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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of June 10th

The following potential projects will be discussed at Development Review Meetings this week:

  • 1440-1450 Washington Street –  Proposed day care facility
  • 1114 Beacon Street –  Possible 45 unit residential project
  • 61 Forest Street –  Special permit to exceed FAR by constructing dormers on
    the attic level
  • 156 Oak St, 55 Tower Rd, 275-281 Needham St, 260 Needham St, 160 Charlemont St (a.k.a. “Northland”) – Proposed mixed use development

Land Use Committee to Meet on Tuesday, June 12th

The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 455 sq. ft. two-story addition, creating an FAR of .58 where .39 exists and .45 is allowed at 39 Summit Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to extend the hours of operation and increase the number of customers at one time, requiring an amendment to Special Permit Board Order #257-13(4) at 145 Wells Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a restaurant
    with greater than 50 seats, a waiver for 12 parking stalls and allow the re-use of an existing non-conforming sign at 342-344 Watertown Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a three-story
    addition in the BU1 district to be used for mixed uses, to allow a building in excess of 20,000 sq. ft., to extend the existing non-conforming structure with regard to height, to extend the existing non-conforming structure with regard to side setback, to allow a restaurant with more than 50 seats, to waive the requirement of using the A-B+C parking formula, to allow a reduction in the overall parking required by 1/3, to waive 27 parking stalls, to allow parking in the front and side setback, to allow reduced parking stall dimensions, to waive end stall maneuvering space requirements, to allow reduced aisle width, to waive perimeter screening requirements, to waive interior landscaping requirements, to waive requirements for interior planting area, tree planting, and bumper overhang area landscaping, to waive lighting requirements, to waive off-street loading facility requirements in Ward 3, West Newton, at 1314 Washington Street, 31 Davis Street and 33 Davis Street (Santander Bank – Mark Development proposal)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a multi-family development in a business district with greater than 20,000 gross floor area, with a four-story structure 41’ in height, containing an 18-unit dwelling with ground floor units, to allow an FAR of 1.31, to allow a density bonus to reduce the lot area per unit and increase the number of inclusionary units, to allow a reduction of the requirement for parking to 1.25 stalls per unit, to allow parking in the setback, to allow parking within 5’ of a building containing dwelling units, to waive minimum stall dimension requirements, to allow a reduction in the minimum width of a entrance/exit drive, to allow a reduction in the minimum width of maneuvering aisles, to waive lighting requirements and to waive perimeter landscape screening requirements in Ward, 1, Newton, at 189-193 Adams Court

Economic Development Commission to Meet on Tuesday, June 12th

The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:30 p.m. at the Newton Innovation Center, 124 Vernon Street.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Economic Development Updates
  • Chair Update – Introduction of New Members
  • Review of the Camoin Economic Development Strategy/Recommendations and decide the role of the EDC in Implementing the plan
  • Review of the proposed new program for the EDC to engage with Newton’s business community

Auburndale Historic District Commission Meeting – Tuesday, June 12th

The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to repair and change the rear entry porch at 304 Central Street
  • Request for feedback on changes to front and rear entry porches at 115 Windermere Road
  • Request to build an accessible unit addition and deck, and build an accessible ramp and entrance at 25 Hancock Street

The staff memo can be found here and the packet documents can be found here.

Traffic Council to Meet on Thursday, June 14th

The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for No Parking – Tow Zone on Upland Road on the odd side of the roadway between Mill and Pheasant Road to be in effect Monday-Friday, School Days only, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) and to have a discussion on incorporating this section of roadway into the Newtonville Neighborhood Parking District
  • Request for No Parking- Tow Zone on Pheasant Road
    on the even side of the roadway between Upland Road and Kirkstall Road to be
    in effect Monday-Friday, School Days only, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (excluding
    Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) and to have a discussion on incorporating this
    roadway into the Newtonville Neighborhood Parking District
  • Request for a  “No Turn on Red” signs at the following locations:
    (a) end of the school driveway that exits onto Beacon Street
    (b) corner of Manitoba Road and Beacon Street
    to enhance safety
  • Request to expand the  Auburndale- Village Parking District to include the following street segments: (1) Woodland Road between Grove Street and Hawthorne Avenue; (2) Hawthorne Avenue between Woodland Road and Aspen Avenue. Note that no changes to the parking regulations are proposed to occur along this section of Woodland Road, where no parking is allowed at any time. The following restriction is proposed for consideration along one or both sides of Hawthorne Avenue between Woodland Road and Aspen Avenue: 1 or 2-hour limit, Monday-Friday, except by Auburndale Permit
  • Request to expand the Auburndale- Village Parking District to include the following street segments: (1) Woodland Road between Hawthorne Avenue and Windermere Road; (2) Windermere Road between Woodland Road and Commonwealth Avenue. Note that no changes to the parking regulations are proposed to occur along this section of Woodland Road, where no parking is allowed at any time. The following restriction is proposed for consideration along one or both sides of Windermere Road between Woodland Road and Commonwealth Avenue: 1 or 2- hour limit, Monday-Friday, except by Auburndale Permit
  • Request to expand the Auburndale Village Parking District to include the following street segment: Aspen Avenue between Washington Street and Hawthorne Avenue. Note that no changes to the parking regulations are proposed to occur along this section of Aspen Ave except by Auburndale Village Parking District Permit
  • Request to change the official parking regulations on Woodland Road in order to make it consistent with the signage currently posted on the street
  • Request for Resident Permit Parking Only, Monday through Sunday, except legal holidays on Windermere Road between Woodland Road and Commonwealth Avenue to deter student parking
  • Request to modify the parking regulations on Crafts Street (Watertown Street
    to Waltham Street) and on Waltham Street (Crafts Street to the Waltham City
    Line), in order to facilitate traffic calming and to create bicycle lanes. The
    amount of parking on the street would be reduced, with parking generally
    alternating between the north and south side, by block, along Waltham Street and
    a portion of Crafts Street

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission to Meet Thursday, June 14th

The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace 9 windows at 74 Rockland Place, Unit 3
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to convert an historic barn/garage into a dwelling unit at 1272 Boylston Street

The staff memo can be found here and packet documents can be found here.