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Other City Board and Commission Meetings

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

School Committee:  The School Committee will meet on Monday, May 15th at 5:45 p.m. at the Ed Center in Room 304 and will go into Executive Session to discuss a Memorandum of Agreement with the Newton Teachers Association on coaching stipends.

School Committee:  The School Committee will meet on Monday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Ed Center Room 210 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  Discussion and Vote on a Memorandum of Agreement with the Newton Teachers Association on coaching stipends, discussion and vote on CORI Policy for the Newton South High School Challenge Course, discussion of the CIP for 2018 and 2019, Fiscal and Operations Update, Facilities Update, discussion of long and short-term space needs, and a vote on grants.  The revised agenda can be found here.

Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  Commissioner Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance, and the Nahanton Park Conservation Restriction, the bridge at Nahanton Park, and will hear Committee Reports:  Community Preservation Committee, the Farm Commission, the Cabot Redesign Committee, the Commonwealth Golf Course, the Off-Leash Area Working Group (OLAWG), the Crystal Lake Working Group (CLWG), and the Nahanton Park Committee.  The agenda can be found here.

Board of Licensing Commissioners:  The Board of Licensing Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.

Human Rights Commission:  The Human Rights Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 106C.  The agenda can be found here.

Youth Commission:  The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 17th at 5 p.m. in Room 6156 at Newton South High School.  The agenda can be found here.

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 17th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room (B10). The Commission will review the following:

  • 1‐27 Boylston Street – Ronsky’s;
  • 1214 Chestnut Street – BrickFire Pizza Co.;
  • 300 Boylston Street – Atrium Wellness Center;
  • 203 Adams Street – Shaking Crab;
  • 200‐220 Boylston Street – Chestnut Hill Square, Bon Me;
  • 55 Boylston Street, Suite 5568 – Barry’s Bootcamp;
  • 320 Washington Street – Social Restaurant & Bar;
  • 1365 Center Street – Shell;
  • 782 Beacon Street – Puzzle Break;
  • 131‐181 Needham Street – Newton Nexus;
  • 386 Watertown Street – Conceptual Design Review for Mixed-Use Design Project.

For more information, please contact Shubee Sikka by phone at 617-796-1139 or by email at:  ssikka@newtonma.gov.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and will review the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to install solar panels for property loctaed at 32 Clovelly Road, request to modify previously approved rear elevation and mudroom and to replace second story wood railing with wrought iron railing for property located at 109 Essex Road; request to install radon venting system and  to replace bluestone patio and walls with granite terrace and steps; install counter, barbecue and fireplace and replace walk by garage for property located at 355 Hammond Street; 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; and a request to change the roofline for property located at 34 Beacon Street. There will also be a project update regarding curbing installed at 109 Old Orchard Road. 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

Development Review Team Meetings

The Development Review Team is scheduled to meet this week regarding the following potential projects:

  • 767-769 Watertown Street – Special permit to increase nonconforming two-family use and create a three-story structure (SR3)
  • 349 Dedham Street – Special permit to amend Board Order #106-07 to increase day care enrollment to more than 16 children (SR1)
  • 1615 Beacon Street – Possible location for Suzuki School of Newton (SR2)
  • 0 Plainfield Street – Potential frontage variance and special permit for rear lot subdivision (SR2)

Announcements

Zoning Redesign Workshop: The City’s Planning Department is hosting a workshop on Thursday May 11th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilson Chapel, Andover Newton, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton. The Planning Department will present the full draft of the Pattern Book.  More information on Zoning Redesign can be found here.

1294 Centre Street Announcement: Mayor Warren and First Cambridge Realty Corporation will be announcing redevelopment plans for the property on Friday, May 12th at 8:15 a.m. at 1294 Centre Street.  Basically, the proposal includes a hotel, housing and a restaurant.  Additional information can be found here.

Austin Street Parking Lot Meter Upgrade:  Parking meters will be replaced with kiosks in the Austin Street lot. Work will take place in May – June with kiosks anticipated to be installed on May 19th. Once complete, all spaces will have a zone and space number and payment can be made by coin or credit card. There will be no rate change.  For more information, please contact Faye Morrison, DPW Parking Manager with any questions by email at:  fmorrison@newtonma.gov .

City Council Meetings Week of May 7th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and then the Council Chamber to discuss the following: proposed amendments to upgrade guidelines and procedures to regulate recombinant DNA technology and remove the requirement for a special permit in order to utilize recombinant DNA research or technology (see Planning memo).  The Committee will then hold a public hearing on the following:  request to rezone the water tower property located at 160 R Stanton Avenue (see Planning Memo), request for a technical amendment to the zoning ordinances to edit incorrectly transcribed language pertaining to time periods for special permit lapses and extensions (see Planning Memo) , and a public hearing on a recommendation from the Newton Historical Commission to establish a local historic district in Newton Highlands(see Planning Memo).  The agenda can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet tonight at Newton City Hall at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following: request for authorization to make the following transfers from certain Public Building Department Accounts for the purpose of providing supplemental funding for maintenance, consultants, and the purchase of a craftsmen vehicle, and appointment of Emma Watkins to the Newton Taxation Aid Committee.  The Committee will then discuss the following budgets:  Assessing Treasurer, Purchasing, and Executive/Sustainability and their associated CIP and Supplemental CIP.  The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber to discuss the following: request for a special permit/site plan approval to 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 a lot for property located at 46 Farwell Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to rectify a building permit issued in error due to a garage with an over-sized dormer on the half-story above the first level for property located at 129 Cabot Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a three-story, six unit, multi-family dwelling in excess of 24’ with ground floor residential use, allow a reduction to 1.25 parking stalls per unit, allow parking in the side setback, allow a reduced minimum aisle width, allow reduced minimum entrance and exit drive width, allow off street parking on a separate lot, waive perimeter screening requirements, waive lighting and surfacing requirements for property located at 39 Herrick Road, request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit  to re-purpose an existing vacant building into a mixed-use commercial facility including general office, medical office, laboratory, retail uses, and restaurants for property located at 300 Boylston Street, request for a consistency ruling that the as-built conditions are consistent with the special permit/site plan approval granted for property located at 39 Hawthorne Avenue (Council Order), request for a special permit/site plan approval to to construct a single family dwelling, extending the structure vertically within the nonconforming front setback for property located at 37 Troy Lane,request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a two-story rear addition, increasing the nonconforming two-family use and nonconforming FAR at , request for a special permit/site plan approval construct six dwelling units with shared underground parking by combining three lots at 16-26 Dalby Street,request for a special permit/site plan approval to use a portion of the legally nonconforming wholesale site to cut and fabricate stone countertops, further extending the nonconforming use to manufacturing at 966 Watertown Street, and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to to alter the use of the existing nonconforming detached barn by converting it into a residential unit, creating a three-family in two structures at 62 Walnut Park. The agenda can be found here.

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 7th

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

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability is scheduled to meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following;  CDBG Report, potential locations for FY2018 CDBG funded Access projects, receive an HP fines report, a Treasurer’s Report, the ADA Coordinator’s Report, MAAB Variance for Avalon at Chestnut Hill, sponsor AHVP in the State Budget, and the proposed Sunrise Senior Living Special Permit application. The agenda can be found here.

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee on tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers to discuss the following:  ordinance amendments relative to rDNA technology and research facilities, request to rezone property located at 160 R Stanton Avenue from Public Use to Multi Residence 3, request for a technical amendment to the  Zoning Ordinance technical amendment regarding time periods for lapse in special permits and extensions and a recommendation from the Newton Historical Commission to establish a Newton Highlands Historic District.

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  violation where work exceeded was approved and was not in-kind and where railing system was replaced without Commission review and approval for property located at 49 Grove Street, violation to replace a window for property located at 39 Groveland Street, request to replace a fence at 6 Graydale Circle, request to replace windows, side entry, and condenser; build new back entry and add condenser at 41 Woodland Road, and a request to construct a wood pergola attached to the house at 39 Hawthorne Avenue.  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.

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  updates on the following projects:  Washington Place, N2 Innovation District, Northland Proposal on Needham Street, West Newton Square, Economic Development Strategy, Wells Avenue, the search for an Economic Development Director, and the Walnut Street Enhancement project.  The Commission will also hear an update from the Deputy Director of Planning, James Freas on the Proposed rDNA Ordinance, a proposed Food Trucks/Ordinance Change, and Zoning ReDesign.  The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Barney Heath by phone at 617-796-1131 or by email at bheath@newtonma.gov.

Board of Assessors:  The Board of Assessors are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108 (Conference Room) and will discuss the following:  Approval minutes, the Exemption and Abatement Report, review of Clause 18, and review of applications for Fiscal Year 2017.  The agenda can be found here.

Design Review Committee:  The Design Review Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room at the Main Library and will discuss the Cabot Elementary School Renovation/Addition project.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  to replace roof, siding, front door and windows and rebuild chimneys for property located at 1272 Boylston Street, to repair and extend deck, to install pergola and add fencing for property located at 50 Oak Street, to renovate existing house, remove rear ells, and build rear addition, porch, sunroom, patio and garage for property located at 75 High Street and to review final project work for property located at 70‐72 High Street.   The Commission will hold a working session on a request to expand front bump out and install a rear addition and shed for property located at 969 Chestnut Street,  and to review final project work for property located at 70‐72 High 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.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, May 11th at 7:30 p.m. and will discuss the following request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to review the color palette for property located at 34 Beacon 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.

The Crescent Street Housing Proposal Group:  The Crescent Street Housing and Reverend Ford Playground Expansion Project Group will meet pn Thursday, May 11th at 6:30p.m. at the Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve Street and will host a Pre‐Design Project Update and Public Input Meeting.  There will be a presentation and question and answer session.   Additional information can be found here.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of May 7th

The following proposals are scheduled to be discussed at the Development Review Team Meeting this week:

  • 1771 Washington Street – Possible rear setback variance (SR1)
  • 585 Grove Street –  Special Permit for a rear lot subdivision (SR3)
  • “The Street”  – dscussion on potential proposed development

Announcements

Zoning Redesign: The Planning Department will being hosting bi-weekly Zoning Redesign Drop-In Sessions on May 3rd, May 17th and May 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.at the Health & Human Services Conference Room at City Hall.

On Thursday May 11th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. the Planning Department will be presenting the full draft of the Pattern Book, a data‐driven analysis of Newton’s built environment at Wilson Chapel, Andover Newton, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton.  The come to the Zoning Redesign Workshop at Wilson Chapel, Andover Newton, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton. The Planning Department will present the full draft of the Pattern Book.  The event is an opportunity to learn more about the future of zoning in Newton. For more information on Zoning Redesign visit http://courbanize.com/newtonzoning or email zoningredesign@newtonma.gov.

FY18 Draft Consolidated CDBG/HOME/ESG Annual Action Plan:  The deadline for submitting comments on the draft report is dated May 2, 2017.  The draft can be found here.  For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at 617-796-1125 or by email at:  rpowers@newtonma.gov.

 

 

City Council Meetings – Week of April 30th

The following City Council Committees are meeting this week:

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and will discuss the following:  Consistency Ruling related to 15 South Gate Park (request for a change to reorient the garage door and driveway), request 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, request for a 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 for property located at 1016 Centre Street (see Planning Memo), and change of zone request and a request for a special permit/site plan approval for the Orr/Washington Place project (see Planning Memo).  The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following departmental budgets:  Senior Services, Health & Human Services, City Solicitor and City Clerk.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The regularly scheduled Public Facilities Committee meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting of the Public Facilities Committee will be on May 8th at 7:00 p.m. with the Finance Committee.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of April 30th

The following City Boards and Commissions will meet this week:

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 to discuss the Northland Redevelopment project and as the Board of Survey to discuss the Carlson Avenue‐Mount Ida College subdivision. 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.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to hold the second of two hearings to address the April cycle of submittals. The Commission will review the following partial demolition request and waiver requests:  Request to add rear and side addition, bump up roof at property located at 10 Pillion Court, request to waive demo delay for property located at 40 Fernwood Road, request to waive demo delay for property located at 65 Chase Street, request to review unpermitted work for property located at 39 Stanton Avenue, request to waive demo delay 16 Dalby Street, and a request to amend waiver for roofing material for property located at 36 Walnut Park. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at 617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.

Transportation Advisory Committee:  The Transportation Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 2nd at 4:00 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following:  receive an update on crash reports from the Newton Police Department, learn more about the West Newton and Walnut Street/Newtonville design proposals, and receive an update from the Transportation Department.  The agenda can be found here.

Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 3rd at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 and discuss availability of resources for auditing for housing discrimination in Newton and a review of the FY2018 Annual Action Plan suggestions that provided during the comment period. For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at 617-796-1149 or by email at:  mlucas@newtonma.gov.

Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  Discussion with the the MBTA about cutting trees on Conservation properties (Houghton Garden and Webster Conservation Area) in wetland jurisdiction along the MBTA right-of-way, discussion with MBTA about cutting trees on Conservation properties (Houghton Garden and Webster Conservation Area) in uplands and discussion with Off Leash Area Working Group (OLAWG) regarding possible use of paved/disturbed portion of Norumbega Conservation Area as an off-leash dog park.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at 617-796-1134 or by email at:  jsteel@newtonma.gov.

Newtonville Historic District Commission: The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, May 4th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to install fence for property located at 51 Page Road, request for approval of side entries and other changes for property located at 182 Walnut Street, request to replace three windows and install one new window for property located at 72-74 Page Road, and a request to install triple windows and skylights for property located at 70 Page Road. Please contact Barbara Kurze vy phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov

Farm Commission:  The Farm Commission’s meeting originally scheduled for May 4th  has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled meeting is June 1, 2017. For more information, please contact  Adrianna Henriquez by phone at:  617-796-1133 or by email at:  ahenriquez@newtonma.gov