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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of May 17th

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/499157185

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $880,124.98 from FEMA reimbursement for a 2018 winter storm to the Inclement Weather Reserve Fund
  • Submittal of the FY2021 Municipal/School Operating Budget
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan

Please note: The Committee will conduct budget review of the following Departments:

  • Assessing
  • Information Technology
  • Purchasing
  • Executive/Sustainability

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting, use this link at the above date and time https://us02web.zoom.us/j/887899578. To listen to the meeting via phone dial 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID 887 899 578.

The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of the Draft FY2021-2027 Open Space and Recreation Plan, a letter stating that the Zoning and Planning Committee reviewed the Plan, and adoption of the plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request for a review and possible amendments to Chapter 22, Sections 22-50 to 22-76 that relate to demolition delays, historic designation and landmarking – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request for a review, discussion, and direction relative to the draft Zoning Ordinance – See Planning Department Memo

The Chair notes that the following three items will be taken up within the context of Zoning Redesign specifically as they relate to Article 3.

  • Request for an amendment to Chapter 30 of Newton’s Zoning Ordinance, section 3.4..4 on garages
  • Request review of zoning requirements for single-family attached dwelling units
  • Request to amend Chapter 30 to eliminate mandated parking minimums to improve vitality of local businesses, reduce the cost of housing, and support the climate action goals

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/425057110. To listen to this meeting via phone call 1-646-558-8656 and enter the meeting ID 425 057 110.

The agenda includes the following:

  • Submittal of the FY2021 Municipal/School Operating Budget
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan

Please note: The Committee will conduct budget review of the following Departments:

  • Library
  • Senior Services
  • City Solicitor
  • City Clerk

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/96581816814

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to accept and expend an $80,000 MassDOT Workforce Transportation Program grant with $20,000 in matching funds to expand the Bluebikes system
  • Request to accept 6 bikeshare stations worth $224,257 in conjunction with the expansion of the Bluebikes system

Public Facilities Committee: The regularly scheduled Public Facilities Committee meeting has been canceled. The Meeting Cancellation Notice can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet virtually on Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting, use this link at the above date and time https://us02web.zoom.us/j/724394508. To listen to the meeting via phone dial 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID 724 394 508

The agenda includes the following:

  • Submittal of the FY2021 Municipal/School Operating Budget
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan

Please note: The Committee will conduct budget review of the following Departments:

  • Inspectional Services
  • Planning and Development
  • Community Preservation Act Administration

Full City Council to Meet Virtually on Monday, May 18th

The Full City Council will meet virtually on Monday, May 18th beginning at 6:00 p.m. as a Committee of the Whole.

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The agenda for this Committee of the Whole meetings includes the following:

  • Request for approval of $2,000,000 in Community Preservation Funds to address emergency housing needs of Newton’s low and moderate-income citizens through a COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program. In addition, the City will allocate $500,000 in CDBG funding from the federal CARES Act to emergency housing needs – See Planning Memo – Also NOTE: The agenda contains backup material for this item.

The Council will continue to meet as a Committee of the Whole and convene at 7:45 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/934101650

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing on the submission of the Fiscal Years 2021 to 2025 Capital Improvement Plan pursuant to section 5-3 of the Newton City Charter – See FY2021-FY2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Public Hearing on the submission of the FY 2021 – FY 2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan – See FY2021-FY2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan
  • Public Hearing on the submission of recommended Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Water/Sewer/Storm Water Rates for implementation on July 1, 2020

Following the conclusion of the Pubic Hearings and Committee of the Whole, the Council will convene as a City Council.

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You may also: 1. Watch a live broadcast of the meeting on NewTV’s government channel (Comcast 9, RCN 13, 614(HD), Verizon 33). 2. Viewing a live stream on NewTV’s Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/newtvgov

The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Zoning and Planning – May 7, 2020 Report: All items were held. The Committee Report held a public hearing and discussion on the Draft FY2020-2027 Open Space and Recreation Plan and also discussed the request to review and possibly amend Chapter 22, of the City of Newton Ordinances – Sections 22-50 to 22-76 that relate to demolition delays, historic designation, and landmarking.

Land Use – May 12, 2020 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to combine to parcels and demolish the existing single-family dwelling and two-family dwelling and construct a 4-unit multi-family dwelling, altering and extending the nonconforming front and side setbacks and to allow a retaining wall greater than four feet within a setback at 13-17 Gardner Street

All other items were held.

Public Safety and Transportation – May 13, 2020 Report: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a new public auto license for Om Sai Enterprises, Inc.

The Committee voted to deny the following:

  • Appeal of the approval of Traffic Council petition TC87-19 on January 23, 2020 on removing the stop signs on Roosevelt Road, in both directions, and retaining the stop signs on Theodore Road

Public Facilities – May 13, 2020 Report: All items were held. The Committee had a substantive discussion regarding the request for a discussion with the Sustainability Team to create an ordinance to limit or prohibit the installation of fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction and substantially renovated buildings, as well as to clarify the Council’s authority to prohibit the extension of gas.

Public Facilities – May 14, 2020 Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • 5-58, for schematic design and site plan approval at 130 Wheeler Road for the construction of three-classroom additions to accommodate a significant and sustained increase in enrollment. NOTE: The Committee voted 4-0-4 – 4 in favor, none opposed and 4 abstaining.

School Committee to Meet – Monday, May 18th

The School Committee will meet virtually on Monday, May 18th, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

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Listen in on NewTV’s broadcast – Visit the NewTV website for more information.

According to the agenda, the Committee will convene in Executive Session to discuss strategy re: negotiations with non-union personnel contract – Superintendent, and the anticipation of litigation that is demonstrably likely regarding EDCO withdrawal and termination. The Committee will then go into open session and discuss the following:

  • Discussion and Vote:
    • EDCO Membership – Withdrawal
    • EDCO Membership – Termination

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 17th

Newton Parks and Recreation Commission: The Newton Parks and Recreation Commission will meet virtually on Monday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m.

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of April 2020 Meeting Minutes
  • Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry, and Maintenance
  • Informational on Kennard Sculpture Trail’
  • Committee Reports
    • Community Preservation Committee
    • Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee
    • Farm Commission
    • Commonwealth Golf Course
    • Off-Leash Area Working Group
    • Crystal Lake Working Group
    • Athletic Fields Committee

Board of License Commission: The Board of License Commissioners will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m.

To access this meeting, please dial 617-454-5555 access code 1420.

The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Discussion about issues related to COVID-19
  • Application regarding Change of Stock Interest to be exercised at Wegmans Massachusetts, Inc. d/b/a Wegmans, 200 Boylston Street
  • Discussion on next steps regarding Change of Ownership Interest, Change of Stock Interest, and Change of Manager filed by Roche, Inc. d/b/a Olivia’s Bistro, 136 Adams Street

Newton Free Library Trustees: Newton Free Library Trustees will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 19th at 9:00 a.m.

To join the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85313498174?pwd=SHlMUHEwM3FNc1pheDJ1QkUwT2tJUT09

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Call to Order
  • Library Budget Review and Operations Plan
  • Visitors Discussion
  • Adjournment

Newton Housing Partnership: The Newton Housing Partnership will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m.

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and approval of April 21st Meeting Summary
  • Project Updates
    • Riverside
    • West Newton Armory
    • Dunstan East
    • 15 Riverdale Avenue
    • Zoning Redesign
  • Newton COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program
    • Program Updates
  • Newton Housing Partnership Project Review Criteria
    • Discussion
  • Newton Housing Partnership 2020 Priorities
    • Discussion
  • Upcoming Meetings
    • June 16th

Election Commission: The Election Commission will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m.

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Updates on the September and November 2020 elections
  • Other Business

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m.

To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your phone, download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app in any app store or at www.zoom.us. At the above date and time, click on “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 842 942 8454.

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing on a Request for a Chapter 40B, Comprehensive Permit to construct a 244 unit residential development, which will include 61 affordable housing units and approximately 12,141 square feet of retail space, and to maintain an approximately 8,222 square foot existing office building, all on approximately 3.17 acres of land located at 1149, 1151, 1169, 1171-1173, 1179 and 1185 Washington Street, 12, 18, 24 and 25 Kempton Place, and 32 and 34 Dunstan Street. Information on this proposal can be found here.
  • Review and Approval of March 25th Minutes

See Packet 1 here and Packet 2 here.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet virtually on Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m.

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of a gravel path with cobblestone border and cobblestone driveway apron at 8 Nancy Road – VIOLATION
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of a gravel path with cobblestone border, cobblestone aprons and cobblestone step at 18 Nancy Road – VIOLATION
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation gravel path with cobblestone border, cobblestone apron, and bluestone paving steps at 26 Nancy Road – VIOLATION
  • Request to renew a Certificate of Appropriateness for the project approved in 2015 to apply stone veneer to the front elevation of the house and garage at 8 Nancy Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to plant evergreens to screen the HVAC equipment on the left side of the house that is in violation at 40 Acacia Avenue – VIOLATION
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a parking area and patio at the back of the house, to expand the previously approved deck, to extend the driveway, and build a shed at the end of the driveway at 40 Acacia Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove a section of six-foot-tall wood stockade fence connecting the front fence to the back right of the house and install two new sections of six-foot-tall wood stockade fence on the left side of the property at 525 Hammond Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove a section of six-foot-tall wood stockade fence connecting the front fence to the back right of the house and install two new sections of six-foot-tall wood stockade fence on the left side of the property at 521 Hammond Street
  • Request for feedback on a project to renovate the existing carriage house at 190 Chestnut Hill Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for semi-transparent stain for the fence sections on the left side of the property at 152 Suffolk Road – VIOLATION
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for a redesign of the as-built balustrade and trim on the single-car garage bay where the balustrade and trim are in violation at 152 Suffolk Road – VIOLATION
  • Administration Discussion
    • Approval of March 19, 26 and April Minutes
    • Upcoming Commission Election
    • Commission Administrative Meeting

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

What’s Up in Newton this Week? COVID-19 Confirmed Cases and Deaths continue to rise, Mayor to present FY2021 Budget to City Council TONIGHT, School Committee to hold public hearing and vote on School Choice, review/discuss Distance Learning Surveys, and receive updates on Equity and other policies TONIGHT, City Council continues to review budgets this week, Public Comment period extended to May 18th on the Draft Open Space and Recreation Plan, and more……

COVID-19: Confirmed cases continue to rise in Newton as the number of cases has risen to 651 as of May 7th and deaths have risen to 86 as of May 5th. Newton, like other cities, reports COVID-19 information on its website. While Newton provides data on age, other cities and towns like Brookline and Cambridge provide data on race and ethnicity and zip code. Wellesley includes the number of cases in long-term facilities. To stay up-to-date on data and statistics on a state and national level, please check out Jack Prior’s COVDI-19 website – specifically his incredible app here.

FY2021 Budget: The Mayor is scheduled to virtually present the FY2021 Budget TONIGHT at the Full City Council Meeting – (probably right after the first call of reports). To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/905404917 Meeting ID: 905 404 917 One tap mobile +13017158592,,905404917# US (Germantown) Land line +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 905 404 917 You may also: 1. Watch a live broadcast of the meeting on NewTV’s government channel (Comcast 9, RCN 13, 614(HD), Verizon 33). Sorry – there is no weblink to the Mayor’s Proposed FY2021 Budget but stay tuned….it should be posted soon after the presentation!

School Committee to hold public hearing and vote on School Choice, and hear updates re: Distance Learning Surveys, and Equity and other policies TONIGHT: The School Committee will meet virtually TONIGHT – beginning at 5:45 p.m. with an Executive Session but then will move to open session by 7:00 p.m. The agenda suggests that they will hold and vote on School Choice and discuss the Distance Learning Survey results (Family, Staff, and Student) as well as hear updates on various policies.

Extension of Public Comment Period: The Public Comment Period for the Draft Open Space and Recreation Plan has been extended to May 18th. Send comments to concom@newtonma.gov .

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

Congratulations to Newton Students

According to the most excellent NewtonSTEM newsletter, congratulations go to our very own Newton students who participated in this year’s Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair. Five Newton students participated and two won awards! The participants were: Charlotte Aslett (Newton Country Day), Emily Addona (Newton Country Day), Nicholas Hu (Newton South), Rohit Paradkar (Newton South) and Elizabeth Lesher (Newton Country Day). To learn more about their projects, go to the Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair Program Book here.

Full City Council to Meet on Monday, May 11th – Mayor to Present FY2021 Budget

The Full City Council will meet virtually on Monday, May 11th at 7:45 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/905404917 Meeting ID: 905 404 917

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The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.