-compliance with with Council Order #360-16, the Stanton Avenue water tower site, including rescinding the Council Order and reopening the reuse process to all interested parties.

Public Facilities, Programs and Services and Public Safety and Transportation Committees have cancelled their meetings for this week. The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

City Council Meetings – Week of December 9th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Jonathan Lewis as a Trustee of the Chaffin Educational Fund
  • Appointment of Lucia Panichella as Trustee of the Horace Cousens Industrial Fund
  • Request authorization to accept a gift of $100,000 from the estate of Margorie D. Moerschner and to amend Section 18 of the Revised Ordinance of the City of Newton for the purpose of establishing the Marjorie D. Moerschner Fund for the Poor which will be overseen by the Horace Cousens Fund
  • Request to appropriate $3.250,000 from the Community Preservation Fund to the Planning and Development Department for a grant to the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly to create 60 units of permanently affordable, deed-restricted housing for seniors and chronically homeless individuals with disabilities at 160 Stanton Avenue
  • Request to amend the Stormwater Use Charge Ordinance deleting the current rate structure and replacing it with the following:  $100 for 1-4 family dwellings, and $$0.0425 per square foot of impervious surface area, except that if the square footage charge multiplied by the total impervious area of the parcel equals a sum less than $150.00, then the annual fee shall be $150.00
  • Request for a vote by the City Council to complement the vote of the School Committee to authorize the School Department to issue an Request for Proposals for food services for a period of one year with four renewable one-year terms
  • Request for authorization to transfer $350,000 from Wage Reserve to the Fire Department’s Full-time Salaries Fire Rescue Account to supplement funding required for the settlement of the FY2019 MOA that was ratified by the International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Request for authorization to transfer $95,844.51 from the Fire Pumper Replacement Account to various Fire Department Accounts
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a grant of $4,999 from the State Department of Energy Resources to evaluate the feasibility of microgrid at Newton North HIgh School
  • Request authorization to transfer $7,000 from HP Fines – Disability Commission to the Operations Access Account to fund “Operation Access Enforcement” a special detail enforcing  the accessible HP parking regulations during this holiday period

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion with the Director of Planning on conducting a vision process for the potential development of the land around the Riverside MBTA Station
  • Public Hearing on a proposal to amend Chapter 30 to implement a deferred effective date for the Ordinance of December 31, 2019 or such other appropriate date, for the purpose of allowing the Planning Department to complete a comprehensive study thereof
  • Public Hearing on a request to adopt the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan
  • Public Hearing on a request for amendments to the Inclusionary Housing Provisions of Chapter 30 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 as necessary
  • Discussion and review relative to the Draft Zoning Ordinance

Please note that the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and the Planning Department’s memo on proposed amendments to the Inclusionary Housing Provisions of the Chapter 30 can be found at the end of the agenda.

Notice of the Public Hearings can be found here. Note: the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance is not listed on the Notice.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. According to the agenda, there will be a presentation on Housing and Economic Impacts on the petition to rezone three parcels for the Northland Development and the request for a special permit and site plan approval to allow for a mixed use development atqa1 Northland.

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of 16 Beech Street
  • Request removal of a two-hour parking limit 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. both sides the entire length of Fairview Street
  • Request a “No Left Turn” restriction on Auburn Street in the area of 164 – 158 Auburn Street to restrict left turns from Auburn Street into the driveway of the parking lot of the Brookline Infant Toddler Center of Newton, 1900 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for temporary and permanent changes in terms of the location, duration,
    and pricing of public parking spaces, location of traffic signals, and changes to
    traffic circulation within and proximate to the Washington Street corridor in
    West Newton, to include abutting blocks of intersecting streets, in order to
    facilitate the reconstruction of the Washington Street corridor
  • Request for temporary and permanent changes in terms of the location, duration,
    and pricing of public parking spaces, and changes to traffic circulation within
    and proximate to the Walnut Street corridor in Newtonville, to include abutting
    blocks of intersecting streets, in order to facilitate the reconstruction of the
    Walnut Street corridor
  • Request to remove Bullough Park, one-way street from Berkshire Road southerly to Commonwealth Avenue from the official Traffic and Parking Regulations in order to fix an inconsistency and not make any changes in the field
  • Request to rescind the Traffic Council vote on October 25, 2018 of TC65-18 (TPR NO. 443) Sec. TPR-84 speed zones designated from the Traffic and Parking Regulations
  • Request to add a pedestrian signal on Commonwealth Avenue at Pamela Court
  • Request to extend the current “no parking 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.” parking prohibition on the east side of Lexington Street, between Auburn Street and Commonwealth Avenue, to a “no parking 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.” prohibition, to help improve traffic circulation”

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of December 9th

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

  • 739 Beacon Street –  Special Permit to establish a for-profit school
  • 60-64 Needham Street –  Special Permit/Administrative Site Plan Review to
    establish a day care center
  • 16 Crehore Drive –  Special Permit for Attached garage addition – further
    extension of nonconforming front setback
  • 776 Beacon Street –  Special Permit to waive the parking requirement
    associated with a bank

Committee Reports Now Available – Week of December 2nd

Zoning and Planning Committee- November 26th:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, November 26th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to discuss and approve the adoption of the Economic Development Strategy Plan

The following items were voted No Action Necessary:

  • Discussion related to topics, issues and ideas from the Zoning Redesign Events with Committee feedback leading to staff preparation of the draft policy content outline of the New Zoning Ordinance
  • Discussion related to review, discussion and direction relative to the Zoning Redesign Project on draft policy content outline of the new Zoning Ordinance

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – November 27th:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, November 27th and voted to approve the following:

  • Four appointments to the Newton Wellesley Hospital Neighborhood Council: Jay Flynn, Bonnie Rosenberg, Terry Sherman and Theresa Fitzpatrick
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a rear addition to the first floor and basement levels, exceeding the maximum allowable FAR of .42 where .50 exists and .54 is proposed at 132 Pleasant Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four parking stalls in the front setbacks of the existing two-family dwelling at 79 Crescent Street/Robinhood Street

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Committee – November 28th:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, November 28th and voted to approve the following:

  • Amendments to the Stormwater Use Charge – deleting the current rate and substituting a rate of $100 for 1-4 family dwellings and  rate of $0.0425 per square foot of impervious surface area, except that if the square footage charge multiplied by the total impervious area of the parcel equals a sum less than $150.00, then the annual fee shall be $150.00 – for all other properties

All other items were held.