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:

Docket Digest for the Week of September 25-29

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.

September 25-29

Mon, Sept. 25 7p

7p

7:45p

Finance

Programs & Services

ZAP

211

211

205/Chamber

Tues., Sept. 26  7p Land Use 211/Chamber
Wed., Sept. 27 6:30p Zoning Redesign Library

Agendas:

  • 9-25-17 Finance:  (Jointly with P&S) Increase the number of years the city can lease Weeks House; 8 units of affordable housing at 236 Auburn St.;
  • 9-25-17 Programs & Services: (Jointly with Finance) Increase the number of years the city can lease Weeks House.
  • 9-25-17 Zoning: Zoning amendments to rezone parcels related to school uses at 1316 Beacon Street, 1330 Beacon Street, 23 Parkview Avenue and 15 Walnut Park; 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:  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; 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 further extend the nonconforming front setback at 168 Allerton Road; 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 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; Special Permit/Site Plan Review to locate the inclusionary units offsite at 219 Commonwealth Avenue at 179 Lagrange Street and 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.
  • 9-27-17 Zoning Redesign:  the nine-part Zoning Redesign Event series will launch with “Think Globally, Act Locally: Zoning for a Sustainable Newton”. The series will run through May 2018. Each event is about a different topic and will be held at Newton Free Library, 300 Homer St. from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Check out the
    series online and RSVP at http://courbanize.com/newtonzoning

Documents:

  • Planning update — includes:
    • Zoning Redesign: On Wednesday, September 27th the nine-part Zoning Redesign Event series will launch with “Think Globally, Act Locally: Zoning for a Sustainable Newton”. The series will run through May 2018. Each event is about a different topic and will be held at Newton Free Library, 300 Homer St. from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Check out the series online and RSVP at http://courbanize.com/newtonzoning
    • Pop‐Up Planning Events: The Planning Department will be coming to an area near you. Stop by to talk with staff about your neighborhood and any of our ongoing projects on Sunday, September 24th at the Newtonville Village Day from 12n-5:00p

Docket Digest for the Week of September 18-22

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.

September 18-22

Mon, Sept. 18 5p

7p

7:45p

Election Commission

School Committee

City Council

205

Ed Center

Chamber

Tues., Sept. 19  7p Real Property ReUse 211
Wed., Sept. 20 Rosh Hashonah

Agendas:

  • 9-19-17 Real Property:  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.

Docket:

Public Hearing to be assigned for October 24, 2017

  • #282-17 Special Permit to exceed FAR at 45 Chester Street JEFFREY AND JUSTINE COHEN petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to
    demolish the existing detached garage structure and rear portion of the dwelling and replace it with a two-car attached garage, mudroom, living space and a rear pool,
    creating an FAR of .37 where .21 exists and .33 is allowed at 45 Chester Street, Ward 6
  • #49-16(2) Petition to amend Board Order #49-16 at 103 Court Street (including 15 Wilton Road) ALAN AND BARBARA QUEBEC petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to amend Board Order #49-16 to allow for changes to the site plan at 103 Court Street, Ward 2
  • #283-17 Special Permit Petition to increase nonconforming FAR at 715 Commonwealth Ave DAVID BORUCHOFF petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct three additions including a mudroom, a second floor addition over an existing porch and extension of a kitchen, further extending the nonconforming FAR from .40 to .44 where .39 is allowed at 715 Commonwealth Avenue, Ward 8
  • #132-14(2) Special Permit Petition to amend Board Order #132-14 at 49 Winchester Street THE CREATIVE KIDS STUDIO, LLC petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to amend Board Order #132-14 to allow parking within the front setback and waive the requirement for outdoor play area screening at 49 Winchester Street, Ward 8
  • #284-17 Request to Rezone three parcels on Langley Road LANGLEY MONTROSE LLC AND LANGLEY FARLOW LLC petition for a change of zone to MR-3 for land located at 392-396 Langley Road
  • #285-17 Special Permit to allow multi-family on Langley Road LANGLEY MONTROSE LLC AND LANGLEY FARLOW LLC petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE
    PLAN APPROVAL to develop 20,000+ sq. ft. of gross square area by razing the existing two-family at 400 Langley and constructing a three-story, 20-unit multi-family
    apartment building, legitimize a nonconforming deck and setback at 402-404 Langley Road, a reduction of parking to 1.25 stalls per unit or 83 stalls, parking in the side
    setback, a waiver of dimensional requirements for parking, a waiver for requirements for end stalls, a waiver for the minimum aisle width, a waiver of perimeter screening
    and interior landscaping requirements, a waiver for lighting and surfacing requirements and a waiver to allow multi-family dwellings Ward 6
  • #286-17 Newtonville Area Council filing its annual financial statement NEWTONVILLE AREA COUNCIL submitting pursuant to Sec. 9-10 of the Charter its annual
    financial statements of its activities for Fiscal Year 2017.

Referred to Zoning & Planning Committee

  • #287-17 Mayor’s appointment of Jean Wood to the Economic Development Commission JEAN WOOD, 90 Forest Avenue, West Newton appointed as a member of the
    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION for a term to expire October 30, 2019.
  • #288-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Jane Ives to the Economic Development Commission JANE IVES, 34 Lucille Place, Newton Upper Falls, re-appointed as a member of the ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION for a term to expire October 30, 2019.
  • #289-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Stephen Feller to the Economic Development Commission STEPHEN FELLER, 104 Harvard Street, Newtonville, re-appointed as a member of the ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION for a term to expire October 30, 2020.
  • #290-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Howard Barnstone to the Economic Development Comm HOWARD BARNSTONE,26 Brackett Road, Newton, re-appointed as a member of the ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION for a term to expire October 30, 2020.
  • #291-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Joyce Plotkin to the Economic Development Commission JOYCE PLOTKIN, 250 Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill, re-appointed as a member of the ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION for a term to expire October 30, 2020.
  • #292-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Philip Plottel to the Economic Development Commission PHILIP PLOTTEL, 50 Roslyn Road, Waban, re-appointed as a member of the ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION for a term to expire October 30, 2019.
  • #293-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Peter Kai Jung Lew to the Economic Development Comm PETER KAI JUNG LEW, 61 West Pine Street, Auburndale, re-appointed as a member of the ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION for a term to expire October 30, 2020.
  • #294-17 Acceptance of MGL to allow cooking facilities in lodging houses COUNCILORS CROSSLEY, HESS-MAHAN AND NORTON requesting to accept the
    provisions of MGL c. 140 Section 22A allowing cooking facilities in Lodging Houses on a limited basis.
  • #295-17 Zoning Amendment for a Shared Parking Pilot Program DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND COMMISIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS requesting amendments to Chapter 30, Zoning Ordinance, to allow for non-accessory parking in accordance with a Shared Parking Pilot Program.

Referred to Programs & Services Committee

  • #296-17 Mayor’s appointment of Ethan Tiefer to the Newton Commonwealth Foundation ETHAN TIEGER, 43 Algonquin Road, Chestnut Hill, appointed as a member of the
    NEWTON COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION for a term to expire December 31, 2020.
  • #297-17 Requesting Purple Heart Designation for the City of Newton COUNCILORS YATES, COTE, FULLER, DANBERG AND NORTON requesting that the Veteran’s Agent and the Executive Office take all necessary steps to designate Newton as a Purple Heart City.
  • #298-17 Requesting feasibility report on establishing Summer Food Service Program COUNCILORS YATES, FULLER, NORTON AND SANGIOLO requesting His Honor the Mayor report to the City Council and the School Committee on the feasibility of establishing a Summer Food Service Program in Newton and to implement and application for such program.
  • #299-17 Rules change to close docket items at the end of term CITY CLERK requesting to amend the City Council Rules to close docket items that have not made their way through the Council by the end of a term, thereby eliminating the creation of a Referral Docket, similar to state and federal legislature’s procedure.

Referred to Public Facilities Committee

  • #300-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Marian Rambelle to the Solid Waste Commission MARIAN RAMBELL, 2 Harrington Street, Newtonville, re-appointed as a member of the Solid Waste Commission for a term to expire October 31, 2020.

Public Hearing to be assigned for October 2, 2017

  • #301-17 Verizon petition for grant of location on Carlson Avenue VERIZON petition for a grant of location to relocate JO pole #T-1105-1 to the northwesterly side of Carlson Avenue approximately 113’+ southwesterly to Dedham Street.

Public Hearing to be assigned for October 4, 2017

  • #302-17 Verizon petition for grant of location Windsor Road VERIZON petition for a grant of location to install one new Pole (P.469/20S) on the northerly side of Windsor Road 500’+ from Kent Road, to remove a guy wire from a tree.

Reports:

  • 9-6-17 Programs & Services: APPROVED: Increase size of Library Trustee board; with Zoning: HELD: Food Trucks; NAN: Ballot question on MU4 Zoning, repeal Welcoming City.
  • 9-6-17 Public Facilities: HELD: update on Accelerated Roads Program;
  • 9-7-17 Land Use: HELD: Extend the nonconforming use at 966 Watertown Street; Allow a play structure at 93 Bellevue Street; Extend the nonconforming two-family use at 893 Watertown Streeet; Allow vehicle sales at 454‐458 Watertown Street; SUBJECT TO SECOND CALL: Allow a three-story, 36 foot tall mixed use building incorporating commercial space and nine residential units at 386‐394 Watertown Street; APPROVED: Community Preservation funds to create eight affordable housing units at 236 Auburn Street;  Extend the nonconforming front setback at 155 Monadnock Road; Extend the nonconforming side setback at 191 Grant Avenue;  Extend the nonconforming structure at 170‐172 Sumner Street;
  • 9-11-17 Finance and P&S: APPROVED: Charter on the ballot, acceptance of grants for firefighters, complete streets and green communities; sidewalk betterments; CPA funding for Auburn St; ambulance contract; FAILED TO CARRY: mail the charter report; HELD: increase time on City lease of Weeks House to 99 years.
  • 9-11-17 Zoning:  HELD: Lodging house amendment; food trucks; discussion of the proposed economic development strategy

Documents:

  • Planning update — includes:
    • Zoning Redesign: On Wednesday, September 27th the nine-part Zoning Redesign Event series will launch with “Think Globally, Act Locally: Zoning for a Sustainable Newton”. The series will run through May 2018. Each event is about a different topic and will be held at Newton Free Library, 300 Homer St. from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Check out the series online and RSVP at http://courbanize.com/newtonzoning
    • Pop‐Up Planning Events: The Planning Department will be coming to an area near you. Stop by to talk with staff about your neighborhood and any of our ongoing projects on Sunday, September 24th at the Newtonville Village Day from 12n-5:00p

Docket Digest for the Week of September 4-8

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.

September 4-8

Monday, Sept. 4 Labor Day
Tues., Sept. 5 7p

7:15p

7:45p

Programs & Services

Public Facilities

Council

211

204

Chamber

Wed., Sept. 6 8a

8a

8:30a

7p

7:45p

School Committee

Fair Housing

Recodification

Public Facilities

Programs & Services

Ed Center

205

211

211

204

Thurs., Sept. 7 7p Land Use Chamber

Agendas:

  • 9-5-17 Programs & Services: childhood cancer awareness; appointments; parks & rec/police building at Eliot St. DPW yard (entertain NAN)
  • 9-5-17 Public Facilities: grants of location Oak & Christina streets
  • 9-6-17 Programs & Services: Increase size of Library Trustee board; with Zoning: Food Trucks; Ballot question on MU4 Zoning, Public Hearing:  repeal Welcoming City; appointments
  • 9-6-17 Public Facilities: Appointment, grants of location, update on Accelerated Roads Program;
  • 9-6-17 Fair Housing: Review of proposed amendment to Kesseler Woods special permit and the next steps for auditing for housing discrimination in Newton.
  • 9-7-17 Land Use: : Extend the nonconforming use at 966 Watertown Street; Allow a play structure at 93 Bellevue Street; Extend the nonconforming two-family use at 893 Watertown Streeet; Community Preservation funds to create eight affordable housing units at 236 Auburn Street; Allow a three-story, 36 foot tall mixed use building incorporating commercial space and nine residential units at 386‐394 Watertown Street; Extend the nonconforming structure at 170‐172 Sumner Street; Extend the nonconforming front setback at 155 Monadnock Road; Allow vehicle sales at 454‐458 Watertown Street; Extend the nonconforming side setback at 191 Grant Avenue; 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:

Land Use

Public Hearing assigned for October 3, 2017

  • KEVIN FAHEY petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct a 1,026 sq. ft. rear addition to he basement, first and second stories, creating an FAR of .67 where .58  is allowed aand .44 exists at 14 POND AVENUE, Ward 1
  • SHAWN AND NANCY BLLMORE petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct a 764 sq.ft. rear addition to allow for new living space and creating an FAR or .60 where .44 eixts and .46 is allowed at 115 Nonantum St., Ward 1

Zoning & Planning
Public Hearing to be assigned for September 25, 2017

  • #264‐17 Zoning amendments to rezone parcels related to school uses
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting that the following residential properties be rezoned to Public Use as they have been acquired by the City for use at the Zervas, Cabot and Pre‐School sites:

    • 316 Beacon Street, 1330 Beacon Street and 1338 Beacon Street from  SR2 to Public Use
    • 23 Parkview Avenue and 15 Walnut Park from MR1 to Public Use

Programs & Services

  • #265‐17 Mayor’s re‐appointment of Bethel Charkoudian to the Parks & Recreation Commission
    BETHEL CHARKOUDIAN, 18 Maple Avenue, Newton, re‐appointed as the Ward 1 member of the PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION for a term to expire September 30, 2020.
  • #266‐17 Mayor’s re‐appointment of Arthur Magni to the Parks & Recreation Commission
    ARTHUR MAGNI, 107 Mount Vernon Street, Newton, re‐appointed as the Ward 2 member of the PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION for a term to expire September 30,
    2020.
  • #267‐17 Mayor’s re‐appointment of Peter Kastner to the Parks & Recreation Commission PETER KASTNER, 49 Woodbine Street, Newton, re‐appointed as the Ward 4 member of the PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION for a term to expire October 31, 2020.
  • #268‐17 Mayor’s re‐appointment of Byron Dunker to the Parks & Recreation Commission BYRON DUNKER, 10 Southwick Road, Newton, re‐appointed as the Ward 5 member of the PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION for a term to expire September 30, 2020.
  • #269‐17 Mayor’s re‐appointment of Andrew Stern to the Parks & Recreation Commission
    ANDREW STERN, 56 Tyler Terrace, Newton, re‐appointed as the Ward 6 member of the PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION  for a term to expire September 30, 2020.
  • #270‐17 Mayor’s re‐appointment of Richard Tucker to the Parks & Recreation Commission RICHARD TUCKER, 23 Woodman Road, Newton, re‐appointed as the Ward 7 member of the PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION for a term to expire September 30, 2020.
  • #271‐17 Mayor’s re‐appointment of Patrick Palmer to the Parks & Recreation Commission PATRICK PALMER, 37 Arapahoe Road, Newton, re‐appointed as an alternate member of the PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION for a term to expire October 31, 2019.
  • #272‐17 Mayor’s re‐appointment of Jack Neville to the Parks & Recreation Commission
    JACK NEVILLE, 68 High Street, Newton, re‐appointed as an alternate member of the PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION for a term to expire September 30, 2020.
  • #273‐17 Mayor’s re‐appointment of Michael Clarke to the Parks & Recreation Commission
    MICHAEL CLARKE, 1115 Beacon Street, #9, Newton, re‐appointed as an alternate member of the PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION for a term to expire September 30,
    2019.
  • #274‐17 Mayor’s re‐appointment of Sam Figler to the Parks & Recreation Commission
    SAM FIGLER, 63 Summer Street, Newton, re‐appointed as an alternate member of the PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION for a term to expire October 31, 2018.
  • #275‐17 Request to increase membership of Board of Library Trustees
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an amendment to Section 16‐1 to increase the membership of the board of Library Trustees from 5‐7 members.

Programs & Services and Zoning & Planning

  • #276‐17 Ordinance amendments to allow food trucks
    THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, COUNCILORS FULLER, HESS‐MAHAN, KALIS, LENNON, LIPOF, NORTON, AND SANGIOLO requesting to amend Chapter 17, Sections 17‐46 through 17‐50 to allow Food Trucks to locate and operate on public streets in Newton subject to licensing by the Health Department and to location permitting requirements, initially restricted to Wells Avenue; to introduce new rules applicable to all Food Trucks operating in the City; and requesting to amend Chapter 30 to allow Food Trucks in the Public Use District subject to the same restrictions and requirements.

Public Facilities

  • #277‐17 Mayor’s re‐appointment of Seth Parker to the Solid Waste Commission
    SETH PARKER, 26 Shornecliffe Road, Newton, re‐appointed as a member of the SOLID WASTE COMMISSION    for a term to expire September 30, 2020.
  • #278‐17 Mayor’s appointment of Brita Lundberg to the Solid Waste Commission
    BRITA LUNDBERG, 5 Oakwood Terrace, Newton, appointed as a member of the SOLID WASTE COMMISSION for a term to expire September 30, 2020.
  • #279‐17 Mayor’s appointment of Miles Smith to the Solid Waste Commission
    MILES SMITH, 30 Webster Street, Newton, appointed as a member of the SOLID WASTE COMMISSION for a term to expire September 30, 2020.
  • #280‐17 Updates on the FY18 Accelerated Roads Program
    COUNCILOR CROSSLEY requesting periodic updates to the Public Facilities Committee on the FY18 Accelerated Roads Program.

Public Facilities and Public Safety & Transportation

  • #281‐17    Updates on the Washington Street Design
    COUNCILORS CROSSLEY AND CICCONE requesting updates from the Planning Department and DPW to the Public Facilities and Public Safety & Transportation
    Committees on the progress and design of the Washington Street corridor.

Documents:

  • Presentation: Economic development for All
  • Planning update — includes:
    • Zoning Redesign: On Wednesday, September 27th the nine-part Zoning Redesign Event series will launch with “Think Globally, Act Locally: Zoning for a Sustainable Newton”. The series will run through May 2018. Each event is about a different topic and will be held at Newton Free Library, 300 Homer St. from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Check out the series online and RSVP at http://courbanize.com/newtonzoning
    • Pop‐Up Planning Events: The Planning Department will be coming to an area near you. Stop by to talk with staff about your neighborhood and any of our ongoing projects on Sunday, September 10th at the Newton Upper Falls Days from 10:00 a-4:00p, Saturday, September 16th at the West Newton Square – Farmer’s Market from 10:00a-2:00p or Sunday, September 24th at the Newtonville Village Day from 12n-5:00p
    • Community Preservation Committee: The agenda for the CPC’s next meeting on Thursday, September 14, 2017 includes: the Suzuki School of Newton’s $600,000 pre-proposal for 1615 Beacon Street / Staples-Craft-Wiswall Farm (Waban); Historic Newton’s request to apply unspent but already appropriated CPA funds to additional new work at the Historic Burying Grounds; and a CPC working session on possible revisions to the program’s funding guidelines and proposal instructions. The program website, www.newtonma.gov/cpa, includes the full agenda and pre-meeting packet under Committees & Meetings – Current CPC Meetings. The pre-proposal is also available from the site’s Proposals & Projects – Pending page.
  • Planning memos

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