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Newton Upper Falls Historic Commission to meet Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m.

The Newton Upper Falls Historic Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, August 13th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss two petitions:  a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace four windows for property located at 969 Chestnut Street, and a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for feedback on a proposed project to renovate an existing house and build a rear addition for property located at 70-72 High Street.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.  The Newton Upper Falls Historic Commission agenda can be found here.

Newtonville Historic District Commission to meet on Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, August 6th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following petitions:  a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build decks and a trellis, change the right side entrance, add a left side entrance, and add windows for property located at 182 Walnut Street; and a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct a six-foot tall stockade fence to be installed along the property line and along the left and right side of the house, a request to replace an existing brick patio and refinish the back steps, and a request to replace the front steps and expand the front walkway for property located at 15 Foster Street. The Newtonville Historic District Commission 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.

 

Additional City Commission Meetings – Week of July 13, 2015

Below is a schedule of additional city commission meetings for the week of July 13th as reported in the Planning Department’s Friday Report.  To subscribe directly for the report, follow these instructions:  send an e-mail to: maiser@mail.ci.newton.ma.us
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The Commission on Disability is scheduled to meet on Monday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204.  The Commission is expected to discuss the following:  Apex curb cuts, CDBG Report, HP Fines Report, ADA Coordinator’s Report, AAB Variance Application – 400 Beacon Street, AAB Variance Application – 145 Wells Avenue, Cam training update.  For more information, please contact Jini Fairley at 617-796-1253 or by email at:   jfairley@newtonma.gov.

The Auburndale Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 14th at 7 p.m. in Room 205. The Commission will discuss the following:  a request to replace a porch guard rail at 204 Woodland Road;  a request to replace an existing garage with a 3 car garage at 46 Vista Avenue; a request to replace slate roof hips with copper at 244 Woodland Road; a request to replace wood gutters with fiberglass gutters at 147 Hancock Street;  a review of appropriateness of project completion at 11 Fern Street;  a request to replace front entry decking and railings and add newels at 21 Fern Street;  a request to replace a side porch at 49 Grove Street, Unit 1; a request to replace a front door at 256 Woodland Road; and a request to construct two new houses on a lot where currently a tennis court is located at 33 Woodland Road.  The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204.  The Commission will hear a presentation by Austin Street Partners and a presentation by BikeBus .  The Commission will also hear updates from their subcommittees:  Marketing/Business Attraction, Legislation, and Innovation/Education.  In addition, the Commission will discuss 2015 Business Excellence Awards; Needham Street/Highland Avenue – addition to 2018 TIP list; receive updates on the leaf blower ordinance; the Austin Street special permit schedule; the N2 Corridor grant award.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Nancy Hyde at or 617-796-1122 or by email at: nhyde@newtonma.gov.

The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, July 15th in the Planning Department’s Conference Room, B10.  The Commission will review sign permit requests for  Finer Wines, Classic Spirits, Fresh Brews located at 2366 Washington Street and Burton’s Liquors located at 355 Washington Street. The Commission will also conduct a conceptual review of the proposed project at 180 Wells Avenue.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Daniel Sexton at 617-796-1123 or by email at:  dsexton@newtonma.gov.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 15th in Room 205.  Up for discussion is a briefing on the recent decision by the Housing Appeals Committee or the Massachusetts Housing and Community Development regarding the 40B applications by Dinosaur Rowe LLC and Marcus Lang Investments, LLC.  The decision can be found here.  Please note that the Zoning Board of Appeals may vote to enter into Executive Session to discuss strategy with respect to litigation, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the public body, and the chair so declares.   Contact Norine Silton at 617-796-1138 or nsilton@newtonma.gov

The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 16th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The Commission will review the following applications:  a request to replace a front walkway and stairs and replace and add a new fence section, repave a driveway and add cobblestone apron and curbing and build a trash enclosure at 17 Lee Road;  a request to construct a second floor office addition at 46 Woodman Road;  a request to install solar panels on the side and rear roof at 24 Reservoir Avenue;  a request to install a chain link fence at 245 Chestnut Hill Road;  a request to install a front entry porch, replace a one-story garage with a one and a half story garage and replace second floor front facing windows at 62 Beacon Street;  a request to provide for great accessibility and the addition of an accessible parking space by grading and repaving a portion of a driveway, replace a water main, repair masonry and the roof and restore windows and add storm windows at 400 Beacon Street.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze at 617-796-1129 or by email at: bkurze@newtonma.gov.

Programs and Services Committee update

The Programs and Services Committee met on June 17th and discussed the following:  the proposed leaf blower ordinance – the Committee was joined by Fred Lebow, who served as Chair of the Noise Bylaw Committee for the Town of Brookline who shared his experience and perspective and received advice on crafting an ordinance regulating noise and leaf blowers.  They were also joined by Steve Heller, Chair of the Newton Economic Development Commission and EDC Commission member, Chris Steele who provided information from interviews they had with some local landscapers who preferred to remain anonymous.  In addition, the Programs and Services Committee discussed the following:  a request from the Mayor for authorization to transfer $59,032 from Free Cash to the following account in the Parks and Recreation Department to cover costs associated with water, electricity, and repairs to fences damaged in winter storms – ACTION: APPROVED 5-0 ; appointment by the Mayor of Seth Bai as the Veterans Service Officer, effective May 18, 2015, pursuant to Section 3-3 of the City of Newton Charter – ACTION: APPROVED 5-0; appointment by the Mayor of Lisa Dady as the Director of Historic Newton, effective February 25, 2015, pursuant to Section 3-3 of the City of Newton Charter – ACTION: APPROVED 5-0; discussion with the Newton School Department, Newton North High School principal, and the Newton Police Department regarding ways to address the student smoking issue at Newton North High School – ACTION: HELD 4-0 (Ald. Baker not voting); and a request by Aldermen Danberg, Albright, Blazar, Rice, Linsky and Crossley requesting a prohibition on polystyrene-based disposable food or beverage containers in the City of Newton if that packaging takes place on the premises of food establishments within the City – ACTION: HELD 3-0 (Ald. Baker and Sangiolo not voting).

In addition, the Programs and Services Committee held a public hearing on a request by the WABAN AREA COUNCIL to expand the area represented by the Waban Area Council to include: 1. Warren Road (both sides), Kippy Drive (both sides) and 1238-1299 Beacon Street; 2. 75-149 Winslow Road and 73-89 Puritan Road; 3. The portion of the Newton Cemetery Corporation within the area council’s catchment area boundaries and the portion of Cold Spring Park that abuts the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Council portion of the Park.  The item was voted out individually.  ACTION: APPROVED 5-0 Part 1. and Part 2. NO ACTION NECESSARY 5-0 Part 3.

The full report and additional documentation can be found here.

Public Comment Session scheduled for Crescent Street Real this Wednesday, June 24th – 7:00 p.m.

The Real Property Reuse Committee has scheduled a public comment session this Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 on the proposed reuse of the Crescent Street site.  Documents related to and used to evaluate reuse of the property, including the original JAPG report and a presentation by proponents of a memorial park can be found on the Friday Packet page under Real Property Reuse – 70 Crescent Street here.

 

 

Land Use Committee to hold and/or continue Public Hearings on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

The Land Use Committee will hold or continue the following Public Hearings this Tuesday evening on June 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211:

#105-15 FRANCIS HARVEY REMODELING LLC for PATRICIA BLANEY petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to EXTEND A NONCONFORMING STRUCTURE to add two dormers to an existing twofamily dwelling, which will add approximately 410 square feet of living space, increasing the Floor Area Ratio from .61 to .68, where .50 is the maximum allowed by right, at 329-331 WALTHAM STREET, Ward 3, West Newton, on land known as SBL 34, 27, 3, containing approx. 5,670 sf of land in a district zoned SINGLE RESIDENCE 3. Ref: Sec 30-24, 30-23, 30-21, 30-15(u)(2) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012.

#121-15 THE NEIGHBORHOOD HARDWARE GROUP, INC./DTS TRUST petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to waive five parking stalls and for associated waivers of various requirements for an existing parking facility, including parking in the front and side setbacks, and screening, interior landscaping, and lighting requirements for an existing hardware store at 2-12 WINDSOR ROAD (1641 BEACON STREET) Ward 5, Waban, on land known as SBL 53, 29, 2A, containing approx..54,198 sf of land in a district zoned BUSINESS 1. Ref: Sec 30-24, 30-23, 30-19(c)(2)a), 30-19(h)(1), 30-19(d)(10), 30-19(i)(1) and (2), 30-19(j), and 30-19(m) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012.

#122-15 ALLISON AVRAMOVICH petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to EXTEND A NONCONFORMING STRUCTURE to construct an attached garage and mudroom with a new driveway off of Ward Street, which will increase the existing Floor Area Ratio from .35 to .40, where .33 is the maximum allowed by right, at 1005 CENTRE STREET, Ward 2, Newton Centre, on land known as SBL 13, 32, 14, containing approx.15,187sf of land in a district zoned SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE 2. Ref: Sec. 30-24, 30-23, 30-21(b), 30-15(u), 30-15 Table A of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012. Land Use Committee Agenda June 16, 2015 Page 2

#123-15 OTTO MARIANO petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to EXTEND A NONCONFORMING USE to legalize a third dwelling unit in a legally nonconforming dwelling with two other existing dwelling units and an existing small office and to allow parking in a setback and to waive various dimensional requirements for parking stalls, aisle width, entrance drive, and screening and lighting requirements as well as surfacing, curbing and striping requirements at 111-113 ADAMS STREET, Ward 1, NONANTUM, on land known as SBL 14, 8, 44, containing approx. 8,225 sf of land in a district zoned MANUFACTURING. Ref: Sec. 30-24, 30-23, 30-21, 30-19(h)(1), (2), (3)a), (4)a), 30-19(i), 30-19(j), 30-19(m) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012 and Special Permit #249-62.

#124-15 and (2)WELLS AVENUE LLC. petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT to demolish a portion of an existing one-story building and construct a 3-story addition adjacent to the remaining portion of the building, which will increase the gross floor area in the aggregate to 20,000 or more from the existing 68,740 gross square feet to 132,598 gross square feet; to construct one or more retaining walls which may be greater than 4 feet within the setbacks; to allow parking in the rear setback; and to waive the required driveway width at 2 WELLS AVENUE, Ward 8, on land known as SBL 84, 34, 2K, containing approx. 436,175 square feet of land in a district zoned LIMITED MANUFACTURING. Ref: 30-24, 30-23, 30-12(g)(2), 30-5(b)(4), 30- 19(h) and (m) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012. NOTE: Accompanying petition #124-15 is a request that the restriction adopted by Board Order #276-68(3), dated November 18, 1968, and subsequent amendments be further amended to allow the following: . (1) a greater percentage of office space in the entire office park to exceed 800,000 square feet in floor area; (2) less open space as to the subject parcel and all other parcels constituting Parcel 1 than the maximum 40% requirement; (3) the property and proposed building thereon to exceed the maximum Floor Area Ratio of 0.25, and to allow the maximum Floor Area Ratio for the entire Wells Office Park to exceed 0.25; (4) a portion of the existing parking spaces and maneuvering area to be within 40 feet of the northeasterly boundary line of Parcel 1 on the plan #1183 of 1960 of which the land of 2 Wells Avenue is a part, and which boundary line is designated on said plan as “950” feet; (5) retaining walls of 4 feet or greater as may be necessary within 80 feet of the northerly boundary line of said lot; (6) the proposed building addition to be 36 feet in height although the specified minimum setback for the proposed building from the southerly street line of Nahanton Street is 321 feet. Land Use Committee Agenda June 16, 2015 Page 3

#89-15 NOBLE and DEVINE HOLDING COMPANY, LLC petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL for a restaurant with more than 50 seats (94 seats), to allow a 1/3 reduction in the parking requirement, to waive 20 parking stalls, to allow parking in the side and rear setbacks, to allow a maneuvering aisle less than 24 feet wide, to waive screening, interior landscaping, lighting, surfacing and striping, and bicycle parking requirements at 271-283 AUBURN STREET, Ward 4, Auburndale, on land known as SBL 44, 25, 2, containing approximately 17,772 sq. ft. of land in a district zoned BUSINESS 1. Ref: Sec 30-24, 30-23, 30-11(d)(9), 30-19(d)(13), (d)(18), 30-19(h)(1), (3)a), 30-19(i)(1) and (2), 30- 19(j)(1) and (2), 30-19(k), 30-19(m) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord,

#93-15 CAPASSO REALTY/PACKARD COVE ASSOCIATES LLP petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to waive 5 parking stalls, to allow parking in the front and side setbacks, to waive the maneuvering aisle width, to allow a driveway entrance in excess of 25 feet, to allow tandem parking, and to waive parking lot screening and lighting requirements in order to locate a food establishment at 339 RIVER STREET, Ward 4, West Newton, on land known as SBL 44, 15, 13, containing approximately 10,150 sq. ft. of land in a district zoned BUSINESS 2. Ref: 30-24, 30-23, 30-19(d), 30-19(h)(1), 30-19(h)(3)b) and (4)b) and (5)a), 30-19(i)(1), 30-19(j), and 30-19(m) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012.

Request for Consistency Determination and for Extension of Time to Exercise Special Permit #152-14, granted on June 16, 2014, to enclose an existing nonconforming structure to create a garage at 1186 Chestnut Street, Newton Upper Falls.

Housing Strategy Kick-off Meeting Invite

Mayor Warren and the Planning Department are hosting a kick-off meeting for the community to share views on housing needs now and in the future.  The event will take place on Sunday, June 14th from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Newton North Cafeteria.  The event flyer can be found here.

No more border wars

The Newton Highlands Area Council and the Waban Area Council have  reached an agreement regarding the Highlands Area Council’s request to expand their boundaries.  Residents on certain streets will be given a choice on whether to be registered with the Newton Highlands Area Council or the Waban Area Council.  The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the request with one member (me) abstaining.  More detailed information and a map can be found here.

Finance Committee holds funding request to supplement the snow and ice operations budget

The Finance Committee held a request made by the Executive Department for $500,000 from Free Cash to supplement the snow and ice operations budget.  According to the Finance Committee report, the Department has expended $6,682,306 to date on snow and ice expenses and has $707,117.65 available to pay outstanding bills.  However, the Committee thought it best to wait until firmer numbers become available.