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City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Public Facilities Committee – 11/7/2018:  The Public Facilities voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a grant of an underground easement to Mark Development, LLC in Washington Street for underground footings
  • Request to accept a sidewalk easement from Mark Development, LLC abutting Walnut Street
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the design, procurement and construction of interior improvements at the Newton Free Library
  • Request to appropriate $150,000 from Free Cash to fund the Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School window replacement and accessibility improvements design
  • Request to appropriate $300,000 from Free Cash to fund upgrades to Fire Stations 1 and 2 including isolation of apparatus bay from living quarters and pole rehab/replacement

All other items were held.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – 11/7/2018:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for an ordinance amendment to increase the non-resident parking permit fee from $25 to a range which will include a maximum cap, to better cover costs and encourage alternatives to driving in parts of the City where demand is high

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – 11/8/2018:  The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow off-site relocation of the inclusionary zoning units as well as 24 additional units at 219 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to locate a veterinary hospital in an exiting Newton Nexus building at 131 – 181 Needham Street – See Council Order
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-story detached garage, greater than 700 sq. ft. containing accommodations for 10 vehicles at 244 Dudley Road – See Council Order
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 161 sq. ft. second floor addition in the existing footprint of a house exceeding the maximum allowable FAR at 43 Kenwood Road – See Council Order

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – 11/14/2018:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Proposed zoning amendments regulating retail marijuana establishments – the Draft Ordinance can be found here.

Finance Committee – 11/14/2018:  The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Selection of a qualified public accounting firm to complete the City’s annual financial audit for FY2019- FY2023
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the design, procurement, and construction of the interior improvements at the Newton Free Library
  • Request to appropriate $150,000 from Free Cash to fund Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School window replacement and accessibility improvements design
  • Request to appropriate $300,000 from Free Cash to fund upgrades at Fire Stations 1 and 2 including isolation of apparatus bay from living quarters and pole rehab/replacement
  • Re-appointment of Anthony Bianchi as constable for the City of Newton

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 18th

Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance
  • Public Hearing on the Jackson Road /Newton Housing Authority Proposal
  • Discussion of the 20 Rogers Street Conservation Restriction
  • Committee Reports:
    • Community Preservation Committee
    • Farm Commission
    • Cabot Redesign Committee
    • Commonwealth Golf Course
    • Off-Leash Area Working Group
    • Crystal Lake Working Group
    • Athletic Fields Committee
    • NewCAL
    • Policy and Procedure Review – Field Naming and Sign Policy

Waban and Newton Highlands Area Councils:  The Waban and Newton Highlands Area Councils will hold a joint meeting on Monday, November 19th at 8:00 p.m. at the Waban Library Center to hear a presentation and discuss the proposed zoning ordinance focusing primarily on residential districts. The agenda can be found here.

Note:  The City’s Planning Department will hold a presentation on Thursday, November 29, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Angier School, 1697 Beacon St.

Board of License Commissioners:  The Board of License Commissioners will meet on Monday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda can be found here.

Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Four Notices of Intent:
    • Enforcement Action/Request to demolish and reconstruct of a single-family home with associated restoration planting plan developed in response to unpermitted tree cutting in the RFA at 33 Wayne Road
    • Request to demolish and reconstruct a single-family home with deck and driveway at 116 Upland Road
    • Request to demolish and reconstruct a single-family home at 131 Wallace Street
    • Request to demolish and reconstruct a single-family home at 53 Brandeis Road
  • Discussion of Enforcement Order for an unresolved enforcement issue at 22 Hollywood Drive
  • Approve placing a Conservation Restriction on 30 Wabasso Street
  • Proposed Fence along LaGrangeKesseler Woods
  • Houghton Gardens – 170 Suffolk Road Encroachment
  • Discussion of Fees for dumping
  • Changes to the Administrative Approval form

Packet documents can be found here.

Newton Center for Active Living Project:  There will be a joint meeting of the Executive Building Committee and the Advisory Building Committee on Tuesday, November 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library. The Meeting Notice can be found here.

Board of Assessors:  The Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, November 21st at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108.  The agenda can be found here.

 

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of November 11th

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an extension of time to exercise a previously approved special permit to raze and replace a two-family structure and allow a 4 % reduction to the required lot area after combining lots at 19-21 Beaconwood Road
  • Request to rezone three parcels for Northland Development (See Planning Memo)
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval for a mixed use development project – Northland

Note:  Chair notes that presentation of the Northland items are relative to the site design and open space.  A site visit is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13th at 10:00 a.m. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Selection of a qualified public accounting firm to complete the City’s annual financial audit for FY2019- FY2023
  • Report from the Planning and Development Department on developer profits from Chapter 40B development projects in the City
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the design, procurement, and construction of the interior improvements at the Newton Free Library
  • Request to appropriate $150,000 from Free Cash to fund Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School window replacement and accessibility improvements design
  • Request to appropriate $300,000 from Free Cash to fund upgrades at Fire Stations 1 and 2 including isolation of apparatus bay from living quarters and pole rehab/replacement
  • Re-appointment of Anthony Bianchi as constable for the City of Newton

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

  • Public Hearing on proposed amendments to the inclusionary zoning ordinance to increase the required percentage of affordable units; to require that some affordable units be designated for middle income households; to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units; and to clarify and improve the ordinance with other changes (See Planning Memo)
  • Monthly update on progress on the Washington Street Corridor Action Plan
  • Discussion on proposed zoning amendments regulating retail marijuana establishments

Public Hearing Notice can be found here.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 11th

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install 31 solar panels at 26 Maple Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to wood and metal fence sections at 33 Hancock Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace all existing windows

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Pre-proposal request for an off-cycle full proposal of $600,000 to supplement $2.3 million of CPA funding previously appropriated for this project
  • Intent by Planning Department to return $805,000 in unspent funds and request to use $75,000 of retained funds for program revisions to the Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program
  • Re-Vote to accept minor revisions to the unit mix for a previously approved grant of $3.2 million in CPA funds for the Stanton Avenue Senior Housing/Golda Meir House Expansion
  • Working Session on updating the Community Preservation Plan drawing on the FY2020-FY2024 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Staff updates on current/anticipated proposals and projects

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Economic Development Updates
  • Chair updates
  • Discussion of the Washington Street Vision Plan

Newton Human Rights Commission:  The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 106C. The agenda includes the following:

  • Hate Incidents
  • Student Reports
  • Policies and Procedures
  • LGBTQ+ Resource Guide
  • Question 3 – Election Results
  • Human Rights Award – December 4th
  • MLK Day Community Celebration
  • Information Dissemination
  • Genocide Exhibit 2019

Note:  The agenda also includes a calendar of upcoming events.

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of Plastic Straw Ban
  • Approval of Minutes
  • CDBG Report
  • Accessible Fines Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • ADA Coordinator’s Report
  • Discussion of the Northland Project
  • Operation Access

Design Review Committee:  The Design Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • DRC Meetings Process and the Open Meeting Law
  • DRC Meeting Schedule
  • Current Project Updates
  • Capital Improvement Plan and future projects schedule
  • Introduction to Guidelines
  • Comments on Guidelines
  • Embedded Carbon presentation and discussion

Youth Commission:  The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Welcome to visitors (Dana Hanson and Saul Lee, Student Ministry Director for the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church)
  • Group Work – Questions for Student Mental Health Survey

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish a rear chimney at 154 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install condensers and approval for installed vents at 48 Reservoir Avenue
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install fence sections and gate at 17 Lee Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rebuild a second story bay and replace windows in both bays; replace rubber roofs and fill in skylight at 9 Lawrence Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to change previously approved doors and to install a second story railing at 61 Gatehouse Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to approve stone facing on chimney and to modify second story vent pipe at 46 Woodman Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a generator; rebuild existing retaining wall; change condensers, rear skylights, roofing and railing material; and remove dormer at 46 Chestnut Hill Road
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build a rear addition at 25 Essex Road

Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and will hold a public hearing on a Chapter 40B permit – Comprehensive Permit to construct 69 rental units (60 units will be affordable at a range of incomes) and 3300 square feet of clinic space at 160 and 160R Stanton Avenue. Notice of the Hearing can be found here.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Partial Demolition Review to replace slate roof with asphalt by the Newton Housing Authority for property located at 541 Grove Street
  • Full Demolition request for 991 – 993 Washington Street
  • Full Demolition request for 72-74 Circuit Avenue
  • Full Demolition request for 24 Smith Avenue
  • Full Demolition request for 291 Dorset Road
  • Full Demolition request for 44 Mignon Road
  • Working Session to discuss possible additions to 242 Islington Road – Local Landmark property

School Building Committee:  The School Building Committee will meet on Thusday, November 15th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center. The agenda includes the following:

  • Building Conditions Report for 150 Jackson Road and 687 Watertown Street
  • Lincoln-Eliot – Educational Program and Plan; Space Summary Template
  • Newton Early Childhood Program –  Educational Program and Plan; Space Summary Template

School Committee Meeting – Wednesday, November 14th

The School Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 14th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 304. The agenda includes the following:

  • Special meeting with State Delegation to discuss upcoming legislation and the state budget process
  • Special meeting to discuss Courageous Conversations and Social Emotional Learning -Looking towards the future
  • Vote to enter into Executive Session to discuss strategy in preparation for collective bargaining with the Newton Teachers Association
  • Following the Executive Session, the School Committee will reconvene in open session
  • Presentation and Vote to approve the Newton Schools Foundation donation
  • Superintendent’s Report
  • New Business
    • Career and Tech Ed
    • Naming Committee – 225 Nevada Street (Horace Mann/Carr)
    • Update on Fiscal Operations and Facilities
    • Update from the Transportation Steering Group
    • Discussion and Vote:  Term increases for Food Services Contract
  • Old Business
    • Update by Arrowstreet:  Educational Program for Lincoln-Eliot and Newton Early Childhood Program
    • Consideration and Deliberation on the Modification of the Superintendent’s Contract
  • Consent Agenda
    • Vote to approve GELF and Cabot PTO one-day liquor license
    • Vote to approve EDCO Articles of Agreement
    • Vote to approve Field Trips
    • Vote to approve 10-22-18 Minutes
  • Preview – Food Services

All documents related to the agenda items can be found here, including the Superintendent’s modified contract.

City Council Reports Now Available

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on October 17th and voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Alissa Ocasio Guiliani as City Solicitor
  • Appointments of Lori Yarvis, Charles Reilly, James Harper, MIchael Goldman and Vaunita Schnell to the Farm Commission

All other items were held. The Report can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on October 17th and voted to approve the following:

  • Petition for a water main extension through a proposed utility easement in a private way off of Farwell Street
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the installation of a new wash bay at the Crafts Street Garage
  • Request to appropriate $420,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the purchase of two dump trucks for the DPW
  • Request to appropriate $89,600 from the Stormwater Reserve Fund for consulting engineering services to perform the Phase 2 Dam Safety Engineering Analysis for Bullough’s Pond Dam
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve to fund Phase 1 of 3 of Audible Pedestrian Signal Installation at all remaining intersections throughout the City
  • Request to accept, appropriate and expend $105,103 from the City’s FY2018 allocation of the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to be used for concept design engineering services for the complete streets design for the Wells Avenue-Nahanton Traffic Signalization and Intersection Improvement Project

All other items were held.  The Report can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, October 22nd and voted to approve the following:

  • Request for authorization to accept and expend two grants from FEMA to Firefighters Grant Program totaling $81,819 with a required 10% match of $8,181 by the City. The first grant of $60,000 is for fire officer training and the second grant of $30,000 is for a fire fighter health and wellness program. (NOTE:  $60,000 + $30,000 = $90,000?)
  • Request from the School Committee that the City Council approve authorizing the Mayor to appropriate the state reimbursement of $28,804 for McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation from the general fund to the School Department
  • Curb/Sidewalk/Driveway Betterments for the following:
    • 51 Avalon Road
    • 25 Ballard Street
    • 36 Brooks Avenue
    • 33 Duxbury Road
    • 77 Pembroke Street
    • 65 Rowena Road
    • 66 Waban Hill Road
    • 86 Waban Hill Road
    • 101 Waban Hill Road
    • 101 Waban Hill Road
    • 1093 Walnut Street
    • 208 Auburn Street
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from Bonded Indebtedness to fund the installation of a new wash bay at the Craft Street Garage
  • Request to appropriate $420,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the purchase of 2 dump trucks for DPW
  • Request to appropriate $89,600 from the Stormwater Reserve Fund for consulting engineering services to perform the Phase 2 Dam Safety Engineering Analysis for Bullough’s Pond Dam
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve to fund Phase 1 of 3 of Audible Pedestrian Signal Installation at all remaining intersections throughout the City
  • Request to accept, appropriate and expend $105,103 from the City’s FY2018 allocation of the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to be used for concept design engineering services for the complete streets design for the Wells Avenue-Nahanton Traffic Signalization and Intersection Improvement Project

All other items were held. The Report can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee met on October 22nd and all items were held. The Report can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on October 23rd and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to withdraw without prejudice a petition for a special permit/site plan approval to convert an existing single-family dwelling to a three story, six residential unit building with ground floor units, to construct a three-story three residential unit building with ground floor units and to allow waivers of other conditions such as parking and landscaping at 424 – 432 Cherry Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to locate a veterinary hospital in the existing building and waive up to five parking stalls at 858 Walnut Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a three-story addition to allow a building in excess of 20,000 sq. ft., to extend the non-conforming structure with regard to height, to extend the existing non-conforming structure with regard to setback, and allow a restaurant with more than 50 seats, and to waive other requirements such as parking and landscaping at 1314 Washington Street and 31,33 Davis Street

All other items were held.  The Report can be found here.

Traffic Council: The Traffic Council met on October 25th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a three-way stop sign at Vernon and Eldridge Street
  • Request to add a stop sign at Wiltshire Road at Jackson Road
  • Request to remove the parking space on Richardson Street that is reserved for the Underwood School and return it to public circulation
  • Request to discuss and possible action to change the short-term unmetered parking spaces on the east side of Centre Street between Vernon and Centre Avenue. (Approved the language of TPR 441. TPR 441 converts the short 2-hour parking zone between Vernon Street and Centre Avenue into long term metered parking).
  • Request to discuss possible change to the circulation and direction of travel on Ward Street between Elmore and Morseland.  (Approved the language of TPR 442. TPR
    442 converts Ward Street between Elmore Street and Moreseland Avenue
    from a one-way westbound street into a two-way street, approves a “do not
    enter” restriction on Ward Street, eastbound, from Morseland Avenue, and
    installs a new parking restriction at all times on the south side of Ward Street
    from Moreseland Road to a point 165 feet easterly).
  • Request to edit sections of TPR 84(a) and remove TPR 84(b) which lists special speed regulations for streets in Newton which are are approved by MassDOT and not the Newton Traffic Council
  • Request to remove the left turn prohibitions listed in the TPR from Centre Street to Jefferson Street and onto Pearl Street.

The Council vote No Action Necessary on the following items:

  • Request for a parking restriction on Carlson Avenue- both sides
  • Request to remove the single remaining Underwood staff permit parking space from Richardson Street

All other items were held.  The Report can be found here and the Traffic Council Actions can be found here.

 

 

City Council Committee Meetings Week of November 4th

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will not meet on Wednesday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. Please see the cancellation notice here.  The agenda for the rescheduled meeting on November 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 will include the following:

  • Appointments to the Youth Commission:
    • Brianna Spiegel, Madison Branigan, Veer Sawhney, Christina Bednarzh, Coral Lin, and Reethika Digumarthy
  • Appointment to the Human Rights Commission:
    • Rabbi Eric Gurvis

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

  • Update on Complete Streets Program (Note:  The Committee will meet jointly with the Public Safety and Transportation Committee)
  • Submittal of the FY2020 – 2024 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Update from the Director of Sustainability and the Administration on Newton Power Choice
  • Request for a grant of an underground easement to Mark Development, LLC in Washington Street for underground footings
  • Request to accept a sidewalk easement from Mark Development, LLC abutting Walnut Street
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the design, procurement and construction of interior improvements at the Newton Free Library
  • Request to appropriate $150,000 from Free Cash to fund the Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School window replacement and accessibility improvements design
  • Request to appropriate $300,000 from Free Cash to fund upgrades to Fire Stations 1 and 2 including isolation of apparatus bay from living quarters and pole rehab/replacement

 

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

  • Update on Complete Streets Program (Note:  The Committee will meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee)
  • Request for an ordinance amendment to increase the non-resident parking permit fee from $25 to a range which will include a maximum cap, to better cover costs and encourage alternatives to driving in parts of the City where demand is high
  • Discussion on implementing differential priced parking in Newton
  • Proposal to end winter parking ban on certain streets in Wards 2 and 3

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow off-site relocation of the inclusionary zoning units as well as 24 additional units at 219 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to locate a veterinary hospital in an exiting Newton Nexus building at 131 – 181 Needham Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-story detached garage, greater than 700 sq. ft. containing accommodations for 10 vehicles at 244 Dudley Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 161 sq. ft. second floor addition in the existing footprint of a house exceeding the maximum allowable FAR at 43 Kenwood Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct an attached dwelling unit to the exiting single-family structure and reduce other requirements and amend Variance #99442 at 10 Pillion Court