Docket Digest for the Week of March 23-27

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.

March 23-27

Monday, 23  7p Finance  211
7:45p Zoning 205
7p School Committee budget Ed Center
Tuesday, 24 3p Accounting & Audit 211
7p Real Property Re-Use 211
Thursday, 26 7p Traffic Council 211
7p School Committee budget Ed Center

Reports:

Agendas

  • 3-23-15 Finance: 54 Taft Ave; establishing an Investment Advisory Committee; $11.5K for a solar consultant; $1m for War Memorial accessibility; $500K for snow & ice; $400K for modulars from Zervas to go to NSHS;
  • 3-23-15 School: Facilities Update; Fiscal & Operations Update; Continued Discussion & Straw Vote on FY16 Budget; Discusion & Vote Mid-Year Calendar Review; Angier/Zervas Calendar Discussion and Vote
  • 3-23-15 Zoning:  demolition delay amendments; updates on the Zoning Reform project
  • 3-24-15 Accounting & Audit: review of auditor’s Management Letter with Inspectional Services Department, Information Technology Department, and the Executive Office
  • 3-24-15 Real Property70 Crescent St.; Newton Centre Library
  • 3-26-15 Traffic Council includes: handicapped space in front of 180 Chapel (w1); 42 Hawthorn (w1); change in meter time limits for north side of Washington (w2); parking restrictions for Woodward St. (w5);

Documents

  • Memos, pictures and other information about the Newton Centre Library and 70 Crescent St
  • News Notes

Docket Digest for the Week of March 16-20

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.

March 16-20

 Monday, 16 7p Board executive session 211
7:45p Board of Aldermen Chamber
Tuesday, 17 7p Land Use Chamber/211
Wednesday, 18 7p Public Facilities 204
7p Public Safety 205
7:45p Programs & Services 211

Reports

  • 3-3-15 Land Use: APPROVED: Lot 7 Herrick Rd to allow a three-story mixed-use building consisting of four dwelling units and a restaurant on the ground floor, off-street parking on a separate parcel, the waiver of 9 parking stalls, waiver of 3 bicycle parking spaces, a retaining wall greater than 4 feet within the rear/side setbacks and a waiver of 18 existing parking spaces;   : 17 Cushing St (continued from February 10th, 2015), to extend a nonconforming structure to construct a two-story addition and demolish an existing detached garage and build a new two-stall detached garage with storage above, and for a front porch addition; 112 Needham St allow the demolition and extension of a nonconforming structure to construct a new two-story commercial building and associated waivers from the front and side setbacks, the required number of parking stalls, and dimensional requirements for parking facilities; 556 Ward Street (continued from November 18, 2014 and February 10, 2015), for a waiver of 26 parking stalls and associated dimensional requirements for an orthodox synagogue.
  • 3-4-15 Programs & Services: APPROVED: $28K for a quadrant of veteran’s graves; Councilor instead of Alderman (AS AMENDED to include changing all male pronouns to also include female pronouns; change “committeemen/man” to “committee members/member”; and change “chairman” to “chair”); HELD: Newton Highlands Area Council boundaries
  • 3-9-15 Finance: APPROVED: Funds moved to Elections; $20K to plan for the preservation of historic & archival documents in city departments; $2K for a land surveyor in ISD; $1.1m in Chapter 90 funds for roadway improvements; $980K in CPA funds to acquire the Waban Hill Reservoir; NAN: implementation of fees associated with overnight parking ban; HELD: hiring a solar energy consultant
  • 3-9-15 Zoning: NAN: demolition application review; HELD: demolition delay extensions; corrections to the Zoning map; Zoning Reform I.

Docket:

Public Hearing to be assigned for April 7, 2015:

  • #57-15 BROOKE H. & CONAN LAUGHLIN petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to EXTEND A NONCONFORMING STRUCTURE to demolish an existing one-story 6’x6’ mudroom addition and construct a 8’x10’ one-story mudroom adjoining a 10’x12’ pantry, for a total floor area of 200 square-feet, on to an existing single-family dwelling at 109 ESSEX ROAD, Ward 7, Chestnut Hill
  • #102-06(15) CHESTNUT HILL REALTY DEVELOPMENT, LLC./CORNERSTONE CORPORATION petition to AMEND SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL #102-06(12), granted to Chestnut Hill Realty Development, LLC on November 17, 2014 for a 4-story 80-unit multi-family building with a partially below grade parking garage and related site amenities on land located on LaGRANGE STREET, Ward 8, known as Sec 82, Blk 37, Lot 95, containing approximately 640,847 sf of land in a Multi Residence 3 district; said amendment seeks to modify the special permit from 80 units to 88 units to be located in the same building with no changes to the footprint or site from what was approved in special permit #102-06(12).

Public Hearing to be assigned for April 14, 2015:

  • #58-15 MICHAEL VAHEY & MOK JIANG PANG petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to EXTEND A NONCONFORMING USE by removing an existing single dormer on the front façade and adding a total of six dormers (two on the front and back and one on each side) which will allow an additional bedroom and bath for each unit in an existing side-by-side two-family dwelling, thereby increasing the Floor Area Ratio from .61 to .67, where .48 is allowed by right, at 13-15 ALDEN PLACE, Ward 3, West Newton,
  • #59-15 YONG MOU CHEN petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL for an accessory apartment exceeding 1,000 sq. ft. but less than the maximum of 1,200 sq. ft. in an existing single-family dwelling at 1765 BEACON STREET, Ward 5, Waban
  • #60-15 MARJA J. SISK & DAVID GROSSMAN petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to create an accessory apartment in a detached structure at 86 WABAN HILL ROAD, Ward 7, Chestnut Hill,
  • #61-15 DIOMID BASHKINOV petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct a 400 sq. ft. detached garage which when combined with the existing attached garage will exceed the 700 sq. ft. allowed by right and will increase the Floor Area Ratio from .47 to .41, where .35 is the maximum allowed by right at 228 WISWALL ROAD, Ward 8,
  • #62-15 ANN LOUISE WOLF petition for an accessory apartment in a detached carriage house at 133 WABAN AVENUE, Ward 5, Waban
  • #63-15 TOM TIMKO, COPPER BEECH DESIGN for JAYANT & MANJIRI BHAWALKAR petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to EXTEND A NONCONFORMING STRUCTURE to allow an increase to a nonconforming three-story single-family dwelling which will increase the Floor Area Ratio from .32 to .52, where .43 is the maximum allowed by right, at 15 HOLMAN ROAD, Ward 4, Auburndale

Public Hearing to be assigned for March 18, 2015:

  • #102-06(14) CHESTNUT HILL REALTY, petitioning for Construction of a Common Sewer and Water Main in LAGRANGE STREET, the proposed sewer will extend from the existing sewer manhole on Lagrange Street located between the intersection of Byron Road and Broadlawn Drive easterly 150’ + to a proposed sewer manhole in Lagrange Street and the proposed water main will extend from the existing service in Lagrange Street located at the intersection of Broadlawn Drive and Lagrange Street 500’ + easterly to the Kesseler Project site, identified as Section 82, Block 37, Lot 95. The existing dead-end water service at the intersection of Broadlawn Park and Lagrange Street will be connected to the proposed water main.

Public Hearing to be assigned for April 8, 2015:

  • #68-15 EVERSOURCE ENERGY petitioning for a grant of location to install a total of 415’ + of conduit in the following locations:  47’ + of conduit in WISWALL ROAD southeasterly from Pole 232/16 to the intersection of Nightingale Path  293’ + of conduit in NIGHTINGALE PATH from the intersection of Wiswall Road in a southeasterly direction to a proposed Manhole 30076 in front of 27 Nightingale Path and continuing to proposed Manhole 30077  75’ + of conduit in OSBORNE PATH from the intersection of Nightingale Path in an easterly direction to a box in front of 10 Osborne Path.
  • #69-15 EVERSOURCE ENERGY petitioning for a grant of location to install a total of 562’ + of conduit in the following locations:  50’ of conduit in WISWALL ROAD southeasterly from Pole 232/18 to the intersection of Shumaker Path  456’ + of conduit in SHUMAKER PATH from the intersection of Wiswall Road in a southeasterly direction to a proposed Manhole 30074 in front of 15 Shumaker Path and then continuing to proposed Manhole 30075  56’ + of conduit in OSBORNE PATH from the intersection of Nightingale Path in a northeasterly direction to a box in front of 28 Shumaker Path.  103’ + of conduit in OSBORNE PATH from the intersection of Nightingale Path in a southwesterly direction to a box in front of 36 Shumaker Path.
  • #70-15 EVERSOURCE ENERGY petitioning for a grant of location to install a total of 461’ + of conduit in the following locations:  50’ + of conduit in SPIERS ROAD westerly from Pole 371/21 to the intersection of Van Wart Path.  704’ + of conduit in VAN WART PATH from Spires Road northwesterly to proposed Manhole #30072 and then continuing to proposed Manhole #30073. [02/27/15 @ 2:44 PM] Public Hearing to be assigned for April 8, 2015: #71-15 EVERSOURCE ENERGY petitioning for a grant of location to install a total of 754’ + of conduit in the following locations:  50’ + of conduit in SPIERS ROAD northerly from Pole 371/18 to the intersection of Keller Path  411’ + of conduit in KELLER PATH from Spiers Road to proposed Manhole #30070.

 

  • #309-14(2) ALD. JOHNSON, requesting a discussion regarding changes that may need to be made to Traffic Council. This would include intent and purpose of the council, criteria and process to determine the referral of Traffic Council petitions to be discussed and acted upon Administratively, by Traffic Council or Public Safety & Transportation Committee.
  • #72-15 PUBLIC FACILITIES COMMITTEE requesting a discussion with the Administration and Department of Public Works about the extent of damage to the City resulting from the recent extreme winter conditions including roadways, sidewalks, infrastructure, buildings and how the City is preparing to cope with the needed repairs.
  • #73-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) from Free Cash to supplement the snow and ice operations budget.
  • #74-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer and expend the sum of on hundred ninety-five thousand eight hundred seventy-six dollars and forty-one cents ($195,876.41) for the costs associated with the City’s 2015 bond issuance as follows: Free Cash ………………………………………………………………..$118,040.34 Override Stabilization Fund…………………………………………$77,838.07

Agendas

  • 3-17-15 Land Use143 Lincoln St (continued from December 9, 2014 and February 10, 2015), to allow expansion and reconfiguration of an existing nonconforming two-family dwelling; 714 Beacon St (continued from February 10, 2015), to allow the waiver of six parking stalls to develop a medical office use and associated waivers to legalize the dimensionally noncompliant parking facility; 38 Border St to develop a for-profit educational use, a dance studio, and associated waivers to the parking facility requirements; and 18, 22, and 26 Goddard St to allow a subdivision of three parcels into two by allowing a build factor of 28.08 where 20 is the maximum allowed.
  • 3-18-15 Public Facilities: Sewers on LaGrange St.; road improvements near Angier School; accessibility for War Memorial at City Hall; stormwater fee; $500K for snow & ice; question of winter damage; snow removal and pothole repair; $400K to move modular classrooms from Zervas to NSHS.
  • 3-18-15 Public Safety: recodification questions around parking, Tiger permits, meters, HAWK pedestrian signals, crosswalks, jurisdiction of Traffic Council, and speed humps.
  • 3-18-15 Programs & Services: NHAC boundaries; limits on leafblowers;

Docket Digest for the Week of March 2-6

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.

March 2-6

 Monday, 2 6:30 Living & Aging  205
7:45p Board of Aldermen Chamber
Tuesday, 3 7p Land Use Chamber/211
 Wednesday, 18 7:45p Programs & Services 211
7:45p Public Safety 205

Reports

  • 2-18-15 Public Facilities: APPROVED: Fire Station #3 and HQ; HELD: Angier road improvements; stormwater fee based on impervious surface
  • 2-18-15 Programs & Services: APPROVED: Thursday voting for the 2015 preliminary election; HELD: leafblower limitations; polystyrene (aka styrofoam) ban in food establishments;
  • 2-19-15 Zoning: HELD:  Large House Review ordinance for residential structures; definitions for two-family homes; updates on the Zoning Reform project.
  • 2-23 Zoning: APPROVED: reappointment of Brooke Lipsitt to Zoning Board of Appeals, HELD: demolition application review, possible extension of delay; discussion of Zoning Reform Part II; corrections to the Zoning maps; replacing current zoning ordinance with the Zoning Reform Part I.

Docket:

Public Hearing to be re-assigned for March 17, 2015:

  • ##38-15 PAUL LANGIONE, TRUSTEE petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL and EXTENSION OF A NONCONFORMING USE for a for-profit educational purpose, including classrooms and offices, a building height from 20 feet to 27 feet, where 24 is allowed by right, and waivers from parking facility design requirements for dance studios at 38 BORDER STREET, Ward 3, West Newton, on land known as SBL 33, 15, 23, containing approximately 27,874 sq. ft. of land in a district zoned MANUFACTURING

Public Hearing to be assigned for April 14, 2015:

  • #45-15 SARAH IONTA & JOSEPH RIZZO petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to allow two garages (maintain both an existing detached garage and an existing attached garage) at 31 FARLOW ROAD, Ward 7, on land known as SBL 72, 37, 3, containing approximately 17,416 sf of land in a district zoned SINGLE RESIDENCE 1
  • #273-14(3) ALD. BAKER requesting discussion with the Law Department of what further Board action is appropriate, if any, where the Board of Aldermen voted on February 17 to reconsider, and then pass, the rezoning for 117 River Street and accompanying special permit for 5-7 Elm Street and 114 River Street, # 273-14 and 273-14(2), respectively, without prior suspension of the rules to allow the item to be reconsidered on the 17th, which the Board of Aldermen had been erroneously advised had previously occurred; specifically, the Board Rules provide that an item must be reconsidered at the meeting at which it is passed, or the next Board meeting, which would have been January 20. At that January 20 Board meeting, a motion to postpone reconsideration was made and adopted, but without a suspension of the Rules to allow postponement to a later date than January 20.
  • #46-15 ALD. JOHNSON & CICCONE, requesting a discussion with the Commissioner of Department of Public Works and the School Department to determine and discuss parking options including use of school properties based on the current municipal parking lot programs including the issuance of permits.
  • #47-15 ALD. RICE AND YATES requesting establishment of a pilot storm water treatment program for the streets in Waban between Quinobequin Road and Chestnut Street including but not limited to Amherst Road, Radcliffe Road and Tamworth Road.
  • #48-15 ALD. JOHNSON, SANGIOLO & YATES requesting a discussion with the Commissioner of Public Works regarding: (1) short and long term snow clearing of streets and sidewalks, (2) proactive planning relative to potential issues resulting from melting snow, (3) short term plans for addressing potholes, and (4) how the Department of Public Works will use the data gathered from where potholes need to be filled to guide planning for street repairs.
  • #49-15 SARAH ECKER, 68 Prospect Park, Newtonville appointed as a member of the OTHER POST-EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TRUST FUND for a term to expire March 31, 2018 (60 days 05/02/15)
  • #50-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate eleven thousand five hundred fifty dollars ($11,550) from the Energy Stabilization Fund to obtain an Energy solar Consultant to assist the City in developing solar projects on the landfill and several other locations on City properties.
  • #51-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) to the City Clerk’s Advertising/Publication Account from the following City Clerk accounts:
    • Seasonal Wages …………………………………………………………..$10,000
    • Voting Machine Supplies………………………………………………..$5,000
  • #52-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) from the Liability Self Insurance Fund to the Judgment and Settlements Account to cover the settlement of a claim against the City of newton regarding an automobile accident involving a city vehicle.
  • #53-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of two thousand two hundred thirty dollars ($2,230) form ISD Fines Receipt Reserved for Appropriation to ISD expenses for the purpose of hiring a land surveyor and the purchase of enforcement tickets.
  • #54-15 COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE recommending the appropriation of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) from the Community Preservation Fund to the City Clerk, to create a strategic plan for the long-term preservation, storage and use of archival and historic records held by all City departments, as described in the proposal submitted in November 2013.
  • #55-15 COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE recommending the appropriation of five hundred eighty-four thousand twenty-nine dollars ($584,029) from the Community Preservation Fund to the Planning & Development department for a grant to citizens for Affordable Housing Development in Newton (CAN-DO), to create two units of permanently affordable rental housing at 54 Taft Avenue, West Newton, as described in the proposal submitted in January 2015.
  • #384-11(6) ALD. COTE, SANGIOLO, HARNEY, BROUSAL-GLASER, NORTON requesting (1) that the Board of Aldermen reverse its decision of February 6, 2012 which, in accordance with the recommendation of the Real Property Reuse Committee, declared 70 Crescent Street with the exception of the piece designated as the Reverend Ford Playground unnecessary for all municipal use, and return the property at 70 Crescent Street to the Parks & Recreation Department (2) that His Honor the Mayor and the Parks & Recreation Department work with a 70 Crescent Street Committee to establish a memorial park dedicated to those residents of Newton and the state as a whole who lost their property and their way of life to the construction of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Agendas

  • 3-3-15 Land Use556 Ward Street (continued from November 18, 2014 and February 10, 2015), for a waiver of 26 parking stalls and associated dimensional requirements for an orthodox synagogue; (continued from December 9, 2014 and February 10, 2015), Lot 7 Herrick Rd to allow a three-story mixed-use building consisting of four dwelling units and a restaurant on the ground floor, off-street parking on a separate parcel, the waiver of 9 parking stalls, waiver of 3 bicycle parking spaces, a retaining wall greater than 4 feet within the rear/side setbacks and a waiver of 18 existing parking spaces;  112 Needham St allow the demolition and extension of a nonconforming structure to construct a new two-story commercial building and associated waivers from the front and side setbacks, the required number of parking stalls, and dimensional requirements for parking facilities; 17 Cushing St (continued from February 10th, 2015), to extend a nonconforming structure to construct a two-story addition and demolish an existing detached garage and build a new two-stall detached garage with storage above, and for a front porch addition; 131-181 Needham St redevelop the existing office park into a mixed use lifestyle shopping center, consisting of restaurant , retail, service, and office uses, a reduction of the parking requirement, and a reconfiguration of the site.
  • 3-4-15 Programs & Services: $28K for a quadrant of veteran’s graves; Councilor instead of Alderman; Newton Highlands Area Council boundaries
  • 3-4-15 Public Safety:  Boston College Shuttle Bus License; Potential changes to Traffic Council membership; Traffic plan for the Education Center/Day Middle School neighborhood; and plan to replace City parking meters within two years

Documents:

  • Land use items
  • School Facilities Update

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