Docket Digest for the Week of May 22-26

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.

May 22-26

Mon., May 22 7p

7p

Finance & Public Facilities

Zoning

211

205

Tues., May 23 7p Land Use 211

 

Thurs., May 25 7p Traffic Council 211

 Agendas:

  • 5-22-17 Finance: Payment of $10K for damage to a store front during snow clearing; jointly with Public Facilities: $2.7m for water main improvements; $2.6m to fix part of the Laundry Brook Culvert; $15K for a public information plan around a site clean up at Horace Mann; $22K MEMA grant: $125K for a citywide economic development plan; $250K to renovate the first floor of the Ed Center.
  • 5-22-17 Zoning: Submission of the Annual Action Plan for HUD; rezone 160R Stanton Avenue; Updates on the Zoning Redesign project; Jointly with the Finance Committee, $125,000 to create a Citywide Economic Development Strategy.
  • 5-23-17 Land Use: zoning changes and special permit to construct an elderly housing facility for 85 at 431 Washington St. and 29 Hovey St.; 200 Boylston: construct another story on a parking garage; 300 Boylston: waive parking requirements; 16-26 Dalby St., allow six units with shared underground parking.
  • 5-25-17 Traffic Council: Ward 8: Discussion of traffic circulation around Rosalie Rd. and Dedham St; safety at Rachel Rd and Winchester St; parking restrictions on parts of Rachel Rd.; parking restrictions on Olde Field Rd, Littlefield Rd., proposal for a new signal at Lagrange and Kesseler Woods driveway; Ward 6: four-way stop at Greenlawn, Park, Hancock & Brentwood; four-way stop Beacon & Crescent; no parking in front of 14 Erie Ave in the winter; replacing the yield sign at Crescent and Pleasant with a stop; seasonal lake parking restrictions.

Documents:

 

Docket Digest for the Week of May 8-12

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.

May 8-12

Mon., May 8 7p

7p

Finance–budget

Zoning

211

Chamber

Tues., May 9 7p Land Use Chamber

 

 Agendas:

  • 5-8-17 Finance: Budget: Assessing, Purchasing, Treasurer, Executive; appointments, $65K for a DPW truck
  • 5-8-17 Zoning: Ordinance amendments relative to rDNA technology and research facilities; Rezoning of 160 R Stanton Avenue to Multi Residence 3; Zoning Ordinance technical amendment; Newton Historical Commission recommendation to establish a Newton Highlands Historic District.
  • 5-9-17 Land Use: : 966 Watertown St: extend the nonconforming use to allow a manufacturing use; 37 Troy Lane: vertically extend the nonconforming front setback; 49‐51 Clinton Road: extend the nonconforming use and floor area ratio;  62 Walnut Park: convert an accessory structure to more than two‐families and change the use of a nonconforming structure; and 45 Farwell St: extend the nonconforming use to allow allow a residential unit.  The Committee will also consider a consistency ruling in in conjunction to 39 Hawthorne Avenue.

Documents:

News, Notes, including: 43rd Annual Theodore D. Mann Newton Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast – The annual breakfast will take place on Wednesday, May 24th at 7:15a.m. in McElroy Commons at Boston College. More details to follow…

Zoning Pattern Book draft

Budget memo

Budget analysis

CIP memo

Docket Digest for the Week of May 1-5

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.

May 1-5

Mon., May 1 7p

 

 

Council–water-sewer hearing, CIP

Chamber
Tues., May 2 4p

7p

 

Transportation Advisory Group

Land Use

205

Chamber

Wed., May 3 7p Programs & Services-Budget 211
Thurs., May 4 7p Public Safety-Budget 205

Reports:

  • 4-19-17 Public Facilities: APPROVED: $500k for school energy efficiency projects.
  • 4-24-17 Finance: APPROVED: $185K additional for the Highlands playground; $500K for school energy efficiency; $500k to the rainy day fund; HELD: $2m to the rainy day fund;
  • 4-24-17 Zoning: APPROVED: $75K for a complete streets guide;
  • 4-26-17 Programs & Services: APPROVED: highlands playground;
  • 4-27-17 Public Facilities: APPROVED: grants of location

Docket:

Land Use:

Public Hearing to be assigned for May 23, 2017

#114-17 Special Permit to amend Special Permit for the Atrium Wellness Center ATRIUM WELLNESS CENTER, LLC. petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to amend Special Permit #2-15 to allow a 1/3 reduction in the number of required parking stalls or a waiver for 386 stalls, dimensional relief to allow conformance with the existing parking facility and waivers with regard to the number, size, location and/or height of signs at 300 Boylston Street, Ward 7, Chestnut Hill

Zoning:

Public Hearing to be assigned for May 8, 2017:

#53-16(2) Zoning Ordinance technical amendment DIRECTOR OF PLANNING requesting a technical amendment to the Newton Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 30, Section 7.3.2.E in order to edit incorrectly transcribed language pertaining to the time periods for special permit lapse and extension.

#116-17 Submission of the FY18 Annual Action Plan To HUD HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting City Council authorization, pursuant to the 2017 Revised Citizen Participation Plan, to submit the FY18 Annual Action Plan to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the City of Newton Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds and the WestMetro HOME Consortium.

Public Safety & Transportation Committee

#117-17 Semi-annual taxi license/public auto inspections POLICE DEPARTMENT, submitting reports of semi-annual taxi license/public auto inspections for review.

#118-17 Appeal of Traffic Council Decision of new yield sign on Walnut Hill Road COUNCILOR KALIS, appealing the Approval of TC19-17 Traffic Council Decision on April 13, 2017: TC19-17 YIGAL AGAM, 198 Woodcliff Road, requesting a) Stop sign on Walnut Hill Road, b) Stop sign on Woodcliff Road for southbound traffic and c) Median on Walnut Hill Road, so cars approach Woodcliff Road at a right angle to address safety concerns and deter speeders. (Wards 5 & 6)

#119-17 COUNCILORS NORTON, ALBRIGHT AND COTE requesting a discussion regarding the MBTA’s plans to redesign the Auburndale commuter rail stop and concerns about resulting reduction in service.

Finance Committee

#120-17 Re-appointment by His Honor the Mayor to the Taxation Aid Committee MATTHEW CHAO, 95 Columbia Avenue, Newton Highlands, re-appointed as a member of the NEWTON TAXATION AID COMMITTEE for a term of office to expire March 1, 2020

#121-17 Appointment by His Honor the Mayor to the Taxation Aid Committee EMMA WATKINS, 17 Otis Street, Newtonville, appointed as a member of the NEWTON TAXATION AID COMMITTEE for a term of office to expire March 1, 2019

Land Use and Finance Committees

#122-17 Discussion on fees for Special Permits COUNCILOR COTE requesting a discussion with the Planning & Development Department regarding the fees charged for Special Permits and what the actual costs are for issuing Special Permits.

Public Facilities and Finance Committees

#123-17 Pilot Program for curbside food waste collection COUNCILORS SANGIOLO, NORTON, CROSSLEY, LENNON, AUCHINCLOSS, HARNEY, FULLER, ALBRIGHT, LAPPIN, AND LAREDO requesting the City through the Department of Public Works, pilot a curbside food waste collection program.

#124-17 Transfer of $65,000 to various Public Buildings Accounts HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to make the following transfers from Public Building Department Accounts for the purpose of providing supplemental funding for maintenance, consultants, and the purchase of a craftsmen vehicle.

Agendas:

  • 5-2-17 Land Use: Washington Place/Orr Block: Special Permit/Site Plan Review and to rezone a portion of the site from  Business 1 and 2 to Mixed‐Use 4 to construct a five‐story structure consisting of three interconnected buildings with 46,000 square feet of commercial space and 160 residential units totaling 235,000 sqaure feet, and approximately 2,030 sq. ft., of office/community space; 351 on‐site parking stalls, and to allow an FAR of 2.49; waiver of 97 parking stalls, waive number of signs and allow for free‐standing signs and loading bay  The Committee will will also hear petition #38‐17 Special Permit/Site Plan Review to exceed the FAR at 1016 Centre Street.

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