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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of July 8th

The following City Council Committees will meet this week:

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 10th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211 to hear and discuss two appointments:  Lynn Vetra and Ken Lyons to the BC Neighborhood Council.  The Committee will then move to the Council Chamber at 7:00 p.m. to hear the following:

  • Petition to amend a previously granted special permit and site plan approval to allow non-accessory parking to lease 496 parking stalls to off-site third party users at 199 Boylston Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval for a 5-year permit for a temporary tent to hold an annual rug sale in May and the temporary displacement of 153 parking spaces for the event at 175 Boylston Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow a restaurant with greater than 50 seats and with 4 outdoor tables at 225 Boylston Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to combine two parcels to allow four attached dwelling units in two structures at 21-25 Gardner Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow a registered medical marijuana dispensary in a non-conforming structure at 24-26 Elliot Street (Cypress Tree Management)

Please note:  That the special permit/site plan approval request for 189-193 Adams Street and 19 Quirk Court was continued to the July 9th meeting.  The Planning Department issued the following memo with an attached Draft Council order.

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 8th

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:  Approval of Minutes, Reports – CDBG, Accessible Fines, Treasurer’s, ADA Coordinator’s, Request for an MAAB Variance – Kingdom Hall, discussion of ideas for MOD FY2019 Grant, and a Movie event discussion. For more information, please contact Jini Fairley by phone at:  617-796-1253 or by email at:  jfairley@newtonma.gov.

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, July 9th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:  Approval of Minutes, Board of Survey and possible vote on the Farwell Street Subdivision Plan, discussion and possible vote on the Needham Street Vision Plan, updates on the following:  Washington Street Vision Plan, Zoning Redesign, Inclusionary Zoning, Proposed Marijuana Zoning, Draft of the Economic Development Strategy, Anticipated Development Projects and 236 Auburn Street. For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at:  617-796-1125 or by email at:  rpowers@newtonma.gov

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 10th 6:30 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:  Economic Development Updates, Update from the Chair, Discussion of the Zoning Redesign related to Economic Development, and review of the draft Economic Development Strategy. For more information, please contact Kathryn Ellis by phone at:  617-796-1122 or by email at:   kellis@newtonma.gov.

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove siding and repair clapboard, repair door and window trim, and replace front entry landing, railing and walkway at 366 Central Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install 31 solar panels at 26 Maple Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rebuild rear stairway, replace siding and window sills on the house and replace siding on the garage at 119 Windermere Road

Staff Memo can be found here and Packet Documents can be found here. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:  617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuessday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

For more information, please contact Alice Ingerson by phone at: 617-796-1144 or by email at:  aingerson@newtonma.gov.

Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 11th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of the Newton Fair Housing Study
  • Letter to the Zoning and Planning Committee regarding Councilor Gentile’s docket items
  • Update on Committee members
  • Update on outreach efforts to the HRC, COD and the NHA

For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at:  617-796-1149 or by email at:  mlucas@newtonma.gov.

Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, July 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install fence sections at 234 Elliot Street.

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

For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:  617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of July 8th

The following potential development proposals will be reviewed by the Development Team this week:

  • 660 Washington Street –  Add second level to existing building for office space
  • 21 Saxon Terrace – Special permit to increase floor area ratio (FAR) for
    addition with an accessory apartment
  • 46 Chestnut Hill Road – Special permit to increase floor area ratio (FAR)
  • 1272 Boylston Street – Special permit to establish an accessory apartment in a
    detached structure

Events and Announcements this Week

Families Belong Together Vigil –  Monday, July 2nd – 6:30 p.m. in front of Newton City Hall

The Newton Clergy Association along with the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries and the Newton Human Rights Commission, are leading a Families Belong Together Prayer Vigil on Monday, July 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in front of Newton City Hall.

“We believe that faith is relevant to the soul of our nation. The separation of families is not a partisan issue. It’s a moral one. Along with the rallies being held in Boston and cities across the nation next weekend, we invite people of faith, or no faith, to come together, and lift your voices, in our various traditions, in prayer for our country, our leaders and those seeking refuge from the violence of their countries. Please bring an electric candle or the light on your cell phone to help us shine a light in the darkness.”

Fourth of July Celebration – Celebrate the 4th of July here in Newton!  Beginning at 10 a.m. at the Newton Centre Playground, there will be a Pet Parade, Teddy Bear Parade, Doll Carriage Promenade and Foot Races with a bonus scoop of ice cream provided by Cabot’s!

Then head over to Albemarle Playground from Noon – 9 p.m. for the Open Air Market, Amusement Rides and Music by the Bill Winiker Band.

And then the Grand Finale:  Fireworks!

Please note that these free events have been sponsored by the Newton Pride Committee.  Please consider donating to the Newton Pride Committee to keep these events free.  Information on donating can be found here.

Gath Pool Closure:  A water leak was discovered at the Gath Pool which is forcing closure of the pool from Thursday, July 5th until Sunday, July 8th.  Folks can still enjoy swimming at Crystal Lake during this hot spell.  Day pass information for Crystal Lake can be found here.

 

Recodification Committee to Meet – Monday, July 2nd

The Recodification Committee, chaired by Councilor Lisle Baker, will meet on Monday, July 2nd at 8:30 a.m. in the Clerk’s Office.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Historic District Commission Ordinances
  • Status of City Seal Ordinance
  • Status of Purchasing Section of Ordinances
  • Engineering’s Stormwater Management Policy
  • Revolving funds Ordinance to Meet Municipal Modernization requirements
  • Rules change for Law Department Review of Ordinance changes by Council
  • Parking on Municipal Property
  • Shrubs and Overhanging Vegetation Removal Charges

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

The following Committee Reports are available:

Programs and Services Committee Meeting – June 20, 2018:  The Programs and Services Committee met on June 20th and voted to recommend approval on the following items:

  • Appointment of John Castellot to the Institutional Biotechnology Committee
  • Three appointments to the Human Rights Committee:  Elizabeth Ingraham, Tamika Olszewski, and and David Kuppenheimer
  • Re-appointment of Michelle Freshman to the Health and Human Services Advisory Council
  • Three Re-appointments to the Human Rights Commission:  Bryan Barash, Hattie Kerwin Derrick, and Jane Brown
  • Request to increase the salary of the City Clerk/Clerk of the Council to $135,619 to match the percentage increase included in the FY2019 budget for H-grade employees
  • Amended Ballot Question regulating the number of recreational marijuana establishements to no fewer than 2 and no more than 4

Click on the Programs and Services Committee Meeting – June 20, 2018 link to read the report.  Please note:  attached to the report, is an opinion from the Health and Human Services Commissioner and testimony from the Police and Fire Chief.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee Meeting – June 20, 2018:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, June, 20th and voted to recommend approval of the following:

  • Walnut Street Newtonville Enhancement Project

All other items were held.  Click on the Public Safety and Transportation Committee Meeting – June 20, 2018 link to read the report.

Tax Taking Notice

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

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

The Notice can be found here.

City Council Meetings – Week of June 23rd – Back Pay for former Police Chief, Draft Pot Shop Zoning Regulations and possible first retail pot shop special permit

The following City Council Committees will meet this week:

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $240,000 from certain accounts ($25,000 – Executive Office Full-time Salaries Account; $60,000 – Assessing Department Full-time Salaries Account; $20,000 – Treasury Department Full-time Salaries Account; $30,000 – Human Resources Full-time Salaries Account; $50,000 – Information Technologies Full-time Salaries Account; $50,000 – Planning Department Full-time Salaries Account) for the purpose of funding “back-pay” for Former Police Chief Matthew Cummings
  • Request to appropriate $9,837,31 to settle a sewer back-up claim
  • Request to appropriate and expend $6,400 from Handicap Parking Fines -Disability Commission Receipts Reserved for Appropriation to fund the purchase and installation of Accessible Pedestrian Signals at the Waverly and Tremont Streets intersection
  • Request to transfer $30,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the Executive Office Consulting Account to develop a cultural strategy for the City of Newton
  • Request to increase the salary of the City Clerk/Clerk of the Council to $135,619 effective July 1, 2018 to match the percentage increase in the FY2019 for H-grade employees

Zoning and Planning Commitee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m. first, in the Council Chamber and then in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing on the adoption of the Needham Street Vision Plan as a amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan;
  • Public Hearing on amendments to Chapter 30, the Newton Zoning Ordinance to allow for a Shared Parking Pilot Program as an accessory use in commercial districts
  • Discussion on proposed zoning amendments to limit the residential portion of a development in a commercial zone to 50% of the total development
  • Discussion on proposed zoning amendment regarding the Mixed Use 4 Zoning District – to eliminate it completely, reduce the dimensional controls currently allowed, place a two-year moratorium on any new MU4 development or any combination of the preceding actions
  • Discussion on proposed zoning amendment to adopt an immediate moratorium on any zone changes and/or construction/development along both sides of Washington Street including abutting properties from the intersection of Comm Ave and Washington Street to the intersection of Washington Street and Centre Street until Zoning Redesign and the proposed actionable plan for Washington Street are completed
  • Discussion on proposed amendments to the Newton Zoning Ordinance regarding regulation of retail marijuana establishments – see end of agenda for discussion draft and proposed zoning maps
  • Discussion of a draft policy content outline of the new Zoning Ordinance

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an extension of time to exercise a previously granted special permit to allow a free-standing sign at 1349 Centre Street;
  • Request to Withdraw a Petition for an extension of time to exercise a previously granted special permit for 283 Melrose Street – Turtle Lane;
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval  to enclose porches which would  create an FAR of .49 where .48 is allowed at 22 Beecher Place;
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for a rear-lot subdivision to create two lots, demolish the existing single-family structure and construct two new single-family structures – one on each lot at 156 Otis Street;
  • Request to amend a previously granted special permit/site plan approved for Garden Remedies to allow for retail sale of recreational as well as medical marijuana and to amend certain conditions to the previously granted permit.  See Planning Memo, revised Landscape Plan,and response to questions.