Docket Digest for the Week of January 16-19

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.

January 16-18

Tues, Jan. 16 7 pm

7:30 pm

7:45 pm

LWV Elected Officials Supper

Planning & Development Board

City Council




Wed, Jan 17  7 pm

7 pm

7 pm

Public Facilities

Public Safety & Transportation

Program & Services




 Thur, Jan 18  6:30 pm

7 pm

Zoning Redesign

Traffic Council




  • DWP memo on staff changes:  Nicole Freedman will fill the position of Director of Transportation Planning, priorities: Complete Streets Review, Street Design Guide, Bicycle Facilities (including bike lanes and bike share), Public Transit Improvement, Smart Parking Management and various Transportation Demand Management initiatives and will be housed in the Planning Department. The Director of Transportation Operations will remain in the Department of Public Works and will oversee the operational aspects of the Transportation Division including Traffic Signalization, Street Lights, Line Painting, and Village Enhancement Projects. This position will be posted in the coming weeks.  Shane Mark is the Director of Highway Operations, to include planning, scheduling, supervision and management of construction/maintenance in the public way (streets, parking lots, and sidewalks) and is the senior manager for City-wide snow fighting operations.  Full memo here
  • Public Facilities:  Accelerated Road Program Committee members questioned whether bicycle accommodations including possible widening of the roadway and adjustments to curbs and sidewalks are being fully addressed during the construction. The Commissioner noted that widening of the roadway and curb and sidewalk work increases the scope of the work and takes significantly more time and money, but confirmed that DPW will continue to design bicycle accommodations whenever possible, on major routes. Full report here Note on page 8 completed projects show no incorporation of complete street design to improve safety.
  • Zoning & Planning:  It was asked if Floor Area Ratio (FAR) would continue to be in use in the new ordinance.  Mr. Freas explained that it would not.  It would be replaced with the context based zoning that considers lot types and neighborhood context along with dimensional controls for both flexibility and predictability.  Full report here


  • 1-16-18  Planning & Development Board:    Updates on Needham Street Vision Plan Meeting, Inclusionary Zoning, Lodging Houses, Zoning Redesign, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, Upcoming CDBG RFP Process.    Full agenda here
  • 1-17-18  Public Facilities:  Full agenda here
  • 1-17-18 Public Safety & Transportation:  Full agenda here
  • 1-17-18 Program & Services:  Items under discussion include ordinance amendment for additional requirements for registering lobbyists Full agenda here
  • 1-18-18  Traffic Council: Full agenda here


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