City Council Meetings for the Week of May 21

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 City Council calendar.

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

May 21 to May 25

Mon, 5-21 6:30 pm City Council Chamber
Tues, 5-22 7 pm Real Property Reuse Committee 211
Wed, 5-23 7 pm City Council – if needed Chamber
Thur, 5-24 7 pm City Council – if needed Chamber
Fri, 5- 25   Community Preservation Funding Deadline  



  • Budget Report Book here
  • 5-14 Finance:
    • Transfer of $30,000 from the Executive Office Full-time Salaries Account to the Executive Office Consultants Account to develop a Climate Action Plan  Action: Approved 5-0-2 (Ciccone, Cote abstaining)
    • Appropriate $3,700,000 to upgrade the water main infrastructure from bonded indebtedness to upgrade the water
      main infrastructure within the City. Public Facilities Approved 5-0-1 (Lappin abstaining) on 05/09/18 Action: Approved 7-0
  • 5-14 Zoning and Planning: 
    • Zoning Amendment for Shared Parking Pilot Program
      to allow for a Shared Parking Pilot Program as an accessory use in commercial districts.  Zoning & Planning Held 7-0
    • Discussion and adoption of Needham Street Vision Plan
      as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan.  Zoning & Planning Held 7-0
    • Submission of the FY19 Annual Action Plan to HUD
      HER HONOR THE MAYOR requesting City Council authorization to submit the FY19 Annual Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the City of Newton Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds and the WestMetro HOME Consortium.  Zoning & Planning Held 7-0
  • 5-18 City Council Budget Resolutions:   
    • #3: request that additional resources be made available to the Inspectional Services Department for a full-time position for enforcement of zoning code and other violations  
    • #5:  requesting that the Department of Parks and Recreation develop a plan to implement an Authentic Recycling Program in our public spaces that ensures that the materials are recycled and not thrown in the trash.
    • #6:  fund a pilot program to serve isolated seniors 85 years old and older who still in their own homes to address their safety and sense of isolation  resolutions here


  • 5-21 Committee of the Whole and Finance:   discuss and possibly vote in Committee of the Whole the Mayor’s proposed FY19 Budget, Capital Improvement Plan, and Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan.
  • 5-21 Land Use Draft Council Order:  Washington Place Amendment approved  to amend Council Order #96-17, which allowed a four and five-story, mixed-use structure, incorporating residential units and commercial space by modifying the approved plans with regard to the 140-unit option only memo here
  • 5-22 Real Property Reuse:   discussion regarding the Stanton Avenue water tower site, including reopening the reuse process to all interested parties

Public Hearings:

  • 5-29:   On zoning amendments to limit residential portion of business zone developments; eliminate or reduce dimensions of Mixed Used 4 district; place a moratorium zone changes/construction on Washington St.  memo here
  • 6-5:  petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to allow a registered medical marijuana dispensary in a non-conforming structure; to allow the retail sale of recreational marijuana and medical marijuana,
  • 6-12:  Special Permit Petition to allow development at 1314 Washington and 31, 33 Davis St.

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