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What’s up for this week?

The Northland proposal will be the subject of much discussion this week. There will be a presentation by the Planning Department to the Newton Housing Partnership on Tuesday, June 18th (meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. in Room 205) just before the Land Use Committee meeting also on Tuesday, June 18th (in the Council Chamber – agenda says it won’t being until 8:00 p.m.)

The Riverside proposal will be discussed by the Planning and Development Board this week on Tuesday, June 18th – NOTE: Early start time – 4:00 p.m. in Room 205.

Enforcement and Fines for violations of sidewalk clearing will be discussed in a Joint Meeting of the Public Safety and Transportation Committee and the Public Facilities Committee on Wednesday, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber.

Continued discussion of request for $2 million from Free Cash to fund 25% conceptual design for the Washington Street corridor and continued discussion for the 5-58 site plan approval for the Newton Early Childhood Program to 687 Watertown Street – (former Horace Mann Elementary School) – NOTE: cost could be very relevant – see the Public Facilities Report.

School Committee will meet in Executive Session to discuss several legal claims and Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teachers Association and will vote (in Open Session) on relocation of Solar Panels at Brown Middle School.

City Council Meetings – Week of June 9th

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, June 10th at 7:30 p.m – (NOTE: LATE START) in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Proposal to amend Chapters 20 and 17 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Newton to create a short-term rental ordinance with fees that would require registration of short-term rentals with the City’s Inspectional Services Department and fire inspections to protect public safety and health
  • Request to appropriate and expend $2,000,000 from Free Cash to develop 25% conceptual design of the Washington Street Corridor in order to make the improvements to the corridor eligible for the State’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) funding
  • Request authorization to to acquire by purchase the West Newton Armory building and land located at 1135 Washington Street for affordable housing, and further requesting that the sum of $1 be appropriated from the Municipal Building Maintenance/Building Improvements Account to fund all costs associated with the acquisition of the property
  • Review and Acceptance of the submission of the 2020-2024 Five-Year Financial Forecast

Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning and Development Board: The Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Zoning amendments (requested by the Developer) for the Riverside Station/355 Grove Street and 399 Grove Street – Sections 4.2.3 and 4.2.4 relative to the MU3 District*
  • Zoning amendments (proposed by the Lower Falls Improvement Association (LFIA)) for the Riverside Station/355 Grove Street and 399 Grove Street – Sections 4.2 and 7.3.5 pertaining to the MU3/Transit-Oriented Zoning District*

*See Planning Memo which covers both items

The Committee will then meet jointly with the Planning and Development Board to hold public hearings on the following:

  • Proposal to amend Chapter 30 of the City of Newton Zoning Ordinances, in order create short-term rental ordinance that defines the short-term rental and bed and breakfast uses, identifies what zoning districts they would be allowed to in and under what criteria, conditions, limitations and permitting process
  • Proposal to amend Chapter 20 and 17 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Newton to create a short-term rental ordinance with fees that would require registration of short-term rentals with the City’s Inspectional Services Department and fire inspections to protect public health and safety
  • Request for amendments to the Inclusionary Zoning provisions of Chapter 30, Newton Zoning Ordinance, to apply the requirements to any project including seven or more residential units; to increase the required percentage of affordable units for projects of a certain size; to require that some affordable units be designated for middle-income households; to create a new formula for calculating for payment in lieu of affordable units and fractional cash payments; to waive certain inclusionary zoning requirements for 100% deed restricted affordable developments; to strengthen the Elder Housing with Services requirements; and to clarify and improve the ordinance with other changes as necessary – See Planning Memo
  • Request for approval to grant a conservation restriction at 30 Wabasso Street to the Newton Conservators – See Planning Memo

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-story rear addition, creating an FAR of .67 where .48 is allowed an .47 exists at 18 Upham Street
  • Request for NO ACTION NECESSARY for a Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for a 9-unit multi-family dwelling at 39 Herrick Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for 36 foot 3-story 9-unit multi-family dwelling with accessory parking for 9 cars, to allow for multi-family residential use on the ground level in a BU1 District, to allow a reduction to one parking stall per unit, to waive 18 stalls on the parcel associated with the multi-family dwelling (Lot 7), to allow off-site parking facilities (Lot 6), and to allow various setback, aisle width, maneuvering space, waive screening and lighting requirements and allow for a 4 foot retaining wall in a setback at 17-31 and 39 Herrick Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a rear-lot subdivision to create two lots, abandon the two-family use in the existing structure and create a second single-family on the rear lot, extending the existing non-conforming side setback at 41 Washington Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four single-family attached dwellings in two buildings, to allow reduced setbacks, to increase the allowed setbacks, to increase the allowed lot coverage, to allow a driveway within 10 feet of the side lot line, and to allow a 4 foot retaining wall in a setback at 145 Warren Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan to allow changes to the approved site plan at 2171 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to demolish and existing non-conforming single-family dwelling and a two-family dwelling, combine the lots and construct six dwelling units in two buildings, extending the non-conforming residential use, to allow ground level residential use in a BU2 District, to allow a three-story structure, to allow for an FAR of 1.1 in a three-story structure and extend a non-conforming side setback at 180, 184-186 Adams Street

Joint City Council and School Committee: The City Council and the School Committee will meet jointly on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 111 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The agenda will focus on updates from the School and Executive Department staff, on immediate, mid-term, and long-term school building projects.

Traffic Council: The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to make Cliff Road a one-way street
  • Request implementation of a one-side parking restriction on Withingon Road to allow school bus access without difficulty
  • Request a stop or yield sign at the junction of Herrick Road and Union Street for cars descending from Herrick Road onto Union Street
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Judith Road – both sides
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Brentwood Ave between Walnut Street and Judith Road
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Garland Road, west side, between Beacon Street and Brentwood Road
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Carthay Circle, both sides, entire length
  • Request to change the following regulations in the Traffic and Parking Regulations for Walnut Park: (4) Live Parking; a) North side, from a point 465 feet south of Waban Park southerly 200 feet

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of June 9th

Commission on Disability: The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, June 10th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of 5/13/2019 Minutes
  • Reports –
    • CDBG
    • Accessible – Handicap Parking Fines
    • Treasurer
    • ADA Coordinator
    • AAB – Variance – Weeks House/NCDF
    • AAB – Variance – 28 Austin Street Apartments
  • Co-chairs Quarterly Mayor’s Meeting/Other COD Business
  • Old/New Business

Washington Place Liaison Committee: The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, June 10th at 5:30 p.m. at Washington Place. The agenda will focus on discussion of the finishes at Washington Place using the Board posted at the site.

Auburndale Historic District Commission: The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The revised agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriates to replace front entry stair railings at 153 Hancock Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build a retaining wall and patio area, and install a fire pit, grill, fencing and lighting at 93 Hancock Street; and request to install a pool
  • Request to address the as-built garage foundation and left-side entry hood and brackets at 286 Central Street

Note: 19 Fern Street was withdrawn from the agenda.

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

Community Preservation Committee: The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Riverside Greenway – Auburndale River Links: Pre-proposal request for $50,000 design funding for from Riverside Greenway Working Group
  • Program Planning and Committee Business:
    • Plan for working with the City Council to update Newton’s CPA Ordinance
    • Reports on recent outreach efforts: CPC on NewTV’s the League Presents – May/June 2019; meeting with Parks and Recreation Commission – May 20, 2019
    • possible shift from annual to rolling funding deadlines
    • CPC schedule revisions
    • approval of May 14, 2019 minutes

Economic Development Commission: The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 11th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of April and May minutes
  • Updates from the Planning Director and the Director of Economic Development
  • Discussion of Northland letter and public testimony
  • Future Agenda items
    • Newton Innovation Center Report
    • August 13th – Riverside

Newton Housing Authority: The Newton Housing Authority will meet on Tuesday/Wednesday – June 11th at 3:00 p.m. in the conference room of 82 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands. Notice of the meeting can be found here.

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, June 12th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for sign permits for the following:
    • SDSS Martial Arts – 739 Beacon Street
    • Gentle Dental Newton – 188 Needham Street
    • The Village Bank – 320-322 Needham Street
    • Serena & Lily – 200-220 Boylston Street
    • Showcase Superlux – 55 Boylston Street

The Staff Memo is not currently posted.

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission: The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install front walkway railing and repair roof at 65 High Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to amend a previously approved fence plan and request to reduce the height of an existing chimney for 21-23 High Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install signage and amend a previously approved window program at 1238 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the house at 959 Chestnut Street

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

School Committee to Meet – Monday, June 10th

The School Committee will meet on Monday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of June 9th

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

  • 49 Sherrin Road – Discussion of dimensional requirements for parcel
  • 336 Elliot Street – Possible Special Permit to raise roof or expand dormers
  • 130 Needham Street – Possible Special Permit to allow animal services business
  • 14 Church Street – Special Permit to extend existing single-family dwelling’s non-conforming setback

The Development Review Team’s Snapshot can be found here.

Food, Fun, and Farmers

On Sunday, June 9thgrab your shopping list, skip the grocery store, and head to Newton City Hall for a food extravaganza featuring fifty local farms, restaurants, and food entrepreneurs. The Newton Farmers’ Market kicks off its 40th season early with Food, Fun & Farmers, featuring a full market, food tastings, product raffles, music, and an opportunity to meet this season’s bumper crop of vendors. Stock up on seasonal produce, pick up dinner, and dance to Newton’s own Border Street Band. 1 – 4 pm, rain or shine, at Newton City Hall’s War Memorial. Free Admission. SNAP & HIP accepted. See full list of participating vendors at: https://www.facebook.com/NewtonFarmersMarket/

Events: Newton Celebrates Pride and Newton Highlands Village Day

Newton Celebrates Pride: David Gaita will be the special guest of honor as Newton celebrates Pride on Tuesday, June 4th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on the South Lawn of Newton City Hall.

Newton Highlands Village Day: Newton Highlands Village Day will be held Sunday June 9!  That’s just a week from this Sunday. The day starts at 8:30 am with check-in/registration for the Highlands Village Day 5K which starts at 10 am.  Register for the race online  or same day in front of the Hyde Center on Lincoln St.  There will be live music, activities, craft vendors, and outdoor food options.  Details including music schedule can be found here.