Category: City Council

Land Use Committee to Meet on Tuesday, June 12th

The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 455 sq. ft. two-story addition, creating an FAR of .58 where .39 exists and .45 is allowed at 39 Summit Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to extend the hours of operation and increase the number of customers at one time, requiring an amendment to Special Permit Board Order #257-13(4) at 145 Wells Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a restaurant
    with greater than 50 seats, a waiver for 12 parking stalls and allow the re-use of an existing non-conforming sign at 342-344 Watertown Street
  • Request 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, to waive the requirement of using the A-B+C parking formula, to allow a reduction in the overall parking required by 1/3, to waive 27 parking stalls, to allow parking in the front and side setback, to allow reduced parking stall dimensions, to waive end stall maneuvering space requirements, to allow reduced aisle width, to waive perimeter screening requirements, to waive interior landscaping requirements, to waive requirements for interior planting area, tree planting, and bumper overhang area landscaping, to waive lighting requirements, to waive off-street loading facility requirements in Ward 3, West Newton, at 1314 Washington Street, 31 Davis Street and 33 Davis Street (Santander Bank – Mark Development proposal)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a multi-family development in a business district with greater than 20,000 gross floor area, with a four-story structure 41’ in height, containing an 18-unit dwelling with ground floor units, to allow an FAR of 1.31, to allow a density bonus to reduce the lot area per unit and increase the number of inclusionary units, to allow a reduction of the requirement for parking to 1.25 stalls per unit, to allow parking in the setback, to allow parking within 5’ of a building containing dwelling units, to waive minimum stall dimension requirements, to allow a reduction in the minimum width of a entrance/exit drive, to allow a reduction in the minimum width of maneuvering aisles, to waive lighting requirements and to waive perimeter landscape screening requirements in Ward, 1, Newton, at 189-193 Adams Court

Traffic Council to Meet on Thursday, June 14th

The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for No Parking – Tow Zone on Upland Road on the odd side of the roadway between Mill and Pheasant Road to be in effect Monday-Friday, School Days only, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) and to have a discussion on incorporating this section of roadway into the Newtonville Neighborhood Parking District
  • Request for No Parking- Tow Zone on Pheasant Road
    on the even side of the roadway between Upland Road and Kirkstall Road to be
    in effect Monday-Friday, School Days only, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (excluding
    Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) and to have a discussion on incorporating this
    roadway into the Newtonville Neighborhood Parking District
  • Request for a  “No Turn on Red” signs at the following locations:
    (a) end of the school driveway that exits onto Beacon Street
    (b) corner of Manitoba Road and Beacon Street
    to enhance safety
  • Request to expand the  Auburndale- Village Parking District to include the following street segments: (1) Woodland Road between Grove Street and Hawthorne Avenue; (2) Hawthorne Avenue between Woodland Road and Aspen Avenue. Note that no changes to the parking regulations are proposed to occur along this section of Woodland Road, where no parking is allowed at any time. The following restriction is proposed for consideration along one or both sides of Hawthorne Avenue between Woodland Road and Aspen Avenue: 1 or 2-hour limit, Monday-Friday, except by Auburndale Permit
  • Request to expand the Auburndale- Village Parking District to include the following street segments: (1) Woodland Road between Hawthorne Avenue and Windermere Road; (2) Windermere Road between Woodland Road and Commonwealth Avenue. Note that no changes to the parking regulations are proposed to occur along this section of Woodland Road, where no parking is allowed at any time. The following restriction is proposed for consideration along one or both sides of Windermere Road between Woodland Road and Commonwealth Avenue: 1 or 2- hour limit, Monday-Friday, except by Auburndale Permit
  • Request to expand the Auburndale Village Parking District to include the following street segment: Aspen Avenue between Washington Street and Hawthorne Avenue. Note that no changes to the parking regulations are proposed to occur along this section of Aspen Ave except by Auburndale Village Parking District Permit
  • Request to change the official parking regulations on Woodland Road in order to make it consistent with the signage currently posted on the street
  • Request for Resident Permit Parking Only, Monday through Sunday, except legal holidays on Windermere Road between Woodland Road and Commonwealth Avenue to deter student parking
  • Request to modify the parking regulations on Crafts Street (Watertown Street
    to Waltham Street) and on Waltham Street (Crafts Street to the Waltham City
    Line), in order to facilitate traffic calming and to create bicycle lanes. The
    amount of parking on the street would be reduced, with parking generally
    alternating between the north and south side, by block, along Waltham Street and
    a portion of Crafts Street

City Council Meetings – Week of June 3rd

Leadership Meeting:  Chairs and Vice Chairs of City Council Committees will meet on Monday, June 4th at 6:45 p.m. in Room 211.  All Council members are invited to attend.  The agenda includes the following:  Draft Guidelines for Committee Chairs and All Councilors, Upcoming Committee of the Whole meetings and other special events, and a discussion about technology in the Council Chambers.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet briefly on Monday, June 4th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 to briefly discuss and vote on a request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit/site plan approval granted for 15 Cottage Street.

Full City Council Meeting – The Full City Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 4th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here and the Docket  Addendum can be found here.

Land Use Committee Meeting:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to further extend the existing non-conforming front setback by enclosing the front entrance at 12 Acorn Drive;
  • Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for a detached accessory apartment in an existing detached structure at 1224 Boylston Street;
  • Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 2-story addition (455 sq. ft.) exceeding the FAR where .39 exists, .45 is allowed and .58 would be created at 39 Summit Street;
  • Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for a rear lot subdivision creating two lots demolish the existing structure and construct single family dwellings on each newly created lot at 156 Otis Street;
  • Request to amend a previously granted special permit/site plan approval for Garden Remedies a medical marijuana dispensary looking to allow for the sale of recreational marijuana and allow for additional modifications to the original permit including expanding hours, space, number of employees
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to allow for a medical marijuana dispensary at 24-26 Elliot Street

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and then at 7:30 in the Council Chamber.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Two appointments to the Library Trustees:  Bharat Bushan and Chris Kirby
  • Request to transfer $75,000 from the Main Library Full-time Salaries Account to the Main Library Building Improvements Account for the purpose of installing a PA system
  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to fund the repair of fences throughout the City
  • Public Hearing on a Citizen’s Petition requesting that the City Council place a ballot question on the November 6, 2018 ballot to create prohibiting the retail sales of marijuana in the City of Newton that wasn’t already previously licensed and approved prior to July 1, 2017.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:15 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to relocate a portion of a 20′ drain and easement (Boston College Middle Campus) located parallel to College Road
  • Petition for a grant of location to install and maintain a 320 ‘ and 6″ gas in Short Street from an existing main on Montclair Road to an existing main on Beacon Street to provide new service for 1521 Beacon Street
  • Petition for a sewer extension in Staniford Street
  • Review of City Council regulations governing petitions for wireless communications including a discussion on amending the application fee ($500) for wireless attachment GoLs
  • Request to appropriate $150,000 from Free Cash to make repairs to 1294 Centre Street (former Health Department Building)
  • Request to appropriate $338,000 from bonded indebtedness to rehabilitate the Forest Grove pump station
  • Request to transfer $150,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to repair/replace streetlights

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to purchase an Incident Command Vehicle for the Police Department
  • Request for annual bus license renewal of Boston College bus licenses
  • Request for triennial bus license renewals of 4 Trip Advisor bus licenses and one new bus license
  • Submittal of Police Department reports of semi-annual taxi license/public auto inspections
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from the Fire Department Full-time Salaries Account to the Fire Department Electricity Account to fund the increase in costs of electricity to the Fire Station #3 addition
  • Request to appropriate $121,770 from Free Cash to replace 120 bottles for the self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Request to appropriate $33,739 from Free Cash to purchase an extractor and gear dryer for Fire Station #1 and Fire Station #2

Public Hearings on Three Proposed Zoning Amendments to Limit Development including a proposed Moratorium – Tuesday, May 29th

The Zoning and Planning Committee will hold Public Hearings on the following items:

  • Zoning Amendment to limit the residential portion of a development project in a business zone to no more than 50% of the total development
  • Zoning Amendments regarding MU4 Zoning:
    • elimination of the MU4 Zone
    • reduce the dimensional controls
    • impose a moratorium of up to 2 years on any new MU4 development
    • any combination of the above
  • Zoning Amendment to adopt an immediate moratorium on any zone changes/construction/development along the Washington Street corridor from West Newton to Newton Corner until the Zoning Redesign and the proposed Actionable Plan for the Washington Street corridor are completed.  (Note:  The moratorium would not by-right construction/development that is currently allowed under current zoning)

Following the Public Hearings, the Committee will discuss and vote on the following:

  • Request for authorization to submit the FY2019 Annual Action Plan to HUD
  • Appointment of Kelley Brown to the Planning and Development Board
  • Appointments of Jennifer Bentley and Deborah Budd to the Newton Historical Commission
  • Appointments of Deborah Jackson, Sarah Rahman, Beth Nicklas and Matt Segneri to the Economic Development Commission
  • Re-appointment of Chuck Tanowitz and Jeremy Fried to the Economic Development Commission

The revised agenda can be found here.

Finance Committee to Meet – Wednesday, May 30th

The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 30th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to increase the Retiree COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) from $12,000 to $13,000
  • Request to transfer $20,000 from Inspectional Services Full-time Salaries Account to Inspectional Services Vehicle Maintenance Account
  • Request to accept and expend an $85,000 Mass Housing Grant to analyze financial impacts of potential developments – Washington Street, Needham Street, and Riverside in addition to the proposed new Zoning Ordinance
  • Request to transfer $348,000 from Current Year Reserve Accounts to various department budgets to fund the cost of items contained in a one-year contract with the Teamsters
  • Request for Home Rule Legislation to increase the income limit for qualifying seniors for the 41A Tax Deferral Program
  • Submittal of the Investment Policy for the Rainy Day Stabilization Fund

Traffic Council to Meet on Thursday, May 31st

The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to review making Derby Street a partial one-way westbound between Waltham Street and Cherry Street
  • Request to review possible changes to parking regulations on Davis Avenue between Waltham and Furbush
  • Request for a stop sign at the intersection of Valentine Street and the carriage lane on Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for a stop sign at the intersection of Wauwinet Road and the carriage lane on Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for a stop sign at the intersection of Wimbledon Circle and the carriage lane on Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for a stop sign at the intersection of  Higgins Street and the carriage lane on Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request to add the approved list of parking regulations as part of the Auburndale Village Parking District into TPR – 206 to be consistent with the other Village Parking Districts

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of May 27th

The following potential projects are on the Development Review Team’s agenda for this week:

  • 281 Newtonville Avenue – Special permit to establish a nonprofit
  • 47 Lewis Street –  Special permit to amend special permit for FAR relief
  • 180 and 184-186 Adams Street – Special permit to allow a multi-family dwelling (
  • 145 Warren Street –  Special permit to allow single-family attached dwellings

Budget Reports

The complete Budget Book containing reports from each of the substantive committees that oversee and review departmental budgets can be found here.  These will be discussed when the Full City Council meets as a Committee of the Whole beginning on Monday, May 21st.

Committee Reports

Public Facilities Committee Report – 5/3/2018:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from Free Cash for the Oak and Christina Street Intersection project
  • Request to appropriate $175,000 from Free Cash to fund sidewalk and pedestrian improvements in Newton Corner including landscaping and a new bus shelter
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash and transfer $200,000 from DPW Full-time Salaries Account to fund the following:  $215,000 for DPW Admin Electricity; $50,000 for DPW Vehicle Maintenance; and $135,000 for DPW Transportation

Land Use Committee Report – 5/8/2018:  The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a second-floor deck above the existing sunporch, extending the existing nonconforming setback vertically at 140 Windermere Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to relocate stairs and enclose an existing porch, further increasing the existing nonconforming lot coveragevand nonconforming FAR to .63 where .59 exists and .44 is allowed at 458 Woodward Street
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to to allow
    for the location of a new driveway, requiring an amendment to the site plan at 5-7 Elm Street and 11-19 Elm Street
  • Request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit/site plan approval in order to amend previously granted Special Permits #273-14(2) and #40-07 to allow for the location of a new driveway, requiring an amendment to the site plan at 5-7 Elm Street and 11-19 Elm Street

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Report – 5/09/2018:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Petition for a grant of location to relocate a pole and remove a pole to accommodate the bus turnaround at Cabot School
  • Petition for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Dedham Street from an existing gas main at the intersection of Dedham and Carlson to house #912
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from Capital Stabilization Fund for Phase I of the Feasibility Study for 150 Jackson Road
  • Request to appropriate $70,000 from the Capital Stabilization Fund for the design of the Horace Mann elevator accessibility project
  • Request to transfer $140,800 from Budget Reserve for Snow/Ice Removal, $100,000 from DPW Full-time Salaries Account to Contracted Services – Snow/Ice Removal, and $670,000 from Overtime – Snow/Ice Removal to Contracted Services –
    Snow/Ice Removal – for a total of $920,800
  • Request to appropriate $3,700,000 from bonded indebtedness to upgrade the water main infrastructure within the City
  • Appointment of Councilor Andrea Kelley to the Design Review Committee

Finance Committee Report – 5/14/2018:  The Finance Committee met on May 14th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate $1,210,000 from Free Cash to purchase new portable radios for the Police and Fire Departments
  • Request to appropriate $600,000 from Free Cash to fund the Fire Department Overtime account
  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to fund the facility programming phase for an Active Living Center for community and senior needs
  • Request to transfer $650,000 from Capital Stabilization Fund to the Public Buildings Department to fund Lincoln Eliot HVAC System and other weatherization improvements
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from Capital Stabilization Fund for Phase I of the Feasibility Study for 150 Jackson Road
  • Request to appropriate $70,000 from the Capital Stabilization Fund for the design of the Horace Mann elevator accessibility project
  • Request to appropriate $3,700,000 from bonded indebtedness to upgrade the water main infrastructure within the City
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from Free Cash for the Oak and Christina Street intersection project (NOTE that this was amended to $700,000
  • Request to appropriate $175,000 from Free Cash to fund sidewalk and pedestrian improvements in Newton Corner including landscaping and a new bus shelter
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash and transfer $200,000 from DPW Full-time Salaries Account to fund the following:  $215,000 for DPW Admin Electricity; $50,000 for DPW Vehicle Maintenance; and $135,000 for DPW Transportation
  • Request to transfer $140,800 from Budget Reserve for Snow/Ice Removal, $100,000 from DPW Full-time Salaries Account to Contracted Services – Snow/Ice Removal, and $670,000 from Overtime – Snow/Ice Removal to Contracted Services –
    Snow/Ice Removal – for a total of $920,800
  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to supplement the FY2018 School Department Budget; and
  • Request for authorization to transfer $30,000 from the Executive Office Full-time Salaries Account to the Executive Office Consultants Account to fund development of a Climate Action Plan.

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a request to appropriate $500,000 from Free Cash to supplement the DPW Snow and Ice operations budget.

Zoning and Planning Committee Report – 5/14/2018:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met and voted to approve the following appointments and re-appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals:  Timothy Durken, Lei Reilly, Stuart Snyder, Vincent Farina, Michael Rossi, Brooke Lipsitt, William McLaughlin, Barbara Huggins Carboni, Michael Quinn, and Treff LaFleche to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee Report – 5/15/2018:  The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a for-profit learning center in the existing office space, at 320 Needham Street
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for non-accessory parking to lease 496 parking stalls to off-site, third party users at 199 Boylston Street
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to the previously approved 140-unit development option with plans for a revised 140-unit development option resulting in a hybrid between the originally approved 140-unit development and the 160-unit development adding a fifth floor to the middle building fronting Washington Street and reducing massing in the rear of the east building along Washington Street for the Washington Place project

City Council Meetings – Week of May 13th

Charter Subcommittee:  The Charter Subcommittee will meet on Monday, May 14th at 6 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Article 7:  Planning
  • Article 8:  Nominations and Elections
  • Article 10:  Free Petition; Initiative and Referendum

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes review of the following departmental budgets and CIP:

The CIP can be found here and the Supplemental CIP can be found here.

The Finance Committee will also discuss the following:

  • Request to appropriate $1,210,000 from Free Cash to purchase new portable radios for the Police and Fire Departments
  • Request to appropriate $600,000 from Free Cash to Fire Department Overtime Account
  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to fund the facility programming phase for an Active Living Center to address community and senior needs
  • Request to transfer $650,000 from the Capital Stabilization Fund to the Public Buildings Department to fund Lincoln-Elliot HVAC system and other weatherization improvements
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from the Capital Stabilization Fund for Phase 1 of the Feasibility Study for 150 Jackson Road
  • Request to appropriate $70,000 from the Capital Stabilization Fund for the design of the Horace Mann elevator accessibility project
  • Request to appropriate $3,700,000 from bonded indebtedness to upgrade water main infrastructure in the City
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from Free Cash for Oak and Christina Street intersection project
  • Request to appropriate $175,000 from Free Cash  for sidewalk and pedestrian improvements in Newton Corner including landscaping and a new bus shelter
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash and transfer $200,000 from DPW Full -time Salaries Account to the following accounts:  $215,000 to the DPW Admin Electricity Account; $50,000 to DPW Vehicle Maintenance Account; $135,000 to the DPW Transportation Account
  • Request to transfer a total of $920,000 for Contracted Snow and Ice Removal -$140,800 from Budget Reserve,  $110,000 from DPW Full-time Salaries Account, $670,000 from Overtime Snow and Ice Removal Accounts
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from Free Cash to to supplement the DPW Snow and Ice Removal Operations Budget – $150,000 for Overtime and $350,000 for Rental Vehicles
  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to supplement the School Department FY2018 Budget.
  • Request to transfer $30,000 from the Executive Office Full-time Salaries Account to the Executive Office Consultant’s Account to develop a Climate Action Plan

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee and the Land Use Committee will meet on Monday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointments and Re-appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals:  Timothy Durken, Lei Reilly, Stuart Snyder, Vincent Farina, Michael Rossi, Brooke Lipsitt, William McLaughlin, Barbara Huggins Carboni, Michael Quinn, and Treff LaFleche to the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Review and discussion (jointly with the Land Use Committee) led by the Planning Department on draft policy content outline for the new zoning ordinance
  • Request for the creation of a zoning amendment to allow for a Shared Parking Pilot Program in commercial districts
  • Request for a discussion and adoption of the Needham Street Vision Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan
  • Request for authorization to submit the FY2019 Annual Action Plan to HUD for the Community Development Block Grant Program, Emergency Solution Grant funds and WestMetro HOME Consortium

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee on Monday, May 14th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and discussion (jointly with the Land Use Committee) led by the Planning Department on draft policy content outline for the new zoning ordinance

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The agenda includes the following special permit/site plan approval requests:

  • Petition to amend a previously approved special permit/site plan at 230 Needham Street to allow a for-profit learning center in the existing office space
  • Petition to amend a previously approved special permit/site plan at 199 Boylston Street to allow for non-accessory parking to lease 496 parking stalls to off-site, third party users
  • Petition to allow for the development of an 18-unit multi-family development at 189-193 Adams Street/19 Quirk Court
  • Petition to amend a previously approved special permit/site plan for Washington Place – in order to previously approved plans for a 140 unit housing development with another 140 unit housing development resulting in a hybrid between the 140 unit proposal and the 160 unit proposal.