Archives for November 2017

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, extracted from the Friday packet.

Key to color coding: CPC, Planning, Environmental, Finance, Charter/Elections, Housing.

November 27-30

Mon, Nov. 27 6p





Real Property


Programs & Services

Zoning and Planning





Tues., Nov. 28 4p



West Newton Square Enhancements Project, drop-in

Land Use


L’Aroma Café



Wed., Nov. 29 8:30a



Joint PS&T and Public Facilities

Clerk’s Office



  • 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.


  • 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!
    • 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 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

From LWV of Worcester: Media Literacy and Fake News: Decoding Media in 2017

League of Women Voters (LWV) of the Worcester Area

Media Literacy and Fake News: Decoding Media in 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
5:30 to 7:30 PM
First Baptist Church, Lee Room
111 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA

Please join the League of Women Voters – Worcester for an informative evening that will challenge your concept of what is “news”—what you read, see, and hear. Expert panelists will bring their ideas and opinions on how they decode the daily flow of information.   [Read more…]

From the City of Newton: Drop-In Recovery Resource Night

Seeking Low Noise Lawn Care Provider Recommendations

The LWVN Environmental Issues Committee is helping GreenNewton collect names of lawn care providers who use only 65-decibel leaf blowers and/or rake, as well as clear snow from driveways and sidewalks. Please send the names and contact info to  We will send your recommendations to Green Newton to include on their list at, under the resources tab.  

LWVMA Phonathon in Newton

Did you get a phone call from an LWVN member on Friday?  It was likely one of our volunteers for the LWVMA Phonathon, the annual Fall Appeal from the State League.  Ten percent of your LWVMA donation will go to LWVN, so thanks to all for their support of both organizations.  We especially want to thank Bonnie Carter, Frieda Dweck, Linda Morrison, and Sharyn Roberts for their efforts!

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