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City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 12th

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, May 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Report
  • Accessibility Fines Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Riverside Development Update
  • AAB (Architectural Access Board) Variance – Newton Highlands Congregational Church
  • Newton Wellesley Hospital Ramp
  • ADA Coordinator’s Report

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Monday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Fence Appeal at 33 Hancock Street
  • Design Review for 156 Oak Street – Northland Design Guidelines
  • 15-21 Lexington Street – Design Review

Auburndale Historic District Commission: The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to replace a rear door at 304 Central Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to enclose two right side porches at 51 Hancock Street (continuation)
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to expand the driveway area at 140 Windermere Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance for approval of an as-built garage foundation and rear dormer, driveway width, fence at driveway, right side paver walkway, new location of shed, and change to the left side door brackets at 286 Central Street (continuation)
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance to demolish an existing garage and build a new garage, connector and addition at 347 Central Street (continuation)

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

Community Preservation Commission:  The Community Preservation Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Final Report by Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of Farlow Park on the Farlow Park Pond and Bridge Project
  • Election of CPC Officers
  • Summary of FY20 CPA Program Budget discussion with City Council
  • Continued Discussion of Program Planning, Outreach, and Staffing
  • Updates on current projects and anticipated proposals
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Executive Session – 300 Hammond Pond Parkway – Webster Woods – A request will be made by the Chair to go into an Executive Session for the purpose of considering the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property if the chair declares that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the public body regarding acquisition of Webster Woods.

Newton Housing Partnership:  The Newton Housing Partnership will meet on Wednesday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and Approval of Meeting summaries for March 26th and April 16th meetings
  • Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance
    • Subcommittee Presentation
    • Discussion
    • Next steps:  Written recommendation to ZAP and Representation at ZAP Public Hearing
    • Project Updates
      • Hello Washington Street
      • Northland Special Permit
      • Riverside Visioning and Special Permit
      • Zoning Redesign
      • West Newton Armory
      • Discussion around Partnership’s Role
      • Next Steps

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The revised agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install wireless equipment on a utility pole on sidewalk in front of property at 262 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install temporary fence, gate and sign during construction at 25 Essex Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install fencing, walkways, driveway paving and a rear patio at 48 Reservoir Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a metal picket fence, replace chain link fence mesh, and change previously approved wood fence color; and request to replace garage doors at 41 Chestnut Hill Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace garage doors and to paint house, addition, and free-standing garage at 160 Chestnut Hill Road

Note:  31 Chestnut Hill Terrace petition was withdrawn from the May 16th meeting and the owner has agreed to continue the hearing at a future regularly scheduled meeting.

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

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of May 12th

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

  • 262 Otis Street –  Special Permit for extension of nonconforming FAR and lot
    coverage to construct a porch
  • 15-21 Lexington Street – Special Permit to allow a multi-family dwelling
  • 410 Newtonville Avenue – Special Permit to waive dormer requirements
  • 5-7 Elm Street –  Special Permit to amend Council Order #91-18 to amend the
    site plan

The Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.

Riverside Vision Plan

On Thursday, May 2nd, the Planning Department hosted a community meeting with Civic Moxie, the consultant hired to work with the community to create a Vision Plan for the Riverside MBTA site that is proposed for development.  The Riverside Vision Plan can be found here.  The Riverside Vision Plan Appendix can be found here. A Planning Department memo describing how the plan is to be used along with the actual plan can be found here.

A Law Department memo regarding whether the Special Permit/Site Plan approval hearing can move forward for a zone that currently does not permit the requested proposal but a zoning amendment has also been filed that would permit the requested proposal can be found here.

Mayor Selects Two Marijuana Retailers for Provisional Host Community Agreements

The Mayor sent a letter to the City Council announcing that she intends to sign two provisional Host Community Agreements (HCA) with two marijuana retailers, Cypress Tree Managements, LLC (24-26 Ellliot Street) and Ascend Mass, LLC (58 Cross Street – also known as 1089 Washington Street, the former Beacon Hill Athletic Club – (CEO is former Suffolk County District Attorney, former Suffolk County Sheriff and former Executive Secretary of Public Safety and Security, Andrea Cabral). Two other applicants were rejected:  Ikanik Farms – 1081 Washington Street and CNA Stores, Inc. – 747 Beacon Street.

The Mayor created a Marijuana Host Community Agreement Advisory Group (Advisory Group) consisting of representatives from Planning and Development, Law, Police, Health and Human Services, Transportation and the Mayor’s office to meet with applicants and provide a recommendation on whether to grant a provisional Host Community Agreement. See Mayor’s HCA Review Process. The HCA is provisional until the completion of the City Council’s special permit process. Cypress Tree Management has already filed a special permit application with the City Council which was approved by the Land Use Committee (see Report) and will be voted by the City Council TONIGHT.

Mayor appoints Gino Lucchetti as New Fire Chief

Assistant Chief Gino Lucchetti, who has been with the City of Newton’s Fire Department since 1986, has been appointed by the Mayor as Acting Fire Chief and will become permanent Chief after a vote of the City Council.  Acting Chief Lucchetti will replace Chief Bruce Proia who is retiring after 41 years of service. Congratulations to all.

List of Anticipated FY2020 Capital Expenditures

The Mayor transmitted to the City Council a list of anticipated FY2020 Capital Expenditures. The transmittal letter can be found here. 

Here are some highlights:

  • 25% Conceptual Design for the Washington Street Corridor (See Public Facilities Committee Agenda this week) – $2,000,000* and future State TIP funding for FY2021-2024
  • NewCAL – $500,000 with an estimated $15.6 million for FY2021-2024
  • NECP (Newton Early Childhood Program) – $9,250,000
  • Lincoln-Eliot School Project – $$2,000,000 with an estimate $22.25 million for FY2021-2024
  • Modular Classrooms at Oak Hill Middle School – $250,00 with an estimate $500,000 for FY2021-2024

*Note the Supplemental CIP document incorrectly listed the cost at $2.5 million

Charter Amendments

The City Council’s agenda for it’s Full Council Meeting includes a request for Home Rule Legislation to amend the City’s Charter to include 2019 recommendations by the Charter Subcommittee except for those related to composition and term limits for the City Council and Mayor. Last week, the Administration sent out this memo to the City Council stating that the Mayor would veto the request should the City Council keep a provision granting authority for the City Council to hire it’s own legal counsel under certain circumstances. In response, the Chair of the Charter subcommittee has forwarded this memo to the City Council informing them of his decision to offer to remove that provision from the Charter amendment recommendations and once that vote has been taken, to offer the Charter Subcommittee recommendations for a full vote of the Council. A memo from the Chair of the Programs and Services Committee detailing the changes can be found here.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of May 5th

Blue Ribbon Commission:  The Blue Ribbon Commission will meet on Monday, May 6th at 7:15 p.m. in Room B15. The agenda includes the following:

  • Open Comment Session
  • Update on insight from counsel
  • Continued Voting/Deliberations

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Consistency Ruling regarding a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan to allow modifications to the approved landscaping plan at 360 Ward Street-(No Planning Memo)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan approval to allow for a rear-lot subdivision to create two lots, abandon the two-family use in the existing structure and create a second single-family on the rear lot, extending the existing non-conforming side setback at 41 Washington Street – (No Planning Memo?)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan approval to add five dormers to existing attic space, increasing the non-conforming FAR to .37 where .27 exists and .36 is allowed at 85 Gate House Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan to allow for a paved driveway at 47 Rokeby Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for an accessory apartment in existing space in a dwelling constructed less than four years ago at 35 Cherry Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling and construct a new rear addition and two-car attached garage, extending the non-conforming 3.5 story structure at 150 Collins Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow paving of a parking area at the front of the site at 206 Waltham Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct an addition to the front of the house and raise the roof to create 2.5 stories where 2 stories exists, vertically extending the non-conforming side and rear setbacks at 11 Avon Place – See Planning Memo

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda will focus on budget review and related Capital Improvement Projects and Supplemental Capital Improvement Projects for the following departments:

The Supplemental CIP can be found here. Additional materials from the Health and Human Services Department can be found at the end of the agenda.

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

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Two appointments to the Design Review Committee:  Anne Cedrone and John Mulligan
  • Petition for a grant of location to install a small cell wireless facility on an existing city-owned streetlight pole located in the right-of-way near 140 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request to appropriate and expend $250,000 from Free Cash to fund the architectural and engineering of a “new” Newton Free Library parking lot
  • Request to appropriate and expend $3,000,000 from Free Cash to fund the City’s Accelerated Road Repair Program
  • Request to appropriate and expend $2,000,000 from Free Cash to develop 25% conceptual design of the Washington Street corridor in order to make improvements to the corridor eligible for the State’s TIP program

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and the Council Chamber. The agenda will focus on the Washington Street Corridor Action Plan. See Planning Department Memo.

 

 

Full Council Meeting – Monday, May 6th – following Committee of the Whole

The Full Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, May 6th at 7:45 in the Council Chamber following the Committee of the Whole public hearing on the Mayor’s proposed FY20 Water and Sewer Rates and the Capital Improvement Plan and the Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan.  The Reports Docket can be found here, the Reports Docket Addendum can be found here, the New Docket can be found here, and the New Docket Addendum can be found here.

Full Council to Meet in Committee of the Whole on Monday, May 6th – 7:00 p.m.

The Full City Council is scheduled to meet in Committee of the Whole with Finance presiding on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct a public hearing on the Mayor’s proposed FY20 Water and Sewer Rates, the Capital Improvement Plan and the Supplemental Improvement Plan. The agenda with the proposed rates can be found here. Additional information on the Capital Improvement Plan can be found here.