Category: City Council

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of December 8th

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205. (Note: The meeting from December 4th had been cancelled due to the snow). The agenda includes the following:

  • Request renewal of a bus license for Lasell University
  • Request new public auto license:
    • Michael Gimmelfarb for American Truck and Equipment LLC
    • Dhanraj Mahase for Mahase Livery Services LLC
  • Request renewal of public auto license
    • Dhanraj Mahase for Mahase LIvery Services LLC
    • Donald LaPlante for Don’s Car Service
  • Request renewals of taxi licenses – 37 in total
    • Michael Antonellis for Veterans Taxi Service of Newton LLC
    • George Marry for Holden’s Taxi Inc – 1
    • George Marry for Newtonville Cab Company, Inc – 2
    • George Marry for Newton Taxi Company – 1

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, December 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to accept and expend a $25,000 Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency grant to buy a serve to place at Fire Station 3 to support the back-up dispatch center
  • Request to appropriate $50,000 to the Planning and Development 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 to appropriate and expend $300,000 from Free Cash to continue site the site remediation project at the Newton Early Childhood Program at 687 Watertown Street
  • Request to revise ordinances related to White Goods and Bulky Items – including amendment of fees, and management of residential move-ins and move-outs – this item was referred back to Committee by the Full Council last week and Finance held at it’s last Committee meeting
  • Request to appropriate $129,250 from the City’s FY2019 allocation from the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to be used for concept design engineering services for the Complete Streets design of the Wells-Nahanton Traffic Signalization and Intersection Improvement Project
  • Request to appropriate and expend $500,000 from the Stormwater Management Fund Surplus Available for Appropriation Account for to remove and dispose of an estimated 3,720 cubic yards of sediment from three City Hall Ponds and the influent culverts of Cold Spring and Hammond Brook
  • Request to appropriate and expend $1,500,000 and authorize a general obligation borrowing of an equal amount for the purchase, delivery and installation of individual self-metered parking heads for on-street metered parking, and where appropriate, kiosks in city-owned parking lots and on-street locations
  • Request to appropriate and expend $5,750,000 for the Walnut Street/Austin Street Newtonville Project:$4,050,000 authorization for a general obligation borrowing $1,700,000 from the Austin Street mitigation funds provided as a condition to the Special Permit
  • Request to transfer from Current Year Reserve to the appropriate departments to fund a two-year agreement (FY2019 – FY2020) that has been reached with the Teamsters Union – a total of $595,000 (see Agenda for details)

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chamber and in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and discussion of possible amendments/update to Chapter 22, Sections 22-50 – 22-76 that relate to demolition delays, historic designations, and landmarking (Chair will report on progress on this item)
  • Appointment of Amanda Stauffer Park to the Newton Historical Commission
  • Request for discussion and adoption of amendments to Chapter 30, the Newton Zoning Ordinance, 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
  • Request approval and adoption of the Washington Street Vision Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan – (Note: This item was sent back to the Committee by the Full Council last week)

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze an existing deck and construct an addition on the first floor, creating an FAR of . 50 where .20 is allowed and .45 exists at 38 Fenno Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four single-family attached dwellings in two buildings, to allow reduced side setbacks, to increase the allowed lot coverage, to allow a driveway within 10′ of the side lot line, and to allow retaining walls greater than 4′ within a setback at 145 Warren Street – See Planning Memo
  • Amended Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four single-family attached dwellings in one building, to allow reduced side setbacks, to increase the allowed lot coverage, to allow a driveway within 10′ of the side lot line, and to allow retaining walls greater than 4′ within a setback at 145 Warren Street – 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
  • 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
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to to allow four single-family attached dwelling units in two, three-story structures, to further extend the nonconforming height, to reduce the required side setback, to exceed maximum lot coverage and to allow a driveway within ten feet of the side lot line at 70 Walker 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

City Council Caucus: The Newton City Council will hold its Caucus on Thursday, December 12th in Room 211 to elect Council Leadership for the next term. The agenda can be found here.

City Council Meetings Week of December 1st

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze an existing deck and construct an addition on the first floor, creating an FAR of . 50 where .20 is allowed and .45 exists at 38 Fenno Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert an existing non-conforming barbershop into a non-conforming retail florist shop at 562 Commonwealth Avenue – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow changes to the approved site plan at 2171 Commonwealth Avenue – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze the existing single-family dwelling and construct seven single-family attached dwellings in three buildings, to reduce the frontage requirement, to reduce the side setback requirement, to allow three-stories, to exceed maximum lot coverage, to allow a retaining wall greater than 4′ in the setback and to allow a driveway in the side setback at 956 Walnut Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a 3-story, 24-unit multi-family dwelling greater than 20,000 sq. ft. of new gross floor area, to allow ground floor residential units, to reconstruct and further extend, non-conforming side setbacks, to allow an FAR of 1.4 in a 3-story structure, to waive 24 parking stalls, to waive minimum stall depth requirements, to waive the maximum driveway width requirement and to allow a retaining wall greater than 4′ in height within a setback at 20 Kinmonth Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four single-family attached dwellings in two buildings, to allow reduced side setbacks, to increase the allowed lot coverage, to allow a driveway within 10′ of the side lot line, and to allow retaining walls greater than 4′ within a setback at 145 Warren Street
  • Amended Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four single-family attached dwellings in one building, to allow reduced side setbacks, to increase the allowed lot coverage, to allow a driveway within 10′ of the side lot line, and to allow retaining walls greater than 4′ within a setback at 145 Warren Street – See Planning Memo

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee’s regularly scheduled meeting has been cancelled. The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Grant of Location to relocate a pole on Clark Street
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install conduit at the intersection of Langley Road and Centre Street to 10 Langley Road
  • Request to appropriate and expend $300,000 from Free Cash for continuation of site remediation project at 687 Watertown Street – Newton Early Childhood Program
  • Request discussion with the Sustainability Team to create an ordinance to limit or prohibit the installation of fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction and substantially renovated buildings, as well as clarify the Council’s authority to prohibit the extension of gas mains subject to the condition of the existing infrastructure
  • Request to appropriate and expend $129,250 from the City’s FY2019 allocation from the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to be used for concept design engineering services for the Complete Streets design of the Wells-Nahanton Traffic Signalization and Intersection Improvement Project
  • Request to appropriate and expend $500,000 from the Stormwater Management Fund Surplus – available for appropriation account to remove and dispose of an estimated 3,720 cubic yards of sediment from the three City Hall ponds and influent culverts of Cold Springs and Hammond Brook
  • Request to appropriate and expend $1,500,000 and authorize a general obligation borrowing of an equal amount for the purchase, delivery and installation of individual self-metered parking heads for on-street metered parking, and where appropriate, kiosks in city-owned parking lots and on-street locations
  • Request to appropriate and expend $5,750,000 for the Walnut Street/Austin Street Newtonville Project:
    • $4,050,000 authorization for a general obligation borrowing
    • $1,700,000 from the Austin Street mitigation funds provided as a condition to the Special Permit

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request renewal of bus license for Lasell University
  • Request new public auto license:
    • Michael Gimmelfarb for American Truck and Equipment LLC
    • Dhanraj Mahase for Mahase Livery Services LLC
  • Request renewal of public auto license
    • Dhanraj Mahase for Mahase LIvery Services LLC
    • Donald LaPlante for Don’s Car Service
  • Request renewals of taxi licenses – 37 in total
    • Michael Antonellis for Veterans Taxi Service of Newton LLC
    • George Marry for Holden’s Taxi Inc – 1
    • George Marry for Newtonville Cab Company, Inc – 2
    • George Marry for Newton Taxi Company – 1

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Real Property Reuse Committee – 11/19/2019 Report: The Real Property Reuse Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointments to the Joint Advisory Planning Group for the West Newton Armory
    • Mitchell Fischman
    • Lawrence Bauer
  • Recommendation to sell a 1,200 sq. ft. parcel of land on Brackett Road to a person who resides in the neighborhood for no minimum price at a market rate of no less than $5000 – See Draft Council Order

Public Facilities Committee – 11/20/2019 Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • 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 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

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following item:

  • 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

All other items were held.

Public Safety and Transportation – 11/20/2019 Report: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve 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

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following items:

  • 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 – 11/21/2019 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve 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 – Subject to second call – See Draft Council Order
  • 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 Draft Council Order
  • 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 – Subject to second call – See Draft Council Order
  • 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 – Note: Land Use Approved by a vote of 2 – 0 – 3 (Crossley, Kelley and Markiewicz abstaining) – See Draft Council Order
  • 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 Draft Council Order

Committee of the Whole – 11/25/2019 Report: The City Council met as a Committee of the Whole and voted to approve the following:

  • Request for City Council approval of the acquisition of approximately 17.4 acres of woods at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway by eminent domain to be used for conservation and open space purposes
  • Conservation Commission requesting that the City take the fee in approximately 17.4 acres of wooded land, including trees, water, and structures located on the property, at the rear of 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (referred to as Webster Woods) by eminent domain for open space and conservation purposes
  • Community Preservation Committee (“CPC”) recommendation to appropriate $725,000 from CPC Preservation Fund’s Fiscal 2020 Open Space Reserve and restricted fund balance for open space to the control of the Law Department for legal services and other costs associated required for the acquisition by the City of Newton of approximately 17.4 acres of wooded land, including trees, water, and structures located on the property, at the rear of 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (referred to as Webster Woods)
  • Community Preservation Committee (“CPC”) recommendation to appropriate $15,000 from CPC Preservation Fund’s Fiscal 2020 Open Space Reserve to the control of the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Conservators for costs associated with holding the conservation restriction for approximately 17.4 acres of wooded land, including trees, water, and structures located on the property, at the rear of 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (referred to as Webster Woods)
  • Community Preservation Committee (“CPC”) joining with the Conservation Commission recommendation to take the fee in approximately 17.4 acres of wooded land, including trees, water, and structures located on the property, at the rear of 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (referred to as Webster Woods) by eminent domain for open space and conservation purposes and further recommending authorization for the Treasurer to borrow $15,000,000 for the acquisition (30 year bond)
  • Request for City Council approval of the acceptance and expenditure of a $200,000 donation from members of Friends of Webster Woods to be used towards the acquisition of approximately 17.4 acres of wooded land, including trees, water, and structures located on the property, at the rear of 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (referred to as Webster Woods)

Finance Committee – 11/25/2019 Report: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate $15,000 to the Planning and Development Department for a grant to the Newton Conservators, for the costs associated with holding the conservation restriction for Kessler Woods
  • Request to appropriate and expend $3,000,000 from Certified Free Cash to fund the City’s Pavement Management Program
  • Request authorization to rescind the assessment of curb betterments at 77 Pembroke Street and 86 Waban Hill Road
  • Request authorization to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal to the Rental Vehicles Account
  • Request to appropriate $12,334,366 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding renovations of the Newton Early Childhood Program at 687 Watertown Street
  • Request to appropriate $1,900,000 from Prior Year Carry forward for Wage Reserve and $600,000 from Current Year Wage Reserve to pay for retroactive salaries and stipends due to members of the Newton Police Superior Officers’ for the period covering from July 1, 2014 through FY2020
  • Request to transfer $69,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the City Council Officials with Benefits Account to cover the costs of 6 months of the City Council’s new salary
  • Re-appointment of Susan Dzikowski as Comptroller
  • Request to appropriate $85,000 from Certified Free Cash to settle a discrepancy in the amount of 2017 Massachusetts State Income Taxes paid vs. the amount owed

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – 11/25/2019 Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Martin Smargiassi to the Community Preservation Committee
  • Appointment of Visda Saeyan to the Urban Design Commission
  • Re-appointment of Michael Kauffman to the Urban Design Commission
  • Request to discuss and adopt amendments to the Zoning Ordinances 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

The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to delay implementation on the following item:

  • Request to repeal Section 3.4.4 Garages of the Newton Zoning Ordinance effective December 31, 2019. Garages are expected to be addressed during Zoning Redesign next term

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of December 1st

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

  • 133 Waban Avenue – Special Permit for detached accessory apartment
  • 18 Hamlin Road – Possible Special Permit to increase FAR to build a larger detached garage with finished space above
  • 104 Eldredge Street – Special Permit to extend nonconforming FAR by constructing an attached garage
  • 2 Wells Avenue – Proposed childcare or for-profit educational use

The Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of November 24th

Committee of the Whole: The City Council will as a Committee of the Whole on Monday, November 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda is solely focused on the acquisition of Webster Woods. While the meeting is open to the public, it is possible that there will be a motion to go into Executive Session in order to discuss the purchase, exchange, lease or value of Webster Woods and strategy with regards to litigation. The 75 page agenda can be found here.

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, November 25th following the Committee of the Whole discussion in Room 211. The 85 -page agenda includes the following:

  • Request to revise ordinances related to White Goods and Bulky Items – including amendment of fees, and management of residential move-ins and move-outs – this item was referred back to Committee by the Full Council last week
  • Request to appropriate $15,000 to the Planning and Development Department for a grant to the Newton Conservators, for the costs associated with holding the conservation restriction for Kessler Woods
  • Request to appropriate and expend $3,000,000 from Certified Free Cash to fund the City’s Pavement Management Program
  • Request authorization to rescind the assessment of curb betterments at 77 Pembroke Street and 86 Waban Hill Road
  • Request authorization to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal to the Rental Vehicles Account
  • Request to appropriate $12,334,366 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding renovations of the Newton Early Childhood Program at 687 Watertown Street
  • Request to appropriate $1,900,000 from Prior Year Carry forward for Wage Reserve and $600,000 from Current Year Wage Reserve to pay for retroactive salaries and stipends due to members of the Newton Police Superior Officers’ for the period covering from July 1, 2014 through FY2020
  • Request to transfer $69,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the City Council Officials with Benefits Account to cover the costs of 6 months of the City Council’s new salary
  • Re-appointment of Susan Dzikowski as Comptroller
  • Request to appropriate $85,000 from Certified Free Cash to settle a discrepancy in the amount of 2017 Massachusetts State Income Taxes paid vs. the amount owed

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, November 25th following the Committee of the Whole discussion in Room 205. The 58-page agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Martin Smargiassi to the Community Preservation Committee
  • Appointment of Visda Saeyan to the Urban Design Commission
  • Re-appointment of Michael Kauffman to the Urban Design Commission
  • Three Public Hearings:
    • Request to repeal Section 3.4.4 Garages of the Newton Zoning Ordinance effective December 31, 2019. Garages are expected to be addressed during Zoning Redesign next term – see Planning Memo
    • Request discuss and adopt amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to create exemptions to building envelope standards to facilitate implementation of energy efficiency and alternative energy measures in buildings – see Planning Memo (same as below)
    • Request to discuss and adopt amendments to the Zoning Ordinances 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)

Response to questions from November 18th City Council Meeting re: Northland: In response to questions raised at the last City Council meeting regarding the Northland proposal where the vote was postponed because of two absences, the Planning Department issued the following memo which can be found here. The Northland project is expected to be voted out at the next City Council meeting in December.

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.