Docket Digest for the Week of Nov. 17-21

A weekly summary of Board of Aldermen agendas and actions highlighting items of interest to the LWVN.

Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

Extracted from the full Aldermanic calendar.

Key to color coding: CPC, Planning, Environmental, Finance, Charter/Elections, Housing.

Nov. 17-21

Monday, 17 6:30p

7:15p

7:30p

Campaign finance presentation

Finance

Board of Aldermen: Tax Classification Hearing

Chamber

222

Chamber

Tuesday, 18 8:30 a7p School Committee

Land Use

 Ed Center

Chamber/222

Wednesday, 19 4p

6:15p

7p

7:45p

8p

TAG

Accessory Apartment

Public Facilities

Programs & Services

Public Safety

202

222

209

222

202

Thursday, 20 7p

7p

7p

Traffic Council

CPC

Conservation–Zervas

222

209

Cafeteria

Reports:

  • multiple dates, Land Use Wells Avenue Hearings & Working Session: application to change use DENIED
  • multiple dates, Land Use Kesseler Woods Hearings & Working sessions: APPROVED
  • 11-5-14 Programs & Services: HELD: Senior Center uses, AMENDED & HELD: Alder(wo)man, NAN: Open Meeting Law
  • 11-5-14 Public Facilities: HELD:  updates on the progress of the citywide storm water system assessment; reports on the condition
    functioning, operations and management of all elements of the City sewer, water and storm water systems;
  • 11-5-14 Public Safety:  (all license renewals)
  • 11-6-14 Land Use: HEARING CONTINUED: change the zoning of 114 River Street from Business 1 to Multi-Residence 2, to allow four attached single-family dwelling units in two structures, and a waiver to locate a driveway closer within 10 feet of a side lot line; APPROVED: 198 California Street, construct a four-unit multi-family dwelling with live/work space, to extend a nonconforming structure, allow a building height up to 36 feet and three stories, waivers to the design and dimensional controls for parking facilities;  1044-1046 Chestnut Street extension of a nonconforming structure to replace an exterior staircase with a new covered porch and staircase; 250 Boylston Street expand the hours of operation for a restaurant use, modify the previously permitted parking protocols, stacked parking requirement, and to allow a podium to be used by valet employees; and 75-85 Wells Avenue allow for a recombinant DNA research and technology laboratory.
  • 11-10-14 Finance: HELD: $5 charge for resident parking stickers; plastic bag ban; APPROVED: additional lighting around City Hall and the War Memorial; water & sewer improvements; on-line bill pay contract.
  • 11-10-14 Zoning: HELD: discussions on Zoning Reform; Large House Review; changes to the Accessory Apartment ordinance; fee structure for Inspectional Services; APPROVED: request to Planning to create a transparent 40B process for residents;
  • 11-12-14 Public Facilities: HELD: Zervas schematic and site design; Zervas funding; resolution to preserve the oldest of the three houses on Beethoven
  • 11-12-14 Finance: HELD: Zervas funding;
  • 10-23-14 Traffic Council: NAN: resident only parking for Louise & Craftsland roads (w8); removal of parking restrictions on Cummings Rd (w2); HELD: speed study request for Auburn St. near Woodland Rd.; traffic issues near Court St (w2); new or changed time limits on Washington St. between Walnut & Central, north side (w2); APPROVED: stop sign Paulson & Ferncroft (w5)

Docket:

Public Hearing to be assigned for December 9, 2014:

  • #222-14(2) DENISE & PETER STAUBACH petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to remove an existing attached garage and breezeway and to construct a two-stall garage, sun room and ¾ bath with two bedrooms above, which will increase the Floor Area Ratio from .42 to .54, where .48 is the maximum allowed by right, at 29 WEDGEWOOD ROAD, Ward 3, WEST NEWTON,

Public Hearing to be assigned for January 13, 2015:

  • #443-14 T. ANDREWS HINTERMAN, LDA ARCHITECTS/TIRA KHAN & DAN WINSTON petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to EXTEND a NONCONFORMING STRUCTURE in order to construct an approximate 148 square-foot kitchen, pantry, and mudroom addition, which will increase the Floor Area Ratio from .50 to .53, where .44 is the maximum allowed by right, at 89 ERIE AVENUE, Ward 6, NEWTON HIGHLANDS,
  • #237-14(3) ALD. YATES requesting to amend Chapter 30, City of Newton Zoning Ordinances, to create a temporary moratorium extending no later than December 31, 2015 on the full demolition of single- and two-family residential dwellings in multi-residence districts where the gross floor area of the replacement structure will be greater than 120% of the gross floor area of the existing structure. Such a moratorium is to allow the City to complete the review and possible adoption of zoning amendments to address the loss of the City’s more moderately priced housing stock and the impacts on the neighborhoods of the demolitions of existing single- and two-family residential dwellings and their replacement by large scale buildings out of character with the surrounding neighborhood. Transitional provisions will be included to exempt properties already in the application process.
  • #445-14 ALD. SANGIOLO requesting an update with members of the Newton Fair Housing Committee on the status of housing opportunities in the City of Newton.
  • #446-14 ALD. SANGIOLO requesting a discussion with the Commission on Disability regarding the status of City compliance with ADA regulations.
  • #447-14 ALD. SANGIOLO proposing an ordinance requiring the submission of building plans with applications for full or partial demolitions.
    #448-14 ALD. SANGIOLO requesting a discussion with the Newton Historical Commission regarding their process and policy of reviewing demolition applications.
  • #449-14 ALD. NORTON requesting a discussion with the Police Department regarding the practice of issuing warnings to drivers heading north on Walnut Street and turning right onto Washington Street, if they turn right during the pedestrian countdown, even if there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk, as there is no mention of this being illegal in the RMV Drivers Manual
  • #310-10(3) ALD. DANBERG requesting an amendment to City of Newton Ordinances Chapter 26 Section 8D Trial program for removal of snow and ice from sidewalks. by extending the expiration date of the trial from November 1, 2014 to November 1, 2015.
  • #453-14 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to expend a grant fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) as part of the Pathways to Zero Program, which is intended to support efforts to reduce energy use in public and private buildings. The grant funds will be used to provide additional energy modeling for the Zervas School Project to study the feasibility and cost/benefit of potential HVAC and renewable energy systems.
  • #455-14 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR recommending amendment to Chapter 29, Section 80 Sewer/Stormwater use charge. of the City of Newton Ordinances to create a storm water rate fee structure based upon square footage of impervious surface area. 
  • #456-14 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR recommending amendments to Chapter 29, Article II. Water. to allow for second water meters for outside water use and to restructure the water rate fee structure.

Agendas:

  • 11-18-14 School Committee:
  • 11-18-14 Land Use: antennae at 35 Commonwealth Ave., ward 7; 206 Wiswall Road convert an existing attached garage into an accessory apartment; 358-360 Nevada st allow the creation of two tandem parking stalls within the front and side setback; 182
    Beethoven Aveallow the extension of a nonconforming structure in order to replace an existing addition, construct a new addition; 5 Coolidge Road allow the extension of a nonconforming structure in order to extend an existing deck, further reducing the existing setback; 40 Hampshire St allow the conversion of an existing detached carriage house into an accessory apartment; 20 Burrage Road amend special permit to allow for the creation of two parking stalls in the front setback; and 556 Ward Street waive 26 parking stalls and associated waivers for an orthodox synagogue.
  • 11-19-14 TAG: updates: crash data, snow ordinance status, aqueduct trails, presentations: public process for street rehab; CIP list & Lake Ave plans; project updates: Zervas, Angier
  • 11-19-14 Accessory Apartment–discussions
  • 11-19-14 Public Facilities: stormwater fees, second water meters, (Jointly with PS): Washington Street Study by CTPS; residential sidewalk snow & ice;
  • 11-19-14 Programs & Services: includes historic trees; food trucks
  • 11-19-14 Public Safety: (Jointly with PF) Washington Street Study by CTPS; residential sidewalk snow & ice; (without PF): amendment to the residential parking permit program;
  • 11-20-14 Traffic Council: includes: more parking permits for Williams School staff; school zone near Peirce; removal of Brentwood Ave & Garland Rd. from permit parking; restriction of parking on Franklin St (w 1&7); reduction of speed limit on Crosby Rd (w7) to 20mph; parking changes on Eldredge St. (w1) near Underwood School.

Documents:

  • News Notes–includes:
    • Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) Update – All Board members are strongly encouraged to attend – We will be getting an update from OCPF on new requirements. We will be provided this update on Monday, November 17th at 6:30p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber. The update will be ahead of the Tax Classification hearing and our full Board meeting that evening. Seeing it could be a long night, I will discuss with David about providing a light supper that evening.
    • Tax Classification Presentation and Public Hearing – On Monday, November 17th we will be joined by Director of Assessment Elizabeth Dromey and her staff to facilitate the annual Tax Classification Presentation and Public Hearing. The presentation and hearing will begin at 7:30p.m. following the OCPF update and will be conducted under a Committee of the Whole with Finance presiding.
    • Full Board Meeting – The full Board meeting will commence immediately following the tax classification presentation and public hearing. Items of interest before the full Board will be the demolition moratorium (which was postponed from last meeting to this meeting), the Wells Avenue deed restriction and special permit for Kesseler Woods.
    • Public Facilities Committee – The committee will be meeting on Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00p.m. in Room 209. We will be continuing discussions on second water meters and amendments to stormwater fees. If you can come to City Hall early it would be helpful to learn about these items as we will be trying to act on them by December 15th. We will also be discussing the extension of the snow removal trial.
  • Tax Classification packet
  • Planning memos
  • Wells Ave documents

Docket Digest for the Week of Nov. 10-14

A weekly summary of Board of Aldermen agendas and actions highlighting items of interest to the LWVN.

Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

Extracted from the full Aldermanic calendar.

Key to color coding: CPC, Planning, Environmental, Finance, Charter/Elections, Housing.

Nov. 10-14

Monday, 10 7p7p

7:45p

Land Use

Finance

Zoning

Chamber

222

202

Tuesday, 11 VETERAN’S DAY
Wednesday, 12 7:45p Chairmen’s meeting

Joint Finance & Public Facilities

209

209

Agendas:

  • 11-10-14 Finance: $5 charge for resident parking stickers; plastic bag ban; additional lighting around City Hall and the War Memorial; sewer improvements; on-line bill pay contract.
  • 11-10-14 Land Use: includes:  4-story, 80-unit multi-family building with accessory parking, driveway, and landscaping, including waivers from the maximum height requirement, various parking dimensionals. lighting requirements, and signage on land located on LaGRANGE STREET, Ward 8; amendment to the Wells Avenue restrictive covenant, to allow creation of a multi-family housing building and co-working space;
  • 11-10-14 Zoning: zoning reform; Large House Review ordinance; changes to the accessory apartment ordinance; increase of fees in Inspectional Services;
  • 11-12-14 Finance & PF: Zervas; preservation of the historic house at 1316 Beacon Street

Documents:

  • News Notes–includes:
    • Zervas School Site Plan Review – In accordance with Section 5-58 of our city ordinances, we will be convening a Joint Meeting of the Public Facilities and Finance Committees to begin our deliberations on the Zervas site plan. Quoting the Planning Department memo, “prior to the construction of any municipal building, Section 5‐58 of the Newton City Ordinances requires reviews of associated plans
      by the following:  The Director of Planning and Development for consistency and compatibility with the Newton Comprehensive Plan and other applicable planning and analytical studies;  The Design Review Committee for layout, construction, and relationship to surroundings;  The Public Facilities Committee to provide a forum for public comments and discussion about proposed buildings and their locations, followed by Board of Aldermen action. The joint meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 12th at 7:45p.m. in the
      Aldermanic Chamber.
    • Chairmen’s Meeting – All Board members are invited to attend. Cheryl & I have scheduled a meeting for Wednesday, November 12th from 7:00p.m. to 7:45p.m. The Committee of the Whole/Public Facilities presiding will begin immediately following the Chairmen’s meeting.
    • Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) Update – All Board members are strongly encouraged to attend – We will be getting an update from OCPF on new requirements. We will be provided this update on Monday, November 17th at 6:30p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber. The update will be ahead of the Tax Classification hearing and our full Board meeting that evening. Seeing it could be a long night, I will discuss with David about providing a light supper that evening.
  • Wells Avenue, Kesseler Woods memos
  • Zoning Reform update

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