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CORRECTED POST: November 6th Election: Understanding the Cannibis/Marijuana Vote on the Municipal Ballot

Please see this important correction:

If you are opposed to BANNING recreational retail marijuana establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote NO.

If you are opposed to having the City Council LIMIT the number of retail recreational establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote NO.

If you are in favor of BANNING recreational retail marijuana establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote YES.

If you are in favor of having the City Council LIMIT the number of retail recreational establishments in the City of Newton from no fewer than 2 and no more than 4 than you should vote YES.

There are two questions on the Municipal Ballot for this November’s election.  Yes, early voting already began, but if you haven’t already voted, here’s what the two questions are about.

Question 1:

Shall the City of Newton adopt the following zoning ordinance:

The number of recreational marijuana retail establishments
allowed to operate shall be not fewer than two (2)
nor more than four (4) establishments set by a general
ordinance adopted by the City Council.

Question 2:

Shall the City of Newton adopt the following general ordinance: All recreational marijuana retail establishments shall be prohibited from operating in the City of Newton.

The Elections Commission sent out the following instructions to voters:

INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS In order to pass, a ballot question must receive more “YES” votes than “NO” votes cast on that ballot question. It is possible that both Questions may pass. The City Council has asked the Election Commission to put the following Instructions to Voters on the ballot: The Questions are separate questions. You may vote for or against each question independently. If more than one question passes, the question with the highest number of “YES” votes will prevail.

Both of these questions are advisory. That means, despite the vote of the electorate, the City Council is not required to implement any of the actions voted upon by the electorate.

If you are opposed to BANNING recreational retail marijuana establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote NO.

If you are opposed to having the City Council limit the number of retail recreational establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote NO.

If you are in favor of banning recreational retail marijuana establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote YES.

If you are in favor of having the City Council limit the number of retail recreational establishments in the City of Newton from no fewer than 2 and no more than 4 than you should vote YES.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 21st

Newton Housing Authority:  The Newton Housing Authority Board will meet on Monday, October 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at 82 Lincoln Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Vote to approve the HUD Capital Fund
  • Budget Discussion
  • Discussion about Section 8 shortfall
  • Vote on non-smoking plan at Hamilton Grove
  • CAN-DO discussion
  • Haywood House update
  • Executive Session regarding pending litigation

Council on Aging and Advisory Board Meeting:  The Council on Aging and Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of NewCal
  • Election of Officers
  • Breakout into Working Groups

Financial Audit Advisory Committee:  The Financial Audit Advisory Committee will meet on  Tuesday, October 23rd at 8:15 a.m. in Room 211. The agenda can be found here.

Newton Center for Active Living:  The Executive Building Committee and the Advisory Building Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. Notice of the Meeting can be found here.

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees: The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, October 24th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda can be found here.

Tax Taking Notice

The following Tax Taking Notice has been posted. The Treasurer intends to take the following properties on July 5th:

  • 31 Sargent Park
  • 1874 Commonwealth Avenue
  • 53 Hyde Avenue
  • 196 Melrose Street

The Notice can be found here.

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.