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Shorter Winter Parking Ban, Enforcement and Fines for Sidewalk Clearance – Snow Removal and Short-term Rental ordinance (with amendments) were approved at last City Council Meeting

Winter Parking Ban: The City Council voted to approve a shorter winter parking ban which will now begin on December 1st and end on March 31st.

Sidewalk Clearing/Snow Removal: Enforcement and fines for violations of the sidewalk clearing/snow removal ordinance were approved. The draft ordinance can be found here.

Short-term Rental Ordinance: The proposals for ordinances related to short-term rental registration and permitting were approved. Details of the motions that were approved and that failed as well as other items that were acted on at the last City Council Meeting can be found here.

What’s up this week?

Riverside Zoning: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet jointly with the Planning and Development Board on Monday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber to discuss two zoning amendment proposals – one proposed by the Developer and the other proposed by the Lower Falls Improvement Association regarding the Mixed Use 3 Zoning District and the Transit Oriented District. The Committee and the Board will be updated on the revised Riverside project proposal. See Zoning and Planning Committee and Planning and Development Board Joint Meeting Agenda

Washington Street Vision Plan: There will also be a public hearing on a request to approve and adopt the Washington Street Vision Plan as part of the 2007 Comprehensive Plan on Monday, September 9th at 8:15 p.m. in the Council Chamber.

Washington Place – request to amend the previously approved special permit/site plan approval to allow banks – was recommitted to the Land Use Committee and is on their agenda for Wednesday, September 11th. The item is expected to be taken up by 8:15 p.m. in the Council Chamber. See Land Use Agenda.

Preliminary Election for Ward 5 Councilor: The Preliminary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 10th. ONLY Ward 5 residents are eligible to vote.

Northland Discussion – The Land Use Committee will discuss the Northland Petition at it’s meeting on Wednesday, September 11th in the Council Chamber and will focus on the design guidelines, community benefits and the request to rezone the site and the Planning Department is expected to review petitioner’s responses to the questions raised regarding transportation raised at the hearing on August 6th. See Land Use Agenda.

Weekly Road Construction Schedule: The Department of Public Works has updated its weekly road construction schedule and you can find it here.

Three more Marijuana retailers receive provisional Host Community Agreement approval

Three additional Marijuana retailers have received provisional host community agreements from the Mayor as per recommendations from the Marijuana Host Community Agreement Advisory Committee. The three retailers are:

  • MME Newton Retail (MedMen) at 232 Boylston Street
  • GR Vending MA Newton (Herbology) at 131 Rumford Avenue
  • Union Twist at 1158 Beacon Street

Detailed information on the City of Newton Marijuana permitting processes can be found here.

Additionally, the Development Review Snapshot seems to suggest an interest by Garden Remedies to remove the appointment only requirement.

Fun Things to Do this week

Hyde Community Center Summer Series: The Summer series continues this Friday, September 6th beginning with a concert at 6:00 p.m. featuring, “Loose Change” followed by the Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Information about the Hyde Community Center Summer Series can be found here.

Newton Farmers’ Markets: The Farmers’ Markets continue as we move into the Fall season on Tuesdays at Cold Springs Park from 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays on Elm Street in West Newton from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Stop by and pick up fresh veggies, meat, fish, and prepared foods. Go here to see all the vendors coming to the markets and to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Farmers’ Markets be sure to subscribe to their newsletter here.

Full City Council to Meet on Tuesday, September 3rd

The Full City Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.

The Council will be voting on the request to amend a previously granted special permit/site plan approval for the Washington Place development to remove the prohibition of commercial banks and allow for a commercial bank not to exceed 3800 sq ft and the Petitioner would reserve 10,000 sq ft of ground floor space for non-formulaic retail space. According to this letter from the Petitioner, the Planning Department requested that restaurant space be specified as one type of the “non-formulaic” uses. The Petitioner is asking that personal services also be specified as an additional type of “non-formulaic” uses.

The Council will be taking up the Short-Term Rental Ordinance. Three Councilors are offering amendments to the ordinance:

  • Councilor Krintzman’s proposed amendments can be found here
  • Councilor Albright’s proposed amendments can be found here
  • Councilor Baker’s proposed amendments can be found here

The Snow Removal Ordinance will also be taken up. The proposed Draft Ordinance can be found here. See League of Women Voters 2018 Letter

The proposal to shorten the Winter Parking Ban to begin on December 15th rather than November 15th and end on April 1st rather than April 15th will also be taken up. The Proposal can be found here.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of August 18th

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

  • 133 Newtonville Avenue – Proposed garage addition to a non-conforming two-family dwelling
  • 993-997 Chestnut Street – Possible special permit to convert commercial space into dwelling units

Please note: There is no Development Review Snapshot this week but a list with dates and times of the proposed meetings which can be found here.

Fun things to do in Newton this week

Farmers’ Markets: Did you take advantage of the local farmers’ markets here in Newton yet this summer? If not, you are missing a lot. Please stop by the Farmers’ Markets on Tuesdays at Cold Springs Park from 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays on Elm Street in West Newton from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In addition to fresh produce, you’ll find delectable treats – like fresh bread, artisan cheese, fresh eggs, fish, spirits, crafts and entertainment. The corn is amazing. This week I tried this Orecchiette with corn, jalapeno, feta and basil recipe, using the fresh corn and basil I snapped up at Tuesday’s market! Yum!!! Go here to see all the vendors coming to our markets and to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Farmers’ Markets be sure to subscribe to their newsletter here.

After you visit the market, please stop by for Fun and Games hosted by the Mayor and Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Bob DeRubeis at Newton North from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. There will be hot dogs, ice cream and popcorn provided along with Big Daddy’s racing, inflatables and an animal petting zoo. After, you can watch the game – Red Sox v. Cleveland on a big screen in the Newton North auditorium. More information can be found here.

Summer in the Highlands continues this week with two events (see Events Calendar):

  • Wednesday, August 14th at 7:30 p.m. – Enjoy Live Shakespeare Theater with a performance of “Measure for Measure” on Wednesday, August 14th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 16th at 6:00 p.m. – Jazz Concert with Gringo Kings followed by the movie, “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 11th

Commission on Disability: The Commission on Disability’s August meeting has been cancelled. The Meeting Cancellation Notice can be found here.

Washington Place Liaison Committee Meeting: The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, August 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. The agenda includes the following:

  • Construction Updates
  • Presentation by the Planning Director regarding expenditures from the Washington Place Mitigation Fund
  • Memo regarding vibrations
  • Update on Building Materials and Next Steps
  • Improving communications regarding street/sidewalk closings and changes

Auburndale Historic District Commission: The Auburndale Historic District Commission Commission will meet on Tuesday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install lighting at five existing monument signs located at: Grove Street and Woodland; Forest Avenue and Woodland; Commonwealth Ave and Cheswick Road; Myrtle and Grove Streets; and Commonwealth Avenue and Central Street – Lasell College/University
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rebuild stone retaining walls and replace concrete block retaining wall with stone at 15 Hawthorne Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish a garage and install a fence at 19 Fern Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rebuild part of a chimney and install a chimney cap at 99 Hancock Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to change the front portico at 30 Hawthorne Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace siding, trim, gutters, decks and railings, and to install metal roof areas and glass block window at 113 Hancock Street (continuation)
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness and Violation for approval of address stone and landscape light installed without approval (violation) at 140 Windermere Road

The Staff Memo can be found here and the Packet Documents can be found here.

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, August 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for sign permits for the following:
    • Premier Limousine – 78 Crafts Street
    • WW Studio – 165 Needham Street
    • Odd Fellows Ice Cream Co. – 33 Boylston Street
    • Pressed Cafe – 300 Needham Street
    • AGS Tax Group, AGS Accounting, ALEF Skin Care – 1009 Chestnut Street
    • Annie May’s Sweet Cafe – 108 Madison Avenue
    • White Mountain Creamery, Dunkin Donuts and Flat Breads – 11 – 19 Commonwealth Avenue
    • Bianca – 47 Boylston Street
  • Design Review:
    • 340 River Street
    • Lasell University free-standing signs lighting review – 1844 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Old Business:
    • CVS Pharmacy Minute Clinic – 978 Boylston Street

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build an addition and relocate a chimney (continuation) at 95 Suffolk Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to finalize a garage door and driveway area (continuation) at 31 Chestnut Hill Terrace
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to repair right-side deck at 25 Chestnut Hill Terrace
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to amend the previously approved rear addition window program and the height of the retaining wall at 25 Essex Road
  • Request for feedback on proposed project to replace windows at 246 Beacon Street
  • Request for feedback on proposed project to build a rear addition at 40 Acacia Road
  • Request for feedback on rebuilding the right-side sunroom, stairs and retaining wall at 17 Chestnut Hill Terrace

The Staff Memo can be found here and the Packet Documents can be found here.

What’s Happening in Newton this week?

Slow week for the City Council, School Committee, and Boards and Commissions. The only Council meeting will be a meeting of the Zoning and Planning Committee TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m and will include discussions on adoption of the Washington Street Vision Plan and the Washington Street Zoning Ordinance. Apparently, there will be a motion for No Action Necessary on the proposal (filed by Councilors: Albright, Auchincloss, Crossley, Downs, Kelley, Lipof, Greenberg, Krintzman, Cote, Noel, Leary, and Danberg)to place a temporary “suspension” of landmark designation (see agenda here).

No School Committee meetings but there are two Boards and Commission Meetings scheduled for this week. The Newton Retirement Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday (see meeting notice) and the Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday (see Agenda). Dog park fans, take note: The proposed Norumbega Dog Park is on the agenda.

A draft Transportation Demand Management Plan has been submitted for review for the Northland Project. That document can be found here.

More surveys: In addition to the Create Newton Survey, the City is looking for feedback on it’s website. To take the survey, please go here.

As mentioned last week,there’s a municipal election coming up this fall. All City Council and School Committee seats are up for grabs. The current list of individuals who have pulled nomination papers can be found here. Many thanks to all who are willing to serve and looking forward to an exciting election year! Please remember to register to vote!!

Road Construction: There are lots of road improvement work being done this summer. The schedule of road construction for this week can be found here.