Category: Updates

Orr Block/Washington Place proposal

The Council is expected to vote TONIGHT on the Orr Block/Washington Place proposal.  The most recent Council order can be found here, the most recent Planning Department memo can be found here,  letter from Attorney Dennis Murphy regarding abutter protest can be found here, and the Planning and Development Board’s memo can be found here.

City Council Reports now available

The following City Council Reports are now available:

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, June 12th and voted to approve a request to approve ordinance amendment to update guidelines and procedures for the regulation of rDNA and remove special permit requirement for rDNA facilities. All other items were held. The report can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, June 12th and voted to approve the following:  request to transfer $45,000 from the Law Department’s full-time salaries account to the Law Department’s Claims/Settlements Account to provide funding for claims filed against the City, request to transfer $340,000 from the full-time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime, request to appropriate $80,477 from Cable TV Capital Franchise Fees and $69,523 from Cable TV Operating Franchise Fees for the installation of video cameras on approximately 30 traffic signals in Newton, requesting to transfer from the full-time salaries accounts in various department to fund system enhancements to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), improvements to the Storage Area Network, and enhancements to the City’s fiber infrastructure, request to appropriate and expend $57,676 from E-Rate reimbursement funds to purchase technology for the Newton Public Schools, request to appropriate $350,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School, request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor (Finance approved Part A –  $75K for design costs and held Part B – Construction Costs), request to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $4,981 from the State Historical Records Advisory Board to support the Newton Talks Project, request to authorize $15,000 from certain accounts to the Public Building Department for the development of a public information plan regarding the site cleanup at the Horace Mann School for an oil leak that occurred in 1998, request to appropriate $450,000 from bonded indebtedness for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street, request approval of sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments; requesting to transfer $150,000 (Finance amended it to $170,000) from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation, and a request to rescind Council Order #280-16 authorizing the City to borrow $165,000 for the Elliot Street Bridge Project and rescission of Council Order #277-16 authorizing the City to borrow $530,000 for the Washington Street @ Harvard Street Signalization Project.  The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following requests:  request authorization to appropriate and expend $71,000 from Free Cash for the purpose of construction of an observation deck on the greenway walking corridor, request to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the purpose of funding the construction of a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, and a request for a discussion with the School Department and members of the School Committee regarding the $1.2 million deficit in the School Department budget as outlined in the 2017 Fiscal and Operational Update Memo dated October 24, 2016.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee met on Wednesday, June 7th and voted to approve the following:  request to create an ordinance requiring notice be posted on retail gas pumps informing consumers that burning gas contributes to climate change and have a link to the City website offering alternatives to gas powered transit, a request to approve ordinance amendment to update guidelines and procedures for the regulation of rDNA and remove special permit requirement for rDNA facilities, request to appropriate and expend $57,676 from E‐Rate reimbursement funds to purchase technology for the Newton Public Schools, request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor, and a request for a resolution to recognize June as Immigrant Heritage Month.  All other items were held.  The report contains a lengthy description of the Trump Impeachment resolution and can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, June 7th and voted to approve the following:  request for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Greenwood Street from the existing gas main to another existing gas main next to #4 Sevland Road for system reinforcement, request to appropriate $450,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street (NOTE:  This brings the cost to $1.808 million), recommendation that the City of Newton take an easement on property owned by Mount Ida College at the southeast corner of the Dedham Street and Carlson Avenue intersection in order to realign the Dedham Street/Brookline Street/Carlson Avenue intersection. (NOTE:  Mount Ida College supports the taking of the easement), request that the City Council approve the abandonment of a portion of a City drain easement in the side and rear properties at 36 and 46 Tamworth Road, requestto alter and widen portions of the Homer Street right of way in order to proceed with several safety improvements for pedestrians including curb extensions, rectangular rapid flashing beacons and crosswalk relocation, requestto appropriate $350,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School, request to transfer $150,000 from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation,  and a request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor (NOTE:  Public Facilities split the item into Part A and Part B and approved Part A).  All other items were held. The report can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, June 7th and voted to approve the following:  Bus license renewals for Boston College, request to appropriate $450,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street (NOTE:  This brings total to $1.808 million), request to transfer $340,000 from the full‐time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime, request to appropriate and expend $80,477 from Cable TV Capital Franchise Fees and $69,523  from Cable TV Operating Franchise Fees for the installation of video cameras on approximately 30 traffic signals in Newton, submittal of semi-annual taxi license/public auto license inspections for review, request for a shuttle bus to take people to and from Lifetime Fitness, request to re-appoint Alicia Wilson to the Traffic Council and an appeal of a Traffic Council decision regarding a new yield sign on Walnut Hill Road (NOTE:  The Committee held Part B).  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, June 6th and voted to approve the following:  petition to amend a special permit to allow bank use for property located at 170 Needham Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a new attached garage at basement level, family room on first floor and bathroom and closet space on the second floor, extending the nonconforming front setback increasing the nonconforming FAR from .52 to .61 where .41 is allowed at 208 Homer Street (NOTE:  This is subject to second call), request for a special permit/site plan approval to expand units at the two family dwelling, claiming basement space for the first floor and attic space for the second floor by adding dormers, increasing the FAR from .90 to .93 where .58 is allowed and relocating a noncompliant deck, further decreasing the existing nonconforming open space at 15 Ricker Road, request for a special permit/site plan approval to demolish an existing garage, structure and deck and to construct an attached two-car garage and indoor sport court, exceeding the maximum allowable FAR to .38 where .33 is allowed and .31 exists at 1016 Centre , and the appointment of Lynn Yetra to the BC Neighborhood Council.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

 

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of June 18th

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

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and is expected to discuss the following:  petition to re-zone from Multi-Residence 2 to Business 2 and a special permit/site plan approval to construct elderly housing with services in excess of 20,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area, consisting of 85 living units in a four-story structure not to exceed 48’ in height and Floor Area Ratio not to exceed 2.0, extending the existing nonconforming front setback and constructing a retaining wall greater than 4’ in a setback at 431 Washington Street (Sunrise Development), special permit/site plan approval to convert the existing detached truck storage structure into a residential unit and continue the office use in the front structure, constituting two uses on site at 46 Farwell Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval  to allow parking within 5’ of the street, in the front setback at 54 Lakewood Road,  request for a special permit/site plan approval to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling, front porch and detached garage and construct a two-story rear addition and attached garage for more than three vehicles and in excess of 700 sq. ft. increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at 164 Highland Avenue, and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to raze and replace a two-family structure and allow a 4% reduction to the required lot area after combining lots at 19-21 Beaconwood Road.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee meeting is cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on June 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  petitioning for a grant of location to relocate Pole T.86/E86 on Dedham Street at the intersection of Dedham Street/Brookline Street/Carlson Avenue to provide service, request for authorization to appropriate and expend $338,397 from previously declared Overlay Surplus to cover the costs associated with Eversource undergrounding utilities associated with the Austin Street Parking Lot Redevelopment Parking Lot, request for authorization to appropriate and expend $375,000 from previously declared Overlay Surplus and transfer $500,000 from the below the Public Works Full-time Salaries Account and the Public Works Health Insurance Account for the 2017 Pavement Program, request for authorization to appropriate and expend $71,000 from Free Cash to construct an observation deck on the greenway walking corridor, request that the School Department and/or Executive Department provide updates on removal of asbestos and other toxic materials that were identified at the Aquinas site, the scope and timing of window replacement in particular, and renovations that may be necessary to facilitate short and long-term plans for uses and operations at the site, request authorization to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the construction of a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, request for a Resolution to the Mayor to consider hiring a composting expert: either a consultant, a composting operator, or the Mass DEP to review the Rumford Avenue Composting site,  a request that the Executive Office and the Commissioner of Public Works review the management of the entire Rumford Avenue site with the input of the Solid Waste Commission and present their findings to the Public Facilities Committee within a 3 to 6 month timeframe, and a request that the Executive Office, the Fire Department, and the Department of Public Works provide an update on fire safety issues at the compost operation at the Rumford Avenue Landfill including details about who is currently managing the site for fires.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  possible ordinance change regarding fines associated with a) reducing the fines with parking at a curb cut and  b) increasing the fines when parking at a fire hydrant, request for authorization to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the purpose of funding the construction of a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, and an appeal of Traffic Council decision regarding a) Stop sign on Walnut Hill Road, b) Stop sign on Woodcliff Road for southbound traffic and c) Median on Walnut Hill Road, so cars approach Woodcliff Road at a right angle to address safety concerns and deter speeders (NOTE:  the appeal was approved but the Stop sign request was held).  The agenda can be found here.

Real Property Reuse Committee:  The Real Property Reuse Committee meeting has been cancelled. The cancellation notice can be found here.

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:   request for the installation of a stop sign on Fountain Street (both directions) at the intersection with Highland Street, request for the addition of a stop or yield sign at Burnham Road, northbound, at Valentine Street, request for a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Fairway Drive and Bunker Lane in West Newton, request for a four-way stop sign or a traffic signal at the intersection of Fairway Drive, Waltham and Derby Street to address safety concerns., requesting a parking restriction on the west side of Cherry Street between River Street and a point opposite Raymond Place, request for  a) stop sign at Curve Street, southbound, at the intersection of Auburn Street and b) stop sign at Gilbert Street, northbound, at the intersection of Auburn Street, request that the Traffic Council investigate a 3-way stop sign at the intersection of Hagar and Concord Streets, request for parking restrictions for Fuller Street from intersection of Commonwealth Avenue to Braeburn Golf Course to address commuter parking issues, on behalf of Jini Fairley, ADA Coordinator, requesting a discussion and possible changes to Traffic Council Policy 2: Residential Handicap Parking Spaces,  and  requesting a change to the official Newton Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the west side of Bowdoin Street so as to match the posted 2-hour parking limit signs. There would be no change to the posted signage.The agenda can be found here.

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of June 18th

The following City Boards and Commissions are meeting this week:

The Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to meet tonight, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers for the Youth Awards and go to Room 205 and discuss the following:  Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance, hold a public hearing regarding the Bridge at Nahanton Park,  discuss committee reports – Community Preservation Committee, Farm Commission, Cabot Redesign Committee, Commonwealth Golf Course, Off-Leash Area Working Group (OLAWG), Crystal Lake Working Group (CLWG) and the  Nahanton Park Committee.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee:  The School Committee is scheduled to meet tonight, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Ed Center, Room 210.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee Executive Session:  The School Committee was originally scheduled to hold an Executive Session but it has now been cancelled.  The cancellation notice can be found here.

Board of Licensing Commission:  The Board of Licensing Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.

Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustee Room. The agenda can be found here.

The Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room (B10) and is expected to discuss the following sign permit applications:

  • 30 Langley Road – Denim & Soul,
  • 341 Washington Street – Scott Lennon for Mayor,
  • 151-153 Needham Street – Qdoba,
  • 303 Auburn Street – Abaxis Framing Co.,
  • 612 Washington Street – 7‐Eleven,
  • 98-100 Winchester Street – 7‐Eleven

The Commission will also hear a fence appeal for 256 Highland Street.  For more information, please contact Shubee Sikka by phone at: 617.721.1139 or by email at:  ssikka@newtonma.gov .

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 22nd and is expected to discuss the following requests:  request to renovate and add accessible side entrance for 219 Commonwealth Avenue, CLG Eligibility Report request for 6 Woodchester Road, CLG Eligibility Report request for 143 Neshobe Road, request to demolish the community center at 111 Kennedy Circle, request to demolish the property at 210 Cotton Street, request to demolish property at 43 Crafts Street, request to demolish property at 57 Walnut Street, request to demolish and add a new porch for property at 5 Chester Street, request to remove chimneys at 450 Winchester Street, request to waive the the demo delay at 65 Ferncroft Road, and a request to waive the demo delay for property at 16 Dalby Street. The report can be found here.

 

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of June 19th

The Development Review Team will meet this week and discuss the following potential proposals:

  • 384-390 Langley Road – Proposed conversion of deli to office use (MR1)
  • 115 Nonantum Street –  Special Permit to exceed the FAR by adding a rear addition to single-family dwelling (SR2)
  • 1294 Centre Street  – Discussion of proposed development
  • 45 Chester Street- Special permit for proposed addition/renovation requirin Floor Area Ratio (FAR) relief (SR2)

City Council Meetings – Week of June 11th

The following City Council Committees are meeting this week:

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is scheduled to discuss the proposed amendments in order to update guidelines and procedures to regulate rDNA technology and remove the requirement for special permit requirement for labs and facilities that utilize rDNA research or technology (see Planning Department memo) and will hold a public hearing on a recommendation by the Newton Historical Commission to create an Historic District Commission in West Newton (see Planning Department memo).  The agenda can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 12hth at 7:00 p.m. and is scheduled to discuss the following:

  • request for authorization to transfer $45,000 from the Law Department’s Full-time Salaries Account to the Law Department’s Claims/Settlements Account to provide funding for claims filed against the City,
  • request authorization to transfer $340,000 from the full-time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime, request authorization to appropriate $80,477 from Cable TV Capital Franchise Fees and $69,523 from Cable TV Operating Franchise Fees for the installation of video cameras on approximately 30 traffic signals in Newton,
  • request authorization to make transfers from the full-time salaries accounts in various departments to fund system enhancements to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), improvements to the Storage Area Network, and enhancements to the City’s fiber infrastructure (Executive Full-time Salaries $30,000 Assessing Full-time Salaries $20,000 Treasury Full-time Salaries $10,000 Human Resources Full-time Salaries $50,000 IT Full-time Salaries $100,000),
  • request authorization to appropriate and expend $57,676 from E-Rate reimbursement funds to purchase technology for the Newton Public Schools,
  • request authorization to appropriate $350,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School,
  • request authorization to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor,
  • request authorization to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $4,981 from the State Historical Records Advisory Board to support the Newton Talks Project,
  • request authorization to transfer the sum of $15,000  from the following accounts to the Public Building Department for the development of a public information plan regarding the site cleanup at the Horace Mann School for an oil leak that occurred in 1998,
  • request authorization to appropriate the sum of $450,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street,
  • request approval of sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments – 10 Kilburn Road, 888 Beacon Street, 184 Ward Street, 538 Ward Street and 139 Winchester Street,
  • request for an amendment to Section 29-80 Sewer Use Charge of the City of Newton Ordinances by adding the following sentence at the end of Paragraph (a): Notwithstanding the foregoing, seasonal water takers not eligible for an outdoor meter under said Section 29-24, shall pay a charge for the use of sewerage works in proportion to water consumption,
  • request for authorization to transfer $150,000 from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing several years’ worth of soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation,
  • request rescission of Council Order #280-16 authorizing the City to borrow $165,000 for the Elliot Street Bridge Project and rescission of Council Order #271-65 authorizing the City to borrow $530,000 for the Washington Street @ Harvard Street Signalization Project,
  • request authorization to appropriate $71,000 from Free Cash for the purpose of construction an observation deck on the greenway walking corridor,
  • request authorization to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the purpose of funding the construction of a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, and a
  • request for a discussion with the School Department and members of the School Committee regarding the $1.2 million deficit in the School Department budget as outlined in the 2017 Fiscal and Operational Update Memo dated October 24, 2016. The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is expected to discuss the following:  request for a special permit/site plan approval to rezone five parcels at: 156 Oak Street (Parcel 1), 55 Tower Road (Parcel 2), 275-281 Needham Street (Parcel 3), 260 Needham Street(Parcel 4), 160 Charlemont Street(Parcel 5) to BU4 from MU1, to develop off-site, non-accessory, single-level parking on the parcel at 55 Tower Road (Parcel 2) to serve the existing office building at 156 Oak Street (Parcel 1), request for a special permit/site plan approval requiring a waiver of 84 parking stalls, a waiver to allow non-accessory parking on a lot separate from the principal use, waivers to allow parking within setbacks, waivers to dimensional requirements for parking stalls, waivers to the maximum width for entrance and exit drives, waivers for perimeter screening requirements for parking facilities, a waiver to interior landscaping requirements for parking facilities, waivers to lighting requirements for parking facilities, and waivers to the requirement for curbing, wheel stops, guard rails, and bollards at 156 Oak Street and 55 Tower Road (Northland) (see Planning Department memo) ,and a request to amend Special Permit #102-06(15) at Kesseler Woods to allow relocation of the inclusionary zoning units by use of the Off-Site Development Option in conjunction with the rehabilitation of the apartment building at 219 Commonwealth Avenue resulting in an increased number of affordable units from the approved site of 179 Kesseler Way  (see Planning Department memo). The agenda can be found here.

Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee will convene on Monday, June 12th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.

Other City Board and Commissions

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

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following: CDBG Report, potential locations for FY18 CDBG funded access projects, issues regarding access at Newton Wellesley Hospital, Handicap Parking fines, Treasurer’s Report, MAAB Variance –Adams & Clinton Curb Cut, ADA Coordinator’s Report, Accessible (HP) parking space request, Ruderman Foundation. The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jini Fairley at phone at:  617-796-1253 or by email at:  jfairley@newtonma.gov.

The Newton Housing Authority:  The Newton Housing Authority Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:30 a.m. at 82 Lincoln Street. The Notice of the Meeting can be found here.

The Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  discussion and vote on the proposed amendments to the rDNA ordinance and will join the Zoning and Planning Committee for the Public Hearing on the recommendation by the Newton Historical Commission to create an Historic District in West Newton.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee:  The School Committee will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Room 304 to discuss Elementary School after school hours. The Notice of the Meeting can be found here. The School Committee will meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center.  The agenda can be found here.

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to install a fence at 119 Windermere Road, request to replace the bulkhead  and basement windows at 41 Hancock Street, request to renovate house; replace windows, siding, gutters, rear roof, garage roof and rear patio; install fence; expand rear dormer and change rear entry area at 33 Hancock Street, request for approval of front retaining wall and other changes to front and rear site plan at 74 Grove Street, (work was done without permission – Violation). 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.

Election Commission:  The Election Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 13th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to have a conversation with Representatives of the Charter Commission and Law Department regarding required mailings for the November 7, 2017 Election.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 14th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Charter Commission:  The Newton Charter Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The Commission will receive public comments, review a draft letter to the City Council, review the Ballot Question Summary, and review Educational Materials.  The agenda can be found here.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 14th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following applications for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to replace fence and add fence sections for property located at 19 Reservoir Avenue, request to repair roof slates, replace gutters and install snow guard for property located at 30 Chestnut Hill Road, request to install fence at the front of the property for property located at 119 Old Orchard Road, request to build single-story rear addition with roof deck; change rear grading, existing railing, and garage doors and openings, remove chimney; and replace all existing windows and the roof for property located at 46 Chestnut Hill Road, request to change windows at front and side of house, to remove all shutters and to replace rear addition for property located at 41 Chestnut Hill Road, request to revise window program and garage connector and to install lights on the front for property located at 34 Beacon Street, and continuation of a discussion for a request to pave driveway and to install front parking space, front walkway and landing area for property located at 413 Hammond Street.  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.

Newton Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to review the following:

  • Request for Determination of Applicability to perform final grading within the 100 foot buffer in order to accommodate for an addition to a single-family home for property located at 76 Webster Park,
  • informal discussion regarding a request amend a planting plan for property located at 55 Wayne Road,
  • informal discussion regarding a request to add a deck that will stick into the 25 foot buffer zone for property located at 31 Harwich Road,
  • Notice of Intent filed by the MBTA to cut and prune trees adjacent to the railroad Right of Way (ROW) within jurisdictional areas and buffer zones. (Note:  There are 59 trees within wetlands jurisdiction proposed to be cut or pruned:  38 – Con Com land, 12 – Parks and Rec land, 7 – private land, 2 – MBTA land. Many others are tagged to be monitored). The affected properties include:  Webster Conservation Area, Webster Pk, 109 Allerton Rd, 1445 Centre St, 34 Renee Ter., 21 Beacon Heights Dr., 29 Beacon Heights Dr., 46 Suffolk Rd., and 32 Suffolk Rd.
  • DCR’s park building used for AA meetings has formalized lawn parking
  • Cutting at Ware’s Cove under the guise of “invasive pull” by a private citizen – A 20’ swath was completely cleared of trees, shrubs and vines, right to the water’s edge
  • discussion of whether there is interest to consider adopting a Vernal Pool Protection Bylaw

The agenda can be found here and the packet documents can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at: 617-796-1134 or by email at:  jsteel@newtonma.gov.

 

City Council Meetings – Week of June 4th

The following Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and is scheduled to discuss the following:  petition for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a single-story rear addition extending the existing non-conforming two-family use for property located at 893 Watertown Street, special permit/site plan approval to convert the existing detached truck storage structure into a residential unit and continue the office use in the front structure, constituting two uses on site at 46 Farwell Street, special permit/site plan approval to amend Board Order #229-13 to allow bank use at 170 Needham Street (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to raze and replace a two-family structure and allow a 4% reduction to the required lot area after combining lots at 19-21 Beaconwood Road (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to construct a new attached garage at basement level, family room on first floor and bathroom and closet space on the second floor, extending the nonconforming front setback increasing the nonconforming FAR from .52 to .61 where .41 is allowed at 208 Homer Street (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling, front porch and detached garage and construct a two-story rear addition and attached garage for more than three vehicles and in excess of 700 sq. ft. increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at 164 Highland Avenue (see Planning Department memo, special permit/site plan approval to allow parking within 5’ of the street, in the front setback at 54 Lakewood Road (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to expand units at the two family dwelling, claiming basement space for the first floor and attic space for the second floor by adding dormers, increasing the FAR from .90 to .93 where .58 is allowed and relocating a noncompliant deck, further decreasing the existing nonconforming open space at 15 Ricker Road (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to demolish an existing garage, structure and deck and to construct an attached two-car garage and indoor sport court, exceeding the maximum allowable FAR to .38 where .33 is allowed and .31 exists at 1016 Centre Street (see Planning Department memo) , and an appointment to the BC Neighborhood Council. The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  proposed ordinance to require notice on gas station pumps that informs consumers that burning gas contributes to climate change, ordinance amendments to update guidelines and procedures regulating recombinant CNA technology. request to appropriate $57,676 from e-Rate funds to purchase technology for schools, request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations to the library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other first floor improvements, citizens petition to adopt a resolution or other measure, such as the Model Local Resolution calling upon the U.S. House of Representatives to open an investigation into the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, and a resolution to recognize June as Immigrant Heritage Month.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 in Room 205 and will discuss the following: report from the Police Department of semi-annual semi-annual taxi license/public auto licenses for review, request to appropriate $450,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street, request for authorization to transfer the sum $340,000 from the full‐time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime, request to appropriate and expend $80,477 from Cable TV Capital Franchise Fees and $69,523 from Cable TV Operating Franchise Fees for the installation of video cameras on approximately 30 traffic signals in Newton, request for annual renewal of the Boston College Bus Licenses.  There are no changes proposed to last year’s licenses,300 Boylston Street, requesting one (1) new bus license, , appeal filed by Councilor Kalis regarding the Approval of TC19‐17 Traffic Council Decision on April 13, 2017:    TC19‐17 YIGAL AGAM, 198 Woodcliff Road, requesting a) Stop sign on Walnut Hill Road, b) Stop sign on Woodcliff Road for southbound traffic and c) Median on Walnut Hill Road, so cars approach Woodcliff Road at a right angle to address safety concerns and deter speeders, , re‐appointment of a the resident member of the TRAFFIC COUNCIL.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  petition for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Greenwood Street from the to an existing gas main next to #4 Sevland Road, (joint meeting with Public Safety) request for authorization to appropriate the $450,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street (see memo), recommendation by the Mayor that the City of Newton take an easement on property owned by Mount Ida College at the southeast corner of the Dedham Street and Carlson Avenue intersection in order to realign the Dedham Street/Brookline Street/Carlson Avenue intersection (note:  that Mount Ida College supports the taking of the easement), a request to approve the abandonment of a portion of a City drain easement in the side and rear properties at 36 and 46 Tamworth Road,  a request for authorization to alter and widen portions of the Homer Street right of way in order to proceed with several safety improvements including  curb extensions, rectangular rapid flashing beacons and crosswalk relocation, request authorization to appropriate 350,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School, request to authorize a transfer of $150,000 from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing several years’ worth of soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation, a request for authorization to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor, and a request for authorization to appropriate and expend $250,000 from the Override Capital Stabilization Fund to renovate the space on the 1st floor of the Ed Center which has been vacated by the relocation of the Pre-K Program to the Aquinas site to house the Central High School Program, additional professional development meeting space, and general office space.  The agenda can be found here.