Docket Digest for the Week of November 27-30

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.

November 27-30

Mon, Nov. 27 6p

7p

7p

7:15

 

Real Property

Finance

Programs & Services

Zoning and Planning

211

211

211

205

Tues., Nov. 28 4p

7p

7p

West Newton Square Enhancements Project, drop-in

Land Use

CPC

L’Aroma Café

211

204

Wed., Nov. 29 8:30a

7p

Recodification

Joint PS&T and Public Facilities

Clerk’s Office

204

Agendas:

  • 11-27-17 Real Property: Amendments to the real property ordinance.
  • 11-27-17 Zoning: Increase inclusionary zoning units from 15% to 25% for larger projects; require that some affordable units be designated for middle income households; and to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units; Zoning amendment for lodging houses; A discussion of the Webster Woods Appraisal.
  • 11-27-17 Finance:  $109K for tree damage (joint with P&S); $1.5m to upgrade financial software; $2ooK for a bucket truck; $200K to renovate McGrath tennis courts; $200K for two P&R trash/recycling trucks; Abatement of a curb betterment in Auburndale; $5m for the roads program; acceptance of $44K for recycling; $2m to the Rainy Day fund; $20K to make changes in the  Comptroller’s office
  • 11-28-17 Land Use: request to allow non accessory parking at 156 Oak Street, 55 Tower Road, 275-281 Needham Street, 260 Needham Street, and 160 Charlemont Street; allow three units and legalize the noncompliant lot area per unit at 69-71 Cherry Street; allow a single- family attached dwelling at 336 Newtonville Avenue; and construct a multi-family structure with 20 units at 392-396, 400, and 402-404 Langley Road. The Committee will also hear a an extension of time request for a proposal to construct a congregate living facility specializing in memory care and a consistency ruling regarding maintenance space with a second story at 37 Hamlet Street. The Committee will also discuss extending the area of notice for special permits, the cost of special permits, and the qualification of affordable units developed at Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street
  • 11-28-17 CPC: Crescent St. playground and affordable housing project. Off-cycle request for $2.6 million for construction
  • 11-29-17 Public Facilities: Joint with Public Safety: West Newton Square enhancement project, design of Washington Street, extend the sidewalk snow clearing ordinance. Without PS—Crescent Street playground and housing (Public Hearing). Updates on roads and construction projects.

Documents:

  • Planning memos
  • Planning update
    • West Newton Square Enhancements Projects: Drop-in to meet with the project team on Tuesday, November 28th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at L’Aroma Café at 15 Spencer Street, West Newton. See the nearly complete design and hear about the next steps for getting the project to construction! www.newtonma.gov/westnewtonsq.
    • Zoning Redesign: Join the conversation at “Cracking the Code: Understanding Zoning for Homeowners” on Wednesday, November 29th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Newton Free Library. Discussion topics will include massing, additions, accessory buildings, garages, fences and retaining walls. Check out the entire nine-part Zoning Redesign series online and RSVP at www.courbanize.com/newtonzoning. Have more questions or ideas?
    • 1294 Centre Street: On Thursday, November 30th a Neighborhood Meeting will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at 1310 Centre Street (Lutheran Church of the Newtons). Conceptual plans for the redevelopment of this property and an adjacent rear property are available at www.newtonma.gov/1294CentreStreet.

Docket Digest for the Week of November 20-22

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.

November 20-22

Mon, Nov. 20 5p

6:15p

7p

 

Election Commission

Finance

City Council–Tax Classification, followed by executive session on drones

205

211

Chamber

Tues., Nov. 21 8:30-11am West Newton Square Enhancements Project, 8:30 –
11:00 a.m.
L’Aroma Café
Wed., Nov. 22 Happy Thanksgiving

Agendas:

  • 11-20-17 Finance:  $7K for police details to enforce accessible parking regulations; $100K to upgrade police cruiser computers; fence around Rumford Ave. solar farm; $3,500 grant to deal with hoarding; 1-year barganing agreement with AFSCME; $82K repayment of HOME funds from NHA and inclusionary zoning fund; $280K for a Gradall for sidewalk construction; authorize school software lease; $1.2m for a new ladder truck; $22K grant from MEMA; $1.5m to upgrade city financial software;

Reports:

  • 11-8-17 Programs & Services: APPROVED: Buy a bucket truck; renovate tennis courts at McGrath Park; buy two trucks for P&R to pick up trash & recycling; allow food trucks in more locations; HELD: ban on polystyrene take-out containers; restructure City Council.
  • 11-8-17 Public Facilities: APPROVED: fence around the Rumford Ave. solar farm; buy a new Gradall for sidewalk construction; NAN: discussion about use of salt on winter roads; curbside food waste pickup; update on second water meters.
  • 11-8-17 Public Safety: APPROVED: Update police cruiser computers; buy a new ladder truck; appeal of Traffic Council decision on a 4-way stop sign; moving traffic calming requests to the administration; clarification of parking meter time/overtime regulation.
  • 11-13-17 Zoning:  APPROVED: allow food trucks; HELD: increase inclusionary zoning units from 15% to 25% for larger projects; require that some affordable units be designated for middle income households; and to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units; zoning redesign update.
  • 11-14-17 Land Use: APPROVED: Request for an extension of time to construct four attached single-family dwellings at 5-7 Elm Street and 114 River Street; extend the nonconforming two-family use to allow three units and legalize the noncompliant lot area per unit at 69-71 Cherry Street; allow a building factor of 28.08 in conjunction to the construction of a single family home at 28 Goddard Street; HELD: allow a single- family attached dwelling at 336 Newtonville Avenue;  and allow a change of zone to construct a multi-family structure with 20 units at 392-396, 400, and 402-404 Langley Road
  • 11-15-18 Programs & Services: APPROVED: Home Rule petition to downsize the Council to 8-8.
  • 11-16-17 Real Property: APPROVED: amendments to Chapter 2, Section 7. Sale or lease of city owned real property, of the City of Newton Revised Ordinance, 2012 (The Real Property Reuse Ordinance) to clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties;
  • 11-16-17 Traffic Council: APPROVED: Parking removal on Brandeis Road; Parking regulations on Summer St (Upper Falls); Parking restrictions Indiana Terrace (UF), Removal of parking during school hours Paulson Road (Zervas area); further regulation of parking on Evelyn during Zervas arrival and departure; parking restriction on Waban Ave; HELD: new crossing signals on Lagrange St; add parking meters near Boston College on Commonwealth Ave.

Docket:

  • Auto Dealer Licences
  • Appointments:
    • Commission on Disability: Sandra Lingley
    • CPC: Michael Maloney
    • Youth Commission:
      • Julia Geller
      • Aneel Chittilappilly
      • Maya Gomberg
      • Myles Hoffman
    • Advisory Council of Health: Michelle Drolsbaugh
    • Newton Housing Authority
      • Richard Kronish
      • Thomas Turner

Referred to Public Facilities

  • Force Sewer Main for Rumford Ave

Referred to Public Facilities and Public Safety:

  • #338-16(2) Request to extend trial program for removal of snow from sidewalk COUNCILORS ALBRIGHT AND DANBERG requesting an amendment to City of Newton
    Ordinances Chapter 26 Section 8D Trial program for removal of snow and ice from sidewalks. by extending the expiration date of the trial from November 1, 2017 to
    November 1, 2019.
  • #378-17 Request for Approval of West Newton Square Enhancement Project COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS requesting approval pursuant to §26-51 for the
    West Newton Square Enhancements Project on Washington Street running approximately from Chestnut Street to Lucas Court, for construction of the West Newton Square Enhancements Project.

Referred to Finance Committee

  • #379-17 Request to appropriate $35,674 to settle a claim
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate thirty-five thousand six hundred seventy-four dollars and sixty-five cents ($35,674.65) from the Judgments and Settlements Account as full and final settlement of Commerce Insurance Company’s claim against the City of Newton.
  • #380-17 Appropriate $2 million from Overlay Surplus to the Rainy Day Stabilization Fund
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate two million dollars ($2,000,000) from the November 13, 2017 Overlay Surplus Declaration to the Rainy Day Stabilization Fund.

Referred To Programs & Services and Finance Committees

  • #381-17 Transfer $109,200 to address tree damage resulting from severe wind storms
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of one hundred nine thousand two hundred dollars from the Budget Reserve Snow and Ice Account to fund overtime staffing expenses and tree services incurred and anticipated because of wind storms that result in tree damage to the following accounts:

P&R Overtime
(01602011-513001) …………………………………………………. $12,200
Forestry/Tree Services
(01602011-5243)……………………………………………………… $97,000

Referred To Public Facilities and Finance Committees

  • #382-17 Appropriate $5 million from Overlay Surplus to the Accelerated Roads Program
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate five million dollars ($5,000,000) from the November 13, 2017 Overlay Surplus Declaration to fund the
    Accelerated Roads Program.

Referred to Recodification Committee

  • #383-17 Acceptance of recodified Revised Ordinances, 2017
    RE-CODIFICATION COMMITTEE transmitting for City Council approval and acceptance the re-codified text of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances, 2017.

Documents:

Docket Digest for the Week of November 13-16

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.

November 13-16

Mon, Nov. 13 7p

7p

7p

Finance

Zoning & Planning

School Committee

211

205

Ed Center

Tues., Nov. 14 7p Land Use 211
Wed., Nov. 15 7:45p Programs & Services CoW Chamber
Thurs., Nov. 16 7p

7p

7p

CPC

Real Property ReUse

Traffic Council

204

211

205

Agendas:

  • 11-13-17 Zoning:  allow food trucks; amendment inclusionary zoning units from 15% to 25% for larger projects; require that some affordable units be designated for middle income households; and to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units.
  • 11-14-17 Land Use: Request for an extension of time to construct four attached single-family dwellings at 5-7 Elm Street and 114 River Street; extend the nonconforming two-family use to allow three
    units and legalize the noncompliant lot area per unit at 69-71 Cherry Street; allow a single- family attached dwelling at 336 Newtonville Avenue; allow a building factor of 28.08 in conjunction to the construction of a single family home at 28 Goddard Street; and allow a change of zone to construct a multi-family structure with 20 units at 392-396, 400, and 402-404 Langley Road
  • 11-15-18 Programs & Services: Full Council discussion of Home Rule petition to downsize the Council to 8-8.
  • 11-16-17 Real Property: amendments to Chapter 2, Section 7. Sale or lease of city owned real property, of the City of Newton Revised Ordinance, 2012 (The Real Property Reuse Ordinance) to clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties; and to address any other changes that might be needed
  • 11-16-17 CPC:   PUBLIC HEARING and possible funding vote on the full proposal for the Newton Cemetery’s Whipple-Beal Cast Iron Fence ($60,000 requested); an update on the Crescent Street affordable housing and playground expansion project, with a request to submit an off-cycle full proposal for an additional $2,640,000 in CPA funds for final design and construction; and an update on the Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program, proposing to revise the program’s purpose from creating new affordable housing to preserving the affordability of units already in the program, retaining $735,000 for the new purpose and returning $845,745 in unspent funds for other CPA-eligible housing purposes.
  • 11-16-17 Traffic Council: Parking removal on Brandeis Road; Parking regulations on Summer St (Upper Falls); Parking restrictions Indiana Terrace (UF), Removal of parking during school hours Paulson Road (Zervas area); further regulation of parking on Evelyn during Zervas arrival and departure; parking restriction on Waban Ave; new crossing signals on Lagrange St; add parking meters near Boston College on Commonwealth Ave.

Documents:

  • Memo from Councilor Sangiolo on Council downsizing
  • Zoning memos
  • Planning memos
  • Planning update

Docket Digest for the Week of October 23-27

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 23-27

Mon, Oct. 23 7p

7p

7p

Finance

Zoning & Planning

School Committee

211

205

Ed Center

Tues., Oct. 24 7p Land Use 211
Thurs., Oct. 26 7p Traffic Council 211

Agendas:

  • 10-23-17 Zoning:  recommendation to establish a Newton Highlands Historic District and #136-17 recommendation to establish a West Newton Historic District and there is a request by both petitioners to withdraw without prejudice. Following these two items the Committee is hosting the Fair Housing Compliance: Considerations for Land Use, Zoning, Planning Decisions: Interactive Workshop Presented by: Jennifer M. Goldson, AICP, Founder of JM Goldson Community Preservation & Planner. The workshop items include: Fair Housing and Zoning, Overview of Protected Classes, and how zoning and permitting applies.
  • 10-23-17 Finance: appointment to the Board of Assessors; Fund transfer to School budget for transportation; special fund for community cable TV; review of several itmes for No Action or referral to next term’s Council.
  • 10-24-17 Land Use: amend the site plan at 1080 Walnut Street45 Chester Street; amend the site plan at 103 Court Street; amend the site plan at 49-51 Winchester Street; allow a change of zone to construct a multi-family structure with 20 units at 392-396, 400, and 402-404 Langley Road; 14 Pond Avenue; allow auto sales at 454-458 Watertown Street; extend the nonconforming use to legalize an existing third unit at 69-71 Cherry Street; construct a three-story mixed use building incorporating nine residential units and commercial space at 386-394 Watertown Street. The Committee will also hear consistency rulings regarding the following approved special permits: remove a loading bay to allow for a new commercial tenant at 200-230 Boylston Street; and 30 Caroline Park
  • 10-26-17 Traffic:  Parking restrictions near Rowena Rd (w6); Summer (lake) parking restrictions on Laurel, Crystal, Hancock (w6); temporary parking changes on Tyler Terr. and removal of some meters on Centre while the Fire Station is constructed; extra parking on Willow St. for same; new flashing warning lights Centre at Tyler; three stop signs on Commonwealth Ave Carriage Road; No U-Turn, Derby St; parking restrictions Aspen Ave; add parking meters along Commonwealth near Boston College.

Documents:

  • Zoning memos
  • Planning memos
  • Planning update

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:

Return to top of page