Docket Digest for the Week of October 16-20

A weekly summary of City Council 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.

October 16-20

Mon, Oct. 16 7p

7:15p

7:45p

Finance

Programs & Services

Council

211

205

Chamber

Wed., Oct. 18 7p

7p

7:30p

Public Facilities

Public Safety

Programs & Services

204

205

211/Chamber

Thurs. Oct. 19 6:30 Zoning Redesign Druker

Agendas:

  • 10-16-17 Finance: Grant from AARP; Jackson Gardens; Horace-Mann cleanup grant; police detail coordinator; decommission two water tanks; items to refer to next Council.
  • 10-16-17 Programs & Services: appointments
  • 10-18-17 Public Facilities: appointments, grants of location; updates on solar energy rate case hearings; fence around Rumford solar array; resolution on 100% renewable energy; Items to NAN.
  • 10-18-17 Public Safety: Joint with P&S: Lodging house ordinance; five items to NAN
  • 10-18-17 Programs & Services: Joint with Public Safety: Lodging house ordinances. Streamlining of Council procedures; registering lobbyists

Reports:

  • 10–3-17 Land Use:  HELD: Special Permit/Site Plan Review to amend Council Order #94-16 to amend the approved site plan at 2171 Commonwealth Avenue; vehicle sales at Ciccone Motors; Special Permit/Site Plan Review exceed the floor area ratio at 14 Pond Avenue; Special Permit/Site Plan Review to extend the nonconforming use to allow a third residential unit at 69-71 Cherry Street; Northland. APPROVED: Special Permit/Site Plan Review to further increase the nonconforming floor area ratio at 715 Commonwealth Avenue; Special Permit/Site Plan Review to exceed the floor area ratio at 115 Nonantum Street.
  • 10-4-17 Public Facilities:  (Jointly with Public Safety) an updated presentation on the West Newton Square Enhancements Project; APPROVED: guidelines for building design and construction sustainabiltiy; resolution on leaked gas;
  • 10-4-17 Public Safety: (Jointly with Public Facilities) an updated presentation on the West Newton Square Enhancements Project, NAN: sprinkler rules clarification for new construction
  • 10-4-17 Programs & Services: APPROVED: citizens’ petition for Later high school start time; HELD: 2. Limiting city council to Newton issues.
  • 10-10-17 Land Use:  APPROVED: extension of time at 115 Waban Street; 22 West Street (Ciccone Motors) auto license;  further increase the nonconforming floor area ratio and extend the nonconforming front setback at 168 Allerton Road; SUBJECT TO SECOND CALL: amend the approved site plan at 2171 Commonwealth Avenue; and construct a four-story structure not exceeding 48 feet, allow a retaining wall of four feet, and to contain an elderly housing with services facility at 431 Washington Street; WITHDREW: locate the inclusionary units off-site at 219 Commonwealth Avenue.
  • 10-11-17 Zoning: HELD: Zoning Redesign Updates; allow food trucks on Wells Avenue. Joint Public Hearing in the Chamber with Planning & Development: Zoning amendment for the lodging house ordinance; allow cooking Facilities in lodging houses.

Docket:

Referred to Programs & Services:

  • #322-17 Mayor’s appointment of Peter Doherty to Newton Commonwealth Foundation
    PETER DOHERTY, 66 Harvard Street, Newtonville appointed as a member of the NEWTON COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION for a term to expire December 31, 2020.
  • #323-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Marietta Marchitelli to Jackson Homestead
    MARIETTA MARCHITELLI, 100 Waverly Avenue, Newton re-appointed as a Trustee of the JACKSON HOMESTEAD for a term to expire November 1, 2020.
  • #324-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Russel Feldman to Jackson Homestead
    RUSSEL FELDMAN 85 Langley Road, Newton Centre, re-appointed as a Trustee of the JACKSON HOMESTEAD for a term to expire November 1, 2020.
  • #325-17 Request to increase capacity for stewardship of open space assets
    COUNCILORS ALBRIGHT, LEARY AND CROSSLEY requesting that the Council and Mayor more effectively address one of the goals of the Open Space Plan: “To undergird the City’s capacity for sound stewardship of its open space assets.” The plan reflects our community’s concern about the quality of our parks, playgrounds, open space, facilities, and equipment as regards the resources in the budget for these things. We ask that the Mayor develop and the City Council approve a long-range comprehensive plan and strategy to properly care for and maintain Newton’s open space and park facilities across the city for maximum public benefit. We also ask for a comparison per capita regarding how much we spend on our parks as compared to other cities and town with whom we often compare ourselves.

Referred to Public Facilities Committee

  • #326-17 Request for updates on Newton Power Program
    PUBLIC FACILITIES COMMITTEE requesting an update from the Director of Sustainability and the Administration on the development of a program, known as Newton Power Choice, to aggregate the electricity demand of Newton’s electric customers.
  • #327-17 Request for updates on rate case hearings
    COUNCILOR CROSSLEY requesting an update from the Director of Sustainability and Public Buildings about the City’s involvement in the recent rate case hearings, anticipated results and how this may impact future municipal solar photovoltaic installation.

Public Hearing to be assigned for October 18, 2017

  • #328-17 Verizon petition for grant of location on Bigelow Road
    VERIZON petition for a grant of location to install 334+ of conduit 334’ from an existing handhole (HH1) in front of 133 Bigelow Road in a westerly direction to a proposed handhole (HH2) in front of 111 Bigelow Road to provide service to a new home. (Ward 2)
  • #329-17 National Grid petition for grant of location on Broken Tree Road
    NATIONAL GRID petitioning for a grant of location to install and maintain 75’+ of 4” gas main in BROKEN TREE ROAD from the existing main at #74 Broken Tree Road northerly to house #82 to provide new service. (Ward 8)

Public Hearing to be assigned for November 8, 2017

  • #330-17 Verizon petition for grant of location on Bellevue Street
    VERIZON petition for a grant of location to install one new Pole (P.13/20S) on the southerly side of Bellevue Street, 30’+ southerly to existing pole (P.13/20) in front of 35
    Howard Street, to remove a guy wire from a tree. (Ward 1)
  • #331-17 Acceptance of a drainage easement at the end of Lake Terrace
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting acceptance of a 20’ wide drainage easement from the Lake Terrace Right-of-Way extending to the shore of Crystal Lake, as noted on the proposed drainage easement plan.

Referred to Finance Committee

  • #332-17 Transfer of Homeless Transportation Funds to the School Budget
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate thirty-two thousand two hundred ninety-seven dollars ($32,297) from general revenue, which the City received from the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to the School Department to offset transportation costs.
  • #333-17 Mayor’s appointment of Allan S. Cohen to the Board Assessors
    ALLAN S. COHEN, 12 Philmore Road, Newton, appointed to the Board of Assessors to fill the unexpired term of Michael Flynn. Term to expire January 31, 2018.

Documents:

Docket Digest for the Week of October 9-13

A weekly summary of City Council 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.

October 9-13

Mon, Oct. 9 Columbus Day
Tues., Oct. 10 8:15a

7p

Financial Audit

Land Use

211

Chamber

Wed., Oct. 11 7p

7p

Zoning

Finance

205/Chamber

211

Thurs., Oct. 12 7p CPC 204

Agendas:

  • 10-10-17 Audit: report from the auditors
  • 10-10-17 Land Use:  22 West Street auto license; extension of time at 115 Waban Street; locate the inclusionary units off-site at 219 Commonwealth Avenue; further increase the nonconforming floor area ratio and extend the nonconforming front setback at 168 Allerton Road; amend the approved site plan at 2171 Commonwealth Avenue; and construct a four-story structure not exceeding 48 feet, allow a retaining wall of four feet, and to contain an elderly housing with services facility at 431 Washington Street
  • 10-11-17 Zoning:  appointments/re-appointments to the Economic Development and Chestnut Hill Historic District Commissions; Zoning Redesign Updates; allow food trucks on Wells Avenue. Joint Public Hearing in the Chamber with Planning & Development: Zoning amendment for the lodging house ordinance; allow cooking Facilities in lodging houses.
  • 10-11-17 Finance: Grant from AARP ($4K) to help seniors retrofit their homes; Inclusionary zoning funds ($356K) to build affordable housing near Jackson Gardens; Site clean-up public information plan ($15K) for Horace Mann School; hire one full-time DPW person to coordinate police details; $250K to decommission Stanton Ave. and Winchester street water tanks; review of long list of  items for end-of term action, including: lodging house licensing; sewer use charges; renovations to the library; funds to rainy day fund; parking meter pilots; special permit fees; curbside food waste collection pilot; wireless fees & licensing on city property; fines for violations of accessory apartment ordinance; community solar; 5-year financial forecast; notification catchment for special permits; complete street grant expenditures; pedestrian and traffic improvements; sick time and other policy discussions; state housing index; monitoring special permit compliance.
  • 10-12-17 CPC:  final reports on two affordable housing projects developed by CANDO – Taft Avenue and Cambria Road (both in West Newton) – as well as several items of committee business, including a continued discussion of possible revisions to the Community Preservation Plan.

Documents:

  • Zoning memos
  • Planning memos
  • Planning update

Docket Digest for the Week of October 2-6

A weekly summary of City Council 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.

October 2-6

Mon, Oct. 2 5p

7p

7:30p

7:45p

Zoning Redesign drop-in

School Committee

Public Facilities

Council

106

Ed Center

211

Chamber

Tues., Oct. 3 8a

7p

Recodification

Land Use

211

Chamber

Wed., Oct. 4 7p

7p

7:30p

Public Facilities

Public Safety

Programs & Services

204

205

211/Chamber

Agendas:

  • 10-2-17 Public Facilities: grant of location on Carlson Ave.
  • 10–3-17 Land Use:  Special Permit/Site Plan Review to amend Council Order #94-16 to amend the approved site plan at 2171 Commonwealth Avenue; #228-17 Special Permit/Site Plan Review to extend the nonconforming use to allow a third residential unit at 69-71 Cherry Street; Special Permit/Site Plan Review to further increase the nonconforming floor area ratio at 715 Commonwealth Avenue; Special Permit/Site Plan Review exceed the floor area ratio at 14 Pond Avenue; Special Permit/Site Plan Review to exceed the floor area ratio at 115 Nonantum Street.
  • 10-4-17 Public Facilities:  (Jointly with Public Safety) an updated presentation on the West Newton Square Enhancements Project
  • 10-4-17 Public Safety: (Jointly with Public Facilities) an updated presentation on the West Newton Square Enhancements Project, sprinkler rules clarification for new construction
  • 10-4-17 Programs & Services: appointments; 7:45 Hearing: citizens’ petitions: 1. Later high school start time; 2. Limiting city council to Newton issues; Public Comment: reduce the city council to 16 members.

Reports:

  • 9-19-17 Real Property:  HELD: Amend sale or lease of city owned real property, clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties; and to address any other changes.
  • 9-25-17 Finance:  (Jointly with P&S) APPROVED: Increase the number of years the city can lease Weeks House; SECOND CALL: 8 units of affordable housing at 236 Auburn St.;
  • 9-25-17 Programs & Services: (Jointly with Finance) APPROVED:  Increase the number of years the city can lease Weeks House.
  • 9-25-17 Zoning: APPROVED: Zoning amendments to rezone parcels related to school uses at 1316 Beacon Street, 1330 Beacon Street, 23 Parkview Avenue and 15 Walnut Park; HELD: Discussion to amend the inclusionary housing provision of the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance from 15 to 20%; Zoning amendment for a Shared Parking Pilot Program; Hearings on: Historic districts for Newton Highlands and West Newton Hill.
  • 9-26-17 Land Use:  WITHDRAWN: Special Permit/Site Plan Review to extend the nonconforming use at 966 Watertown Street; Special Permit/Site Plan Review to allow a play structure at 93 Bellevue Street; HELD: Special Permit/Site Plan Review to allow vehicle sales at 454-458 Watertown St;  Special Permit/Site Plan Review to further increase the nonconforming Floor Area Ratio and further extend the nonconforming front setback at 168 Allerton Road; Special Permit/Site Plan Review to locate the inclusionary units (for Kesseler Woods) offsite at 219 Commonwealth Avenue; Special Permit/Site Plan Review to construct a four-story structure not exceeding 48 feet in height, allow a retaining wall of four feet witihin the setback, and extend the nonconforming front setback to contain an elderly housing with services facility at 431 Washington Street; APPROVED: Special Permit/Site Plan Review to extend the nonconforming two-family use at 893 Watertown Streeet; Special Permit/Site Plan Review to further increase the nonconforming Floor Area Ratio and allow an oversized dormer at 18 Meredith Avenue; Special Permit/Site Plan Review to allow a first floor health club use, and either waive the parking requirement or allow the parking requirement to be met off site at 60 Needham Street

Docket:

Referred to Land Use Committee

  • #303-17 Class 2 Auto Dealer License CICCONE MOTORS, 22 West Street, Newton, MA. 02458
  • #286-16(2) Request for an extension of time for Special Permit at 115 Waban Street; JOHN MULLIGAN Request for an extension of time to EXERCISE SPECIAL PERMIT #286-16 granted on October 4, 2016 to build a 308 sq. ft. one story addition including a mudroom, study and half bath at 115 Waban Street, Ward 1

Public Hearing to be assigned for November 14, 2017

  • #304-17 Special Permit Petition to allow single-family dwelling in MR-1 at 336 Newtonville Ave DONALD AND LINDA STANTON petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to relocate an existing dwelling, add a unit to the rear of the dwelling and construct two additional single-family attached dwellings in an MR-1 district, requiring a special permit at 336 Newtonville Avenue, Ward 2, Newtonville
  • #305-17 Special Permit Petition to allow build factor of 28.08 at on Goddard Street. PITSICK, LLC/JOSHUA SHRIBER/PATIENCE OROBELLO petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to redraw lot lines of three existing lots into two irregular shaped lots, creating a higher than allowable build factor of 28.08 where 20 is allowed at an unnumbered lot , 22 & 26 Goddard Street, Ward 8, Newton Highlands

Referred to Zoning & Planning Committee

  • #308-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Matthew Montgomery to Chestnut Hill HDC MATTHEW MONTGOMERY, 57 Bowen Street, Newton re-appointed as a member of the
    CHESTNUT HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION for a term to expire November 15, 2020.
  • #309-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Robert Imperato to Chestnut Hill HDC ROBERT IMPERATO, 145 Washington Street, Newton re-appointed as a member of the
    CHESTNUT HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION for a term to expire November 15, 2020.
  • #310-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Peter Vieira to Chestnut Hill HDC PETER VIEIRA, 67 Old Orchard Road, Chestnut Hill, re-appointed as a member of the
    CHESTNUT HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION for a term to expire July 31, 2020.
  • #311-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of John C. Wyman to Chestnut Hill HDC JOHN C. WYMAN, 47 Old Orchard Road, Chestnut Hill, re-appointed as a member of the
    CHESTNUT HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION for a term to expire November 15, 2020.
  • #312-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Samuel D. Perry to Chestnut Hill HDC SAMUEL D. PERRY, 26 Old Orchard Road, Chestnut Hill, re-appointed as an alternate
    member of the CHESTNUT HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION for a term to expire November 15, 2020.

Referred to Programs & Services Committee

  • #313-17 Amendment to City Charter to change the composition of the City Council COUNCILORS BROUSAL-GLASER, BLAZAR, CICCONE, COTE, DANBERG, HARNEY, KALIS, LAPPIN, LAREDO, LIPOF, NORTON, RICE, SANGIOLO AND SCHWARTZ requesting that if the Charter Commission proposal is not approved by voters on November 7, 2017, the City Council seek Home Rule Legislation to amend the City Charter to change the composition of the City Council from 16 Councilors-at-Large and 8 Ward Councilors, to 8 Councilors-at-Large and 8 Ward Councilors.

Referred to Public Safety & Transportation and Zoning & Planning Committees

  • #314-17 Discussion regarding sprinkler system in any new construction projects COUNCILOR NORTON, requesting a discussion with the Fire Department and ISD on how
    the city may implement a policy and/or ordinance, which clearly states when a sprinkler system is needed in any new construction projects. It shall be put into operation as
    soon as the necessary inspections have been completed and acceptable to all building and fire codes.

Referred to Public Facilities Committee

  • #315-17 Discussion with DPW regarding sewer extension billing COUNCILOR GENTILE requesting a discussion on how the City currently bills residents for
    sewer extensions.
  • #316-17 Mayor’s appointment of Sunwoo Kahng to the Solid Waste Commission Sunwoo Kahng, 60 Garland Road, Newton Centre appointed as a member of the SOLID
    WASTE COMMISSION for a term to expire November 15, 2020.
  • #317-17 Resolution to support House Bill to protect ratepayers COUNCILOR CROSSLEY on behalf of Mothers Out Front, requesting a resolution from the
    City Council in support of H.2683/S.1845 that seeks to protect consumers from leaked gas while providing economic incentive to providers to repair infrastructure so as to
    reduce methane leaks into the environment

Referred to Finance Committee

  • #318-17 Grant from AARP for a pilot study to help seniors retrofit their homes HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to accept and expend a grant from the
    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in the amount of four thousand three hundred twenty dollars ($4,320) to perform a pilot study of ways to help Newton
    seniors retrofit their homes to make aging-in -place more feasible.
  • #319-17 Inclusionary zoning funds to develop affordable abutting Jackson Gardens HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting consideration of a request from the Newton
    Housing Authority to use their portion of the Inclusionary Zoning funds in the amount of three hundred fifty-five thousand nine hundred sixty dollars ($355,960) to develop new affordable housing on NHA-owned property next to Jackson Gardens.

Referred to Public Facilities and Finance:

  • #320-17 Request to construct fence around Rumford Avenue solar site COUNCILORS SANGIOLO, HARNEY AND GENTILE requesting that His Honor the
    Mayor take the necessary steps to construct a 9 ½’ chain link fence with ivy around the exterior of the Rumford Avenue solar site

Documents:

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