Docket Digest for the Week of December 11-15

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.

December 11-15

Mon, Dec. 11 5p



Needham St. Visioning

School Committee

Zoning & Planning

Price Ctr

Ed Center


Tues., Dec. 12 8:15a Financial Audit 211
Wed., Dec. 13  


Traffic Council 211
Thurs., Dec 14 6:30p


Zoning Redesign

Council Leadership Caucus




  • 12-11-17 Zoning: Appointments.  Public Hearing Increase inclusionary units from 15-25%; update on Zoning Redesign.
  • 12-13-17 Traffic Council: review and possible changes to parking regulations on Oak Hill Street between Brookline Street and Puddingstone Lane. (Ward 8); four-way stop sign at the intersection of Gibbs Street and Sumner Street to address safety concerns. (Ward 6); three way stop sign at the intersection of Norwood Avenue and Trowbridge Street to address safety concerns. (Ward 6); the addition of thirty feet of no parking opposite the church parking lot entrance. (Ward 6);  requesting a) Across from #44
    Norwood Avenue, three space parking prohibition in the area of the six existing unrestricted parking space area and b) Across from #56 Norwood Avenue, adding three unrestricted parking spaces, removing three two-hour parking spaces. (Ward 6); NEWTON MONTESSORI SCHOOL, requesting a flashing school zone/speed
    limit sign be installed on Crescent Avenue between the rectory and school to address safety concerns. (Ward 6); TC52-17 NEWTON MONTESSORI SCHOOL, 80 Crescent Avenue, requesting that the no parking signs on Crescent Avenue be changed to LIVE pick up and drop off during school hours. (Ward 6); city departments requesting to allow flexibility in terms of the location, duration, and pricing of public parking spaces as well as potential changes to traffic circulation within and proximate to the Austin Street parking lot, in order to provide for the reconstruction of the Austin Street parking lot. (Ward 2); DAVID KOSES, TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR, requesting a change to the direction of traffic flow on Bram Way, in order to accommodate the reconstruction of the Austin Street parking lot. (Ward 2); Nominations, Election and Discussion of term length for Traffic Council Chair.
  • 12-14-17 Caucus: Election of a Temporary Presiding Officer for Caucus; Adoption of Rules; Election of President, Vice president, President Emeritus


  • Planning memo
  • Planning update
    • Needham Street Area Vision Plan: On Monday, December 11th at 5:00 p.m., the Needham Street Area Vision Plan Community Engagement Group will hold its first meeting at the Barry Price Center at 27 Christina Street. The group will begin discussions about the city’s development of a vision plan for the Needham Street Area. Discussion topics will include Needham Street characteristics, engagement committee interests, vision plans, charter agreement, and next steps. Keep track of the project at For comments or questions, please send them to
    • Zoning Redesign: Join the conversation at “Housing for Whom? Zoning, Affordbility and Fair Housing” on Thursday, December 14th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Newton Free Library. Check out the entire nine-part Zoning Redesign series online and RSVP at Have more questions or ideas? Contact us at or 617-796-1120 with questions.

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