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City Council Meetings – Week of November 10th

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to change the existing non-conforming use from the existing two-family use to allow three single-family dwellings in the SR3 District, to further extend the non-conforming lot area per unit, to further extend a non-conforming front setback and to allow a retaining wall in excess of 4 feet within a setback at 128 Pine Street – See Memo from Attorney Morris requesting withdrawal – attached to agenda
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan to permit a for-profit education use as well as other uses which could include animal services, dry cleaners and ground floor health clubs at 55-71 Needham Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan approval to combine two parcels and construct a five-unit multi-family dwelling, altering and extending a non-conforming front setback, altering and extending a non-conforming side setback, to waive one parking stall and to allow a retaining wall greater than 4 feet within a setback at 13-17 Gardner Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request to rezone three parcels for the Northland Development
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow mixed use development at Northland

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda is solely focused on the Northland Project.

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion with IT and the Executive Departments regarding the City’s new website currently under development
  • Request to appropriate $5,000 from the Accessible Parking Fines Fund to be used to pay for special police detail enforcement of the accessible parking regulatioins
  • Request approval of the sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments:
    • 22 Agawam Road
    • 100 Franklin Street
    • 310 Waverly Avenue
    • 51 Devon Road
  • Request discussion and potential change to the Senior Citizen’s Parking Sticker Program to allow the possibility of sticker holders to continue to park on Highland Avenue, between Lowell and Bram Way, thereby freeing up spaces within the Austin Street Lot for other vehicles
  • Request to transfer $207,500 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Forestry Tree Account
  • Request to transfer $806,800 from Interest Temp Loans to a Capital Project Account under Public Buildings Department to fund replacement of leaking boiler at Police Headquarters
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a MassDEP grant of $52,000 to support the City’s waste diversion efforts
  • Request to transfer $88,000 from Free Cash to Department of Public Works Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to Department of Public Works Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue (* Note: Chair’s intent to move No Action Necessary on this item)
  • Request to revise ordinances related to solid waste and recycling definitions, management of bulky waste items, management of white goods, including amendments to fees and management of residential move-outs and clean-outs.

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Marcela Merino to the Economic Development Commission
  • Appointment of Leigh Gilligan to the Conservation Commission
  • Request to appropriate $15,000 (from CPC funds?) to the Newton Conservators for costs associated with the holding of the Conservation Restriction for Kessler Woods
  • Request to appropriate $50,000 from CPC funds to the Planning Department for a grant to the Newton Conservators as the fiscal agent of the Riverside Greenway Working Group for the design of the Pigeon Hill Trail in Auburndale
  • Request for discussion and adoption of items within the Climate Action Plan and the Citizen’s Climate Action Plan with the Sustainability Directors
  • Public Hearings on the following items:
    • Request for discussion and adoption of the Climate Action Plan as an amendment of 2007 Comprehensive Plan – See Planning Memo
    • Request for discussion and adoption of amendments to Chapter 30 to create exemptions to building envelope standards such as height and setback to facilitate the implementation of energy efficiency and alternative energy measures in buildings including external insulation, doorway vestibules, heat pumps and solar panels among other features – See Planning Memo (same as below)
    • Request discussion and adoption of amendments to Chapter 30 to create a new set of standards related to sustainable development design with requirements for new buildings and development projects to include environmental and energy efficiency features – See Planning Memo (same as above)

Traffic Council: The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a review and possible parking restriction on all or part of the block of Greenwood Road between Brandeis Road and Cynthia Road
  • Review of three trials:
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Brentwood Avenue between Walnut Street and Judith Road. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, Walnut Street to Judith Road, both sides. Resident parking permit overrides the posted restriction.
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Garland Road, west side, between Beacon Street and Brentwood Avenue. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, any time, east side, Beacon Street to Brentwood Avenue. No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, west side, Beacon Street to Brentwood Avenue, with the resident parking permit overriding the posted restriction on the west side.
    • Request to discuss and possibly change the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the following areas: Judith Road, both sides, entire length. This area is currently included in the TPR as resident-only parking, but this restriction causes a hardship to some residents and may no longer be needed. – Trial: No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, both sides, entire length. Resident parking permit overrides the posted restriction.
  • Request for a parking restriction 135 feet south of Beecher Place along the east side of Langley Road for safety improvements
  • Request for a parking restriction on the south side of Bishopsgate Road between 131 Bishopsgate Road and Beacon Street to enhance safety at the blind curve
  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of 91 Church Street
  • Request the approval of restricted parking to residents only to enhance safety at 36 Silver Lake Avenue
  • Request removal of the following parking prohibitions on Hollis Street a) Prohibited entire length, south, west, and north sides; b) Two-hour limit, entire length, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. , north, east, and south sides to accommodate parking for homeowners
  • Nominations, Election and Discussion of Term Limits for Traffic Council Chair

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 10th

Auburndale Historic District Commission: The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install vertical porch lattice and install plastic vents and lighting mounting blocks at 113 Hancock Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build a two-story addition to the back and left side and expand the existing garage at 29 Hawthorne Avenue

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, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Working Session and potential vote on a $15,740,000 request to preserve open space through land acquisition (eminent domain) at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (“Webster Woods”) – see Funding Proposal
    • Note: The Chair may request to go into Executive Session for the purpose of considering the purchase, exchange, lease or value of Webster Woods and strategy with regard to litigation, including a complaint filed by Boston College, if the chair declares that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating or litigating position of the City of Newton regarding acquisition of Webster Woods by eminent domain. Executive sessions are closed to the public.
  • Approval of October 10th minutes

Economic Development Commission: The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of the September 10th Minutes
  • City Updates
  • Discussion Items:
    • Northland Updates
    • Preview of Riverside Project
    • Restaurant Liquor Licenses
  • Confirmation of next meeting dates

Human Rights Commission: The Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 12th at 5:45 p.m. in Room B15. The agenda includes:

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Complaints Received
  • Students Reports
  • MCAD Know Your Rights Training
    • Feedback
    • Next Steps
  • Harvest Fair
    • Feedback
  • Women’s Suffrage Celebration
  • December
    • Human Rights Award Recipients
      • Youth
      • Adults
  • HRC Statements to Respond to Community Incidents related to Human Rights
  • Upcoming Events

Newton Farm Commission: The Newton Farm Commission will meet on November 12th at at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update from the Farm
  • Meeting Schedule Discussion
  • License and Ordinance Review
  • Approval of Minutes September 26th
  • Docket Update

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for Sign Permits:
    • 84 – 82-84 Needham Street
    • Four Points by Sheraton – 320 Washington Street
    • Flat Breads – 11 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Fence Appeals:
    • 43 Chinian Path

The Staff Memo can be found here.

Conservation Commission: The Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an Order of Conditions (OOC) as per a continued Notice of Intent (NOI) to create an accessible pathway at 191 Dedham Street (Countryside School)
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (OOC) as per a continued Notice of Intent (NOI) for a 36 stall expansion of parking and restoration of RFA at 188-192 and 210 Needham Street (Crosspoint)
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (OOC) as per a Notice of Intent (NOI) for a teardown/rebuild of a single-family home at 30 Selwyn Road
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (OOC) as per a Notice of Intent (NOI) to install a new pool in rear yard of a single-family home at 53 Wendell Road
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (OOC) as per a Notice of Intent (NOI) to construct an addition to a single-family home at 5 Wyoming Street
  • Request to amend an Order of Conditions (OOC) at 24 Glen Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance (COC) at 315 Albermarle Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance (COC) at 349 California Street
  • Conservation Area Decisions
    • Planning for Opening the Old Deer Park
  • Administrative Decisions
    • Flood Zone Policy to Ensure Adequate Compensatory Flood Storage
    • Approval of 10/24 Minutes

The Packet Documents can be found here.

Newton Cultural Council: The Newton Cultural Council will meet on Thursday, November 14th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Welcome
  • Evaluation Form Usage
  • Adjudication – 2 Grants per person
  • Adjournment

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission: The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to expand the asphalt paving area at the back of the driveway at 996-1000 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace some of the existing parking area with grass and extend the paver parking area to the rear of the property at 65 High Street
  • Approval of Minutes

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

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of November 10th

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

  • 57 Lawmarrisa Road – Special Permit to exceed the allowed floor area ratio (FAR)
  • 169 Hunnewell Avenue – Special Permit to allow over-sized Internal Accessory Apartment
  • 39 Forest Street – Convert existing rectory into housing for parishioners
  • 15 Riverdale Avenue – Comprehensive Permit for 204 dwelling units and 21,000 square feet of commercial space
  • 296-334 Washington Street – Proposed new hotel signage

The Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.

What’s Up in Newton this Week? – Final Paving on Dedham Street at Nahanton Street TODAY, Municipal Election – Tuesday, November 5th, Riverside MBTA compromise on Zoning, Dunstan East Chapter 40B Development and more…..

Dedham Street at Nahanton Street is scheduled for final paving on Monday, November 4th, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. Detours will be in place, expect significant delays. Please seek alternate route if possible.

Municipal Election: The Municipal Election will be held this Tuesday, November 5th. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. For a comprehensive list of the candidates, go to the Election Info link. below. Please vote. This is a very important election and there are lot of candidates running.

Riverside Compromise? Last week, I reported: “Riverside Update: On Friday, Legal Counsel for Mark Development filed revised proposed text amendments to their proposal to amend the MU3/Transit Oriented Zoning Ordinance – reducing the density from 1,234,000 sq. ft. to 1,025,000 sq. ft. of which 60% will be residential and 40% commercial and establishing the maximum heights and minimum setbacks along the Grove Street corridor. The letter to the council and amendments can be found here.”

This week, Counsel to Mark Development submitted Revised Zoning Amendments; and provided Renderings based on the revised plans. The City’s Planning Department has commented on the revised zoning amendments here and states:

The Planning Department recommends adoption of the proposed amendments to the MU3 district as endorsed by both Mark Development and the Lower Falls Improvement Association. As discussed below, these amendments are broadly consistent with the Riverside vision document and uphold good design principles. Th Planning Department reviewed the proposed amendments for consistency with the existing ordinance and is suggesting a number o changes. The majority of these changes are not substantive but are instead for clarity and consistency within the overall Zoning Ordinance.

Dunstan East Chapter 40B Proposal Meets the Design Review Team: That’s right. The Design Review Team will meet this week to discuss the potential Chapter 40B development project known as Dunstan East proposed by Mark Development consisting of 243 dwelling units and retail space. See Development Review Snapshot here.

Newton Innovation Center Co-Working Space to close: On November 1st, the Mayor sent a letter to the Council informing them that the Newton Innovation Center Co-Working Space located in Newton Corner will close on March 1, 2020. The letter can be found here.

Registration for the 6th Annual Turkey Trot is open! The Turkey Trot will be held on Saturday, November 23rd – Kids 1 mile fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K race will begin at 9:00 a.m. Online registration closes on November 18th . Go here for more information and to register.

Special Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market: A Special Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market will be held on Tuesday, November 26th from 1 – 5 p.m. at the War Memorial at Newton City Hall. You can pre-order from your favorite farmers’ market vendors and pick them up at City Hall on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving! More information about the market and participating vendors can be found here. Thank you Village Bank for your support!

This Week’s Road Construction Schedule: The Weekly Road Construction Schedule can be found here.

Election Information

The Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5th. Polls will be open from 7a.m. – 8 p.m. Go here for polling location information.

*Incumbent

**Please note: Jake’s colleague on the City Council, Becky Grossman, who is running unopposed for Ward 7 City Councilor at-large, is also running for Congress. Her City Council website can be found here, her Candidate Statement can be found here, and her Congressional Facebook page link can be found here.

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Real Property Reuse Committee – October 22nd Report: The Real Property Reuse Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Mayoral appointments to the Joint Advisory Planning Group (JAPG) Committee for the West Newton Armory:
    • Ted Hess‐Mahan
    • Sue Parsons
    • Kelley Brown
    • David Koven
  • Council President appointments to the Joint Advisory Planning Group (JAPG) Committee for the West Newton Armory:
    • Jonathan Katz
    • Barry Abramson
    • Anita Lichtblau
  • Reuse of a 1200 sq. ft. Parcel of Land on Brackett Road – the Committee voted to approve the following:
    • to make the property available for sale;
    • to waive the creation of a JAPG;
    • to request additional information from the Director of Planning; to waive the requirement that the Public Hearing be postponed until after the Planning Director’s Report is received;
    • and to hold the Public Hearing on November 19th

All other items were held.

Programs and Services Committee – October 23rd Report: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of Kathleen McCarthy as a member of the Licensing Board
  • Request for an amendment to City Ordinances to allow increase in School Committee Members salary to $7,750

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Committee – October 23rd Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Grant of Location to install and maintain conduit in Woodward Street and turning onto Lincoln Street to perform system upgrades
  • Request for a Grant of Location to relocate one pole to the southerly side of Chandler Street
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install and maintain conduit on Temple and turning and crossing onto Putnam Street to provide new services on Putnam Street
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install maintain conduit on Walnut Street to provide new service
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install a gas main in Walnut Street and to install and maintain a gas main on Washington Street to provide service to #245 and #845 Washington Street
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install conduit across Beacon Street west of Tudor Road
  • Request to accept a Green Communities Program Grant of $111,217 from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. The grant will be used for lighting at the Newton South High School tennis courts and field house; additional funding will be requested by the Public Buildings Department to supplement the grant funds and complete this lighting
  • Request to appropriate $1,160,066 for the Day Middle School Boiler Replacement Project from bonded indebtedness? of which approximately $360,753 will be funded by a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program and authorization to apply premiums received upon the sale of the bonds or notes, less the cost of preparing, issuing, and marketing them, and any accrued interest received upon the delivery of the bonds or notes to the costs of the project and to reduce the amount authorized to be borrowed for the project by like amount
  • Request amendments to the City Ordinances to create an Infiltration and Inflow Mitigation Ordinance that would codify mitigation requirements for development projects over a certain size, potential for fees in lieu of mitigation and waiver fees by the City Council

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – October 23rd Meeting: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a discussion and potential change to the Senior Citizen’s Parking Sticker program to allow the possibility for vehicles displaying a valid Senior Citizen’s Parking Sticker to continue to park on Highland Avenue, between Lowell Avenue & Bram Way, thereby freeing up parking spaces within the Austin Street Parking Lot for other vehicles

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request for a discussion about a new commuter parking program in Newton

Finance Committee – October 28th Report: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request authorization to accept a Mass Housing grant of $4,300 to support the activities of the Newton Hoarding Task Force
  • Request authorization to rescind a curb betterment assessment at 66 Waban Hill Road
  • Request City Council approval authorizing Mayor to appropriate state reimbursement of $11,706 for McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation from the general fund to the School Department
  • Request to accept Green Communities Program grant funds of $111,217 from the Mass Department of Energy Resources. The grant will be used for lighting at the Newton South High School tennis court and field house
  • Request authorization to appropriate $1,160,066 for the Day Middle School Boiler Replacement Project, of which $360,753 will be funded by a grant from the Mass School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program and authorization to apply any premiums received, less costs of preparing, marketing, etc. and any accrued interest to the costs of the project and to reduce amount authorized to be borrowed
  • Request an amendment to City Ordinances to increase the School Committee salaries to $7,750

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – October 28th Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to approve grant of a conservation restriction at the Crystal Lake Bathhouse and 20 Rogers Street; a 44,449 sq. ft. parcel of land bordering Crystal Lake to the Newton Conservators

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – October 29th Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 2.5 story, 1298 sq. ft. side addition at 27 Oak Street, creating an FAR of .53 where .49 is allowed and .40 exists at 25-27 Oak Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to attach and expand an existing detached garage structure to the main dwelling, creating an FAR of .54 where .38 exists and .48 is allowed, parking within 5′ of the street and to further extend the nonconforming front setback at 73 Falmouth Road – See Planning Memo – approved Subject to Second Call
  • Request for an Extension of Time to Exercise a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a three-story addition in the BU1 District to be used for construction of a mixed-use development at 1314 Washington Street, 31 and 33 Davis Street

All other items were held.

Traffic Council – October 24th Report: The Traffic Council voted to approve the following:

  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of CVS at 1199 Centre Street – Item was held for a trial
  • Request for a two-hour parking restriction between 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. to deter commuter parking – Item was held for potential inclusion in the Newton Corner Parking District to include Ricker Road, Playstead Road and Ricker Terrace
  • Request to restrict parking on the portion of Glenland Road located in Newton
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the parking restrictions on Myrtle Street to ensure safe access for emergency vehicles
  • Request to restrict parking at all times along the south side of Watertown Street between Dunstan Street and a point 100 feet westerly to improve sightlines for vehicles turning from Dunstan Street onto Watertown Street
  • Request to approve a stop sign at the Albermarle Road westbound approach to Eddy Street

The following items were voted No Action Necessary:

  • Request for a two-hour parking restriction 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Monday – Friday – northside on Playstead Road
  • Request for a review and possible change to the parking regulations on the portion of Ricker Terrace located in Newton, which may include permit parking

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of November 3rd

Programs and Services Committee: The regularly scheduled meeting for Programs and Services Committee has been cancelled. The Cancellation Notice can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Petition for a Grant of Location to install and maintain a gas main in Boulder Road to provide services to 19 and 28 Boulder Drive
  • Request authorization to install sewer extension for the Farwell Street Subdivision consisting of 6 new single-family homes
  • Request to name the intersection of Walnut Street and Lincoln Street John O’Hara Square
  • Request to transfer $86,800 from Interest Temp Loans to a Capital Project Account under Public Buildings Department for the purpose of funding the replacement of the leaking boiler at the Police Headquarters
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a grant of $52,000 from MassDEP as part of the Recycling Dividends Grant Program to support the City’s Waste Diversion Program
  • Request to transfer $88,000 from Free Cash to the DPW Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Free Cash to the DPW Sustainable Materials Management Equipment and Machinery Account to fund the replacement of two trash compactors at Rumford Avenue – this was a request made last year and it is the Chair’s intent to move No Action Necessary on this item
  • The Director of Sustainable Materials Management will provide the Committee with an update on the Sustainable Materials Management Program
  • Request authorization to revise ordinances related to White Goods and Bulky Items – including amendment of fees, and management of residential move-ins and move-outs

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request discussion regarding the Commuter Rail Communities Coalition and the City of Newton’s participation goals
  • Request discussion of allowing legal two-way bicycle travel on the Commonwealth Avenue Carriage Lane

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to rezone 4.5 acres of land as part of the the Riverside MBTA Development proposal to MU3
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for the Riverside MBTA Development proposal

The Committee will then move into Room 211 to discuss the following agenda items:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to subdivide a 29,983 lot into one 15,000 sq. ft. lot and one 14,983 sq. ft. lot requiring a waiver of the lot frontage by 5% and a reduction in the lot area by .114% (17 sq. ft.) at 1957 Beacon Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to expand the existing garage and construct two bedrooms above, creating an FAR of .51 where .41 is allowed and .44 exists at 32 Berkshire Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze and existing deck and construct an addition on the first floor, creating an FAR of .48 where .42 is allowed and .45 exists at 38 Fenno Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to enclose an existing 175 sq. ft. porch and construct a single-story porch addition, increasing the non-conforming lot coverage, decreasing the non-conforming open space and creating an FAR of .56 where .33 is allowed and .53 exists at 262 Otis Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow construction of a one-story addition at the front of the structure, to allow a first floor residential use in a BU1 District, and to extend the non-conforming use and non-conforming front setback at 278-280 California Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request to Rezone three parcels for the Northland Development – See Planning Memo and Memo from Attorney Schlesinger
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for the Northland Development – See Planning Memo

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Thursday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 3rd

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, November 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approve Minutes from the 9/10, 9/11 and 10/7 Meetings
  • Vote on the Washington Street Vision Plan Revision
  • Discussion of the Riverside Rezoning Update
  • Discussion of the Climate Action Plan/Sustainability Zoning Amendments Update
  • List of Upcoming Meetings:
    • Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m., City Council Chambers, Zoning and Planning Committee, Riverside Zoning Amendments
    • Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m., City Council Chambers, Zoning and Planning Committee, Public Hearing on Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Zoning Ordinance Amendments
    • Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m., City Council Chambers, Land Use Committee, Lexington Street Rezoning Public Hearing (Continuation)

Election Commission Warrant November 5 : Notice for the 2019 Municipal Election can be found here.

Community Preservation Committee: The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Program Planning: CPC staff overview of the Newton Community Preservation Program, including current and future financial resources
  • Public Hearing on Webster Woods – 300 Hammond Pond Parkway
    • Presentation by proposal sponsors
    • Public Comments and Questions
    • Proposal Sponsors’ responses to public questions
    • CPC requests for additional information
  • Adjournment

Fair Housing Committee: The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 6th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Letter to Lottery Agents in Newton (SEB LLC and Metrowest) – responses from Mass Housing Partnership
  • Review and possible response to two new Chapter 40B proposals – Dunstan East and Riverdale Avenue/Los Angeles Street
  • Question on whether the Committee should review responses from Human Service providers who receive CDBG funding regarding housing discrimination
  • Discussion on recruiting an attorney who specializes in housing law
  • Other business:
    • Affordable Housing Program Announcement

Newtonville Local Historic District Commission: The Newtonville Local Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness (Violation) – Request to replace some sashes with aluminum clad windows and to keep some of the installed between-the-glass-grille windows that were were replaced with vinyl between the glass grille windows, without Commission review and approval.

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

School Committee to Meet on Monday, November 4th

The School Committee will meet on Monday, November 4th beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The agenda states that the Committee will convene in Room 210 and vote to move into Executive Session and convene in Room 304 to discuss strategy in preparation for Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teachers Association and Custodians and to discuss the proposed FY20 CBA and NESA September 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

The Committee will then vote to move out of Executive Session and reconvene in Open Session and conduct their regular meeting. The agenda includes the following:

  • Superintendent’s Report: Presentation of the Blumer Book Awards – see Memo
  • Regular Public Comment Period
  • Updates:
    • Horace Mann – see Memo
    • Literacy and Diversity in Book Choices – See Diversity in Literature Report (postponed)
    • Equity Working Group – see Report
  • Consent Agenda
  • Preview Budget
  • Communications