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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of November 26th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Real Property Reuse Committee:  The Real Property Reuse Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to discuss a proposed amendment to clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties; and to address any other changes that might be needed.  The agenda can be found here.  Please note:  This item was discussed and voted 3 – 0 for approval at the previous meeting of the Real Property Reuse Committee.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and will first, meet jointly with the Programs and Services Committee to discuss the following:  transfer of $109,200 from Budget Reserve Snow and Ice to fund overtime staffing and tree service incurred because of severe wind storms.  The Finance Committee will then take up the following:  request to appropriate $1,507,105 from bonded indebtedness to upgrade the City’s financial system to Tyler Technology’s Munis
Software, request to appropriate and expend $215,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of purchasing a bucket truck for the Forestry Division of the Parks and Recreation
Department, request to appropriate and expend $213,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of renovating three tennis courts at McGrath Park, request to appropriate and expend $192,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of replacing the current Parks & Recreation trash truck with two F-550 6-cubic yard packers – one for trash and one for recycling, request for an abatement of a curb betterment assessment in the
amount of $3,400, which improved 321 Central Street Auburndale, request to appropriate
$5,000,000 from the November 13, 2017 Overlay Surplus Declaration to fund the
Accelerated Roads Program, request to accept and expend a $44,000 grant from the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as part of the Recycling
Dividends Grant Program, request to appropriate $35,674.65 from the Judgments and
Settlements Account to fund an indemnification award, request to appropriate $2,000,000 from the November 13, 2017 Overlay Surplus Declaration to the Rainy Day
Stabilization Fund, and a request to transfer $26,000 within the Comptroller’s budget from the Staffing Reserve Account to the Full-time Salaries Account to support changes in the Comptroller’s Office.  The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to meet jointly with the Finance Committee to discuss the following:   to discuss the following:  transfer of $109,200 from Budget Reserve Snow and Ice to fund overtime staffing and tree service incurred because of severe wind storms.  The agenda can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:15 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following:  request to acquire land at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (see Appraisal), request for an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance and create a lodging house ordinance which would allow for annual fire, safety and health inspections and licensing of buildings, request to amend the Zoning Ordinance to establish licensing requirements and criteria for lodging houses, and a request to increase the Inclusionary Zoning requirement from 15% to 25%.  The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 28th in the Council Chambers and is expected to discuss the following:  request for a Consistency Ruling regarding a previously issued special permit/site plan approval for property located at 37 Hamlet (Houghton Village) in order to replace an existing maintenance shed and add 159 sq. feet to extend a community room, request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit/site plan approval granted for property located at 157 Herrick Road to rehabilitate Farwell Hall, construct an addition and grant a parking waiver and associated relief from parking lot requirements, request to rezone five parcels at the Northland site and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow for non-accessory parking at the Northland site, special permit/site plan approval to legalize a third unit and non-compliant lot area per unit in the existing non-conforming two-family at 69-71 Cherry Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to
relocate an existing dwelling, add a unit to the rear of the dwelling and construct two
additional single-family attached dwellings in an MR-1 district, requiring a special permit
at 336 Newtonville Avenue, request to rezone three parcels on Langley Road and a special permit/site plan approval to develop 20,000+ sq. ft. of gross square area by razing the existing two-family at 400 Langley and constructing a three-story, 20-unit multi-family
apartment building, legitimize a nonconforming deck and setback at 402-404 Langley
Road, a reduction of parking to 1.25 stalls per unit or 83 stalls, parking in the side
setback, a waiver of dimensional requirements for parking, a waiver for requirements
for end stalls, a waiver for the minimum aisle width, a waiver of perimeter screening
and interior landscaping requirements, a waiver for lighting and surfacing requirements
and a waiver to allow multi-family dwellings in the MR-3 zone, at 392-396, 400, 402-404
Langley Road, request to extend the notification area for special permit petitions, request for a discussion on fees for special permits, and a request for a report from the Planning Department regarding  how many of the affordable units developed at Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street qualify for inclusion on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory List; if a property is not on the list, what can be done to make it eligible.   The agenda can be found here.

Public Faciities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to meet jointly with the Public Safety and Transportation Committee on the following items:  request for approval of the West Newton Enhancement Project on Washington Street from Chestnut Street to Lucas Court, request for updates on the Washington Street design, and a request to extend the trial for the sidewalk snow shoveling ordinance.  The Public Facilities Committee will then continue its meeting and discuss the following:  petition for a grant of location to install a new pole on Bellevue Street, a request for a Section 5-58 schematic design and site plan approval for the creation of mixed-use housing, redevelopment of the Reverend Ford Playground, and expand open space by at least 20,000 square feet at 70 Crescent Street, update on the Accelerated Roads Program, update on the Cabot Elementary School construction project, request for an update on the Library Expansion Project and a request for an update on the Archives Expansion Project.  The Public Hearing Notice for the Crescent Street project can be found here and the agenda can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee on the following items:  request for approval of the West Newton Enhancement Project on Washington Street from Chestnut Street to Lucas Court, request for updates on the Washington Street design, and a request to extend the trial for the sidewalk snow shoveling ordinance.  The agenda can be found here.

Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 29th at 8:30 a.m. in the Clerk’s Office.  The agenda can be found here.

 

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 26th

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:

Crescent Street Working Group:  The Crescent Street Working Group is scheduled to meet TODAY, Monday, November 27th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.

Council on Aging:  The Council on Aging is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee:  The School Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street.  Prior to the School Committee meeting, the School Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m.in Room 304 and hold a caucus to elect new officers.  The Caucus Notice can be found here and the agenda can be found here.

Committee on Community Preservation:  The Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  request to submit an off-cycle proposal for $2,640,000 in additional CPA funding for design and construction of the 70 Crescent Street mixed-use housing and playground expansion project.  The agenda and pre-meeting packet can be found here.

Conservation Committee:  The Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  request to amend an Order of Conditions to allow for installation of a blue stone patio and a fire pit for property located at 19 Patten Circle, request for a Notice of Intent for infrastructure improvements to support development of 8 single family dwellings at Carlson Avenue (near Mt. Ida College), ex post facto request for a Notice of Intent for emergency culvert repair and dredging of a detention pond for property located at 77 Florence Street (Hampton Place condominiums), Notice of Intent for demolition of a single-family home to construct a duplex at 73 Beaconwood Road.  The agenda can be found here, and the packet info can be found here.

Energy Commission:  The Citizens Commission on Energy is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria and is scheduled to discuss the following;  Community Choice Aggregation, update on the Rumford Solar project (including the proposed and approved fence) and other related solar projects, and an update on Eversource’s proposal to change the net metering rates.  The agenda can be found here.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of November 26th

The following Development Review Team meetings are scheduled for this week for the following potential projects:

  • 12 Acorn Drive – Special permit to Increase FAR for porch addition to single‐
    family dwelling (SR3)
  • 2095 Commonwealth Avenue – Special Permit to allow exceptions from the sign ordinance
  • 26 Owatonna Street –  Proposed rear addition to single‐family dwelling (existing
    1953 variance) (SR3)

Announcements

West Newton Square Enhancements Projects: The project team will host a drop-in session to meet on Tuesday, November 21st from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. and again on Tuesday, November 28th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at L’Aroma Café at 15 Spencer Street, West Newton. For more information, please go here.

 

City Council Meetings – Week of November 19th

The Finance Committee is the only Council Committee meeting this week.  All other meetings have been cancelled.  The Meeting Cancellation Notice can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet TONIGHT, November 20th, at 6:15 p.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  request to appropriate
$7,000 from the Handicapped Parking Fine Fund to be used to pay for special police
detail enforcement of the accessible parking regulations, request to appropriate $106,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of upgrading the Toughbooks equipment in the Police Department’s first line response vehicles, request that the Mayor take the necessary steps to construct a 9½’ chain link fence with ivy around the exterior of the Rumford Avenue solar site, request to accept and expend a $3500 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Housing for hoarding services to support the work of the Newton Hoarding
Task Force, request to transfer the necessary funding the from Current Year Wage Reserve Account to various department budgets in order to fund the cost items set forth in the one-year labor contract agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSME), City Hall Associates, Local 3092, request to appropriate and expend $41,080 from the Inclusionary Zoning Fund and the Newton Housing Authority will contribute an equal amount for the purpose of repaying HOME funds in the amount of $82,160, request to appropriate $280,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a
Gradall vehicle for the Public Works Department, request authorization for the city to enter into a lease agreement for the delivery, implementation, management, and support of the Student Information Systems (SIS) for the Newton Public Schools, request to appropriate and expend $1,200,000 from bonded indebtedness to replace the Fire Department’s Ladder Truck #2, request authorization to accept and expend a $22,460 grant from the
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Grant for the purchase of equipment for the City’s Emergency Operations Center, and a request to appropriate $1,507,105 from bonded indebtedness to upgrade the City’s financial system to Tyler Technology’s Munis
Software.  The agenda can be found here.

Following this meeting, the Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on the request for approval of the  FY 18 Municipal Property Tax Levy Distribution Percentages (Tax Classification).  The Notice can be found here and the agenda can be found here

 

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of November 12, 2017

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  appointment of Anne Killilea to the Commission on Disability, public hearing on an ordinance to allow food trucks in the City of Newton – initially restricted to Wells Avenue – (see Planning Department Memo), discussion on consideration of a zoning amendment to increase the inclusionary zoning unit requirement from 15% – 25%, require some inclusionary zoning units to be designated for middle income households and create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of units; and an update on Zoning Redesign. The agenda can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The regularly scheduled Finance Committee meeting has been cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is scheduled to discuss the following:  request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit to construct four
attached single-family dwellings in two buildings and to locate a driveway within 10 feet
of a side lot line at 5-7 Elm Street and 114 River Street, petition for a special permit/site plan approval to legalize third unit and non-compliant lot area per unit in the existing
non-conforming two-family at 69-71 Cherry Street, petition for a special permit/site plan approval to relocate an existing dwelling, add a unit to the rear of the dwelling and construct two additional single-family attached dwellings in an MR-1 district, requiring a special permit at 336 Newtonville Avenue, petition for a special permit/site plan approval  to redraw lot lines of three existing lots into two irregular shaped lots,
creating a higher than allowable build factor of 28.08 where 20 is allowed at an
unnumbered lot, 22 & 26 Goddard Street, request to change the zone to
MR-3 for land located at 392-396 Langley Road(MR-2; Parcel 1), 400 Langley Road (MR-
2; Parcel 2), and 402-404 Langley Road (BU-1; Parcel 3) and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to to develop 20,000+ sq. ft. of gross square area by razing the existing two-family at 400 Langley and constructing a three-story, 20-unit multi-family
apartment building, legitimize a nonconforming deck and setback at 402-404 Langley
Road, a reduction of parking to 1.25 stalls per unit or 83 stalls, parking in the side
setback, a waiver of dimensional requirements for parking, a waiver for requirements
for end stalls, a waiver for the minimum aisle width, a waiver of perimeter screening
and interior landscaping requirements, a waiver for lighting and surfacing requirements
and a waiver to allow multi-family dwellings in the MR-3 zone, at 392-396, 400, 402-404
Langley Road, request to extend notification to abutters for special permit petitions, request fora discussion with the Planning & Development Department regarding the fees charged for Special Permits and what the actual costs are for issuing Special Permits, and a request for a report from the Planning Department re how many of the affordable units developed at Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street qualify for inclusion on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory List; if a property is not on the list, what can be done to make it eligible.  The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to hold a special meeting on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber to discuss the request to seek Home Rule Legislation to amend the Charter to reduce the size of the Council to 16 – 8 at-large with a residency requirement in each Ward and 8 – Ward only elected Councilors with a residency requirement in each Ward.  The agenda can be found here.  A memo from Councilor Sangiolo can be found here.

Real property/Reuse Committee:  The Real Property/Reuse Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  request to amend Chapter 2, Section 7. Sale or lease of city owned real property, of the City of Newton Revised Ordinance, 2012 (The Real Property Reuse Ordinance) to clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties; and to address any other changes that might be needed.  The agenda can be found here.

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m in Room 205. The agenda can be found here.

 

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 12th

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  approval of minutes, CDBG Report, self-evaluation, HP Fines Report, Treasurer’s Report, ADA Coordinator’s Report, request for an MAAB Variance for DPW parking lot, and review of an applicant for the Commission.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jini Fairley by phone at:  617-796-1253 or by email at:  jfairley@newtonma.gov.

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  request for feedback on options for demolition for all or part of 140 Windermere Road.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

SEPAC:  The Special Education PAC is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:15 p.m. at the Ed Center Room 217.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee:  The School Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center.  The agenda can be found here.  Note:  There will be an update on High School Start Times.

School Committee (Executive Session):  The School Committee will meet in Executive Session on Tuesday, November 14th at 6:20 p.m. in Room 304 at the Ed Center to discuss litigation and potential settlement for a claim against the Newton Public Schools.  The Meeting Notice can be found here.

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  Updates from the Economic Development Director, updates from the Economic Development Commission chair,  discussion on the RFP Stakeholder Engagement, approval of meeting minutes, discussion of expiring terms and re-appointments and agenda items for future meetings. For more information, please contact Kathryn Ellis by phone at:  617-796-1122 or by email at:  kellis@newtonma.gov. (Note:  the agenda is not posted and therefore no link.  Sorry!)

Austin Street Liaison Committee:  The Austin Street Liaison Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  For more information, please contact Planning Department staff by email at: austinstreet@newtonma.gov or by phone at:  617-796-1127/

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B10 (Planning Department’s Conference Room) and is scheduled to discuss the following new sign permits:  880 Walnut St – El Basha Grille; 2095 Commonwealth Ave – Starbucks;  1231 Centre St – Cupola;  170 Needham St – Rockland Trust Bank;  200 – 220 Boylston Street – Lunette Optic;  100 Wells Avenue – Wingate and  55 Boylston Street – Container Store.  The Commission will also hold a discussion of the West Newton Square Enhancement Project.  The agenda can be found here, packet documents here and staff memo here.  For more information, please contact  Shubee Sikka by phone at:  617-796-1139 or by email at:  ssikka@newtonma.gov.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Newton City Hall and is expected to discuss the following:  request to demolish a house at 42 Parsons Street; request for partial demolition and to  add partial second story and rear addition at 51 Glen Avenue; request to demolish a building at 236 Harvard Circle; request for partial demolition and to replace a roof at 37 Clinton Street; request to waive a demolition delay at 37 Radcliffe Road; request to waive a demolition delay at 738 Watertown Street; request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to add rear dormers at 432 Cherry Street, request to construct a detached residential building on a Cherry Street lot at 46 Webster Street – New Construction; and a request to waive a demolition delay at 19 Islington Road.  The agenda can be found here; staff memo can be found here and packet documents can be found here.  For more information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at:  617-796-1143  or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  staff overview of program finances, public hearing and possible vote on Newton Cemetery – Whipple-Beal Cast Iron Fence $60K request; update on the conceptual design and feasibility phase for the Crescent Street project, request to submit off-cycle full proposal for $2,640,000 in additional CPA funding for final design and construction; and an update from the Planning & Development Dept.proposing to revision to the Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program‘s purpose from creating new affordable units to preserving the affordability of units already in the program, retaining $735,000 for the new purpose and returning $845,745 for other CPA-eligible housing purposes.  The agenda and pre-meeting packet can be found here. For more information, please contact Alice Ingerson by phone at:  617-796-1144 or by email at:  aingerson@newtonma.gov.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is schedule to meet on Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department’s Conference Room and is expected to review the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to approve pavers and edging for driveway for property located at 108 Reservoir Avenue, request for approval of installed rear railing system, retaining wall and play structure for property located at 29 Gatehouse Road, request to install retaining walls, landscaping wall, and steps and remove fence,
concrete slab and steps for property located at 34 Beacon Street, request to create crushed stone parking area on Chestnut Hill Road and remove one light at rear door for property located at 34 Beacon Street, request to install a pool, paving, retaining walls and fencing and to expand the driveway area to include a circular driveway and parking area for property located at 41 Chestnut Hill Road, request to demolish two chimneys for property located at 152 Suffolk Road, and a request for feedback on roof repair and gutter and downspout replacement for property located 152 Suffolk Road.  The agenda can be found here, staff memo can be found here and the packet documents can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at bkurze@newtonma.gov.

 

Development Review Team – Week of November 12th

The Development Review Team will meet this week on the following proposed projects:

  • 1426 Washington Street – Accessory apartment in a detached structure (MR1)
  • 47 Rokeby Road –  Possible Special Permit for single-family dwelling to
    exceed allowable floor area ratio (FAR) (SR2)
  • 83-127 John F. Kennedy Circle (Jackson St side) – Newton Housing Authority; proposed elderly housing (MR2)

Meeting Notice can be found here.

City Council Committee Reports now available

The following City Council Committee Reports are now available:

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on Wednesday, October 18th and voted to approve the following:  request to rescind a request that all new docket items shall include the date and time the item was received and the name of the Clerk who received it, request for a Rules Amendment to Section 3, Referral of of business to committees and replacing the word “petition” with “docket item”, and a request to amend the City Council Rules to close docket items that have not made their way through the Council by the end of a term, thereby eliminating the creation of a Referral Docket, similar to state and federal legislature’s procedure.  The Committee voted NO ACTION NECESSARY on a proposed ordinance to require registration for lobbyists. All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, October 18th and voted to approve the following:  appointment of Miles Smith and Sunwoo Kahng to the Solid Waste Commission, petition for a grant of location to install conduit to service a house at 111 Bigelow Road, and a request for a grant of location to install a gas main to provide service to 82 Broken Tree Road.  The following items were voted NO ACTION NECESSARY:  request for an update from the Director of Sustainability and the Administration on the development of a program, known as Newton Power Choice, to aggregate the electricity demand of Newton’s electric customers, request for a discussion with the Administration and Public Buildings Department about the Community Solar Share Program, which intends to provide credits resulting from solar power generated at 70 Elliot Street to qualifying low income residents, request for authorization to add one full-time employee within the Public Works Department to manage all detail requests submitted to the Police Detail Coordinator, request for a parking meter pilot
or multiple pilots in Fiscal Year 2018 using the latest technology, which allows
payment by credit card and other features, such as monitoring meter usage,
providing feedback to administrators, information to drivers, and allowing time-based
fee adjustment.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, October 18th and voted NO ACTION NECESSARY on the following: request for a parking meter pilot or multiple pilots in Fiscal Year 2018 using the latest technology, which allows payment by credit card and other features, such as monitoring meter usage, providing feedback to administrators, information to drivers, and allowing time‐based fee adjustment, requesting a review and possible amendment or elimination of the winter overnight parking ban, requesting a review and discussion of the opiate
overdose epidemic including an update from the Health Department appraising the
board on the current situation to include comparative statistics from previous years as
to the number of opiate overdoses handled by first responders.  In addition, what is
being done immediately to take this on and what support can the Board provide, and request a discussion on duplicate street names. All other items were held. The report can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, October 23rd and voted to approve the following:  appointment of Allan Cohen to the Board of Assessors, request for authorization to appropriate $32,297 from general revenue, which the City
received from the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to the School Department
to offset transportation costs, and a request for the acceptance of General Laws Chapter 44, Section 53F¾, which establishes a special revenue fund known as the Public, Educational, and Government (PEG) Access and Cable Related Fund, to reserve cable franchise fees and
other cable-related revenues for appropriation to support PEG access services and
oversight and renewal of the cable franchise agreement, the fund to begin operation for
fiscal year 2019, which begins on July 1, 2018. The Committee vote NO ACTION NECESSARY on the following: request for authorization to appropriate two million dollars
($2,000,000) from Free Cash to the Rainy Day Stabilization Fund, submittal of the Fiscal Years 2018 to 2022 5-Year Financial Forecast for City Council review/acceptance, request for a parking meter pilot or multiple pilots in Fiscal Year 2018 using the latest technology, which allows payment by credit card and other features, such as monitoring meter usage, providing feedback to administrators, information to drivers, and allowing time-based fee adjustment, and a request for a  discussion with the Administration and Public
Buildings Department about the Community Solar Share Program, which intends to
provide credits resulting from solar power generated at 70 Elliot Street to qualifying low
income residents.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, Ocdtober 23rd and voted to accept request for withdrawal without prejudice for the recommendations by the Newton Historical Commission to establish an historic district for Newton Highlands and for West Newton Hill.  The Committee then participated in a  Fair Housing Workshop.  The report can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, October 24th and discussed the following:  request for a Consistency Ruling for a special permit/site plan approval issued for 30 Caroline Park, and a special permit/site plan approval issued for Chestnut Hill Square.  The Land Use Committee then voted to approve the following: a request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow vehicle sales at 454-458 Watertown Street,  request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a
three-story building, up to 36’ high, allow an FAR of 1.5, waivers to allow parking in the
side setback, waiver to allow parking within 5’ of a building or structure containing
dwelling units, waivers to allow a reduction in the parking requirement to 1.25 per
dwelling unit, relief from parking facility landscaping, and a waivers to the lot area per
unit in a multifamily dwelling by 25% to allow for an affordable unit at 386-394
Watertown Street, petition for a special permit/site plan approval to
demolish the existing detached garage structure and rear portion of the dwelling and
replace it with a two-car attached garage, mudroom, living space and a rear pool,
creating an FAR of .37 where .21 exists and .33 is allowed at 45 Chester Street, petition to amend a previously approved special permit to allow for the construction of a detached garage at 1080 Walnut Street,  request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a 1,026 sq.ft. rear addition to the basement, first and second stories, creating an FAR of .67 where .58 is allowed and .44 exists at 14 Pond Avenue, request to amend a previously approved special permit to allow for changes to the site plan at 103 Court Street, and a request to amend a previously approved special permit to allow parking within the front setback and waive the requirement for outdoor play area screening at 49 Winchester Street.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.