Docket Digest for the Week of August 3-7

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.

August 3-7

Tuesday, 4 7p Land Use 211
Monday, 10 7p Finance 211
7:45 Board of Aldermen Chamber
Tuesday, 11 7p Land Use 211

Reports

  • 7-23-15 Traffic Council: APPROVE: handicap parking space in front of 69 Clinton Street; modify the Newton North Tiger Parking Permits and the Newtonville Neighborhood Parking District to clarify School Days to mean when Newton North High School is in full operation only; several requests by the Director of Transportation, William Paille,  to add traffic signals near the new Angier School:Beacon Street and Manitoba Road, Beacon Street and Collins Road, and Beacon Street and Waban Avenue;

Agendas

  • 8-4-15 Land Use: 14 Charlemont St (continued from July 14, 2015), to allow an increase of the maximum allowable floor area ratio for a new modular home; 4) 242-244 Commonwealth Ave (continued from July 14, 2015), to amend the special permit approval to extend a legally nonconforming office use into the basement level and to grant a waiver of the dimensional requirement for parking stall width; and 15 South Gate Park (continued from July 14, 2015), to change a nonconforming use to another nonconforming use in order to create a multi-family dwelling with five units, to waive one required parking stall, and to allow parking within the front setback. In addition, the Committee will discuss a special permit petition and Deed Restriction for the project proposal at 2 Wells Avenue, which the Board of Aldermen recommitted back to the Committee for further consideration.

Documents

  • News, Notes:
    • DPW Commissioner Appointment – A few of you have asked about the procedural vote regarding the appointment of the new Commissioner. Public Facilities passed this out of committee on Wednesday, July 15th. His appointment will be before the Board on Monday, August 10th. I have provided the language pursuant to Section 3-3 of the Charter for your review:

Sec. 3-3. Appointments by Mayor. (a) The mayor shall appoint all city officers, department heads, and all volunteer members of city boards, commissions, committees and agencies for whom no other method of appointment is provided by the charter or law. Appointments by the mayor of city officers and department heads shall become effective thirty days from the date of the first regularly scheduled board of aldermen meeting after notice of the proposed appointment is filed with the city clerk, unless the board of aldermen within said thirty days shall reject such appointment. Appointments by the mayor of volunteer members of city boards, commissions, committees, and agencies shall take effect sixty days from the date of the first regularly scheduled board of aldermen meeting after the notice of the proposed appointment is filed with the city clerk, unless the board of aldermen within said sixty days shall reject such appointment. Rejection by the board of aldermen shall require a two-thirds vote.

    • Austin Street Special Permit Schedule –  Please note this schedule is subject to change.
      • September 24th – Discussion of the Planning Department’s vision for Newtonville and how this project fits within that vision. Design of the building, the plaza, Bram Way and the new municipal parking lot. Answers to some of the financial and economic questions raised may also be answered. There will be opportunity for additional Committee/Aldermen questions and public comments.
      • October 6th – Discussion of the design for Walnut Street and how this project fits within that design. Parking, traffic and infrastructure. There will be opportunity for additional Committee/Aldermen questions and public comments.
      • October 20th – Hold for left over topics from September as needed (design). There will be opportunity for additional Committee/Aldermen questions and public comments.
      • October 27th or 29th – Hold for left over topics from October 6th as needed (transportation). There will be opportunity for additional Committee/Aldermen questions and public comments.
      • November 10th and 12th – Final presentation, final public comments, close public hearing. Draft Board Order.
      • November 16th – Target date for Board of Aldermen
  • 70 Crescent St. documents
  • Former Health Department/Newton Centre Library documents
  • Planning memos for Land Use

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