Category: Updates

Charter Commission – new language for ballot question

The Charter Commission met last week and voted to amend the language summarizing the proposal on the ballot from:  “Effective with the 2019 municipal election, the City Council will be reduced from 24 to 12 with one member representing each of the 8 wards and 4 members who can live anywhere in the City.” to “Effective with the 2019 municipal election, the City Council will be reduced from 24 to 12 with one member from each of the 8 wards and 4 members who can live anywhere.”  The new language can be found here.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of September 3rd

The following City Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 5th at 7:15 p.m. in Room 204 to discuss the following:  grant of location request to install two poles – one at a the corner of Needham and Christina Street and another pole #604/5-1 with guy and anchor on the northerly side, 40’ northerly of pole #604/5; grant of location request to relocate five poles (#604/1, #604/2,
#604/3, #604/4 and #604/5) laterally in a southerly direction on Christina Street, grant of location request to install conduit in Needham Street to a proposed
relocated Pole #113/31 across from 300 Needham Street and to install conduit
southwesterly in Needham Street from Manhole # 47/301 thence turning
northwesterly on to Oak Street to proposed relocated Pole #25/1 on Oak Street, and a Mayoral re-appointment of Seth Parker to the Solid Waste Commission. The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  request to recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Mayoral appointment of Karl Munger and reappointment of Edward Marple and John Schwartz to the Biosafety Committee, Mayoral appointment of Julie Norstrand, Chryse Gibson, and Donna Murphy to the Council on Aging, Mayoral re-appointment of Dana Hanson as a Library Trustee, and a request to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the to construct a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility
to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard.  The agenda can be found here.

Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 6th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, September 7th in the Council Chamber and is expected to hold public hearings on the following:  petition for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a single-story rear addition extending the existing non-conforming two-family use at 893 Watertown Street, Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to use a portion of the legally nonconforming wholesale site to cut and fabricate stone countertops, further extending the nonconforming use to manufacturing at 966 Watertown Street, Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend Board Order #229-14 to allow a swing set on Lot 40 at 93 Bellevue Street, a request for a Class 1 Auto Dealer License by Flaherty Equipment Sales Corporation, and a request for a Class 2 Auto Dealer License by the City of Newton, request for a Consistency Ruling regarding modifications to an existing right of way for 103 Court Street, request for $977,000 from Community Preservation funds for an 8- unit affordable housing development at 236 Auburn Street, petition for Special Permit/Site Approval to replace the existing non-conforming detached garage with an expanded, connected garage, continuing the non-conforming front setback of 11.4’ where 25’ is required at 155 Monadnock Road. petition for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to expand the existing auto service business to allow the sale and service of up to ten used cars and waivers to requirements for parking facilities at 454-458 Watertown Street, petition for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a second story addition over an existing sunroom on the side of the house, extending the non-conforming side setback at 191 Grant Avenue, (or here) petition for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to  construct a three-story rear addition, further increasing the non-conforming three-story dwelling where 2.5 is the maximum allowed by right at 170-172 Sumner Street, petition for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a three-story building, up to 36’ high, allow an FAR of 1.5, waivers to allow parking in the side setback, waiver to allow parking within 5’ of a building or structure containing dwelling units, waivers to allow a reduction in the parking requirement to 1.25 per dwelling unit, relief from parking facility landscaping, and a waivers to the lot area per unit in a multifamily dwelling by 25% to allow for an affordable unit at 386-394 Watertown Street,petition for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend Board Order #437-03 to create a third commercial space for ground level health club use and to allow a waivers for 15 parking stalls or to allow required stalls off site at 60 Needham Street.  The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs ad Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 6th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  Mayor’s Request to increase the number of Library Trustees from 5 – 7 members, request to allow food trucks in the City of Newton – initially at Wells Avenue, request to place a non-binding question on the ballot:  “Do you support rezoning village center to allow 4 and 5 story mixed use buildings near public transit with retail on the first floor and apartments above as the City is recommending in to update Newton’s Zoning Ordinance for future growth?”, a public hearing on a citizen’s petition to discuss and repeal the Welcoming City Ordinance, Mayoral re-appointments to the Parks and Rec Commission  for the following members:  Bethel Charkoudian, Arthur Magni, Peter Kastner, Byron Dunker, Andrew Stern, Richard Tucker, Patrick Palmer, Jack Neville, Michael Clarke, and Sam Figler. The agenda can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  Mayoral appointment of Brita Lundberg to the Solid Waste Commission; five public hearings: petition for grant of location to install conduit in front of 25 Maple
Avenue,  petition for a grant of location to install conduit to a pole at the corner of
Newtonville Avenue, petition for a grant of location to install conduit to upgrade the existing service at 413 Hammond Street, petition for a main drain extension in Park Avenue to a proposed manhole located in front of 94 Park Avenue, and a petition for a main drain extension in Suffolk Road to a proposed drain manhole located in front of 46 Suffolk Road; and an update on the FY2018 Accelerated Roads Program. The agenda can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee meeting has been cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

 

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of September 3rd

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

  • Fair Housing Committee: The Fair Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 and will review a proposed amendment to Kesseler Woods special permit and will discuss next steps for auditing for housing discrimination in Newton.  For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at 617-796-1149 or by email at:  mlucas@newtonma.gov. The agenda can be found here.
  • School Committee:  The School Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. at the Ed Center, Room 210.  The agenda can be found here.
  • Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and discuss the following:  Request to remove 4 dead trees from landscaped slope, lower yard, & front yard at 57 Kingswood Road,  request to demolish parts of an existing single-family home & rear deck/stairs; construct 1 and 2-story additions and new deck/stair and include mitigation landscaping at 64 Selwyn Road, request for demolition of an existing single-family home to construct a duplex with drainage, landscaping,grading, and 12” culvert at 73 Beaconwood Road, and a request for a Certificate of Compliance for an addition, deck, mitigation plantings at 20 Parsons Street.  The agenda can be found here and the packet documents can be found here.
  • Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, September 7th at 7:30 in Room 205 and will discuss the following:  request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to expand driveway and replace curbing for property located at 161 Lowell Avenue and request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace a fence and gate for property located at 47 Prescott Street. The agenda can be found here.

Notices for Week of August 28th

Election Commission Ballot Testing:  The Election Commission will conduct testing on the ballot machines for the Preliminary Election beginning on Monday, August 28th through Wednesday, August 30th in the Basement in Room B09. The Notice can be found here.

Cabot School School Building Committee and Design Review Committee:  There is a Cabot School Building Committee and Design Review Committee meeting scheduled for August 31st.  The link for the agenda will not load.  Please contact the Public Buildings Department for more information by phone at:  617-796-1600.

Planning Department Notice of Intent to Release Funds:  The Planning Department issued a Notice of Intent to Request to Release Funds as part of their management of the Housing Rehabilitation and Development program because they are required to do an environmental review for each project and may require consultation regarding existence and removal of lead paint.  Written Comments will be accepted by August 31st and then the City of Newton will submit to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development  which will accept comments up to 15 days following submission.  The Notice can be found here.

August 31st Deadline to submit Comments on Proposed NStar rate increases:  The deadline to submit comments regarding  the proposed NStar Rate increases is August 31st.  Written comments and petitions for leave to intervene or to participate should be addressed to:

Notice and instructions on filing comments can be found here.

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 19th

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

The Crescent Street Working Group:  The Crescent Street Working Group is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, August 22nd at 4 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the following requests for full demolition:  2163 Commonwealh Avenue, 31 Jacobs Terrace, 46 Exeter Street, 121 Arlington Street, 85 Waban Hill Road North,5 Harwich Road and 189‐193 Adams Street.

The Commission will also discuss the following requests for partial demolition:  85 Otis Street, NR, 185 Franklin Street, 432 Cherry Street, LL and 16 Fountain Street, NR.

The following requests for a waiver to be heard includes:  5 Chester Street and 240 Otis Street.

A detailed agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at:  617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. inthe Planning Department’s Conference Room (B10) and is scheduled to discuss the following sign requests:  55 BoylstonStreet – The Container Store, 335 Boylston Street – Newton Surgery, 335 Boylston St – The Spiegel Center, 290 Centre St – Newton Dental Group, 300 Boylston St – Dana Farber, 97M Union St – Erin Gates Design, 790 Beacon St – LYMBR, 105‐119 Elm St – Constantine Place, Two Wells Avenue – Two Wells Avenue, 4‐6 Lincoln St – Grape Leaf, 200 Boylston St – Precision Running.  The agenda can be found here,the packet of information can be found here and the staff memo can be found here. For more information, please contact Rachel Blatt by phone at:  617-796-1127 or by email at:  rblatt@newtonma.gov .

Announcements

Please note the following:

Picnic and Play in the Park:  On Monday, August 14th from 5:30 p. m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Newton Centre Playground , 69 Tyler Terrace, for the launch of Newton: A City Built with History, A Future Built with Vision.  Family friendly event! Free Cabot’s Ice Cream! For more details visit our website at www.newtonma.gov/vision.

Zoning Redesign:  The Planning and Development Department is continuing with their Zoning Redesign Drop-In sessions this summer. Drop‐In on Wednesdays, August 16th and August 30th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Newton City Hall Room 106 to share your ideas with staff and ask questions about the City’s project redesign the zoning ordinance. All are welcome. On September 27th, 2017 the “Zoning Redesigning Event Series,”  a nine-part series will
launch and will run to May, 2018. Each event is about a different topic and will be held at Newton Free Library, 300 Homer St. from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. You can find the series online and RSVP at http://courbanize.com/newtonzoning.  For additional information, please contact James Freas by email:  at jfreas@newtonma.gov org or zoningredesign@newtonma.gov .

City Council Meetings – Week of August 13th

The City Council will meet tonight, August 14th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.

Please note:

The Programs and Services Committee and the Finance Committee will meet jointly tonight on August 14th at 6:45 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the submission of the Charter Commission’s Report, request for $6400 from Budget Reserve to mail the Charter Commission’s Report, request to place the question of the proposed new charter on the ballot, recommendation to approve the Neighborhood Area Council’s election date to November 7th, Mayor’s request to reappoint Jan Huffman to the Election Commission, Mayor’s request to to reappoint Marjorie Butler to the Election Commission, President Lennon’s request to reappoint Carl Cohen to the BioSafety Committee, and a proposal to place a non-binding advisory question on the ballot – “Do you support rezoning village centers to allow four-and five- story buildings near public transit with retail on the first floor and and apartments above, as the City is recommending to update Newton’s Zoning Ordinance for future growth?”.  The agenda can be found here.  Please see the City Clerk’s memo to the Council regarding the various docket items – here.

The Public Facilities Committee will meet tonight on August 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss a petition for a grant of location to install a pole in front of 559 Centre Street and an anchor guy 100’+ in a northerly direction to upgrade existing service and a petition for a grant of location to install and maintain 200’+ of conduit from a pole to a manhole in Needham Street.  The agenda can be found here.

The Recodification Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 15th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following:  Review of Chapters 17 and 20 and other fees and fines and any other business.  The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee has scheduled a site visit on Thursday, August 17th at 8:00 a.m. at the gate just past 50 Tower Road (Bigelow Oil) to review the special permit application filed by Northland to rezone five parcels and to develop off-site, non-accessory, single-level parking on the parcel at 55 Tower Road to serve the existing office building at 156 Oak Street.  The Notice of the Site Visit can be found here.