Docket Digest for the Week of August 21-25

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 21-25

Tues., Aug. 22 4p Crescent St. Working Group 204

Documents:

Docket Digest for the Week of August 14-18

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 14-18

Monday, Aug. 14 6:30

6:45

7:45p

Public Facilities

Programs & Services, Finance-Joint

Council

211

Chamber

Chamber

Tuesday, Aug. 15 8:30 Recodification 205
Thurs., Aug. 17 8am Land Use Site Visit, Northland

Reports:

  • 7-11-17 Land Use: HELD: 11 Fairview St: increase the nonconforming floor area ratio and extend the nonconforming front setback; APPROVED: 19‐21 Beaconwood Road: allow allow the lot area to be reduced by 4% in conjunction to the construction of a two-family dwelling; 164 Highland Ave.
  • 7-12-17 Public Facilities: APPROVED: Upper Falls Greenway easements; HELD: pilot for curbside food waste collection; discussion of solid waste & recycling; ADA compliance with ISD
  • 7-17-17 Zoning: APPROVED: Appointment to the Conservation Commission; Zoning Ordinance technical amendment; HELD: Zoning amendment for exempt lots definition; Discussion to review a vision statement for the Wells Avenue Office Park
  • 8-8-17 Land Use: APPROVED: 1 Fairview St–further increase the nonconforming FAR and front setback to construct a 2.5-story addition; POSTPONED TO 9-7: 386-394 Watertown St. construct a 36 foot tall three-story mixed use building incorporating nine units, inclusionary housing provisions and density bonus, and waivers to the parking requirements;

Agendas:

  • 8-17-17 Land Use Site Visit: meet at Bigelow Oil, 50 Tower Rd. for tour of Northland site.
  • 8-15-17 Recodification: review fees & fines
  • 8-14-17 Public Facilities: grants of location near Oak & Christina
  • 8-14-17 Joint PF & Finance: Charter questions & finance; Neighborhood Council Elections, appointments, non-binding advisory question on ballot

Docket:

Referred to Land Use Committee:

Public Hearing to be assigned for September 7, 2017

  • #201-17 Special Permit to construct three-story building at 386-394 Watertown Street JLM REALTY TRUST petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct a
    three-story building, up to 36’ high, allow an FAR of 1.5, waivers to allow parking in the side setback, waiver to allow parking within 5’ of a building or structure containing dwelling units, waivers to allow a reduction in the parking requirement to 1.25 per dwelling unit, relief from parking facility landscaping, and a waivers to the lot area per unit in a multifamily dwelling by 25% to allow for an affordable unit at 386-394 Watertown Street, Ward 1
  • #222-17 Special Permit to extend non-conforming two-family dwelling at 170-172 Sumner St SU YAHG AND ZHENG YU petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct a three-story rear addition, further increasing the non-conforming three-story dwelling where 2.5 is the maximum allowed by right at 170-172 SUMNER STREET, Ward 5
  • #225-17 Special Permit to continue non-conforming setback at 155 Monadnock Road DANIEL AND ALISON JAFFE petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to replace the existing non-conforming detached garage with an expanded, connected garage, continuing the non-conforming front setback of 11.4’ where 25’ is required at 155 MONADNOCK ROAD, Ward 7, Chestnut Hill, on land known as Section 61, Block 17, Lot 01, containing approximately 6,642 sq. ft. of land in a district zoned SINGLE RESIDENCE
  • #229-17 Special Permit to allow vehicle sales at 454-458 Watertown Street TEE GEE, LLC petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to expand the existing auto service business to allow the sale and service of up to ten used cars and waivers to requirements for parking facilities at 454-458 WATERTOWN STREET, Ward 1, Newtonville
  • #230-17 Special Permit to extend non-conforming side setback at 191 Grant Avenue LAUREN AND DAVID GANSLER petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct a second story addition over an existing sunroom on the side of the house, extending the non-conforming side setback at 191 GRANT AVENUE, Ward 6, Newton Centre,
  • #231-17 Special Permit to amend Board Order #437-03 at 60 Needham Street CHRISTINE D’AMICO petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to amend Board Order #437-03 to create a third commercial space for ground level health club use and waivers for 15 parking stalls at 60 NEEDHAM STREET, Ward 8, Newton Highlands
  • #223-17 Special Permit to amend Board Order #64-02 to allow for a garage at 1080 Walnut St MICHAEL E. LIU petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to amend Board Order#64-02 to allow for the construction of a detached garage at 1080 WALNUT STREET, Ward 6, Newton Highlands

Public Hearing to be assigned for September 12, 2017

  • #224-17 Special Permit to increase non-conforming FAR and setbacks at 168 Allerton Road ALAN LOBOVITS AND LISA ROSENFELD petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to raze the existing detached garage and construct an attached garage, mudroom and kitchen, extending the existing non-conforming front setback, requiring a variance to allow a rear setback of 7.6’ and increasing the FAR to .55 where .40 is allowed and .50 exists at 168 ALLERTON ROAD, Ward 6, Newton Highlands
  • #226-17 Special Permit to allow oversized dormers and exceed FAR at 18 Meredith Avenue JAMES YOUNGBLOOD petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct three new dormers and increase the size of one existing dormer, exceeding the allowable size of dormers and increasing the FAR to .48 where .46 is required and .42 exists at 18 MEREDITH AVENUE, Ward 5, Newton Highlands,
  • #227-17 Special Permit to amend Order #94-16 to allow changes to the site plan THEODORE VENTOURIS petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to amend
    Board Order #94-16 to allow a retaining wall, pillars and grading changes not consistent with the previously approved site plan at 2171 COMMONWEALTH AVENUE, Ward 4, Auburndale
  • #228-17 Special Permit to extend non-conforming use at 69-71 Cherry Street CAPPADONA CHERRY GROUP, LLC/ROSSANA CAMPOS petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to legalize third unit and non-compliant lot area per unit in the existing non-conforming two-family at 69-71 CHERRY STREET, Ward 3,
  • #232-17 Class 1 Auto Dealer License FLAHERTY EQUIPMENT SALES CORPORATION 846 Walnut Street Newton Centre 02459
  • #233-17 Class 2 Auto Dealer License

Referred to Zoning & Planning Committee

  • #234-17 Zoning amendment to increase inclusionary zoning units from 15% to 25% COUNCILOR SANGIOLO proposing an amendment to the inclusionary housing provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 30, to increase the required percentage of affordable units from 15% to 25%. [08/07/17 @ 10:57 AM]

Referred to Programs & Services Committee

  • #235-17 Mayor’s appointment of Karl Munger to the Biosafety Committee KARL MUNGER, 5 Nightingale Path, Newton, appointed as a member of the BIOSAFETY
    COMMITTEE for a term to expire September 30, 2020. (60 days 10/13/17) [07/12/17 @ 2:25 PM]
  • #236-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Edward Marple to the Biosafety Committee EDWARD MARPLE, 12 Ohio Avenue, Newton, re-appointed as a member of the
    BIOSAFETY COMMITTEE for a term to expire September 30, 2019. (60 days 10/13/17) [07/12/17 @ 2:25 PM]
  • #237-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of John J. Schwartz to the Biosafety Committee JOHN J. SCHWARTZ, 200 Upland Road, Newton, re-appointed as a member of the
    BIOSAFETY COMMITTEE for a term to expire September 30, 2020. (60 days 10/13/17) [07/12/17 @ 2:25 PM]
  • #238-17 Mayor’s appointment of Geline W. Williams as Library Trustee GELINE W. WILLIAMS, 12 Hereford Road, Waban, appointed as a LIBRARY TRUSTEE for a
    term to expire June 30, 2020. (60 days 10/13/17) [07/12/17 @ 2:25 PM]
  • #239-17 Mayor’s appointment of Joshua Steirman as Library Trustee JOSHUA STEIRMAN, 90 Atwood Avenue, Newtonville, appointed as a LIBRARY TRUSTEE
    for a term to expire June 30, 2022. (60 days 10/13/17) [07/12/17 @ 2:25 PM]
  • #240-17 Mayor’s appointment of Jean Notis-McConarty as Library Trustee JEAN NOTIS-McCONARTY, 122 Temple Street, West Newton, appointed as a LIBRARY
    TRUSTEE for a term to expire June 30, 2020. (60 days 10/13/17) [07/12/17 @ 2:25 PM]
  • #241-17 Mayor’s appointment of Sharon Stout as Library Trustee SHARON STOUT, 9 Elmwood Park, Newton appointed as a LIBRARY TRUSTEE for a term
    to expire June 30, 2020. (60 days 10/13/17) [07/12/17 @ 2:25 PM]
  • #242-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Dana Hanson as Library Trustee DANA HANSON, 64 Kingswood Road, Newton, appointed as a LIBRARY TRUSTEE for a
    term to expire June 30, 2021. (60 days 10/13/17) [07/12/17 @ 2:25 PM]
  • #243-17 Mayor’s appointment of Julie A. Norstrand to the Council on Aging JULIE A. NORSTRAND, 44 Stearns Street, Newton, appointed as a COMMISSIONER of the
    NEWTON COUNCIL ON AGING for a term to expire September 30, 2020. (60 days 10/13/17) [08/02/17 @ 2:23 PM]
  • #244-17 Mayor’s appointment of Donna Murphy to the Council on Aging DONNA MURPHY, 496 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, appointed as a COMMISSIONER of the NEWTON COUNCIL ON AGING for a term to expire September 30, 2020. (60 days 10/13/17) [08/02/17 @ 2:23 PM]
  • #245-17 Mayor’s appointment of Chryse Gibson to the Council on Aging CHRYSE GIBSON, 19 Hampden Terrace, Newton, appointed as a COMMISSIONER of the
    NEWTON COUNCIL ON AGING for a term to expire September 30, 2020. (60 days 10/13/17) [08/02/17 @ 2:23 PM]
  • #246-17 Citizens Petition requesting a resolution supporting later high school start time JEFFREY PONTIFF ET AL. submitting a petition, pursuant to Section 10, Section 2 of the City of Newton Charter, requesting a Resolution from the City Council acknowledging the scientifically documented benefits of a later school time and supporting the Newton Public Schools to take action to delay high school start times.[07/28/17 @ 1:30 PM]
  • #247-17 Citizens Petition requesting measures limiting City Council action to city issues JANET STERMAN ET AL. submitting a petition, pursuant to Section 2 of the City of
    Newton Charter, for the City to adopt measures so that all new matters taken under discussion by the City Council pertain solely to the operation of the City; that all matters
    presented to the City Council pertaining to the operation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts be referred to state Representatives and Senators representing the City
    of Newton; and that all matters pertaining to the operation of the United States federal government be referred to the United States Representatives and Senators representing Massachusetts. (90 days: 11/12/17) [07/31/17 @ 10:10 AM]
  • #261-17 Request to recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month COUNCILOR LIPOF requesting the City Council and the City recognize September as
    Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. [008/11/17 @ 8:30 AM]

Referred to Public Facilities Committee
Public hearing assigned for September 6, 2017

  • #196-17 Petition for Drain Extension in Park Avenue ADAM KESSLER, 94 Park Avenue, petitioning for a main drain extension in PARK AVENUE from the existing main drain at Cotton Street 155’ + in a southeasterly direction to a proposed manhole located in front of 94 Park Avenue. (Ward 7) [06/07/17 @ 12:15 PM] PETITIONER TO PAY ENTIRE COST
  • #248-17 Petition for Drain Extension in Suffolk Road MARK DOLINS, 37 Suffolk Road, petitioning for a main drain extension in SUFFOLK ROAD from an existing drain in Suffolk Road 160’+ in a northwesterly direction to a proposed drain manhole located in front of 46 Suffolk Road. (Ward 7) [07/18/17 @ 10:20 AM] PETITIONER TO PAY ENTIRE COST
  • #249-17 Comcast petition for a Grant of Location on Maple Avenue COMCAST petitioning for a grant of location to install 156’’+ of 1-4” conduit from existing vault at the corner of Church Street to existing vault in front of 25 Maple Avenue.(Ward 1) [08/03/2017 @ 9:15 AM]
  • #250-17 Comcast petition for a Grant of Location on Mount Ida Street COMCAST petitioning for a grant of location to install 216’+ of 1-4” conduit from existing
    vault near 8-14 Mount Ida Street to pole#24-3 located at the corner of Newtonville Avenue.(Ward 1) [08/03/2017 @ 8:55 AM]
  • #251-17 Eversource petition for grant of location in Hammond Street EVERSOURCE ENERGY petition for a grant of location to install 45’+ of conduit from
    existing manhole 10776 in a southeasterly direction to upgrade the existing service at house #413 Hammond Street. [(Ward 7) 08/01/17 @ 10:43 AM]
  • #252-17 Verizon petition for grant of location on Christina Street VERIZON petition for a grant of location to install pole #604/0 with guy and anchor at
    the corner of Needham and Christina Street and install pole #604/5-1 with guy and anchor on the northerly side, 40’ northerly of pole #604/5. [(Ward 5) 07/05/2016 @
    4:33 PM]
  • #253-17 Verizon petition for grant of location on Needham Street VERIZON petition for a grant of location to install 22’ + of conduit in Needham Street
    southwesterly from Manhole # 47/301 thence turning northwesterly to proposed relocated Pole #113/31 across from 300 Needham Street and to install 90’ of conduit
    southwesterly in Needham Street from Manhole # 47/301 thence turning northwesterly on to Oak Street to proposed relocated Pole #25/1 on Oak Street.
  • #254-17 Verizon petition for grant of location on Christina Street VERIZON petition for a grant of location to relocate five poles (#604/1, #604/2, #604/3,
    #604/4 and #604/5) laterally in a southerly direction on Christina Street. [(Ward 5) 07/05/2016 @ 4:33 PM]

Referred to Finance Committee

  • #255-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Rosemary Larking to the Taxation Aid Committee ROSEMARY LARKING, 1600 Washington Street, West Newton re-appointed as a member of the NEWTON TAXATION AID COMMITTEE for a term of office to expire April 30, 2018 (60 days 10/13/17) [07/28/17 @ 10:54 AM]
  • #256-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Doris F. Breay as Cousens Fund Trustee DORIS F. BREAY, 19 Blake Street, Newton, re-appointed as a Trustee of the Horace
    Cousens Industrial Fund for a term to expire June 1, 2020. (60 days 10/13/17) [07/12/17 @ 2:25 PM]
  • #257-17 Approval of various sidewalk/curb betterments COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS requesting approval of the following mentioned sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments; said betterments to be levied under the provisions of MGL Chapter 83, Sec. 26, authorizing the assessment of betterments
    for construction:

193 Ward Street

1445 Commonwealth Ave

2 Newbury Terrace

69 SouthGate Park

  • #258-17 Acceptance of a grant from Mass DOT for Complete Streets Program HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to accept and expend a grant of up to
    one hundred forty seven thousand five hundred dollars ($147,500) from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation offered as part of their Complete Streets
    Program. [08-07-17 @ 2:23 PM]

Referred to Programs & Services and Finance Committees

  • #259-17 Increase the number of years the City can lease Weeks House HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting consideration of a request to petition the General
    Court for special legislation to increase the number of years the City of Newton is authorized to lease the Weeks House from the current period of sixty-five years, as
    authorized by the Acts of 1981, Chapter 330, to a period of up to ninety-nine years. [08/07/17 @ 2:23 PM]

Referred to Public Safety & Transportation and Finance Committees

  • #260-17 5-year contract for ambulance services HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to enter into an up to 5-year contract for ambulance services.

 Documents:

Docket Digest for the Week of August 7-11

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 7-11

Tues., Aug. 8 7p Land Use Chamber
Wed, Aug. 9 7p CPC 204

 Agendas:

  • 8-8-17 Land Use: 386-394 Watertown St. construct a 36 foot tall three-story mixed use building incorporating nine units, inclusionary housing provisions and density bonus, and waivers to the parking requirements; 11 Fairview St–further increase the nonconforming FAR and front setback to construct a 2.5-story addition; 431 Washington St–construct a four-story structure not exceeding 48 feet in height, allow a retaining wall of four feet within the setback, and extend the front setback to contain an elderly housing with services; and 179 Lagrange St–amend Board Order #102-06(15) to locate the inclusionary units offsite at 219 Commonwealth Avenue.
  • 8-9-17 CPC: brief items for the already funded project at the New Art Center and the pending proposal for the Newton Cemetery’s Whipple-Beal Cast Iron Fence, plus a PUBLIC HEARING on the Newton Housing Authority’s $2 million request for its Jackson Road New Senior Housing (Haywood House) project in Newton Corner

 Documents:

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