The following City Council Committee Reports are now available:
Land Use Committee – 10/3/2017: The Land Use Committee met on October 3rd and voted to approve the following: request for a special permit/site plan approval to
construct three additions including a mudroom, a second floor addition over an
existing porch and extension of a kitchen, further extending the nonconforming
FAR from .40 to .44 where .39 is allowed at 715 Commonwealth Avenue, and request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a 764 sq. ft. rear addition to allow for new living space and creating an FAR of .60 where .44 exists and .46 is allowed at 115 Nonantum Street. All other items were held. The report can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee – 10/4/2017: The Programs and Services Committee met on October 4th and voted to approve the following: appointment of Ethan Tieger to the Newton Commonwealth Foundation, Bethel Charkoudian, Arthur Magni, Peter Kastner, Byron Dunker, Andrew Stern, Richard Tucker, Patrick Palmer, Jack Neville, Michael Clarke, and Sam Figler to the Newton Parks and Recreation Commission, and a resolution requested through a Citizen’s Petition acknowledging the scientifically documented benefits of a later school time and supporting the Newton Public Schools to take action to delay high school start times. All other items were held. The report can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee – 10/4/2017: The Public Facilities Committee met on October 4th and voted to approve the following: petition for a grant of location to install a pole on Windsor Road from Kent Road, request to approve the “City of Newton – Public
Buildings Department – Building Design and Construction Sustainability Guidelines,” resolution to support H.2683/S.1845 that seeks to protect consumers from
leaked gas while providing economic incentive to providers to repair infrastructure
so as to reduce methane leaks into the environment, and a re-appointment of Marian Rambell to the Solid Waste Commission. All other items were held. The report can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee – 10/4/2017: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on October 4th and voted No Action Necessary on the following: discussion regarding sprinkler system installation in any new construction projects, discussion regarding possible ordinance change regarding fines for parking in curb cuts and at fire hydrants, and a request for a letter of support of the redesign of the Auburndale Commuter Rail Station. The agenda can be found here.
Land Use Committee – 10/10/2017: The Land Use Committee met on October 10th and voted to approve the following: request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit/site plan approval for one story addition including a mudroom, study and half bath at 115 Waban Street, request for withdrawal without prejudice for an application for an amendment to a special permit/site plan approval at Kesseler Woods to allow for off-site location of Inclusionary Zoning units in conjunction with the rehabilitation of the apartment building at 219 Commonwealth Avenue resulting in an increased number of affordable units from the approved site of 179 Kesseler Way, request for a Class 2 Auto Dealer License for Ciccone Motors, request for a special permit/site plan approval to raze the existing detached garage and construct an attached garage, mudroom and kitchen, extending the existing non-conforming front setback, requiring a variance to allow a rear setback of 7.6’ and increasing the FAR to .55 where .40 is allowed and .50 exists at 168 Allerton Road, request to amend a special permit/site plan approval to allow a retaining wall, pillars and grading changes not consistent with the previously approved site plan at 2171 Commonwealth Avenue (see Planning Memo) and a request to rezone property to Business Use 2 for land located at 29 Hovey Street (see Rezoning Council Order) , also identified as Section 12, Block 006, Lot 004, and an unnumbered lot on Hovey Street ad a request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct elderly housing with services in excess of 20,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area, consisting of 85 living units in a four-story structure not to exceed 48’ in height and Floor Area Ratio not to exceed 2.0, extending the existing nonconforming front setback and constructing a retaining wall greater than 4’ in a setback at 431 Washington Street, 29 Hovey Street, and the adjacent unnumbered lot to the north on Hovey Street (Sunrise Development). The report can be found here.
Zoning and Planning Committee – 10/11/2017: The Zoning and Planning Committee met on October 11th and voted to approve the appointment of Jean Wood to the Economic Development Commission, and the following re-appointments to the Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: Matthew Montgomery, Robert Imperato, Peter Vieira, John Wyman, and Samuel Perry. All other items were held but please note there was a robust discussion and update on the Zoning Re-design project, lodging house ordinance amendments and food trucks. The report can be found here.