Category: City Council

City Council Reports – Now Available

Land Use – 04/07/2020 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend a deed restriction in previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approvals to allow an increase in Floor Area Ratio (FAR) from .268 to .277 for the construction of an addition to the school building at 125 Wells Avenue – See Draft Council Order

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning – 04/13/2020 Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for City Council Authorization, pursuant to the 2019 Revised Citizen Participation Plan, to submit the FY21-FY25 Consolidation Plan and FY21 Annual Action Plan to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the City of Newton Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds and the WestMetro HOME Consortium.

All other items were held.

Finance – 04/13/2020 Report: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Carl Valente to the Financial Audit Advisory Committee
  • Reappointment of Councilor Lisle Baker to the Anthony Salvucci Scholarship Fund
  • Appointment of Councilor Maria Scibelli-Greenberg to the Anthony Salvucci Scholarship Fund
  • Appointment of Councilor Chris Markiewicz to the (Other Post Employment Benefits) OPEB Trust Fund Committee
  • Request to accept and expend a MED-Project LLC Grant of $1,300 to cover personnel costs associated with the collection and disposal of unwanted medication
  • Request to accept and expend a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Emergency Grant of $100,000 to fund additional compensation in the form of overtime, additional personnel resources and the purchase of emergency supplies necessary to help the City of Newton prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic – NOTE: This item was amended to $200,000

Land Use – 04/14/2020 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-story rear addition, further increasing the non-conforming lot coverage, further extending the nonconforming open space and increasing the nonconforming FAR from .51 to .56 where .46 is allowed at 14 Church Street – See Draft Council Order
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze an existing detached garage structure and replace it with a two-car detached garage and covered porch with a total ground floor area of 796 sq. ft. at 99 Pine Ridge Road – See Draft Council Order
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze one bay in the existing (two-car) detached garage on the property line and construct an attached two-story two-car addition, extending the nonconforming rear setback from 12’ to 8.7’ where 15’ is allowed at 16 Crehore Drive – See Draft Council Order
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow an updated Comprehensive Sign package to include relief as follows; to allow freestanding signs, to allow a freestanding sign exceeding 35 square feet, to waive the definition of a directional sign, to waive the duration event signs may display event information, to waive the maximum size for a directional sign, to allow more than one freestanding sign on each street frontage and to allow signs which do not conform to the standards for number, size location or design of signs at 1-55 Boylston Street (“The Street”) – See Draft Council Order

All other items were held.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of April 19th

The following potential projects/proposals will meet virtually with the Development Review Team this week:

  • 36 Walsh Road – Special Permit for already constructed retaining walls greater than 4 ft. in height in a setback
  • 350-352 Cabot Street – Possible Special Permit to extend a nonconforming use to create an additional dwelling unit in a two-family dwelling by dividing an existing unit into two

The Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of April 12th

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet virtually on Monday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. To join the meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/850416988 One tap mobile +16465588656,,850416988# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 850 416 988. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Carl Valente to the Financial Audit Advisory Committee
  • Reappointment of Councilor Lisle Baker to the Anthony Salvucci Scholarship Fund
  • Appointment of Councilor Maria Scibelli-Greenberg to the Anthony Salvucci Scholarship Fund
  • Appointment of Councilor Chris Markewicz to the (Other Post Employment Benefits) OPEB Trust Fund Committee
  • Request to accept and expend a MED-Project LLC Grant of $1,300 to cover personnel costs associated with the collection and disposal of unwanted medication.
  • Request to accept and expend a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Emergency Grant of $100,000 to fund additional compensation in the form of overtime, additional personnel resources and the purchase of emergency supplies necessary to help the City of Newton prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet virtually on Monday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. To join the meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/522563621. To listen to the meeting via phone dial 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID 522 563 621. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for City Council Authorization pursuant to the 2019 Revised Citizen Participation Plan, to submit the FY21-FY25 Consolidation Plan and FY21 Annual Action Plan to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the City of Newton Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds and the WestMetro HOME Consortium – See Planning Memo
  • Request for an amendment to Chapter 30 of Newton’s Zoning Ordinance, section 3.4.4 on garages (delayed implementation until July 1). This ordinance has been delayed five times
  • Request for a review of zoning requirements for single-family attached dwelling units –
  • Request to amend Chapter 30 of the Newton Zoning Ordinances to eliminate mandated parking minimums to improve the vitality of local businesses, reduce the cost of housing, and support the climate action goals.
  • Request for review and possible amendment to the Demolition Delay and Landmark Ordinances – See Planning Memo

Please also refer to Councilor Lisle Baker’s Memo here.

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. To join the meeting use this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/105658710 or call 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID: 105 658 710. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow changes to the Site Plan at 1110 Chestnut Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-story rear addition, further increasing the non-conforming lot coverage, further extending the nonconforming open space and increasing the nonconforming FAR from .51 to .56 where .46 is allowed at 14 Church Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze an existing detached garage structure and replace it with a two-car detached garage and covered porch with a total ground floor area of 796 sq. ft. at 99 Pine Ridge Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze one bay in the existing (two-car) detached garage on the property line and construct an attached two-story two-car addition, extending the nonconforming rear setback from 12’ to 8.7’ where 15’ is allowed at 16 Crehore Drive – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert space on the third floor of the existing two-family structure to allow an interior accessory apartment exceeding 1,000 sq. ft. at 169 Hunnewell Avenue – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow an updated Comprehensive Sign package to include relief as follows; to allow free standing signs, to allow a free standing sign exceeding 35 square feet, to waive the definition of a directional sign, to waive the duration event signs may display event information, to waive the maximum size for a directional sign, to allow more than one free-standing sign on each street frontage and to allow signs which do not conform to the standards for number, size location or design of signs at 1-55 Boylston Street (“The Street”) – See Planning Memo

Traffic Council: The Traffic Council will meet virtually on Thursday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m. To join this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/658594592 or call one-tap mobile +16465588656,,658594592# US (New York) or dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 658 594 592. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to remove 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
  • Request for a parking restriction on the west south side of Bishopsgate Road between 131 Bishopsgate Road and Beacon Street to enhance safety at the blind curve
  • Request to add a ‘No Turn on Red’ restriction from Beacon Street, westbound onto Sumner Street and from Beacon Street, eastbound onto Langley Road
  • Request for a review and possible changes to the stop signs located at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Rogers Street. Note: Existing stop sign posted at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Rogers Street, northbound, is not currently included in the City’s Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR), – this item would correct that error and possibly create an all-way stop at this intersection.
  • Request a discussion and possible action on increasing safety of pedestrians at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Rogers Street in Newton Centre.
  • Request to add an accessible parking space on Elm Street next to or in front of Paddy’s Public House
  • Request to add the following: a) left turn restriction into the Riverside Office Center northerly drive, and b) right turn and left turn restriction into the Riverside Office Center southerly drive.
  • Request to change the distribution of time limits in the Richardson Street Public Parking Lot in Newton Corner to install reserved spaces for EV Charging Stations and/or EV Shared Vehicles – NOTE: This item was held for a trial of the following: Up to four parking meters in the Richardson Street Parking Lot may be removed and replaced by a combination of spaces reserved for shared electric vehicles and spaces reserved for electric vehicle charging. The location of these spaces, fees to be charged, and time limits to be posted will be determined by the Director of the Planning Department and Commissioner of Public Works. The method of enforcement will be determined by the Newton Traffic Bureau in conjunction with the Director of Planning and Development and the Commissioner of Public Works
  • Request to change the distribution of time limits in the Lexington Street Public Parking Lot in Auburndale to install reserved spaces for EV Charging Stations and/or EV Shared Vehicles. NOTE: This item was held for a trial of the following: Up to four parking meters in the Lexington Street Parking Lot may be removed and replaced by a combination of spaces reserved for shared electric vehicles and spaces reserved for electric vehicle charging. The location of these spaces, fees to be charged, and time limits to be posted will be determined by the Director of the Planning Department and Commissioner of Public Works. The method of enforcement will be determined by the Newton Traffic Bureau in conjunction with the Director of Planning and Development and the Commissioner of Public Works
  • Request to add a School Zone for the Horace Mann School on Nevada Street into the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR), and to remove the following school zones from the TPR for locations that no longer meet current school zone requirements: Watertown Street and Albemarle Road for the old Horace Mann School, Grove Street for the old Hamilton School, and Lowell Avenue abutting the site of the old Newton North High School.

Full City Council to Meet Virtually on Monday, April 6th

The Full City Council will meet virtually on Monday, April 6th at 7:45 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/933243865 Meeting ID: 933 243 865. One tap mobile +16465588656,,933243865#US (New York). Land line +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 933 243 865. You may also: 1. Watch a live broadcast of the meeting on NewTV’s government channel (Comcast 9, RCN 13, 614(HD), Verizon 33). 2. Viewing a live stream on NewTV’s Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/newtvgov .

The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.

City Council Meetings – Week of April 5th

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. To view this meeting using Zoom use this link: https://zoom.us/j/199406726 or call 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID: 199 406 726. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert an existing structure from an existing non-conforming office use to a new non-conforming use at 632 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow an increase in Floor Area Ration (FAR) from .268 to .277 for the construction of an addition to the school building at 125 Wells Avenue (Solomon Schechter Day School) – See Planning Memo.
  • Request to rezone land and request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for the Riverside MBTA mixed-use development at 355 and 399 Grove Street – Please note the presentation and discussion will focus on Transportation and project updates. See Planning Memo.

Programs and Services/Public Facilities/Public Safety and Transportation Committee Meetings – All Cancelled. See Cancellation Notice.

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Programs and Services Committee – 3/18/2020 Report: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Julie Winsett to the Urban Tree Commission
  • Appointment of Murali Vemula to the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee
  • Appointments to the Newton Community Education Commission
    • Silka Rothschild
    • John Oliver
  • Request to accept $270,000 of lighting equipment as well as authorization to accept more funds to be expended on the installation of a field light system for the Newton South High School Winkler Stadium Field which is on Newton Parks and Recreation property. The funds are being donated by the Newton South High School Booster Club.- See Letter from the Parks and Rec Commission
  • Requesting to transfer $250,000 from the June 30, 2019 Certified Free Cash to Acct #0121030‐543500 Emergency Operations‐Supplies account for the purpose of being prepared to act, should the need arise

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Committee – 3/19/2020 Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • 5 Requests for Grants of Location:
    • to relocate one pole to the southerly side of Farquhar Road in front of #20 Harvard Street
    • to relocate one pole approximately 30’ south of the existing pole location in front of #34 Duffield Road
    • to install approximately conduit in a westerly direction from existing manhole 16/314A to a proposed hand hole between building 721‐719 Washington Street
    • to install conduit in a westerly direction from existing manhole 16/211 to the alley of the Post Office at 897 Washington Street to provide FIOS
    • to install conduit from existing manhole 211 in a southeasterly direction to existing pole 94 located in the sidewalk on the southerly side of Washington Street
  • Request to accept $270,000 of lighting equipment as well as authorization to accept more funds to be expended on the installation of a field light system for the Newton South High School Winkler Stadium Field which is on Newton Parks and Recreation property. The funds are being donated by the Newton South High School Booster Club.
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to a non‐lapsing Public Buildings Department account for the evaluation and recommendations for the upgrade of the Police Headquarters HVAC System.
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from June 30, 2019 Certified Free Cash for the purpose of providing interior and exterior improvements at the Horace Mann School at 225 Nevada Street.
  • Request to transfer $650,000 from June 30, 2019 Certified Free Cash to the Newton Public Schools for the purpose of reimbursing Newton Public Schools for one‐ time costs associated with several projects that were necessary to accomplish the movement of the Horace Mann Elementary School community to the former Carr School on Nevada Street.
  • Request to appropriate and expend $7,000,000 and authorize a general obligation borrowing of an equal amount for the estimated design and construction costs associated with Water Main Improvements in FY2021 and authorization to apply any premium 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.

All other items were held.

Finance Committee – 3/23/2020 Report: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to accept and expend an $8,500 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) for marketing and technical advice for a “Heat Smart” program
  • Request to accept and expend a $250,000 MassDot Workforce Transportation grant for a new technology-enabled ride-share shuttle for Newton’s thriving Wells Avenue innovation district and the new UMass Amherst Mount Ida campus
  • Request to accept and expend a $15,000 grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to provide financial assistance for qualified seniors in the City of Newton to receive the services of Newton at Home Inc.
  • Request to appropriate and expend $7,000,000 and authorize a general obligation borrowing of an equal amount for the estimated design and construction costs associated with Water Main Improvements in FY2021 and authorization to apply any premium 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 for $1,105,000 in CPA funding be awarded to the Newton Housing Authority for the acquisition of the CAN-DO Housing Portfolio
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to a non-lapsing Public Buildings Department account for the evaluation and recommendations for the upgrade of the Police Headquarters HVAC System
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from the June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash for the purpose of providing interior and exterior improvements at the Horace Mann School at 225 Nevada Street
  • Request to transfer $250,000 from the June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash to Acct #0121030-543500 Emergency Operations-Supplies account for the purpose of being prepared to act, should the need arise
  • Request to accept $270,000 of lighting equipment as well as authorization to accept more funds to be expended on the installation of a field light system for the Newton South High School Winkler Stadium Field which is on Newton Parks and Recreation property. The funds are being donated by the Newton South High School Booster Club
  • Request to transfer $650,000 from the June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash to the Newton Public Schools for the purpose of reimbursing Newton Public Schools for one-time costs associated with several projects that were necessary to accomplish the move of the Horace Mann Elementary School community to the former Carr School on Nevada Street
  • Request to approve the settlement of Workers’ Compensation Claim #003554 in the amount of $62,500. The funds will be appropriated from Acct# 67A109A-515201- Municipal Workers’ Compensation – A motion to go into Executive Session may be entertained.

Zoning and Planning Committee – 3/23/2020 Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee held all items. The Report contains substantive discussion on the following items:

  • Request discussion of the 2020-2027 Open Space and Recreation Plan, a letter stating that the Zoning and Planning Committee reviewed the Plan, and adoption of the plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan – Chair’s Note: This item will be taken up in order to outline the process for review and adoption of the Open Space and Recreation Plan, and to set a public hearing. The first draft is being completed pursuant to significant public input and is to be available for review by March 23.
  • Request for a review, discussion, and direction relative to the draft Zoning Ordinance.
  • Request for an amendment to Chapter 30 of Newton’s Zoning Ordinance, section 3.4.4 on garages (delayed implementation until July 1).
  • Request for a review of the zoning requirements for single-family attached dwelling units
  • Request to amend Chapter of the Revised City of Newton Ordinances to eliminate mandated parking minimums to improve the vitality of local businesses, reduce the cost of housing, and support the climate action goals.

Land Use Committee – 3/24/2020 Report: The Land Use Committee held all items. The report includes substantive discussion of the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a retail marijuana establishment, to waive the minimum driveway width for two-way traffic, to waive perimeter screening requirements and to waive lighting requirements at 1158 Beacon Street – Union Twist
  • Request for a Change of Zone and a Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development of residential units, office, retail, personal services, restaurant, hotel, and related commercial uses not to exceed 1,025,000 square feet of gross floor area, with residential uses comprising not less than 60% of the total gross floor area with a residential density of not less than 800 square feet per unit with not less than 560 units nor more than 620 units with special permit relief and/or waivers…at the Riverside MBTA station. – NOTE: The presentation and discussion will be focused on Design Guidelines and project updates

Joint Advisory Planning Group for the West Newton Armory to hold a virtual meeting on April 2nd

The Joint Advisory Planning Group (“JAPG”) for the West Newton Armory will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. You can join the meeting using this link: https://zoom.us/j/999042642 According to the Planning Department’s Friday Report, the agenda includes:

  • Presentation by Jonathan Yeo, City Chief Operating Officer, and David Olson, City Clerk.

Additional information on the JAPG – West Newton Armory (including past – but not the current agenda) can be found here.

City Council Meetings – Week of March 22nd

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet Virtually ( To view this meeting, use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/484531654) on Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request discussion of the 2020-2027 Open Space and Recreation Plan, a letter stating that the Zoning and Planning Committee reviewed the Plan, and adoption of the plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan – Chair’s Note: This item will be taken up in order to outline the process for review and adoption of the Open Space and Recreation Plan, and to set a public hearing. The first draft is being completed pursuant to significant public input and is to be available for review by March 23 – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a review, discussion, and direction relative to the draft Zoning Ordinance – – See Planning Memo
  • Request for an amendment to Chapter 30 of Newton’s Zoning Ordinance, section 3.4.4 on garages (delayed implementation until July 1). This ordinance has been delayed five times
  • Request for a review of the zoning requirements for single-family attached dwelling units
  • Request to amend Chapter of the Revised City of Newton Ordinances to eliminate mandated parking minimums to improve the vitality of local businesses, reduce the cost of housing, and support the climate action goals – Chair’s Note: Items in italic will be taken up within the context of zoning redesign and specifically as it relates to Article 3.

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet (Virtually – To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/698611335) on Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to accept and expend an $8,500 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) for marketing and technical advice for a “Heat Smart” program
  • Request to accept and expend a $250,000 MassDot Workforce Transportation grant for a new technology-enabled ride-share shuttle for Newton’s thriving Wells Avenue innovation district and the new UMass Amherst Mount Ida campus
  • Request to accept and expend a $15,000 grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to provide financial assistance for qualified seniors in the City of Newton to receive the services of Newton at Home Inc.
  • Request to appropriate and expend $7,000,000 and authorize a general obligation borrowing of an equal amount for the estimated design and construction costs associated with Water Main Improvements in FY2021 and authorization to apply any premium 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 for $1,105,000 in CPA funding be awarded to the Newton Housing Authority for the acquisition of the CAN-DO Housing Portfolio
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to a non-lapsing Public Buildings Department account for the evaluation and recommendations for the upgrade of the Police Headquarters HVAC System
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from the June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash for the purpose of providing interior and exterior improvements at the Horace Mann School at 225 Nevada Street
  • Request to transfer $250,000 from the June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash to Acct #0121030-543500 Emergency Operations-Supplies account for the purpose of being prepared to act, should the need arise
  • Request to accept $270,000 of lighting equipment as well as authorization to accept more funds to be expended on the installation of a field light system for the Newton South High School Winkler Stadium Field which is on Newton Parks and Recreation property. The funds are being donated by the Newton South High School Booster Club
  • Request to transfer $650,000 from the June 30th, 2019 Certified Free Cash to the Newton Public Schools for the purpose of reimbursing Newton Public Schools for one-time costs associated with several projects that were necessary to accomplish the move of the Horace Mann Elementary School community to the former Carr School on Nevada Street
  • Request to approve the settlement of Workers’ Compensation Claim #003554 in the amount of $62,500. The funds will be appropriated from Acct# 67A109A-515201- Municipal Workers’ Compensation – A motion to go into Executive Session may be entertained.

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 24th (Virtually – To view this meeting using Zoom use this link: https://zoom.us/j/789503846) at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a retail marijuana establishment, to waive the minimum driveway width for two-way traffic, to waive perimeter screening requirements and to waive lighting requirements at 1158 Beacon Street – Union Twist
  • Request for a Change of Zone and a Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development of residential units, office, retail, personal services, restaurant, hotel, and related commercial uses not to exceed 1,025,000 square feet of gross floor area, with residential uses comprising not less than 60% of the total gross floor area with a residential density of not less than 800 square feet per unit with not less than 560 units nor more than 620 units with special permit relief and/or waivers…at the Riverside MBTA station. – NOTE: The presentation and discussion will be focused on Design Guidelines and project updates. – See Planning Memo and Responses to Councilor Questions