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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of June 19th

The Development Review Team will meet this week and discuss the following potential proposals:

  • 384-390 Langley Road – Proposed conversion of deli to office use (MR1)
  • 115 Nonantum Street –  Special Permit to exceed the FAR by adding a rear addition to single-family dwelling (SR2)
  • 1294 Centre Street  – Discussion of proposed development
  • 45 Chester Street- Special permit for proposed addition/renovation requirin Floor Area Ratio (FAR) relief (SR2)

City Council Meetings – Week of June 11th

The following City Council Committees are meeting this week:

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is scheduled to discuss the proposed amendments in order to update guidelines and procedures to regulate rDNA technology and remove the requirement for special permit requirement for labs and facilities that utilize rDNA research or technology (see Planning Department memo) and will hold a public hearing on a recommendation by the Newton Historical Commission to create an Historic District Commission in West Newton (see Planning Department memo).  The agenda can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 12hth at 7:00 p.m. and is scheduled to discuss the following:

  • request for authorization to transfer $45,000 from the Law Department’s Full-time Salaries Account to the Law Department’s Claims/Settlements Account to provide funding for claims filed against the City,
  • request authorization to transfer $340,000 from the full-time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime, request authorization to appropriate $80,477 from Cable TV Capital Franchise Fees and $69,523 from Cable TV Operating Franchise Fees for the installation of video cameras on approximately 30 traffic signals in Newton,
  • request authorization to make transfers from the full-time salaries accounts in various departments to fund system enhancements to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), improvements to the Storage Area Network, and enhancements to the City’s fiber infrastructure (Executive Full-time Salaries $30,000 Assessing Full-time Salaries $20,000 Treasury Full-time Salaries $10,000 Human Resources Full-time Salaries $50,000 IT Full-time Salaries $100,000),
  • request authorization to appropriate and expend $57,676 from E-Rate reimbursement funds to purchase technology for the Newton Public Schools,
  • request authorization to appropriate $350,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School,
  • request authorization to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor,
  • request authorization to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $4,981 from the State Historical Records Advisory Board to support the Newton Talks Project,
  • request authorization to transfer the sum of $15,000  from the following accounts to the Public Building Department for the development of a public information plan regarding the site cleanup at the Horace Mann School for an oil leak that occurred in 1998,
  • request authorization to appropriate the sum of $450,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street,
  • request approval of sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments – 10 Kilburn Road, 888 Beacon Street, 184 Ward Street, 538 Ward Street and 139 Winchester Street,
  • request for an amendment to Section 29-80 Sewer Use Charge of the City of Newton Ordinances by adding the following sentence at the end of Paragraph (a): Notwithstanding the foregoing, seasonal water takers not eligible for an outdoor meter under said Section 29-24, shall pay a charge for the use of sewerage works in proportion to water consumption,
  • request for authorization to transfer $150,000 from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing several years’ worth of soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation,
  • request rescission of Council Order #280-16 authorizing the City to borrow $165,000 for the Elliot Street Bridge Project and rescission of Council Order #271-65 authorizing the City to borrow $530,000 for the Washington Street @ Harvard Street Signalization Project,
  • request authorization to appropriate $71,000 from Free Cash for the purpose of construction an observation deck on the greenway walking corridor,
  • request authorization to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the purpose of funding the construction of a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, and a
  • request for a discussion with the School Department and members of the School Committee regarding the $1.2 million deficit in the School Department budget as outlined in the 2017 Fiscal and Operational Update Memo dated October 24, 2016. The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is expected to discuss the following:  request for a special permit/site plan approval to rezone five parcels at: 156 Oak Street (Parcel 1), 55 Tower Road (Parcel 2), 275-281 Needham Street (Parcel 3), 260 Needham Street(Parcel 4), 160 Charlemont Street(Parcel 5) to BU4 from MU1, to develop off-site, non-accessory, single-level parking on the parcel at 55 Tower Road (Parcel 2) to serve the existing office building at 156 Oak Street (Parcel 1), request for a special permit/site plan approval requiring a waiver of 84 parking stalls, a waiver to allow non-accessory parking on a lot separate from the principal use, waivers to allow parking within setbacks, waivers to dimensional requirements for parking stalls, waivers to the maximum width for entrance and exit drives, waivers for perimeter screening requirements for parking facilities, a waiver to interior landscaping requirements for parking facilities, waivers to lighting requirements for parking facilities, and waivers to the requirement for curbing, wheel stops, guard rails, and bollards at 156 Oak Street and 55 Tower Road (Northland) (see Planning Department memo) ,and a request to amend Special Permit #102-06(15) at Kesseler Woods to allow relocation of the inclusionary zoning units by use of the Off-Site Development Option 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  (see Planning Department memo). The agenda can be found here.

Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee will convene on Monday, June 12th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.

Other City Board and Commissions

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following: CDBG Report, potential locations for FY18 CDBG funded access projects, issues regarding access at Newton Wellesley Hospital, Handicap Parking fines, Treasurer’s Report, MAAB Variance –Adams & Clinton Curb Cut, ADA Coordinator’s Report, Accessible (HP) parking space request, Ruderman Foundation. The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jini Fairley at phone at:  617-796-1253 or by email at:  jfairley@newtonma.gov.

The Newton Housing Authority:  The Newton Housing Authority Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:30 a.m. at 82 Lincoln Street. The Notice of the Meeting can be found here.

The Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  discussion and vote on the proposed amendments to the rDNA ordinance and will join the Zoning and Planning Committee for the Public Hearing on the recommendation by the Newton Historical Commission to create an Historic District in West Newton.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee:  The School Committee will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Room 304 to discuss Elementary School after school hours. The Notice of the Meeting can be found here. The School Committee will meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center.  The agenda can be found here.

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to install a fence at 119 Windermere Road, request to replace the bulkhead  and basement windows at 41 Hancock Street, request to renovate house; replace windows, siding, gutters, rear roof, garage roof and rear patio; install fence; expand rear dormer and change rear entry area at 33 Hancock Street, request for approval of front retaining wall and other changes to front and rear site plan at 74 Grove Street, (work was done without permission – Violation). The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:  617-796-1129 or by email at bkurze@newtonma.gov.

Election Commission:  The Election Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 13th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to have a conversation with Representatives of the Charter Commission and Law Department regarding required mailings for the November 7, 2017 Election.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 14th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Charter Commission:  The Newton Charter Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The Commission will receive public comments, review a draft letter to the City Council, review the Ballot Question Summary, and review Educational Materials.  The agenda can be found here.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 14th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following applications for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to replace fence and add fence sections for property located at 19 Reservoir Avenue, request to repair roof slates, replace gutters and install snow guard for property located at 30 Chestnut Hill Road, request to install fence at the front of the property for property located at 119 Old Orchard Road, request to build single-story rear addition with roof deck; change rear grading, existing railing, and garage doors and openings, remove chimney; and replace all existing windows and the roof for property located at 46 Chestnut Hill Road, request to change windows at front and side of house, to remove all shutters and to replace rear addition for property located at 41 Chestnut Hill Road, request to revise window program and garage connector and to install lights on the front for property located at 34 Beacon Street, and continuation of a discussion for a request to pave driveway and to install front parking space, front walkway and landing area for property located at 413 Hammond Street.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:   617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

Newton Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to review the following:

  • Request for Determination of Applicability to perform final grading within the 100 foot buffer in order to accommodate for an addition to a single-family home for property located at 76 Webster Park,
  • informal discussion regarding a request amend a planting plan for property located at 55 Wayne Road,
  • informal discussion regarding a request to add a deck that will stick into the 25 foot buffer zone for property located at 31 Harwich Road,
  • Notice of Intent filed by the MBTA to cut and prune trees adjacent to the railroad Right of Way (ROW) within jurisdictional areas and buffer zones. (Note:  There are 59 trees within wetlands jurisdiction proposed to be cut or pruned:  38 – Con Com land, 12 – Parks and Rec land, 7 – private land, 2 – MBTA land. Many others are tagged to be monitored). The affected properties include:  Webster Conservation Area, Webster Pk, 109 Allerton Rd, 1445 Centre St, 34 Renee Ter., 21 Beacon Heights Dr., 29 Beacon Heights Dr., 46 Suffolk Rd., and 32 Suffolk Rd.
  • DCR’s park building used for AA meetings has formalized lawn parking
  • Cutting at Ware’s Cove under the guise of “invasive pull” by a private citizen – A 20’ swath was completely cleared of trees, shrubs and vines, right to the water’s edge
  • discussion of whether there is interest to consider adopting a Vernal Pool Protection Bylaw

The agenda can be found here and the packet documents can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at: 617-796-1134 or by email at:  jsteel@newtonma.gov.

 

City Council Meetings – Week of June 4th

The following Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and is scheduled to discuss the following:  petition for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a single-story rear addition extending the existing non-conforming two-family use for property located at 893 Watertown Street, special permit/site plan approval to convert the existing detached truck storage structure into a residential unit and continue the office use in the front structure, constituting two uses on site at 46 Farwell Street, special permit/site plan approval to amend Board Order #229-13 to allow bank use at 170 Needham Street (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval 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 (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to construct a new attached garage at basement level, family room on first floor and bathroom and closet space on the second floor, extending the nonconforming front setback increasing the nonconforming FAR from .52 to .61 where .41 is allowed at 208 Homer Street (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling, front porch and detached garage and construct a two-story rear addition and attached garage for more than three vehicles and in excess of 700 sq. ft. increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at 164 Highland Avenue (see Planning Department memo, special permit/site plan approval to allow parking within 5’ of the street, in the front setback at 54 Lakewood Road (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to expand units at the two family dwelling, claiming basement space for the first floor and attic space for the second floor by adding dormers, increasing the FAR from .90 to .93 where .58 is allowed and relocating a noncompliant deck, further decreasing the existing nonconforming open space at 15 Ricker Road (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to demolish an existing garage, structure and deck and to construct an attached two-car garage and indoor sport court, exceeding the maximum allowable FAR to .38 where .33 is allowed and .31 exists at 1016 Centre Street (see Planning Department memo) , and an appointment to the BC Neighborhood Council. The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  proposed ordinance to require notice on gas station pumps that informs consumers that burning gas contributes to climate change, ordinance amendments to update guidelines and procedures regulating recombinant CNA technology. request to appropriate $57,676 from e-Rate funds to purchase technology for schools, request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations to the library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other first floor improvements, citizens petition to adopt a resolution or other measure, such as the Model Local Resolution calling upon the U.S. House of Representatives to open an investigation into the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, and a resolution to recognize June as Immigrant Heritage Month.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 in Room 205 and will discuss the following: report from the Police Department of semi-annual semi-annual taxi license/public auto licenses for review, request to appropriate $450,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street, request for authorization to transfer the sum $340,000 from the full‐time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime, request to appropriate and expend $80,477 from Cable TV Capital Franchise Fees and $69,523 from Cable TV Operating Franchise Fees for the installation of video cameras on approximately 30 traffic signals in Newton, request for annual renewal of the Boston College Bus Licenses.  There are no changes proposed to last year’s licenses,300 Boylston Street, requesting one (1) new bus license, , appeal filed by Councilor Kalis regarding the Approval of TC19‐17 Traffic Council Decision on April 13, 2017:    TC19‐17 YIGAL AGAM, 198 Woodcliff Road, requesting a) Stop sign on Walnut Hill Road, b) Stop sign on Woodcliff Road for southbound traffic and c) Median on Walnut Hill Road, so cars approach Woodcliff Road at a right angle to address safety concerns and deter speeders, , re‐appointment of a the resident member of the TRAFFIC COUNCIL.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  petition for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Greenwood Street from the to an existing gas main next to #4 Sevland Road, (joint meeting with Public Safety) request for authorization to appropriate the $450,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street (see memo), recommendation by the Mayor that the City of Newton take an easement on property owned by Mount Ida College at the southeast corner of the Dedham Street and Carlson Avenue intersection in order to realign the Dedham Street/Brookline Street/Carlson Avenue intersection (note:  that Mount Ida College supports the taking of the easement), a request to approve the abandonment of a portion of a City drain easement in the side and rear properties at 36 and 46 Tamworth Road,  a request for authorization to alter and widen portions of the Homer Street right of way in order to proceed with several safety improvements including  curb extensions, rectangular rapid flashing beacons and crosswalk relocation, request authorization to appropriate 350,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School, request to authorize a transfer of $150,000 from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing several years’ worth of soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation, a request for authorization to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor, and a request for authorization to appropriate and expend $250,000 from the Override Capital Stabilization Fund to renovate the space on the 1st floor of the Ed Center which has been vacated by the relocation of the Pre-K Program to the Aquinas site to house the Central High School Program, additional professional development meeting space, and general office space.  The agenda can be found here.

Other City Board and Commission Meeting – Week of June 6th

The following other City Boards and Commissions will meet this week:

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following: Rezoning of Washington Place – Hearing Continuation/Vote; Board of Survey items pursuant to Estate Drive (Kessler Woods LLC) and Farewell Street (VTP Associates); Discussion and Vote of the Reprogramming of CDBG funds from the FY16 Architectural Access Funding Pool to FY17 Curb Cuts; CAN-DO/MetroWest Presentation on the organizations’ Financials and 2017 outlook; Public Hearing and Possible Vote on 236 Auburn Street by CAN-DO/MetroWest;  Discussion and possible vote on a request to Rezone 29 Hovey Street from Multi-Residence 2 to Business-Use 2.  The agenda can be found here.  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, June 6th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  updates on the following:   N2 Innovation District, Washington Place Special Permit, Economic Development Strategy Funding Request, Northland Proposal on Needham Street,  West Newton Square/Walnut Street Streetscapes, and the Wells Avenue Property Owners Meeting – Zoning Redesign.  There will also be an update from the Chair on the following:  rDNA Ordinance Change (June 7 @ 7:00 p.m. City Council Programs and Services, Rm 211 June 12 @ 7:45 p.m. Public Hearing @ City Council Zoning and Planning) – Food Trucks Ordinance Introduction, and the Commission will hear a presentation from the Northland Development.The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barney Health, by phone at 617-796-1000 or by email at bheath@newtonma.gov.

Solid Waste Commission:  The Solid Waste Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 6th from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at the Newton Free Library in Room B.  The agenda can be found here.

Health and Human Services Advisory Council:  The Health and Human Services Advisory Council will meet on Tuesday, June 6th from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. The agenda can be found here.

Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 7th the Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 to discuss the Orr Project/ Washington Place and resources for auditing for housing discrimination in Newton. For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at 617-79611149 or by email at:  mlucas@newtonma.gov

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m in Room 205 and will discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to build one-car garage for property located at 10 Cliff Road, request to replace windows for property located at 48 Pettee Street, request for approval for demolition on barn that exceeded scope of work approved by the Commission (note this was a violation) for property located at 23 High Street and a request to install retaining walls and hardscaping for 23 High Street. The agenda can be found here.  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 Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following: proposal (housing and historic preservation for property located at  236 Auburn Street to create 8 rental units affordable at up to 50% of area median income (AMI) – working session & potential CPC funding vote, pre-proposal discussion of Jackson Road New Senior Housing / Haywood House – Newton Housing Authority for $2 million for 8 rental units affordable at 30% AMI, 24 units affordable at 60% AMI, and 10 units affordable at 80-99% of AMI.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Alice Ingerson by phone at 617-796- 1144 or by email at aingerson@newtonma.gov.

School Committee:  There will be a special meeting of the School Committee on Thursday, June 8th at 8:00 a.m. to discuss the Policy Manual update.  The agenda can be found here.

Development Review Team – Week of June 4th

The Development Review Team will meet to discuss the following potential projects:

  • 392-396, 400 and 402-406 Langley Road – Discussion on possible increase of units and zone change to MR3 (MR2 & BU1)
  • 70 Crescent Street –  Preliminary discussion on redevelopment of Parks & Recreation site with 8 dwelling units (four affordable) and expanded adjacent playground (PUB)
  • 9 Crofton Road –  Possible home office in detached structure (SR2) 3 Newbury Terr Special Permit to exceed allowed FAR with addition to single family dwelling (SR2)

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 28th

The following  City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center and will discuss the following:  brief staff overview of program finances, public hearing on a CAN-DO/MetroWest Collaborative Development/Barry Price Center project to create 8 rental units affordable at up to 50% of area median income (AMI): 3 family units and 5 units in a congregate home for adults with disabilities, by combining modular new construction with rehabilitation of a historic 1860s Italianate home for property located at 236 Auburn Street and hear a pre-proposal for Newton Cemetary/Whipple Beal Historic Railing to restore/reconstruct 1850s railing around the family plot containing the cemetary’s first burial.  The Committee will then brief staff updates on current proposals and projects.  The agenda can be found here. For additional information, please contact Alice Ingerson, Program Manager, by phone at 617-796-1144 or by email at:  aingerson@newtonma.gov.

Elections Commission:  The Elections Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  interviews and selection of interns for the Fall of 2017, Neighborhood Area Councils Elections for the Fall as well as other commission business.  The agenda can be found here.

Farm Commission:  The Farm Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room, Basement City Hall and will discuss the following:  update on Farm Operations, Depreciation of buildings, potential changes to the Chicken Coop, event parking waivers and general business and announcements.  The agenda can be found here.For more information, please contact Adrianna Henriquez by phone at 617-796-1133 or by email at:  ahenriquez@newtonma.gov.

Newton Biosafety Committee:  The Newton Biosafety Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. and is scheduled to discuss the following:  STC Biologics application for an rDNA permit, and an update on the rDNA ordinance.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Retirement Board:  The Newton Retirement Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following:  presentation by Segal Consulting regarding new draft funding schedules, new applications for superannuation retirement, financial reporting for March 31, 2017- April 30th, 2017, PROSPER Account approval application, expense warrants, pension overpayment, an amended supplementary regulation re: school employee enrollment, current status of a pending disability retirement application and current status of pending appeal cases.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee Meeting:  The School Committee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, May 31st at 5:30 p.m. in Room 304 at the Ed Center to discuss Special Education (see Meeting Notice).  There will be no public comment taken.  The School Committee will recovene at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center.  After Public Comment, the Committee will discuss the following:  vote on School Choice, discuss and vote on policy working group recommendations, update on elementary math, updated on security cameras, discuss elementary arrival procedures, EDCO update, approve minutes and discuss communications as well as finish the meeting with a final public comment period. The agenda can be found here.

Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to expand a rear deck for property located at 70 Page Road, request to install a fence for property located at 51 Page Road, request to demolish a garage and build a deck connection for two porches for property located at 26 Page Road, request for approval of two side entries (violation) for property located at 182 Walnut Street.  The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

City Council Meetings – Week of May 28th

The following City Council Committees will meet this week:

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Committee is scheduled to discuss the following petitions: consistency ruling for 95 Elm Street (Paddy’s) requesting a change to locate seats outside; consistency ruling for 131-181 Needham Street requesting a review of changes to entryway signage and design; and a request for a zone change from BU1, BU2 and Public Use to MU4 and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct not more than 160 residential units, not exceeding 46,000 square feet of commercial space, not exceeding 2,500 square feet of community space, not less than 350 onsite parking stalls outside at grade or within a below-grade garage, and related site improvements for the Orr Block/Washington Place project (See Draft Board Order, Law Department Memo re:  Draft Board Order, Council Order attachment, Law Department memo regarding a rezoning protest, and Newtonville Area Council Recommendations regarding Washington Place).  The agenda can be found here.

Additional Announcements

  • Zoning Redesign Drop-In. The Planning Department staff will host a Zoning Redesign Drop-In Session on May 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Health & Human Services Conference Room at City Hall (Room 106C).  This is an opportunity for folks to ask questions and provide input. Please contact James Freas at jfreas@newtonma.gov and for additional information on Zoning Redesign, please visit http://courbanize.com/newtonzoning.