Category: City Council

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Public Facilities Report – 11/6/2019: The Pubic Facilities voted to approve the following:

  • Petition for a Grant of Location to install and maintain a gas main in Boulder Road to provide services to 19 and 28 Boulder Drive
  • Request authorization to install sewer extension for the Farwell Street Subdivision consisting of 6 new single-family homes
  • Request to name the intersection of Walnut Street and Lincoln Street John O’Hara Square
  • Request to transfer $86,800 from Interest Temp Loans to a Capital Project Account under Public Buildings Department for the purpose of funding the replacement of the leaking boiler at the Police Headquarters
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a grant of $52,000 from MassDEP as part of the Recycling Dividends Grant Program to support the City’s Waste Diversion Program
  • Request to transfer $88,000 from Free Cash to the DPW Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue
  • Request authorization to revise ordinances related to White Goods and Bulky Items – including amendment of fees, and management of residential move-ins and move-outs

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to the DPW Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue – this was a request made last year and it is the Chair’s intent to move No Action Necessary on this item

Public Safety and Transportation Report – 11/6/2019: The Committee voted to No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request discussion of allowing legal two-way bicycle travel on the Commonwealth Avenue Carriage Lane

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee Report – 11/7/2019: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to subdivide a 29,983 lot into one 15,000 sq. ft. lot and one 14,983 sq. ft. lot requiring a waiver of the lot frontage by 5% and a reduction in the lot area by .114% (17 sq. ft.) at 1957 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to expand the existing garage and construct two bedrooms above, creating an FAR of .51 where .41 is allowed and .44 exists at 32 Berkshire Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to enclose an existing 175 sq. ft. porch and construct a single-story porch addition, increasing the non-conforming lot coverage, decreasing the non-conforming open space and creating an FAR of .56 where .33 is allowed and .53 exists at 262 Otis Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow construction of a one-story addition at the front of the structure, to allow a first floor residential use in a BU1 District, and to extend the non-conforming use and non-conforming front setback at 278-280 California Street

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – 11/12/2019 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to withdraw a request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to change the existing non-conforming use from the existing two-family use to allow three single-family dwellings in the SR3 District, to further extend the non-conforming lot area per unit, to further extend a non-conforming front setback and to allow a retaining wall in excess of 4 feet within a setback at 128 Pine Street
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan to permit a for-profit education use as well as other uses which could include animal services, dry cleaners and ground floor health clubs at 55-71 Needham Street
  • Request to rezone three parcels for the Northland Development*
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow mixed use development at Northland *

*See Law Department Memo; See Land Use Planning Memo; See Draft Council Order re: Change of Zone and See Draft Council Order re: Special Permit

All other items were held.

Finance Committee Report – 11/13/2019: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate $5,000 from the Accessible Parking Fines Fund to be used to pay for special police detail enforcement of the accessible parking regulations
  • Request approval of the sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments:
    • 22 Agawam Road
    • 100 Franklin Street
    • 310 Waverly Avenue
    • 51 Devon Road
  • Request to transfer $207,500 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Forestry Tree Account
  • Request to transfer $806,800 from Interest Temp Loans to a Capital Project Account under Public Buildings Department to fund replacement of leaking boiler at Police Headquarters
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a MassDEP grant of $52,000 to support the City’s waste diversion efforts
  • Request to transfer $88,000 from Free Cash to Department of Public Works Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue
  • Request to revise ordinances related to solid waste and recycling definitions, management of bulky waste items, management of white goods, including amendments to fees and management of residential move-outs and clean-outs

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Discussion with IT and the Executive Departments regarding the City’s new website currently under development
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to Department of Public Works Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue (* Note: Chair’s intent to move No Action Necessary on this item)

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – 11/14/2019: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Marcela Merino to the Economic Development Commission
  • Appointment of Leigh Gilligan to the Conservation Commission
  • Request to appropriate $15,000 (from CPC funds?) to the Newton Conservators for costs associated with the holding of the Conservation Restriction for Kessler Woods
  • Request to appropriate $50,000 from CPC funds to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Conservators as the fiscal agent of the Riverside Greenway Working Group for the design of the Pigeon Hill Trail in Auburndale
  • Request for discussion and adoption of items within the Climate Action Plan and the Citizen’s Climate Action Plan with the Sustainability Directors
  • Public Hearings on the following items:
    • Request for discussion and adoption of the Climate Action Plan as an amendment of 2007 Comprehensive Plan – See Planning Memo
    • Request for discussion and adoption of amendments to Chapter 30 to create exemptions to building envelope standards such as height and setback to facilitate the implementation of energy efficiency and alternative energy measures in buildings including external insulation, doorway vestibules, heat pumps and solar panels among other features – See Planning Memo (same as below)
    • Request discussion and adoption of amendments to Chapter 30 to create a new set of standards related to sustainable development design with requirements for new buildings and development projects to include environmental and energy efficiency features – See Planning Memo (same as above)

Traffic Council – 11/14/2019: The Traffic Council will vote to approve the following:

  • Request for a review and possible parking restriction on all or part of the block of Greenwood Road between Brandeis Road and Cynthia Road
  • Review of three trials:
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Brentwood Avenue between Walnut Street and Judith Road. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, Walnut Street to Judith Road, both sides. Resident parking permit overrides the posted restriction.
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Garland Road, west side, between Beacon Street and Brentwood Avenue. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, any time, east side, Beacon Street to Brentwood Avenue. No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, west side, Beacon Street to Brentwood Avenue, with the resident parking permit overriding the posted restriction on the west side.
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Judith Road, both sides, entire length. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, both sides, entire length. Resident parking permit overrides the posted restriction.
  • Request for a parking restriction 135 feet south of Beecher Place along the east side of Langley Road for safety improvements
  • Nominations, Election and Discussion of Term Limits for Traffic Council Chair – David Koses elected Chair until December 31, 2020.

The Traffic Council voted to deny the following item:

  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of 91 Church Street

The Traffic Council voted No Action Necessary on the following item:

  • Request the approval of restricted parking to residents only to enhance safety at 36 Silver Lake Avenue

All other items were held.

City Council Committee Meetings – This Week – 11/17

Real Property Reuse Committee: The Real Property Reuse Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Recommendation to make a parcel of land on Brackett Road be made available for sale or lease

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on the Complete Streets Program
  • Request to appropriate $3,000,000 from Certified Free Cash to fund the City’s Pavement Management Program
  • Request to relocate an easement for sewer and drain purposes on private properties located at 151-153 and 181 Needham Street originally granted on March 19, 1951
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles Account
  • Request to appropriate $12,334,366 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations of the Newton Early Childhood Program at 687 Watertown Street (former Horace Mann School)
  • Request an update from the Administration and School Department on plans, proposed schedule, and any funding needing to correct deficiencies and improvements to the Horace Mann School at Nevada Street, including addressing classroom space needs, mitigating acoustics, providing sinks for the second floor classrooms, improving proximity of bathrooms to activity areas, etc.
  • Request to appropriate and expend $200,000 from Certified Free Cash to be managed by the Planning Department for the design/engineering of the Commonwealth Avenue Carriageway Greening Improvements Lyons Field West to the Charles River Bridge
  • Request for discussion and adoption of items within the Climate Action Plan and the Citizens’ Climate Action Plan (Note: Chair’s intention to move No Action Necessary)

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Rebecca Kramer to the Biosafety Committee
  • Appointment of Samuel Nathans as Library Trustee
  • Appointment of Visda Saeyan to the Urban Design Commission
  • Four re-appointments to the Jackson Homestead
    • Harry Lohr
    • Jay Walter
    • Karen Haywood
    • Treff LaFleche
  • Re-appointment of David Olson as City Clerk
  • Request to transfer $207,500 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Forestry Tree Services
  • Request authorization to transfer $69,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to City Council Officials with Benefits to cover the costs of six-months of the City Council’s new salary
  • Request amendment to the Noise Amendment to clarify the appropriate sound and other limit for rock saws and similar devices used in construction work in residential areas
  • Request 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 the City of Newton
  • Request for a Resolution to support the Green New Deal

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $1,900,000 from Prior Year Carry forward for Wage Reserve and $600,000 from Current Year Wage Reserve to pay for the retroactive salaries and stipends due to the members of the Newton Police Superior Officers’ for the period of July 1 2014 through FY2020
  • Request for a discussion regarding the Commuter Rail Communities Coalition and the City of Newton’s participation goals
  • Request for a traffic study and discussion of parking and traffic at the arrival and dismissal times at Angier Elementary School

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Thursday, November 21st 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 to allow alteration of an existing structure, extending the existing non-conforming use by constructing an addition for an elevator, to reduce the non-conforming lot coverage, and to further extend the non-conforming parking in the front setback at 7400 Centre/77 Paul Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow retail marijuana sales and waivers to the extent necessary for minimum stall dimensions, perimeter screening requirements, interior landscaping requirements and lighting requirements at 58 Cross Street/1089 Washington Street – ASCEND MASS, LLC – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Change of Zone to Multi-Residence 3 for portions of land located at 15-21 Lexington Street currently zoned Single Residence 3 – See Planning Memo (same as below)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a 24-unit multi-family dwelling with a below grade parking garage and surface stalls, to reduce the parking stall depth, to allow restricted end stalls in the garage parking facility, to waive the perimeter screening requirements for the outdoor parking facility, to waive interior landscaping requirements for the outdoor parking facility, and to waive the minimum intensity of outdoor lighting of the parking facility on 51,870 sq. ft. of land at 15-21 Lexington Street – See Planning Memo (same as above)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze an existing single-family dwelling and construct three single-family dwelling units in one building, to reduce side setback requirements, to reduce the required lot area, to allow a driveway within 10 feet of the side lot line, and to allow retaining walls of four feet or more in height within the setback at 67 Walnut Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow construction of three single-family attached dwelling units, to allow a reduction in the side setbacks, to allow a reduction in the required frontage, to allow a reduction in the required lot area, to allow a driveway within 10′ of a side lot line and to allow retaining walls greater than 4 feet within a setback at 264 Pearl Street – See Planning Memo

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of November 17th

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

  • 337-363 Watertown Street – Proposed vertical expansion of a commercial building
  • 67 Brooks Avenue – Proposed relocation and attachment of existing carriage house
  • 36 Cummings Road – Possible variance to create two lots with single family dwelling on each
  • 1185 Chestnut Street – Proposed for-profit educational use

The Development Review Snapshot can be found here.

City Council Meetings – Week of November 10th

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to change the existing non-conforming use from the existing two-family use to allow three single-family dwellings in the SR3 District, to further extend the non-conforming lot area per unit, to further extend a non-conforming front setback and to allow a retaining wall in excess of 4 feet within a setback at 128 Pine Street – See Memo from Attorney Morris requesting withdrawal – attached to agenda
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan to permit a for-profit education use as well as other uses which could include animal services, dry cleaners and ground floor health clubs at 55-71 Needham Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan approval to combine two parcels and construct a five-unit multi-family dwelling, altering and extending a non-conforming front setback, altering and extending a non-conforming side setback, to waive one parking stall and to allow a retaining wall greater than 4 feet within a setback at 13-17 Gardner Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request to rezone three parcels for the Northland Development
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow mixed use development at Northland

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda is solely focused on the Northland Project.

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion with IT and the Executive Departments regarding the City’s new website currently under development
  • Request to appropriate $5,000 from the Accessible Parking Fines Fund to be used to pay for special police detail enforcement of the accessible parking regulatioins
  • Request approval of the sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments:
    • 22 Agawam Road
    • 100 Franklin Street
    • 310 Waverly Avenue
    • 51 Devon Road
  • Request discussion and potential change to the Senior Citizen’s Parking Sticker Program to allow the possibility of sticker holders to continue to park on Highland Avenue, between Lowell and Bram Way, thereby freeing up spaces within the Austin Street Lot for other vehicles
  • Request to transfer $207,500 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Forestry Tree Account
  • Request to transfer $806,800 from Interest Temp Loans to a Capital Project Account under Public Buildings Department to fund replacement of leaking boiler at Police Headquarters
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a MassDEP grant of $52,000 to support the City’s waste diversion efforts
  • Request to transfer $88,000 from Free Cash to Department of Public Works Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to Department of Public Works Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue (* Note: Chair’s intent to move No Action Necessary on this item)
  • Request to revise ordinances related to solid waste and recycling definitions, management of bulky waste items, management of white goods, including amendments to fees and management of residential move-outs and clean-outs.

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

  • Appointment of Marcela Merino to the Economic Development Commission
  • Appointment of Leigh Gilligan to the Conservation Commission
  • Request to appropriate $15,000 (from CPC funds?) to the Newton Conservators for costs associated with the holding of the Conservation Restriction for Kesseler Woods
  • Request to appropriate $50,000 from CPC funds to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Conservators as the fiscal agent of the Riverside Greenway Working Group for the design of the Pigeon Hill Trail in Auburndale
  • Request for discussion and adoption of items within the Climate Action Plan and the Citizen’s Climate Action Plan with the Sustainability Directors
  • Public Hearings on the following items:
    • Request for discussion and adoption of the Climate Action Plan as an amendment of 2007 Comprehensive Plan – See Planning Memo
    • Request for discussion and adoption of amendments to Chapter 30 to create exemptions to building envelope standards such as height and setback to facilitate the implementation of energy efficiency and alternative energy measures in buildings including external insulation, doorway vestibules, heat pumps and solar panels among other features – See Planning Memo (same as below)
    • Request discussion and adoption of amendments to Chapter 30 to create a new set of standards related to sustainable development design with requirements for new buildings and development projects to include environmental and energy efficiency features – See Planning Memo (same as above)

Traffic Council: The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a review and possible parking restriction on all or part of the block of Greenwood Road between Brandeis Road and Cynthia Road
  • Review of three trials:
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Brentwood Avenue between Walnut Street and Judith Road. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, Walnut Street to Judith Road, both sides. Resident parking permit overrides the posted restriction.
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Garland Road, west side, between Beacon Street and Brentwood Avenue. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, any time, east side, Beacon Street to Brentwood Avenue. No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, west side, Beacon Street to Brentwood Avenue, with the resident parking permit overriding the posted restriction on the west side.
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Judith Road, both sides, entire length. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, both sides, entire length. Resident parking permit overrides the posted restriction.
  • Request for a parking restriction 135 feet south of Beecher Place along the east side of Langley Road for safety improvements
  • Request for a parking restriction on the south side of Bishopsgate Road between 131 Bishopsgate Road and Beacon Street to enhance safety at the blind curve
  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of 91 Church Street
  • Request the approval of restricted parking to residents only to enhance safety at 36 Silver Lake Avenue
  • Request removal of the following parking prohibitions on Hollis Street a) Prohibited entire length, south, west, and north sides; b) Two-hour limit, entire length, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. , north, east, and south sides to accommodate parking for homeowners
  • Nominations, Election and Discussion of Term Limits for Traffic Council Chair

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of November 10th

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

  • 57 Lawmarrisa Road – Special Permit to exceed the allowed floor area ratio (FAR)
  • 169 Hunnewell Avenue – Special Permit to allow over-sized Internal Accessory Apartment
  • 39 Forest Street – Convert existing rectory into housing for parishioners
  • 15 Riverdale Avenue – Comprehensive Permit for 204 dwelling units and 21,000 square feet of commercial space
  • 296-334 Washington Street – Proposed new hotel signage

The Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Real Property Reuse Committee – October 22nd Report: The Real Property Reuse Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Mayoral appointments to the Joint Advisory Planning Group (JAPG) Committee for the West Newton Armory:
    • Ted Hess‐Mahan
    • Sue Parsons
    • Kelley Brown
    • David Koven
  • Council President appointments to the Joint Advisory Planning Group (JAPG) Committee for the West Newton Armory:
    • Jonathan Katz
    • Barry Abramson
    • Anita Lichtblau
  • Reuse of a 1200 sq. ft. Parcel of Land on Brackett Road – the Committee voted to approve the following:
    • to make the property available for sale;
    • to waive the creation of a JAPG;
    • to request additional information from the Director of Planning; to waive the requirement that the Public Hearing be postponed until after the Planning Director’s Report is received;
    • and to hold the Public Hearing on November 19th

All other items were held.

Programs and Services Committee – October 23rd Report: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of Kathleen McCarthy as a member of the Licensing Board
  • Request for an amendment to City Ordinances to allow increase in School Committee Members salary to $7,750

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Committee – October 23rd Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Grant of Location to install and maintain conduit in Woodward Street and turning onto Lincoln Street to perform system upgrades
  • Request for a Grant of Location to relocate one pole to the southerly side of Chandler Street
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install and maintain conduit on Temple and turning and crossing onto Putnam Street to provide new services on Putnam Street
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install maintain conduit on Walnut Street to provide new service
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install a gas main in Walnut Street and to install and maintain a gas main on Washington Street to provide service to #245 and #845 Washington Street
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install conduit across Beacon Street west of Tudor Road
  • Request to accept a Green Communities Program Grant of $111,217 from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. The grant will be used for lighting at the Newton South High School tennis courts and field house; additional funding will be requested by the Public Buildings Department to supplement the grant funds and complete this lighting
  • Request to appropriate $1,160,066 for the Day Middle School Boiler Replacement Project from bonded indebtedness? of which approximately $360,753 will be funded by a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program and authorization to apply premiums received upon the sale of the bonds or notes, less the cost of preparing, issuing, and marketing them, and any accrued interest received upon the delivery of the bonds or notes to the costs of the project and to reduce the amount authorized to be borrowed for the project by like amount
  • Request amendments to the City Ordinances to create an Infiltration and Inflow Mitigation Ordinance that would codify mitigation requirements for development projects over a certain size, potential for fees in lieu of mitigation and waiver fees by the City Council

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – October 23rd Meeting: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a discussion and potential change to the Senior Citizen’s Parking Sticker program to allow the possibility for vehicles displaying a valid Senior Citizen’s Parking Sticker to continue to park on Highland Avenue, between Lowell Avenue & Bram Way, thereby freeing up parking spaces within the Austin Street Parking Lot for other vehicles

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request for a discussion about a new commuter parking program in Newton

Finance Committee – October 28th Report: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request authorization to accept a Mass Housing grant of $4,300 to support the activities of the Newton Hoarding Task Force
  • Request authorization to rescind a curb betterment assessment at 66 Waban Hill Road
  • Request City Council approval authorizing Mayor to appropriate state reimbursement of $11,706 for McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation from the general fund to the School Department
  • Request to accept Green Communities Program grant funds of $111,217 from the Mass Department of Energy Resources. The grant will be used for lighting at the Newton South High School tennis court and field house
  • Request authorization to appropriate $1,160,066 for the Day Middle School Boiler Replacement Project, of which $360,753 will be funded by a grant from the Mass School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program and authorization to apply any premiums received, less costs of preparing, marketing, etc. and any accrued interest to the costs of the project and to reduce amount authorized to be borrowed
  • Request an amendment to City Ordinances to increase the School Committee salaries to $7,750

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – October 28th Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to approve grant of a conservation restriction at the Crystal Lake Bathhouse and 20 Rogers Street; a 44,449 sq. ft. parcel of land bordering Crystal Lake to the Newton Conservators

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – October 29th Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 2.5 story, 1298 sq. ft. side addition at 27 Oak Street, creating an FAR of .53 where .49 is allowed and .40 exists at 25-27 Oak Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to attach and expand an existing detached garage structure to the main dwelling, creating an FAR of .54 where .38 exists and .48 is allowed, parking within 5′ of the street and to further extend the nonconforming front setback at 73 Falmouth Road – See Planning Memo – approved Subject to Second Call
  • Request for an Extension of Time to Exercise a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a three-story addition in the BU1 District to be used for construction of a mixed-use development at 1314 Washington Street, 31 and 33 Davis Street

All other items were held.

Traffic Council – October 24th Report: The Traffic Council voted to approve the following:

  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of CVS at 1199 Centre Street – Item was held for a trial
  • Request for a two-hour parking restriction between 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. to deter commuter parking – Item was held for potential inclusion in the Newton Corner Parking District to include Ricker Road, Playstead Road and Ricker Terrace
  • Request to restrict parking on the portion of Glenland Road located in Newton
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the parking restrictions on Myrtle Street to ensure safe access for emergency vehicles
  • Request to restrict parking at all times along the south side of Watertown Street between Dunstan Street and a point 100 feet westerly to improve sightlines for vehicles turning from Dunstan Street onto Watertown Street
  • Request to approve a stop sign at the Albermarle Road westbound approach to Eddy Street

The following items were voted No Action Necessary:

  • Request for a two-hour parking restriction 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Monday – Friday – northside on Playstead Road
  • Request for a review and possible change to the parking regulations on the portion of Ricker Terrace located in Newton, which may include permit parking

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of October 27th

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

  • 131 Rumford Avenue – Special Permit for Marijuana Retailer
  • 44 Billings Park – Special Permit Proposed garage with over 700 square feet and possible FAR issue
  • 131-181 Needham Street – Amendment to Special Permit (Board Order #19-15) to add sign
  • 68 Pine Crest Road – Special Permit to construct an over-sized dormer

The Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.

Full City Council to Meet on Monday, October 21st

The Full City Council will meet TONIGHT, Monday, October 21st at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.

NOTE: The Council President will ask to go into Committee of the Whole. The City Council Calendar suggests that there will be a CIP and Five-Year Forecast presentation. The Committee is expected to enter into Executive Session to discuss the acquisition of Webster Woods. There will be no vote taken and Executive Sessions are not open to the public. The Committee of the Whole agenda can be found here.