Docket Digest for the Week of June 27-30

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.

June 27-30

Monday, 27 7p






Tuesday, 28 7p Land Use Chamber
Wednesday, 29 11a


OPEB Board

Charter Commission



Thursday, 30 6:30p West Newton Square Design Second Church


  • 6-27-16 Finance: appointments; library budget, grant for drunk driving prevention, DPW transfers to snow budget; DPW transfers for $30K bollards in front of Sweet Tomatoes; temporary easement for Elliot Street bridge; $2.5m for Newton Highlands Playground; $13m for Fire Station 3/HQ; exempting military from excise tax while deployed; coverage for earned sick time; collecting interest charges on utility bills to the city.
  • 6-27-16 Zoning: appointments, discussion relative to discriminatory practices; updates from the Newton Fair Housing Committee on housing opportunities. Joint Public Hearing with the Planning and Development Board on: rezone lots on 38 and 44 Mechanic Street; rezone lots on 369 and 377 Walnut Street; rezone 1294 Centre Street; clarify the definition of two-family detached dwelling; discussion relative to bringing existing accessory apartments into compliance; request for amendments to dimensional requirements for accessory apartments.
  • 6-28-16 Land Use: 110 Upland Ave: further increase number of stories; 41 Chesley Rd extend a non-conforming use;  17 Malvern Terr modify an existing nonconforming use and raze the existing building and rebuild the dwelling away from the floodplain; 255-257 Newtonville Ave construct a three-story, self-storage facility as well as a waiver of 36 parking stalls and other parking requirements. 
  • 6-29-16 Charter: Straw Vote Article 7: Planning; Continued Review(s): Articles 5 and 6: Financial Departments/Administrative Procedures; Discussion of Designer Review Committee; Discussion of City Council Compensation


Newton Leads 2040: A Blueprint to Promote Affordable, Diverse Housing and Economic Growth: On Thursday, June 23rd the Newton Housing Strategy Report was released and marks the beginning of a housing conversation series and community engagement with members of the Newton community. The webpage has a link to a “factbook” about the housing strategy, which the Planning Department team developed to make this information accessible for a wide audience. Comments or questions are welcome and can be sent to

Early Voting Survey:  The Election Commission is conducting an on-line survey to let people know about early voting for the November 2016 election, and to gather information about whether Newton voters might take advantage of it. The survey is available here.

West Newton Square Enhancements Project: Join us on Thursday, June 30th from 6:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Second Church of Newton, 60 Highland Street as the City of Newton embarks on a project to plan , design and construct roadway, sidewalk and streetscape improvements in the heart of historic West Newton Square for construction in 2017. We invite you to be a part of the design process. To sign-up for project updates and participate online visit our website at Comments or questions are welcome and can be sent to

Goals of a Solid Waste Recycling Resolution

Land Use memos

Zoning memos

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